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Arcana (SNES)

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You Take The Good, You Take The Bad, You Take Them Both And There You Have... Arcana mobiusclimber (221) 3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars

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If you're looking for another first person RPG, Arcana is definitely worth playing. It was fairly overlooked back in its time, but it was a nice game nonetheless. Tracking down this classic will be difficult, so if you want it, expect to search a few used video game stores or possibly be on back order for a while, but I know from experience that even the rarest of RPGs are attainable.
RPG Site
In summation, Arcana has its irksome qualities, but is in itself a game that must be played before delving into the world of modern RPGs. All of the troubles in Arcana keep it from being less than challenging, and give it a unique character that takes role-playing games on a different branch that has been rarely explored since. The plot comes in fast-paced spurts, but has an appropriate depth that contributes to twists of the game. Music and graphics, both moving to a forefront of priority in the most recent games, are not aspects of Arcana that are lacking. It is not overly lengthy, as opposed to this review, but it is worth every minute spent.
Power Play
Alles schon mal dagewesen: Arcana bietet leider kaum neuen Rollenspielstoff. Eine 08/15-Story und sechs 3-D-Dungeons sind einfach nicht genug, um den Final-Fantasy-2-verwöhnten Super-Nintendo-Rollenspieler hinter dem Joypad hervorzulocken. Die Antwort auf die Fragen: “Wie sieht das nächste Monster oder das nächste Stockwerk aus?“, “Was macht der frische Zauberspruch?“ und “Wie gut haut der neue Säbel zu?“, sind die einzig echten Motivationsträger, die den Spieler länger am Montor verweilen lassen. Von echten Puzzles oder gar einem ausgefeilten Story-Verlauf ist Arcana keine Spur. Echte Freaks warten lieber auf Final Fantasy 3.
Nintendo Life
While it's unlikely to be considered as one of the format's finest RPG experiences, Arcana is unquestionably worthy of investigation if you're a fan of the genre but crave something a little more unique than the norm. Fans of Shining in the Darkness are likely to view the game as shameless plagiarism, but even they should be willing to admit that HAL's effort manages to outperform Sega's original in practically every department – although the game can be unduly harsh on the player at times.
Video Games
Ein Meilenstein in der Geschichte der Konsolenrollenspiele ist Arcana ganz sicher nicht. Zwar lassen sich die 3-D-Dungeons und einige der Monstergrüppchen sehen, aber was Arcana an Technik bietet, wird durch mangelnde Atmosphäre zunichte gemacht. Szatt einer vielschichtigen, humorvollen, manchmal traurigen, aber immer spannenden Geschichte à la Final Fantasy fährt Arcana mit einer Durchschnitts-Story auf, die eher zum Gähnen, denn zum Spielen reizt. Monsterjäger hingegen, die keinen Wert auf eine ausgetüftelte Geschichte legen und nur Orkbanden plätten wollen, dürften an Rook und seinen Gesellen mehr Gefallen finden. Gigantolabyrinthe, die von zahlreichen Monstern bevölkert werden, Dutzende Gegenstände und Zauberformeln geben der simplen Hatz nach Erfahrungspunkten eine echte Berechtigung.
Having said all that, I must now say that I've always liked this game. It's very focused and solid and represents what classic SNES RPGs are REALLY about. It looks, sounds and plays fine, but this game was destined to be nothing more than a stepping stone for the big boys to go across. If you own a cart version of this game, you probably stole it from me. The ROM version is far better, with save states and the ability to watch Vegas Vacation or Young Frankenstein on the telly while you play. I will always remember this game, but I can't always recommend it.
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Ein Fantasy-Rollenspiel ohne wenn und aber. Passable, etwas einfache Grafik, netter Sound, Automapping und ein gutes Magiesystem. Arcana spielt sich gut, ohne jedoch besondere Neuheiten oder andere aufregende Elemente zu enthalten. Allein, für‘s SuperNES gibt es noch nicht all zu viele Rollenspiele, so daß Freunde des Genres hier gut aufgehoben sind.