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Arcana Heart 2: Suggoi!
 

 
REVIEW
Suggoi! Arcana Heart 2 adds three new fighters to the roster: Nazuna Inuwaka, Akane Inuwaka, & 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 n
ew 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 even tell what's going on.

 

Page Updated: June 29th, 2014
Developer(s): Examu
Publisher(s): AMI Co. / LTD  (Arcade),  AQ Interactive  (PS2)
Designer(s): Sakuraitooru
Platform(s): Arcade, Playstation 2
Release Date(s): Oct. 30th, 2009   ( Arcade)
April 9th, 2009
      ( PS2)
Characters Heart, Saki, Akane, Kamui, Konoha, Maori, Mei-Fang, Lilica, Lieselotte, Yoriko, Kira, Fiona, Petra, Catherine, Dorothy, Zenia, Elsa, Clarice, Nazuna, Parace, Mildred, Angelia

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Related Games: Arcana Heart 2, Arcana Heart, Arcana Heart 3, SNK Gals Fighters, Guilty Gear XX: Accent Core, Blazblue: Calamity Trigger, Skullgirls, AquaPazza
  

Gameplay Engine

 8.0 / 10

Story / Theme

 6.5 / 10

Overall Graphics

 8.0 / 10

Animation

 8.0 / 10

Music / Sound Effects

 7.0 / 10

Innovation

 7.5 / 10

Art Direction

 7.5 / 10

Customization

 7.5 / 10

Options / Extras

 7.0 / 10

Intro / Presentation

 7.0 / 10

Replayability / Fun

 6.5 / 10

"Ouch" Factor

 7.0 / 10

Characters

 7.0 / 10

BOTTOM LINE

 7.5 / 10

 Review based on Arcade version

 

Final Words: 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 luck! Even 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 games. 

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 this a "casual" 2D fighting game, and it's worth a look for any 2D fighting game fan.
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