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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.
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.
Alles schon mal dagewesen: Arcana bietet
leider kaum neuen
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.
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.
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.