Lord of Arcana

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Lord of Arcana
Lord of Arcana Cover.jpg
European cover art
Developer(s) Access Games[1]
Publisher(s) Square Enix[1]
Director(s) Hiroyuki Saegusa
Designer(s) Hidetaka Suehiro
Composer(s) Nobuo Uematsu
Kenichiro Fukui
Satoshi Henmi
Platform(s) PlayStation Portable
Release
  • JP: October 14, 2010[1]
  • AS: October 14, 2010
  • KOR: October 15, 2010
  • NA: January 25, 2011
  • EU: February 4, 2011[2]
  • AU: February 10, 2011
Genre(s) Multi-action game

Lord of Arcana (ロード・オブ・アルカナ, Rōdo obu Arukana) is an action game for the PlayStation Portable, developed by Access Games and published by Square Enix.[1] A remake titled Lord of Apocalypse (ロード・オブ・アポカリプス, Rōdo obu Apokaripusu), was released in Japan and Asia in December 2011 for the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation Portable, and in Korea on February 11, 2012 for the former console version.[3]

Gameplay[edit]

Lord of Arcana is an action game that allows up to four players to fight monsters and demons, some of which make cameo appearances from other Square Enix games.

The gameplay is very close to that of the Monster Hunter, God Eater and Phantasy Star Portable series, featuring cinematic kills and mini-games. Players also have the ability to summon monsters to aid them in battle, and can also use magic (e.g. Fire, Light, etc.) to inflict damage on the enemy.

Plot[edit]

Lord of Arcana takes place in a world called Horodyn, named after the land's first king. Somewhere in Horodyn lies an ancient stone known only as "Arcana", which apparently holds great magical power. Unfortunately, as well as humans, the world is home to many great and powerful monsters and beasts, which are fought by warriors known as Slayers who seek Arcana.

Development[edit]

The monsters featured in Lord of Arcana are designed by many artists from around the world. Hitoshi Sakimoto served as the game's sound producer, with the score being composed by Nobuo Uematsu, Kenichiro Fukui, and Satoshi Henmi.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 53/100[4]
Review scores
Publication Score
Edge 4/10[5]
Eurogamer 5/10[6]
Famitsu 32/40[7]
Game Informer 7/10[8]
GamePro 2/5 stars[9]
Game Revolution C[10]
GameSpot 4.5/10[11]
GameZone 4.5/10[12]
PALGN 4/10[13]
PSM 4/10[14]

Lord of Arcana received "mixed" reviews according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[4] In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of all four eights for a total of 32 out of 40.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Square Enix. "LORD of ARCANA spec" (in Japanese). Square Enix. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  2. ^ Rob Rutter (July 1, 2010). "New Square Enix Game LORD Of ARCANA Is Coming To PSP". PlayStation Blog Europe. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  3. ^ Spencer (December 12, 2011). "249 Reasons Why Lord Of Apocalypse Is Not Lord Of Arcana". Siliconera. 
  4. ^ a b "Lord of Arcana for PSP Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved April 3, 2016. 
  5. ^ Edge staff (March 2011). "Lord of Arcana". Edge (225): 107. 
  6. ^ Keza MacDonald (February 17, 2011). "Lord of Arcana". Eurogamer. Retrieved April 3, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Kevin Gifford (October 6, 2010). "Japan Review Check: Lord of Arcana, Kirby's Epic Yarn". 1UP.com. Retrieved April 3, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Lord of Arcana". Game Informer (215): 98. March 2011. 
  9. ^ McKinley Noble (January 25, 2011). "Lord of Arcana". GamePro. Archived from the original on March 11, 2011. Retrieved April 3, 2016. 
  10. ^ Kevin S. (February 17, 2011). "Lord of Arcana Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved April 3, 2016. 
  11. ^ Carolyn Petit (February 15, 2011). "Lord of Arcana Review". GameSpot. Retrieved April 3, 2016. 
  12. ^ William Haley (February 7, 2011). "Lord of Arcana Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on February 18, 2011. Retrieved April 3, 2016. 
  13. ^ Kimberley Ellis (March 9, 2011). "Lord of Arcana Review". PALGN. Archived from the original on May 5, 2013. Retrieved April 3, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Review: Lord of Arcana". PlayStation: The Official Magazine: 79. March 2011. 

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