Digimon Rumble Arena 2
Until recently the Nintendo melee series that is Super Smash Brothers has had little in the way of competition. Particularly popular in Japan the platform-based beat-em-up has proved that there is a substantial market for the taking and it seems now that Bandai is to give Nintendo a run for its money with Digimon Rumble Arena 2.
The first current-generation appearance of the Pokemon clone to be seen in the UK Rumble Arena 2 somewhat unsurprisingly pits players in a platform-based beat-em-up against a plethora of well-known Digimon fighters taken from all four TV series. The list of so-called battle arenas spanning icy glaciers open fields and fiery caverns is varied. They have multiple levels for escape routes and added strategy and they’re just as competent as anything seen in the two existing Smash Brothers games.
But these locales merely serve as a host for some serious multi-player brawls. Though a single-player game is great fun in itself it’s the multiplayer game that most Digimon aficionados will be interested in. Partaking as any of 40 renowned Digimon players can engage in battle with up to three others for a friendly skirmish of sorts that sees individuals taking advantage of multi-tiered environments and unique Digimon abilities to defeat their opponents. Victories are rewarded with numerous bonuses and if players manage to fulfil certain criteria they’ll also be able to unlock hidden Digimon.
It’s all very familiar and although Rumble Arena 2 isn’t exactly subtle in its similarities to the Smash Brothers games it’s a solid multiplayer beat-em-up and is worth a few hours of anyone’s time.——
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