With its own unique battle system and a wide selection of characteristic angels, the girls are appearing on Steam for the first time in [Arcana Heart 3 LOVE MAX!!!!!]!!
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Release Date: Sep 29, 2015

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February 15

v1.05 Patch (16 Feb)

-Fixed an issue where certain link animations do not appear correctly for specific character match-ups.
-Fixed a crash issue where players experience the game crashing upon attempting to enter network mode, while having a long Steam profile name.

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About This Game

With its own unique battle system and a wide selection of characteristic angels, the girls are appearing on Steam for the first time in [Arcana Heart 3 LOVE MAX!!!!!]!!

Discover new meta gameplan as you play!


From the basic battle mechanics such as performing "Arcana Combo" with the pressing of the correct buttons in sequence, "Homing Action" and "Arcana Burst", to the more advanced and spectacular "Extend Force", "Arcana Eclipse" and "Arcana Blaze", dozens of ways to decimate your opponent! Find out more about the mechanics in the game!

23 playable Angels with 23 free selectable Arcanas!


Equip the unique characters with an Arcana of your choice, and explore the boundless amount of strategies that can be derived!

Plentiful story!


Every character has their own "Main Story", as well as a special "After Story in the Hotspring", all fully voiced! (in Japanese).
In addition, all characters have extra "Short Stories" (non-voiced), giving you the chance to understand your character more than ever!
Dive into the world of Arcana Heart!

More than just simply fighting!


In short, there is "Story Mode", "After-Story Mode", "Survival Score Attack Mode", "Trial Mode", "Time Attack Mode", "Versus Mode", "Training Mode", "Replay Theatre Mode" etc. etc. and many more!
Also, in the "Gallery Mode", you can unlock Event CG illustrations and Link-Animations, and view the Angels' short stories!

Online Network capable!


Players who are up to the task can test their prowess online, via the "Rank Match" or "Player Match" mode.
Players can save their battle results and scores online, and compare their scores with other players in the Leaderboard too!
Show the world that your Angel is the #1 wa-, *ahem*, Angel in the world!

Special Purchase Bonus!


Discover more about each Angel's charming points with the 144-page filled "Link Anime Drafts Collection" that comes with each purchase!
When you're feeling exhausted after a heaty battle, open up the Collections and be refreshed!
*They will be placed in your Steam folder:
...\Steam\SteamApps\common\Arcana Heart 3 LOVE MAX\Digital Extras\

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 7900 GT or better / AMD Radeon X1900 / nVidia GeForce GT 620 (Windows 8.1)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct Sound
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 / i7
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8800 GT or better / AMD Radeon HD3700 / nVidia GeForce GT 650 (Windows 8.1)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct Sound
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SHAZBOT THE FREE
( 16.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
critical hearts can kiss my ♥♥♥ honestly
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Dan
( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I was surprised that Arcana Heart, a niche anime fighter, was already up to its third iteration. Moreso that it was ported to Steam, AND that it was 50% off thanks to the summer sale, awesome!

If you've played any other anime fighter you know what to expect. If you haven't, there are a lot of solid mechanics to go around, such as guard breaks, clashing, super jumps, etc. It all feels very tight. There is a good variety of characters (who are all schoolgirls, more or less) with their own unique play style, such as the Ryu, or juggler, or setup, or grappler, etc. You can also pick an "Arcana" that adjusts each players maximum life slightly, as well as giving you supplementary abilities. Need mobility? Pick the Deus Mort Arcana and any character can have teleports. Playing aggresively? Pick the lightning arcana and you get better clashes, which would punish anyone that tries to stop you.

All in all it's pretty good and worth buying if you're a fan of the genre.
Sadly, I waited over 20 minutes to play against ANYONE online, and got no results. Online is really dead.
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Krillin
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
the sound effect that plays when you slip on a banana
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try
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
good game much waifu
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SLOOPJOHN
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 6
arcana fart
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somebody336
( 17.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Arcana Heart 3 Love Max is a 2D Fighting game featuring an all-female cast of 23 fighters. Set in the country of Japan it is up to you to choose one of these fighters and find rare objects known as Celestial Stones that are used to power a giant robot. Each character has very slightly different dialogue so playing through the Story Mode once and skipping everything but the ending results in no real loss as long as you don't skip the unique ending. Story mode is the nonsensical bare-bones set up one would expect from a fighting game with nothing even remotely interesting about it. None of us are likely to buy a Fighting game expecting a well told narrative however, so luckily the combat in this is very enjoyable. It's a one on one fight but you also choose from one of 23 unique Arcanas (support character) for slightly different powers at your disposal.

The difference between Arcanas is very minimal like some poisoning your enemy or boosting your power. Without a doubt the stars of the show here are the characters themselves. It has demon nuns, living paintings and dolls, dead little girls and a wolf riding catgirl to name a few. They are all very unique and memorable minus the main character Heart who is as cliché as can be, strangely enough. It's not just appearances that differ, each one controls and fights in very distinct manners such as some characters needing to reload their guns, some having limited mana to unleash magic and your more traditional 'punch your enemy into submission' type of characters. This huge difference between characters also means it is typically a good idea to train with them a little first before plunging straight into one of the modes as button mashing won't get you very far in this title.

You have three bars at the bottom which allow for three special attacks or one huge one depending if you have them filled up of course. Special attacks always require you to press both your light and heavy attack buttons simultaneously along with a certain combination so you are unlikely to accidentally waste a bar in the heat of the moment. Certain Arcana attacks also require a bar of energy to pull off. What may be even more important than your energy bar is your arcana percentage meter located at the top of the screen right under your characters portrait. Once it is at 100 percent you can activate it for a boost in power with the added benefit of knocking your opponent to the other side of the screen if you activate it while she is near. Another equally important function of that meter is that you can activate an “arcana burst” at any time that allows you to interrupt a combo and giving you enough breathing room to get back into the fight. Bursting out of a combo causes your meter to refill far more slowly than usual so it is more of a one off emergency move than something to be relied on.

Arcana Heart 3 has a rather unique gameplay mechanic that allows you to dash towards wherever your opponent is, at the press of a button. Whether she be at the other side of the screen or mid-air, a single press of the button will put you face to face in no time. It helps keep the pace of the game fast but is also not detrimental to range based characters as it is rather easy to put a stop to someone making a mad dash at you. If both of you are dashing at each other it is a matter of who strikes first that will be at the advantage or if you both strike at the same it will cause a brief moment where you can either attempt another attack, block or just get out of range. All characters have a double jump and having that dash button at hand it can lead to some really cool mid-air fights. Being defensive is just as dangerous as being very aggressive since blocking an attack does little to no damage to you and creates small openings where you can counter-attack. You do have to predict whether it's a low or high attack though and grabs cannot be blocked so it takes skill whichever way you fight.

Stages are really bland to look at unfortunately and often have very little detail in them. Each level does change into something more interesting when someone is using their arcana meter but that is just a very brief time then its back to the bland backgrounds. It is rather cool each stage has two looks to them though the problem is the one you look at most is sub-par. Another problem is that the camera is very zoomed in to focus on the characters so not much of the background is shown. That issue could have been fixed by allowing us to play in 16:9 aspect ratio though sadly it's stuck to 4:3. One thing I do like about the stages is that they all have a ton of vertical space to jump around in.

Since it is stuck at 4:3 only the middle of your screen will be for the game itself the rest will be for the rather cool character animation portraits on each side. While fighting your character will be shown on the corner of your screen in a battle stance, squirming when taking damage and various other movements while performing special attacks. It adds nothing to the gameplay but I really liked that small touch nonetheless. The animations on the side of the screen may distract some players from the fight in which case there is an option to turn them off and have them be static screens. If you have a monitor over 60hz the game will run far too fast in which case you must go into your graphic cards menu be it Nivdia's Control Panel or AMD's Catalyst to turn on Vsync since there is no in game option to do so.

Now onto the game modes, aside from Story Mode you have “Trials” that challenges you with a certain task each day, Survival that has your health carry over between matches with only a bit of it refilled and Training which is exactly what it sounds like. There is also Versus, Time attack, Network and After Story. There are a ton of modes to choose from and strangely enough you may not want to actually start off with the Story Mode. It is the only mode with a Street Fighter 3 like feature where you can choose from a couple of characters on who to fight next match but the sub-boss is a massive difficulty spike that will destroy you if you don't know how to properly play as your character. It's not an insurmountable foe but it is quite a challenge whose difficulty seems to not scale regardless of your difficulty setting. Once you are decent with a certain character it is an exciting battle even if she does love to spam her giant mechanized turtle. The real problem comes afterwards. You will be facing a giant skyscraper tall robot. Sounds cool right? Well the bad news is that it is not a fight at all but a glorified version of the car smashing bonus round of SF2. In here you must attack small portions of the stage which can range from easy to a real pain depending on your characters range, air fighting skills and move set.

All you gain from story mode is a unique ending so I don't even bother with that mode due to that robot. Simply fighting regardless of mode will unlock stuff like that character's mini story and sub-stories which are a cool way to know more of your favorite characters personality and an enjoyable read when they are not being serious. It has very good humor but on occasion it tries to be serious and falls flat on its face. Speaking of story you may remember me mentioning an After Story mode. This is basically a Visual Novel with a few fights thrown which have the characters look for a hot spring. It is exactly as boring as it sounds and after suffering through that I can confirm there is nothing other than an achievement to be unlocked. This being the third game in the series they expect you to be familiar with the lore and don't explain anything like the characters background or factions. This is the first game to be released on PC so you will be totally lost if you didn't happen to play the first two on the PS2. Regardless, if you value gameplay above all else Arcana Heart 3 will not disappoint.
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RaZr Kai
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
This game can also be called Super Waifu Sis Melee, or Waifu VS Waifu
but don´t let that scare you, because this game is good with or without
the girls.

Yes, the game uses the all girl cast for those who think there are not
enough women in the fighting games and also for those who like the
anime, giving you enough eye candy.

For the game itself, it´s a clasical fighting game, but if you are
a fan of other Arc Systems games, you´ll see and feel that the game
is diferent from it´s "cousins" (Guilty Gear and BlazBlue respectively)
beacuse the game is a little slower, like old fighting gameslike Street
Fighter Alpha 2 but also has new mecanics that makes experimentation a
must, because there are not only the girls, there are also the Arcanas
that give your character unique abilities plus the abilities of the girl.

The game have all the game modes you´ll expect (Story, Survival, Time Attack,
Training, Trials) and also an extra mode exclusive for this version
that expands the story of the game.

The only thing I didn´t like about this game is that there are some girls that
are underage and simply doesn´t feel right, but the game itself it´s superb.
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The Crushor
( 42.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
Good characters, nice artstyle, good fighting mechanics that doesn't rely on combos as much as some other games. Great to see stories about individual characters. I enjoy humourous parts of this game.

Final bosses are a joke. They have all the advantages imaginable and you have to get lucky to beat them. It's not even humanly possible to fight like they do. So how do you beat them? Trying 200 times is the only way i can do it, it sucks!
This game is not even close to a fair challenge.
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kurodouhu
( 15.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
快適にゲームはできるので問題なく楽しいです
ただ、ネット対戦が過疎化してるので

人がもうちょっと増えればいいんだけど、、、
そこが残念です
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Brain Digger
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
TL;DR - Great game for offline with controllers, bad port and netcode.

Arcana Heart 3 innovates on the fighting game genre with it's flight mechanics, Arcana strikers and constantly refilling Arcana gauge. The homing flight button allows for crazy aerial menuvering and in the right hands can become a deadly weapon. After selecting a character, the player has to select an Arcana, which is similar to Stands in the Jojo universe. Pretty much a beast that the player character summons to cast different spells. Different tactics can be formed by matching different characters with different Arcanas.

The STORY isn't very interesting and is not delivered very well. Either the game doesn't stand well on it's own or it just lacks proper character introduction. I'd often end up skipping all scenes of dialog.

The GRAPHICS aren't all that great. It's a low res pixel art type 2D fighter that came out back when it was acceptable for big companies to make such games. The animated side bars are pretty cool, though and the dialog scenes contain high resolution graphics as well.
There's a "character effect" option in the graphics options menu which blurs the character sprites. I don't know why anyone would ever turn that on.

The NETCODE isn't great either. I've only played one match so far... but it took me quite a while to find and when I did - it ran in slow motion. Full frame sync just isn't the way to go. It was not an enjoyable experiance.

In terms of PORT quality - the game falls flat on it's face. Menu controls can't be rebound at all, meaning that if you press space then you must navigate the menu with WASD and if you press return then you must navigate the menu with the arrow keys. The confirmation button changes too. And it's not something obvious like Enter or Space... it's "I" or Numpad 7 or some other silly option.
Redefined controls are in effect only when in a fight. Even during dialog scenes - you can only press the default controls - better memorize them before changing.
It's impossible to set a high resolution windowed mode in the menu. Windowed and fullscreen have different supported resolutions. I have a 1920 by 1200 pixel monitor and my screen resolution isn't supported at all. I can play fullscreen at 1920x1080px. I can't, however, use Borderless Gaming because I can't crank the resolution that high in windowed mode.

I'd expect such a late release on PC to have some candy like a tutorial mode or some unlockable art gallery or improved netcode... But nada. The game is no better than the console version in any way. It only came out much much later when it's pretty much irrelevant. I realize Aksys are finally giving us PC gamers their wonderful creations following the PC release of Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- but I would have expected tweaking them up a little, considering the immense delay after the original console releases.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I was surprised that Arcana Heart, a niche anime fighter, was already up to its third iteration. Moreso that it was ported to Steam, AND that it was 50% off thanks to the summer sale, awesome!

If you've played any other anime fighter you know what to expect. If you haven't, there are a lot of solid mechanics to go around, such as guard breaks, clashing, super jumps, etc. It all feels very tight. There is a good variety of characters (who are all schoolgirls, more or less) with their own unique play style, such as the Ryu, or juggler, or setup, or grappler, etc. You can also pick an "Arcana" that adjusts each players maximum life slightly, as well as giving you supplementary abilities. Need mobility? Pick the Deus Mort Arcana and any character can have teleports. Playing aggresively? Pick the lightning arcana and you get better clashes, which would punish anyone that tries to stop you.

All in all it's pretty good and worth buying if you're a fan of the genre.
Sadly, I waited over 20 minutes to play against ANYONE online, and got no results. Online is really dead.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
critical hearts can kiss my ♥♥♥ honestly
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
the sound effect that plays when you slip on a banana
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75 of 91 people (82%) found this review helpful
69 people found this review funny
Recommended
470.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2015
Don't tell my friends I play this game.

Edit:
I felt bad, so I'm gonna write a bit about this game.

It's a good fighting game. Very unique, doesn't really play too much like Arcsys fighting games like GG/BB. Very deep, there is a lot to learn about it. The game feels a little clunky at first until you get more used to the homing button, but after that it feels great.

If you can look past the art style and are looking for a breath of fresh air in the fighting game genre, this is it.
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66 of 80 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2015
So far so good. The game runs great and is a huge step above ASW's last release with Battle Fantasia. Let's get this minor thing out of the way right off the bat. There is something odd that makes the game backgrounds, menus, text look more pixelated at 1080p. Keeping it at 720 looks crisp on a 1080p monitor. What ever it is that is upscaling the image and making it look that good must be black magic.

I've just hit up training mode and had a few online matches and the game is running without any hitches and the online matches that are of decent distances are played pretty damn good. I don't know if there is a region select in the menus, but that would probably help with people finding smoother matches. That's probably asking for too much since that would fracture the already small player base that this is going to have. Even so, the matches I've found so far have been from tolerable to excellent. The netcode is more than adequate, the problem is finding people who don't live 2,000 miles way from you.

I will update this review later with more gameplay and mode impressions after spending more time with the game. Those worrying about performance and connectivity should purchase this without any worries.
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41 of 44 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2015
Quick Summary
A 2-D anime fighter ported over from the consoles.

Purchase Verdict: Yes

Points of Interest
-I'll be the first to admit. The $30 price tag seemed pretty steep for a 2-D fighter. It definitely proved itself worth the money after I started playing.

-Maybe it's just the style, but the sprite work definitely doesn't seem very HD. I tried a lot of different resolutions to see if I could get a more smooth sprite, but it wouldn't work. However, everything else seemingly matches the chosen resolution.

-A large variety of characters and Arcana (kind of like "assists" or "extra moves"), as well as stages to fight on.

-All characters are fully voiced (in japanese, of course), and I have not yet spotted any translation errors. The story is rather generic.

-Full control or keyboard support that allows rebinding of keys, as well as adding additional buttons for combinations of keys.

-The combat system itself feels very "right". It seems solid and does what you want it to. The movesets for each character are very balanced, and therefore the gameplay is very enjoyable.

-Online, as is typical of many 2-D fighters, is full of people that are actually really good at the game, along with some average players and a few discouraged novices. However, as with any game, practice makes perfect. Don't fret if you find yourself having troubles playing online.

-Online play, from my experience, has not been very laggy or sluggish, aside from only one of my fights.

-Replays are almost a joke, they seem to be very de-synced from the actual match they are supposed to represent, and I even had a replay where the two of us just stood still until the time ran out, even though we fought the entire time realistically.

-The story mode will unlock you extra stories, gameplay, and stuff for your gallery
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32 of 34 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2015
Behind a silly title, there’s an innovative and exciting fighting game for enthusiasts of the genre. This is Arcana Heart 3 LOVE MAX!!!!! in a nutshell. The game lives up to its hardcore reputation and brings new mechanics and a lot of depth to the table. If you can pass the “cute girls” aesthetic, you’ll find a lot to enjoy here.

“But what makes Arcana Heart so special?”, you might be thinking. Two things: the homing mechanic and arcanas for the characters. The homing mechanic consists in a command to fly directly to your enemy from anywhere in the stage. You can throw your opponent up in the air, press the homing button and start a combo there. Arcanas, on the other hand, offers 23 elementals choices to complement your movelist. Add this to the cast of 23 characters and you have a total of 529 combinations (!!!!!) to try out.

It’s worth mentioning that Arcana Heart is heavily focused on air combat, like a good air-dasher should be. Ground based combos don’t have much impact here. With a screen up to about four times vertically, the matches generally get extreme on the air, flying up and down, with each fighter following each other, performing fast inputs and cancelling combos.

Is Arcana Heart 3 LOVE MAX!!!!! worth the price? In my honest opinion, totally, but just for experienced fighting games players or enthusiasts. There’s no tutorial, and even if you’re a veteran of the genre, you’ll need to look some guides and wikis to learn its depth and its unique mechanics. There’s a lot of modes to keep you occupied and having fun.

PROS:
+ Innovative game with original mechanics
+ Exciting and fast paced gameplay
+ 23 unique characters with 23 arcanas, resulting in a total of 529 combinations
+ Tons of stages and great soundtrack
+ Challenging and almost unpredictable AI
+ Hidden “VS CPU” mode – Just play VS without selecting the second player/controller
+ Works with a variety of controllers, fighting sticks and keyboards (all options have rebindable buttons)
+ Devs keeps improving the game with regular patches

MIXED:
> Netcode is delay based and it's great only with people near you
> The aesthetic (cute girls theme) can make some people miss a great fighting game. It’s a love or hate kind of thing

CONS:
- No Arcade Mode. Really…The closest option is Story Mode
- The last boss from Survival Score Attack (Kamui) is the cheapest boss of all time. You can barely move. SNK’s bosses looks like child’s play compared to her
- No true widescreen option (without sidebars). Vanilla Arcana Heart 3 had this feature
- The fantastic soundtrack is not included with the purchase, unlike the majority of Steam releases published by Arc System Works
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40 of 48 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
112.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2015
Arc System Works delivers by bringing another God-tier anime fighter to Steam. Uses the netcode they used for Under Night In-Birth and the other Guilty Gear games they published and the added meta from picking arcanas to mix and match with fighters makes it feel like fighting game alchemy with the hype going over the roof everytime your friends find out some new set-up that you guys will have to defeat and the cycle goes on. Grab your buds, some beer, the arcade fightsticks and get ready to throwdown in an airdasher that PC hasn't seen before. Hope this game's fighting game community becomes massive on Steam.
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29 of 34 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2015
-First off, how's the port?
I've experienced no detrimental problems in my time with the game. No slowdowns, crashes, or anything for me. Game natively recognized every controller I threw at it (x360, ps3 stick, even a gamecube controller), and I was able to rebind everything. And I highly reccomend using some kind of controller for this game.

-Okay, so the game runs. What about the gameplay?
So far so good. Game is REALLY fun. REALLY REALLY fun. Especially when you get the hang of the homing system. I've had multiple times when playing something happens, and I just say "You can do that? THAT'S AWESOME!"
All the characters are really unique and feel fresh, and all of the arcanas are really neat. (I can stop time? Yes please)
Music is pretty good.

-Now: The netcode.
From my experience so far, it works very well. Matches have ranged from BUTTERY SMOOTH to slightly rough. Sometimes the worse connections can take a few seconds to get going, but once they do it's completely playable. You can't expect to to have smooth matches with people from out of the country, or if they just have a bad connection. No amount of netcode wizardry will fix that.

Oh yeah it's also got cute girls
You like those, right?

TL;DR
It's good. Buy it and come play with us.
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2015
This key was obtained from SC Media for purposes of review

Summary:
Arcana Heart 3 Love Max!!! does the job in the Fighting genre even 7 years after its initial release, with variations in the combat that fighting game players have come to know and love, but without going too far off the rails. The cast of characters and arcana is diverse enough to have a lot of different strategies and tactics, and the smart use of the arcana gauge and how it builds tweaks the formula enough for it to feel fresh. It's a shame that it falls into the same trap as other rereleases of this type do for a new platform: not having a player base to work off of, which limits network play despite what seems to be strong net-code overall. It could have used some HD visuals and polish for the game, because despite good character design and artwork, the sprites have shown their age at this point. In the end, a great fighting system and fun and quirky story mode helps bring the game worth a look despite the multiplayer downfalls, and was something that was fun throughout my experience, all be it a bit frustrating at times.

Gameplay Footage and Video Review: https://youtu.be/8B9P9L5LzVM

Lists:

+:
  • Good core gameplay experience that doesn't focus on one play style in particular, and let's the balance of the game speak for itself.
  • Great character variety that's only enhanced by the choice of Arcana's to customize for play style. Experimentation is a strong element of the game.
  • Good pro-ration of the combos so that it doesn't result in one hit kills, but does reasonable damage.
  • Like the Trial mode, a sucker for modes that help you do specific actions and focus on specific objectives.
  • Netcode seems strong, and is even able to tell if connection would be too crappy to allow for matches.
  • Smart use of the homing mechanic to keep the action up.
  • Extras in terms of Story and back stories help give reasons to do extra missions and what not. There seems to be a strong lore here that's worth digging into.
  • Character designs are fun, and good homage to particular games and famous movies within it (hurray for The Wizard of Oz character).
  • Story mode is silly but in that typical fighting game fashion. Expect silliness and some cheese, and some groan inducing laughs. But all in all, fun.
  • Overall a good collection of modes.

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  • It's hard to hold against the game, but the player base in the network play isn't there at the moment, only consisting of high level players. It's a problem ports have to live with sadly.
  • The visuals, in particular the sprites, don't live up on to the modern day standards and equivalents at the price point.
  • Could have done a better job in teaching the player the unique mechanics of the game. This is a common problem in the fighting genre, but with the nature of the arcana gauge and in particular homing, I thought it was even more then usual.
  • Difficulty in Story modes are too all over the place. Too much variance within a story mode where you perfect the start of the mode, but horribly struggle at the end.
  • The end boss suffers in the fact that it's mechanics don't allow for a fair fight on every character, as in particular grapple characters suffer horribly as their moveset is basically crippled. Also, I hate the end boss with all fiber of my being.
  • Lack of polish around the corners. Some menus don't take in the controller inputs while others do, and it could have used some testing here and there regarding certain information showing up on screen.
  • Some voices in the game will cause some people to cringe at the high pitched nature.
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