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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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

    • 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
    • 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Another fighting game with anime chicks.
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65 of 79 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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40 of 43 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
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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35 of 36 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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.

+ 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

> 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

- 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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55 of 72 people (76%) found this review helpful
71 people found this review funny
492.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2015
Don't tell my friends I play this game.

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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40 of 48 people (83%) found this review helpful
158.1 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
20.3 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?

It's good. Buy it and come play with us.
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2015
This key was obtained from SC Media for purposes of review

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


  • 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.

  • 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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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
35.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2015
I already own this game's vanilla version on Xbox360, and I loved it back then. The netcode was really-really good, the gameplay was a LOT of fun, you cannot even comprehend. Character balancing was decent, and the desing was good. It was easy to get into, but there was some really high level stuff in this game too, like in every good fighting game.

Not much has changed in LOVE MAX. And that is a good thing. There was some character balancing, they added new stages and new game modes. Some of my favorite characters got a bit harder to use, but I still like them.

If you want a really FUN fighting game, and don't mind waifus(Saki and Weiss FTW), then this is the perfect game for you. This game is worth every penny of it's purchase price.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
158.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2015
+ fun
+ has waifoos
+ diverse character roster with lots of waifus and Personas to choose from
+ fun VN mini-stories
+ the soundtrack is kickass
+ made me write this
+ netcode is more than decent for the same coast, brings about 6 frames of input delay over long distances

- opening theme is the same as the main menu's
- brown goddess isn't playable
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4.8 hrs
Posted: October 13
Great fun! Silly charaters and setting.

If you enjoy fun Anime Fighters and blatant fan service pick it up.
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5.6 hrs
Posted: September 19
What do you get when you mix kung fu and waifu? You get Arcana Heart 3: LOVE MAX!!!!! Solid fighting game with an interesting roster of fighters. I really liked the story mode, although there are a few modes to choose from, sure to keep a person busy for hours. What really impressed me is the controller support, yes it has full controller support(XBOX360), but it also is coded for a fight stick too(DINPUT 10 button controller). And thats a big deal to me, beacuse sure a person could re-map your controller in the options, but I'm lazy and I don't want to. Looks to be a 16/9 720P screen with the actual fight scen to be letterbox 640x480, its not quite pixel art, but its definitely low-res. Something to keep in mind if you feel strongly about console ports on your PC. And it definitely feels like a XBOX360 port to me, not a bad thing though. Its a really fun colorful game with so much charm and waifu. 8/10 for me
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Abyss Nova
15.8 hrs
Posted: September 6
This game is basically a 2D fighting game with anime girl theme. The concept of this genre combination always prove to be not boring enough to be played all the time. Waifu 2D arcade battle is not a rare thing in game industry, but in Steam it is rare and this game is the only game which feature all out waifu 2D arcade battle game.

- Great character and arcana development
- Cute waifu character (Both art and voice)
- So many playable characters
- Arcana system presents (Combine the arcana with the fighter's skills to make a devastating moves and combos)
- Gallery is vast
- Cool fighting move
- Has 2 different combat mode (Simple and Normal)
- Difficulty Setting
- Great anime style animation background
- Control movement is very smooth
- Support keyboard and joystick controller
- Network system is available for PVP
- Secret Boss is present (WARNING! The secret boss appears in the last stage time trial mode and it is the hardest boss battle in the fighting game history!)

- Story is decent, not very special
- Beside Arcana feature, the gameplay itself is not very special

This game hold the characteristic of majority fighting game in general and not very special in term of fighting gameplay, but the most beautiful aspect in this game obviously is in character development. Basically waifu battle is really adorable to most people and anime lover (Including me), so I recommend this game toward everyone who love fighting moe anime genre. For me personally this game reminds me of my old fighting game "Scarlet Weather Rhapsody" that I used to play a lot, so nostalgic. XD
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64.6 hrs
Posted: August 11
What can I say, Arcana Heart is an awesome style fighting game. I've never heard this series until it came up on steam. However, You should probably train up first before attempting to play online. Online will mostly be dead but there are groups that actively still play this game. I love diving in to new fighting games and see if their is potiental for me to learn. I've always been a die hard Street Fighter and Smash Bros.. only! but this game is opening me up to a brand new genre thats even more fast-pace the games I am used to. I recommend this game.. and hopefully we can play sometime!
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6.4 hrs
Posted: July 29
dog girls can beat eachother up

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22.1 hrs
Posted: July 25
非常爽快和画风清新的格斗游戏,23个萌妹子和23个圣灵可以做出大量不同的组合来增加格斗游戏的可玩性。比较遗憾的是没有中文,所以在看剧情和学习出招的时候会稍微花一点时间。说几点比较有特色而且可圈可点的地方:1.link anime,在格斗框的两侧会有对应人物的动画,当游戏进行时,优势,劣势,进行攻击,被攻击,胜利,失败等都会有相应的动画。2.每个人物都有自己的main story 和 sub story,因此可以很好地观看一下围绕角色描写的小插曲和主线。3.网战:Arcana的网战有毒,网战里个个都是一等一的高手,其中亚洲高手更为尤甚。从里面历练过之后会发现其他格斗游戏的网战其实还能活。
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0.4 hrs
Posted: July 20
Product received for free
Honestly speaking, I never been a fond of 2D anime fighting game ever for its complexity whenever I try to execute a combo.

When I get a hand on this game, my opinion is changed for it simplifying the combo combination using a single touch of button through the setting. A great help for those who want to play casually in PC without any gamepad assistance.

Story likewise, can't say its too boring for myself. I kinda like it especially Clarice's route.

Pvp however, the game took a very long time to start which kinda irritates me.

Overall, this game can be played for a short stress relief break not more than 1 hour or 30 minutes of playing.

And if being put into a band of score, I'd say this game worth 7.9 out of 10.
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9.9 hrs
Posted: July 18
Many fun modes especially the trials mode. Plenty of story content with a VN style, personally I could care less about the story but if you are into that there is a lot of content of this type like ALOT seriuslly.
You also have a lot of options for your playstyle not only with a nice cast of characters but also because of the arcanas which add another layer to the game.
This game might seem like random weeaboo trash but it's a really nice fighting game and a very good challenge.
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12.3 hrs
Posted: July 15
Waifu fighter simulator: NOW WITH DBZ STYLE OF FIGTHING.
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