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PAX East 2011: Arcana Heart 3 Impressions



At the site where I’m associated with,, I’ve become the designated “anime guy” of the site. Why? I’m not entirely sure myself, but I’m not one to complain, since anime and video games go hand in hand with each other. And being the “anime guy”, that also means I get assigned the JRPGs and other anime style games that come stateside through various localization companies. One of those companies that I’ve had the pleasure working with and reviewing the games they bring over is Aksys Games. At PAX East they were showing off the latest game that they had localized, Arcana Hearts 3.

Arcana Hearts 3 is the third game in the series and the second to come to the West, not including the arcade version of AH3. AH3 is some what similar to Street Fighter II and more recently BlazBlue, but with one difference. The entire roster is comprised of cutesy or "moe" anime girls, ranging from the typical school girl to a Shinto shrine maiden. Accompanying these girls are spirits or "arcana" that enhance their fighting abilities. Aksys was kind enough to bring AH3 with them to PAX East to show off to their fans.

Now the button configuration is much different other fighters like King of Fighters and Street Fighter. AH3 uses a five button setup with consists of a light, medium, heavy attacks, a dash, and a button to summon their arcana. With only three buttons set for attacks, you would think that there aren't many moves you can pull off. Well from what I've saw other players do and from what I've pulled off my self, AH3 has a pretty complex fighting system.

New to the game are three more characters and their arcana, story mode, training mode, score attack mode and a simple mode geared to casual players. Also being that this game was worked on Arc System Works, we can expect AH3 to have a superior online network code, lobbies ranking system and replays, as stated in the press release last month.

The game plays solid, the animations are fluid and the game looks ready for its April 5 release on the PSN, with no word on a XBLA release or retail disk. So fans of anime, fans of fighting games and fans of anime girls, be sure to pick up this game and support Aksys in bringing more unique and strangely fun games from Japan.Until then

See you in the Next level,

Mike V.

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