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PSX Extreme (Jul 01, 2014)
Battle Princess of Arcadias is a lot of things at once, an action side scroller, a JRPG, and a strategy game. Mostly it's just a great game made of simple, familiar parts. There is just hardly anything wrong here and scanning the internet tells me that this game has been a victim of western critics. Don't listen to them if it looks good to you, it's better than a lot of the supposedly amazing indie games that pop up on the network amid clouds of hype. This game also has a nice JRPG aftertaste that goes down smooth even with all of the action going on.
Digitally Downloaded (Jun 20, 2014)
But Battle Princess of Arcadias is a beautiful game, and it has a truly charming narrative and set of characters. Nippon Ichi might have a ways to go before its action JRPGs are of the same standard of its more methodically-paced games, but boy does that company know how to craft fun experiences.
PlayStation Lifestyle (Jun 21, 2014)
With a great musical score and just the right level of cute without being annoying, Battle Princess of Arcadias is a game worth checking out.
Battle Princess of Arcadias is an incredibly fun game that you should definitely give a shot. The combat systems may clash a bit and it may feel a bit grindy at times but it’s not enough to detract for the enjoyment you’ll get out of the action. Unfortunately I feel that there’s just some sort of stigma with the name that makes me go “Ehh, I wouldn’t really want my friends knowing I’m playing this”. If you’re not too bothered about that sort of thing then by all means get this. Even if you are, try it anyway, the gameplay’s fun enough to warrant a shot.
PlayStation Universe (Jul 02, 2014)
A fun RPG beat 'em up that puts all the emphasis on easy fun at the expense of a coherent storyline. Great for when you just want to sit back, relax, and not think about anything.
RPG Site (Jun 29, 2014)
Battle Princess may not handle its story-telling that well, but I certainly enjoyed the time I spent playing this one, and I do feel it warrants a look.
IGN (Jun 27, 2014)
Battle Princess of Arcadias is a fun, bubbly mix of beat ‘em up, RPG and strategy all rolled into one.
There is a solid little ARPG here with a charming cast of characters, but the real question is, can you handle all the grinding?
Gamegravy (Jul 28, 2014)
I like the concept behind Battle Princess of Arcadia. I like beating up monsters. I like all the weapon and gear and character options available. I like the pretty graphics and sound. I like getting more powerful as I go on. I do not like the poor pacing that is created from having to grind so much just to move ahead in the story. This game is worth checking out but just know what you’re getting into and be prepared for a long journey.
Battle Princess of Arcadias is going to have an audience. There will be people who love the mish-mash of traditional beat’em up conventions and more tactical elements found in classics like Dragon Force and Yggdra Union. Moreover, from a production standpoint, the game is a beauty, with vibrant, charming 2D graphics and a great soundtrack to boot. But when the layers of the experience are peeled back, what we’re left with at Arcadias‘ core is a sluggish brawling RPG that can sometimes lack the kind of gameplay merit needed for sustainability beyond a handful of hours. Its systems are rather competent, but Arcadias never climaxes. As a result, it simply plays things safe and appears content with giving us only a good experience — nothing more, nothing less.
Push Square (Jun 24, 2014)
Not quite RPG, not quite brawler, Battle Princess of Arcadias manages to inhabit its own little space between the two. The positives of the combination more than outweigh the negatives of not focusing on a specific genre, and like any good royal, the game will leave you smiling after each and every visit.
Gamestyle (Jun 25, 2014)
Battle Princess of Arcadias is not a game for everyone. There’s very little learning curve and it can be incredibly obscure about what you need to do or even how to do things. That said, it’s beautiful to look at and there aren’t many games out there like it. If you can break through the walls it puts up for the player then there’s a rich and rewarding experience to be had. You’ll need to be ready to make the investment though but players ready to take the plunge shouldn’t be disappointed. It’s not as majestically beautiful as Odin Sphere (what is), or as in depth as GrimGrimoire but it offers something different and works the majority of the time.
While it doesn’t get everything it tries to do right, Battle Princess of Arcadias is still an enjoyable action-adventure that mixes some unique gameplay twists together with a serious level of beat-em-up satisfaction.
Digital Chumps (Jun 27, 2014)
A (mostly) forward-facing narrative, a diverse spread of content, and a lush visual load-out allow Battle Princess of Arcadias to standout amongst its peers. If it allowed these ideas to complement one another, rather than serve as fluctuating means to an end, it may have come off as a stronger package. As it stands Battle Princess of Arcadias is a neat endeavor across divergent styles – and not much else.
Worth Playing (Aug 12, 2014)
Battle Princess of Arcadias could have been exceptional but ends up being average. If the developer had spent some more time and effort on the skirmish and siege battles, it could have been something special. As it stands, it's a relatively fun beat-'em-up that's held back by a lack of polish and some awkward design decisions. It doesn't do anything hugely wrong, but there are enough small, nagging flaws to be frustrating. If you're looking to beat the daylights out of a bunch of monsters, this isn't a bad choice. The gameplay proceeds at a good clip, and once you realize you don't need to use the provided mechanics, the title becomes a lot more tolerable. At the end of the day, Battle Princess has little to recommend it over similar games on the same system.
Gaming Age (Jun 25, 2014)
Realistically, I think your enjoyment of Battle Princess of Arcadias is dependent on your expectations going into it. Allow yourself to be taken in by the bright colours and easy controls and silly story, and the steep difficulty might turn you off it entirely. Recognize, however, that those are simply fun additions to what amounts to a challenging RPG, however, and the dissonance might not be so bad.
RPGFan (Jul 09, 2014)
Battle Princess of Arcadias is not a bad game and I gleaned some enjoyment out of it, but it's too flawed to fully recommend. During the early going, being cheaply bombarded by enemies while simultaneously fighting floaty controls and a clunky interface with a cast of phenomenally stupid characters in a throwaway plot was not my idea of a good time. That being said, as I played the game more and got to know its systems (and how to exploit them), it did get easier over time and I started to have fun with it. But once I finished the main game, I did not care to do much post-game content, because the game did not interest me any more. If you are interested in games like Battle Princess of Arcadias, I would recommend the better games of this ilk, such as Dragon's Crown, Child of Light, or Dust: An Elysian Tail.
RPGamer (2014)
Battle Princess of Arcadias is a perfect example of what it means to be a middle-of-the-road RPG. It doesn't do enough to be memorable, but offers enough enjoyment to at least be entertaining. I wish in some cases that Battle Princess of Arcadias had taken some pages from Xena: Warrior Princess. Yes, Xena was cheesy and insane, but it knew exactly what it was doing a lot of the time. Battle Princess has charm, cheese, and a few good ideas, but it's mired by mediocre execution. The game is still fun to play, even with the repetitive nature and lack of balance, but it's a shame that the added RPG elements hinder the experience more than help it succeed.
DarkZero (Jul 12, 2014)
Despite its glaring faults, Battle Princess of Arcadias still makes for a decent hybrid of RPG and Beat-‘Em-Up, even if it lacks the visual and mechanical polish of Vanillaware’s titles. A refreshingly optimistic cast, flashy combos and catchy music make even the mundane level grinds less of a chore and more of a motivation to continue the lengthy adventure.
Destructoid (Jul 28, 2014)
Battle Princess of Arcadias is a competent action RPG. Beyond the threadbare narrative and vacant cast are some interesting battle systems and lovely aesthetic qualities. Unfortunately, it has almost as much unfulfilled potential as it does promise, never managing to separate itself from the crowd or do much of note to truly demand your attention.
The Game Hoard (Dec 22, 2021)
Combat is decent but a little too straightforward despite the varied combos and monsters, and the required grinding to be able to participate in the other modes means you’ll see Combat a bit too often unfortunately. Siege and Skirmish both spice up the fighting with the military management angle, the strategy and action intermingling well but level barriers do mean sometimes you just have to be strong enough to win. The story follows this conditional evaluation of quality as well, since many characters have fun interactions and personalities but they keep turning away from revealing hidden depths to tell jokes that aren’t often too different from ones you heard previously in the plot. There’s definitely a fair bit to like in this action RPG and the backgrounds and some character designs are quite lovely, but the need to grind undermines a little too much that this game can’t quite earn greater commendations.
The Digital Fix (Jun 30, 2014)
When the combat gets going, Battle Princess of Arcadias is an enjoyable game to play. The grinding, however, will see you completing the same stages over and over again, and tends to suck the fun out of it. With the storyline so ramshackle and the characters so difficult to relate to, there are no treats on the other side, and finding the drive to push through these moments can be difficult. In the end, despite some good work in combining RPGs and side-scrolling beat 'em ups, it's difficult to recommend Battle Princess of Arcadias to anyone but the most ardent fans of either genre.
Game Critics (Aug 15, 2014)
There are no puzzles, no secret rooms, no open exploration of any kind, and the game wants players to do this with ten unique characters, leveling them each to 99. Battle Princess of Arcadias is so monotonous that I kept playing it out of inertia rather than because of enjoyment, but I kept hoping for more of the magic from its first five minutes. Sadly, that magic never appeared.
Diehard GameFan (Jun 25, 2014)
If you like action RPG’s with a beat-’em-up style combat system, Battle Princess of Arcadias is worth a look, warts and all.

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