Review by omgawdiknouhax

"Need a break from Melee?"

When the first Digimon rumble arena came out for playstation, I tried it out and did not like it at all. The game had a wide selection of playable characters to choose from but just wasn't fun to play once you beat it. Then there is Digimon Rumble arena 2, or DRA2, is just like the first one except that they now include many more different options to play.

The gameplay for this game was fairly simple. Pushing down the special button while holding the control stick in a certain direction will perform a special attack for each digimon. That means that each digimon will have 3 moves that they and only they can perform. Considering this is based on the anime only this game will have digimon digivolving into their assigned digivolutions that they follow in the anime. Digivolution is one of the important ways to win, but to digivolve you to attack the opponent and collect the blue orbs that fly out when you hit them. Think of it as a pinata, the more things fall out, the more happy you get. There is also a new digivolution setup. Instead of the original 2 digivolutions there are now 3 different forms. The range of characters to play as has also increased along with the different playing areas.

The gameplay though, does get a little boring after a while, which will bring the score down a little.
Score: 9.5/10

The sound for this game wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The digimon voices though, were far off from what the actors sounded like in the anime. Whenever you hit someone it would sound exactly the same. The specials attacks had different sounds with each move which made it fell slightly better. The music fit in the level design very well though.

Score: 8/10

The graphics in the game aren't that bad as far as the digimon go, but the level detail could have been a little better. The attacks look like they were rushed and almost all the ultra moves look similar.
Score: 8/10

Replay Value
Although gaining the characters were easy, getting all the modes and 4 extra characters was time consuming. The extras would pop up randomly in single player mode, forcing you to win them to get them.
Score: 6.5/10

If you have some friends that are either hardcore digimon fans or you want a break from SSBM, this game will give you a good feel. My advice, buy it if your into fun 4 player action, or rent it if you don't feel like blowing your money.


Final Score: 8/10

Reviewer's Rating:   4.0 - Great

Originally Posted: 08/05/05

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