AquaPazza: Aquaplus Dream Match
An eccentric, yet competent fighting game gem
Aquapazza combines characters from Examu and Aquaplus games / animes into one beautiful 2D fighter. The pacing is similar to that of Chaos Code, Blazblue, and other recent entries in the genre…except you get to choose a specific partner character to aid in various ways (similar to the first Marvel Vs. Capcom game). Another notable feature is the Emotion mechanic: Your fighter's power and stamina will rise and fall based on their morale--which mainly depends on how offensive you play--thus encouraging rushdown tactics. There are no tag-teams or skyscraper jumps here, but thanks to the side partners there's still a ton of variety and combo potential to be had. Online matches run smoothly, and there's the standard assortment of offline modes: Story, Another Story (an alternate story mode for each character after you complete the main one), Versus, Score Attack, and Practice. The interface is colorful and organized, and load times are swift--especially if you opt to perform the 2.8 gig install. There are only 13 playable characters--10 of which are female--so Aquapazza may not appeal to most audiences. But, if you don't mind the anime aesthetic and constant squeaky schoolgirl voices you WILL find a surprisingly deep fighting game here!
Kind of unexpected game...
This is a fighting game, but all the characters in this game are from other Leaf / AquaPlus visual novels (Kizuato, To Heart 2, Utawarerumono, etc). Since none of those games came to US, I think only few people who has knowledge about these games or related anime would know about this. For me, since I haven't played this game, I think I will buy this once released.