The sequel to
the female-only 2D fighting game, Arcana
Heart 2 was first announced at AOU '08 Amusement Expo and was released in
Japanese arcades on March 21st, 2008. The game uses the new EX-BOARD arcade
platform by Examu and was the first game to be released on the system.
Petra's got a nice pair of.... guns.
Arcana Heart 2
introduces 8 new female characters,
each with unique Arcana abilities. New gameplay additions such as Arcana Blast,
Arcana Homing and Critical Heart were also added to the system. Arcana Blast
costs one power meter and enables a fighter to be invulnerable temporarily.
Arcana Homing costs one meter of the homing gauge and allows players to split
and perform a Homing Cancel. Finally, Critical Heart consumes all 3 meters of
the power gauge and enables the use of a powerful super move when the fighters are at a specific distance.
It's not likely that I'll ever play the original
version of Arcana Heart 2, since it's limited to Japanese
arcades and like 2 North American arcades. The good news is, I did get a chance
to play and review the two sequels: Arcana Heart 2: Suggoi!
and Arcana Heart 3.