Aqua Pazza: Aquaplus Dream Match Rapbox [Real Arcade Pro.V3 SAP Combo Pack]
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AquaPazza: From eroge to Fighting:
Though originally released in Japanese arcades in 2011, AquaPazza is a new western PS3 entry in the 2D fighting genre and is heavily influenced by anime, huge combos and the unique AquaPlus/Examu Partner fighting system.
Examu, the creators of the acclaimed Arcana Heart series have combined their fighting game expertise with AquaPlus and all the characters from the latter's anime series plus franchises; many of these characters have been featured in AquaPlus' branch of adult games (Eroge) made by their subsidiary Leaf.
26 Partners, 3 Classes, a lot of Combos:
No doubt an eclectic cast of 26 characters - from the bookworm Manaka who literally uses bookshelves to smash fools to the beautiful Sasara, master of the lance and shield – this PS3 version features famous characters from Utawarerumono, Tears to Tiara, all the To Heart series, Kizuato, Routes, Comic Party, and White Album.
From this list of characters, players choose one main and one partner to complete the AquaPlus/Examu Partner fighting system. Partners will assist players as 1 of 3 classes with specific tactical actions. For instance, if players incorporate their partner aggressively, they will get rewarded for this play style; the partner will add an additional skill element to help break defensive play.
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As well, each character has their own storyline; when completed, another story mode with an alternate ending is then after ready for play. For even more content, there is also a time-attack mode, training mode, gallery mode and online modes like tournament mode with enabled spectators, ranked/unranked matches and friends-only matches.
Even with all this, Atlus is offering AquaPazza at a fan friendly price. At this stage, there is no excuse for fans of 2D anime fighters to skip this title - we ask again: are your arcade sticks ready?
|Original Name||AQUAPAZZA RAPBOX (リアルアーケードPro.V3 SAP同梱版)|
|Official Release Date||Aug 30, 2012|
|CERO B (12+)|
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Since the announcement of Aquapazza for arcades in Japan, I've been following this game some great amount due to my love for Aquaplus & Examu games. This game will bring back some memories for those whom played the doujin game by French-Bread titled "The Queen of Heart" which was a fan-made fighting game using only female characters from the Aquaplus titles To Heart & Comic Party.
This those of us whom played those games, this is considered the official Queen of Heart game since it's officially by Aquaplus with the help of Examu....the only kicker is that there are 3 male characters in this game. Anyway, the game plays a bit like the doujin game "Vanguard Princess" with it's 2 vs 2 gameplay style where you control one character and your partner sits in the back only to come out for 1 attack when you have the meter & the addition of air blocking. Other than that, none of the staple mechanics found in anime-themed games like air dashes (with the exception of 1 character) are found. There aren't any over the top combos and usually stop at about 20 or so hits but with great zoning, poking, mixups, & rushdown tatics, this game has characters that will fit your playstyle needs.
The game supports the other staples of anime-themed fighting games such as a story mode, gallery, training, & online play.
This is where things start to become a problem. The major flaw with this game is that the online netcoding for this game is bad.....I mean really bad for now. It's been noted on sites like Homingcancel.com & Shoryuken.com that even the Japanese community are complaining about the network issues of this game this was the major cause for it's 3 delays. There are no word if Examu/Aquaplus are doing anything on this as no official announcement has been made but this is a serious issue for those looking to play online alot with this game.
This wasn't an issue in Examu's last game release "Arcana Heart 3" due to the fact that they had Arc System Works to help them with the game and thus they brought the netcoding from the BlazBlue series into Arcana Heart 3 but since ASW was not called for Aquapazza's release, the netcoding is nowhere to be found.
Don't let this discourage you from buying this game though. Aside from that one huge flaw, the remaining of the game is top notch and honestly, I don't think it shouldn't be missed. It's a must buy for me but if you're concerned about the flaw, find someone who has it and play it at their house or so before you decide to buy it.
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