Rated 2 out of 10 by Deeeeee Bland attempt at a Monster Hunter clone
Just like the summary says, Lord of Arcana is a very blatant and bland copy of the Monster Hunter type gameplay. It doesn't hold a candle to it's predecessor in any way. The environments are all flat dungeon-style romps that are usually very linear and straightforward. Character animations are incredibly stiff and awkward looking. Fighting is insanely boring and repetitive, involving pressing one button monotonously to execute the same combo endlessly. Lord of Arcana is "like" Monster Hunter only in the sense that it's aimed at the same fanbase, but in the end plays nothing like Monster Hunter, nor features any of the same polish. If you're really on the hunt for something that features in the same sub-genre as Monster Hunter, try Phantasy Star Portable 2 or (better yet) hold out for God Eater Burst.
Rated 0 out of 10 by ultimateRPGfanatic Nothing less then what you would expect from SE
I downloaded the demo of this game the other day. It is absolutely great. In some ways, it has a similar gameplay style as the Monster Hunter games but with more indepth features added. One thing I like is its real-time battle system that combines aspects of RPG and Hack-and-Slash. You are also able to customize the character's fighting style. It seems like it will have a good storyline as well. The demo really only reveals the gist of the back story and a bit of the current situation, but I'm already hooked and can't wait to see what will happen along the way. Its been hard to find a game with both good gameplay AND a good story recently but I feel that this game will deliver. Lord of Arcana is going to be yet another great game by one of the best video game companies ever, Square Enix.
Rated 0 out of 10 by Tophertots Looks like im not putting my PSP away after all!
I just recently downloaded the demo version of this game off the Play Station Network. Its a 173MB download. The game felt great! Its the RPG i always wanted, no it is not like Monster Hunter. I have a hard time comparing this game. You can cast spells, and meele combat? That sure dosen't sound like Monster Hunter to me. The dongeon style gameplay has me hooked. And im guessing this is going to be a pretty bossly multiplayer game as well. Fighting style is fun and addictive the instant you encounter your first battle. And it just continued on to impress me. Character styles are also awesome. And did i just summon Bahamut!? Yes i did! Cant wait for this to come out on the 25th of January!
Rated 9 out of 10 by Frost619 Better than Expected
This game is better than i expected, really because i thought it was going to be some sort of reoccurring hero type character kind of like most rpg's but the character was customizable in name and features and it flows with the story. its not like untold legends were you have go through weird dungeons and find certain objects to get to a certain place looking down at your character from ceiling view. no the graphics were great sound and gameplay were great and i must say its difficult which is what hardcore rpg gamers look for and i would recommend it to a first time player. i must say even though i bought this game recently i impressed even more by square enix quality of work.
Rated 9 out of 10 by ENFJ IF MONSTER HUNTER CONTROLS ARE SLOW...
...then give this game a shot! I haven't beaten it as of yet, but it's given me a good length so far and the graphics are nice. The game is, yes, like the monster hunter formula, but MUCH better controls in this one, and the speed isn't so sluggish. You basically run around and explore an area on a mission until you see an enemy, then when you engage it you are put into a circular arena and fight monsters there (like a turn-based JRPG where instead of selecting an attack you fight action-rpg style.) If you couldn't get into MH, give this a go--oh, and to those complaining for a lack of story, this has WAY MORE STORY than MH ever has, so don't even, foo'.
Rated 8 out of 10 by Paratrooper1n0 Leaving all bias aside
People are comparing this to Monster Hunter? Stop being fanboys. Okay on to the serious part. This is a very good game, when I picked it up I had to learn to play it. When I played the demo a week ago chosen my character you are brought into this one place and a few rooms forth you meet with a boss. And all the time I was fighting him, using magic, special and basic attacks I kept having fun. This is not for casual gamers. This is for gamers who are good with combining attacks. I.E. If you had played The Witcher 2. Overall, great game and I would recommend this to a GAMER. No casual fanboy.
Rated 8 out of 10 by EvilSafetyboy26 So much like Monster Hunter but with lock-on!
Honestly, these comments are just based on the lengthy demo which I enjoyed very much. It is so much like Monster Hunter that I'm surprised Capcom hasn't voiced concern. Guild halls, weapon sets (no dual swords or gun lances though), even mission maps will make all monster hunters feel right at home. The ability to lock-on is a nice option, especially with the big bosses. Encounters with lesser monsters are isolated to a fight zone, instead of MH's open world. "Coup D' Grace" finishers get repetitive but are the right idea.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Maclane0911 Awesome!!!!!
This game is literaly one of the most AMAZING games I've ever played for PSP, this and the Monster Hunter series. I'm not going to get into the whole dispute about this being like Monster Hunter, but I will say, it has similarities to Monster Hunter but it's got it's own feel. If you Like Monster Hunter or Action - Adventer/ RPG games then you will like this game. I am crazy for this game right now, it's addicting, exciting, adrenaline rushing, and AWESOME!!!! Buy this game while you can cause it seems as though the copies are dissappearing.
Rated 0 out of 10 by Maclane0911 Lord Of Arcana
Alright, some of you guys might know me, the Big Time RPG player usually on Xbox 360, well i'm back. Lord of Arcana is an awesome game, i'm so gonna get it, my only problem is that it comes out the same time as Two Worlds 2 on 360. So i'm gonna have too get this later, and that sucks. I recommend this game, i've played the Demo, and it's awesome. it's is insanely like monster hunter. So if you like that game, get this, there both amazing, i Love this game already, and i LOVE Monster Hunter. So get this everyone 10 out of 10 stars!!!
Rated 7 out of 10 by zeldahero It's decent
Originally perceived as a Monster Hunter clone , Lord of Arcana carves it's own identity . Battles take place in contained spaces rather then large environments , combat controls are tighter , the action is more violent , and the pace is faster than the Capcom's series . However , the rince-and-repeat Gameplay is pretty tedious . For casual Gamers and Monster Hunter fans it's worth checking out . But , if your looking for a varied experience , I'd recommend looking some where else .