Arcana Heart 2 adds three new fighters to the roster: Nazuna Inuwaka, Akane
& Parace L'Sia... each bringing an innovative fighting style to the series
along with unique Arcana abilities. The three new Arcana elements introduced in
this installment are Cayatshime
(Flower), Fenecs (Sound) and Parace L'sia (Life).
Geez... she's still 14?
Also seen in the prequel, Arcana Heart 2, the new gameplay additions
include: Arcana Blast,
Arcana Homing and Critical Heart. Arcana Blast
costs one power meter and enables a fighter to be invulnerable temporarily.
Arcana Homing costs one meter of the homing gauge and allows players to split
and perform a Homing Cancel. Finally, Critical Heart consumes all 3 meters of
the power gauge and enables the use of a powerful super move when the fighters are at a specific distance.
Nazuna learned a few
tricks from Nakoruru I see.
The new characters of Arcana
Heart 2: Suggoi round out the roster very nicely, and in my opinion, are more
impressive and interesting character designs than some of the original roster. The
visuals are still sharp and impress for a through-and-through 2D fighting game on all levels.
Character animation still isn't as smooth as some of the top 2D fighters, but the
"anime-esk" style of animation definitely works in this game.
Sometimes it's hard to tell what's
really going on.
No doubt Arcana Heart 2: Suggoi is a substantial
improvement over the first two titles. In fact, I like most of the new designs
considerably more than many of the "original" cast... both in terms of
design and how they fight. The updates to the returning characters are also noticeable,
and Examu did a good job overall on keeping them fresh.
In case you're stuck under a rock, yes... Arcana Heart 2 is still an all female
fighting game. If you like using male fighters, you're still shit out of
with the lack of males, there are some awesomely entertaining match-ups and some
guaranteed "cool moments" in the gameplay... even button mashers can
potentially look like they know what they're doing. Yeah, it's just one of those
Although I didn't master the combo system in the short period of time I played
this game, I found the overall gameplay engine intuitive and somewhat fun. I'd consider
"casual" 2D fighting game, and it's worth a look for any 2D fighting game fan. ~TFG