Luminous Arc 2 Review
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System: DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Image Epoch 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Atlus 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Nov. 18, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 (2 online) 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Outside of battle, you can make stops at various places like towns and camps to simply chat with other characters or buy supplies. The nice thing about items in Luminous Arc 2 is that you're never really stuck trying to figure out if you have the best stuff equipped for your character. Chances are that the newest shop on your map has the best stuff for your party, so you just roll in, buy it, equip it, and move right along.

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There is a level of tinkering, however, that comes from the Lapis system. These stones boost characters stats and can be freely swapped among party members in-between battles. From boosting fire attack damage to giving you more defense, it makes for a system that is simple to grasp and opens up a lot of potential for experimentation.

Atlus fans should feel at ease with the story break segments. Before and after battles, dialog segments between characters take place. They are pretty lighthearted and serve their purpose: bringing out the charm of the brightly colored characters, which include oddball cast members like a cook who uses an egg beater to bash his enemies. There are occasional bits of voice work, but the implementation comes across as weird due to the fact that sometimes only half a scene will be voiced, so you'll be listening along and then switch back to reading text. Pairing with the standard story segments are special breaks where you are given the option of chatting with a particular character in your party (via a dialog tree) to boost your relationship with them. Persona devotees will recognize and appreciate this distinct Atlus touch.

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There is incentive to pickup Luminous Arc 2 soon: buyers of new copies will get a soundtrack CD, something that has become somewhat of an Atlus staple. Nevertheless, Luminous Arc 2 stands out enough in its own right as a charming tactical title that it should provide gamers with plenty of hours of satisfying, strategy-centric role playing.

By Jason Lauritzen
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.7
Graphics
The sprites aren't super detailed – they could probably be done on a GBA – but the anime-styled art is well done.
4.0
Control
Tactically, everything works as it should. The controls are pretty simple and it's easy to issue commands to your squad.
3.9
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
While not Yasunori Mitsuda's best work– that honor goes to Chrono Trigger – the tracks have a very positive vibe and you'll find yourself reaching for a set of headphones. The voice over work ranges from “that's pretty good” to “ugh, I wish that character would can it.”
3.5

Play Value
Strategy RPG fans won't be disappointed. There's plenty of grid-based play to fill the hours, and while the story itself isn't anything special, the character relationships are crafted well enough to keep you pushing on.

3.8
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • 30 chapters, 30+ hours of gameplay: The newest chapter of the Luminous Arc story features new and returning characters, gorgeous visuals, multiple endings, and even more challenging strategy gameplay.
  • Brand new content and enhancements: Sporting a more refined interface, rebalanced strategy features, responsive touch controls, and many more improvements, Luminous Arc 2 provides a gaming experience that builds upon the success of the original in every way.
  • Engagement system: Connect with your Witch allies by “engaging” to boost Roland’s stats and give him access to powerful combat skills.
  • Take the battle online: Pit your strategic mettle over the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection against strategy fans all across North America.


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