Digimon Rumble Arena 2

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Digimon Rumble Arena 2
Digimon Rumble Arena 2.jpg
North American PlayStation 2 cover art
Developer(s) Bandai Games
Publisher(s) Bandai Games
Series Digimon series
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Xbox
Release date(s) PlayStation 2
  • JP July 29, 2004
  • NA September 3, 2004
  • PAL October 15, 2004
GameCube
  • JP July 29, 2004
  • NA September 6, 2004
  • PAL October 15, 2004
Xbox
  • NA September 3, 2004
  • PAL October 15, 2004
Genre(s) Fighting
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Distribution 1 × DVD-ROM, Nintendo optical disc

Digimon Rumble Arena 2, known as Digimon Battle Chronicle in Japan, is a 2004 Digimon fighting video game released by Bandai Games for the PlayStation 2, GameCube, and the Xbox. It is the sequel to Digimon Rumble Arena and has a similar style of gameplay as Super Smash Bros. Melee, except with a health meter.

Story[edit]

Digimon Rumble Arena 2 is based on the Digivolving techniques of Digimon battling it out in a battle royale and to see who is the strongest Digimon.

Characters[edit]

The game features characters from the first four seasons of the anime: Digimon Adventure, Digimon Adventure 02, Digimon Tamers, and Digimon Frontier. Each one has their own special moves and "digivolutions", as well as slightly varying normal attacks and taunts.

Playable characters[edit]

Hidden characters[edit]

These are characters that are not available at first, but have to be unlocked by fulfilling certain conditions. All "Black" Digimon have the ability to absorb energy while grabbing the opponent.

  • BlackAgumon: A virus version of Agumon, with a slower, more powerful normal attack. He can digivolve to BlackGreymon and BlackWarGreymon. BlackAgumon is unlocked by beating the game with two different characters, or beating BlackAgumon during a "Surprise Attack".
  • BlackGabumon: A fire version of Gabumon. He can digivolve to BlackGarurumon and BlackMetalGarurumon. BlackGabumon is unlocked by beating the game with two different characters, or beating BlackGabumon during a "Surprise Attack".
  • BlackGuilmon: A black version of Guilmon. He can digivolve to BlackGrowlmon and ChaosGallantmon. BlackGuilmon is unlocked by beating the game with two different characters, or beating BlackGuilmon during a "Surprise Attack".
  • Duskmon: Well balanced, with one attack with infinite range, and another with teleportation. Duskmon is unlocked after his defeat in 1-player mode.
  • MaloMyotismon: Has a strong defense and melee attack. MaloMyotismon is unlocked after his defeat. His Ultra move, Pandemonium, scrambles the controls for other characters.
  • Diaboromon: Has a spin attack, and can fire a projectile as large as itself. His Ultra move, System Failure, de-digivolves other Digimon, and if the Digimon are already in their Rookie stages or cannot digivolve, it will do damage to them if the Digimon are near Diaboromon when he uses System Failure.
  • Omnimon: Well balanced, and able to perform quick combo attacks.
  • Neemon: Fast, but has weak attacks, with often comical effects.

Other characters[edit]

These characters are not playable but play a big part during different modes of the game.

Calumon: Calumon returns from the original Rumble Arena game, now the main character in the game's Crazy Chase mini-game. In the mini-game the players must give chase to Calumon and touch him 20 or above times to win. Calumon also makes cameos during the loading sequence of battles holding info boxes of random character information.

Phantomon: Phantomon is the only minor Digimon to make an appearance. He is a rare powerup known as Summon Phantomon. He randomly appears and stalks a Digimon. If a Digimon touches Phantomon, he'll instantly KO it with his Shadow Scythe. It is seemingly impossible to kill him, but he disappears after a set amount of time has passed.

D-Reaper: Although the character never appears, the stage Chaos Wastelands is fought inside the D-Reaper. The Jeri clone can be seen flying in the background.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
GC PS2 Xbox
IGN 7.0 out of 10[1] 7.0 out of 10[2]
Aggregate scores
GameRankings 66.8% (6 reviews)[4] 67.0% (8 reviews)[3] 63.3% (10 reviews)[5]
Metacritic 71% (5 reviews)[6] 63% (9 reviews)[8] 65% (8 reviews)[7]


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