I tend to be up and down on more heavily narratively-focused titles, probably disliking them more often than loving them, but there have been some stand-out exceptions. The original Arcade Spirits was mostly in the positive column in my mind, bringing some fun characters and interesting decision-making into the mix to help hook me early and then keep a decent pace to keep my attention. Unfortunately, either that flavor from the original has faded in this sequel or I’m simply not as enamored with it this time around. I think my biggest complaint here is that within the first hour I didn’t really feel hooked by what I was reading or by the choices I was being presented with… it was just thoroughly OK. I suppose for folks who loved the original or enjoy the game’s sense of style that may be enough to make it worth a look, but for me it just doesn’t have that spark I’m looking for in a narratively-driven title.
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