It’s time to punch some stuff, refine your swordplay, and cast some spells. Blade Arcus from Shining: Battle Arena [official site] is now on PC. I get out of breath just reading that title in my head, but if you’re into 2D fighters, you might want to check this one out.
Blade Arcus’ comes to PC from arcades, based on its most recent version. It features a colorful cast of 16 characters from both Shining Blade and Shining Hearts games. We’ve got wizened, pony-tailed wolfman Fenrir. We’ve got magical girl Melty (I can definitely see that becoming the name of an anime franchise). And then we’ve got the more benign Rick and Dylan (but we don’t talk about Rick and Dylan).
You’ll fight in tag-team matches, selecting a main character and a second. You can switch characters in between rounds or in the heat of battle by making use of Link Attacks.
The game boasts a number of different gameplay modes to keep things interesting. If it’s story you seek, the fully voiced Story Mode is presented in an RPG format that lets you get to know the characters a little better. There’s a training mode, too, for the less seasoned player. Once you’re feeling more confident you can try out Versus Mode to play against friends, or even test your hand at the Online Mode, which has been added especially for the Steam release.
Blade Arcus from Shining: Battle Arena is out now on Steam for £18.39/22,39€/$23.99, including a 20% launch discount