Arms Review – The Jimquisition

Arms is a really strange game to try and write about because its disparate parts vary so wildly in quality. It has the core of an incredibly solid and accessible 3D fighting game, but is surrounded by missed opportunities and poorly executed aspects.

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Erik735748d ago (Edited 48d ago )

I always like his reviews. His score never seems to represent what he says though, at least when it comes to Nintendo.

Arms is solid game and if you like fighting this will be one of the best ones you can get this year.

_-EDMIX-_48d ago

I'm sorry Erik I'm still probably going to get a switch , but you've lost all credibility in regards to recommending anything for this platform. You exaggerate anything that releases on there....

I'm probably going to buy a switch for Animal Crossing probably the third Bravely Default and the new shin Megami tensei but then again those are the same reasons I purchased a 3DS so go figure lol

Arms just looks like a big flop to me, I just can't stand their motion games. This review was sort of confirming what I believed about this when it was first announced.

So I'm keeping my expectations pretty realistic and pretty grounded in terms of what I want for the switch...

HexxedAvenger48d ago

You don't have to use the motion controllers. You can use the pro controller.

Erik735748d ago (Edited 48d ago )

If you like fighting games youll like it

sd1148d ago

I played 2 sessions of the demo. My first impression of the motion controls were that they were hideous. So i chose to play with a controller. For me the game was one of the most fun games i have played in years. It was fast paced and chaotic, but full of pure fun.
My next hour session i played the whole game with motion controls and soon began to enjoy this just as much as the standard controls witch surprised me. I played both sessions 2 player with my son. Note the online multiplayer supports 2 players.
Regarding the criricism i understand a few points. Would this game be as much fun in single player? Not sure, maybe not, but i cant really say for sure.
Next the content. Its possible that it is light on content. This is having a clear impact on the score. But bare in mind that this will be addressed with free updates over the next 12 months. Many reviewers have mentioned this and expect the updates to improve the game.
Now the problem with your comment is that you are dismissing the game without playing it. ARMS really needs to be experienced and if you get the chance try it for an hour.
Finally in terms of being a flop, after playing it i doubt this. Its also scoring well and sitting around 78+ on meta. This is a good score. Particularly as many have lowered the score a bit due to the content, which will be expanded free. So try it before dismissing it.

_-EDMIX-_48d ago

@SD- if you say so, because I haven't played and you tell me that there is a option without the motion controls the least thing I could do is give it a try when I purchase a Switch.

EddieNX 47d ago (Edited 47d ago )

77 is a very good meta score, its far from a flop and will piss 1M in sales blindfolded. Its a high quality game with a lot of depth, thats what I took from the testpunch.

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Prince-Ali48d ago

so you think in a year where we hake Tekken 7 and Injustice 2 out you think Arms will be one of the best!? purely based on a lack of games in the genre NOT because it's anywhere near the level of quality as the aforementioned games.... behave yourself.

Erik735748d ago (Edited 48d ago )

I think it will be one of them and a solid entry.

Uken1248d ago

It's a solid fighting game and is a lot of fun. Kind of like a Power Stone game. Which was a lot of fun.
Tekken 7 and injustice 2 are different style of fighting games. And ARMS will have free DLC.

I think in a year we have those of two games, that another good fighting game should be welcomed. Because you as a gamer win.

Lavitz198948d ago

"so you think in a year where we hake Tekken 7 and Injustice 2"

So we're going to just overlook Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, which has a higher metacritic average than any version of Tekken 7 and around two to three less points than Injustice 2, for whatever reason?

"Arms will be one of the best!?"

Depends on how you define best. In terms of content and depth, I would say it's below Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 (I own both ARMS and GGXR2) and likely below Tekken/Injustice (don't own either), but there is more to it than that. Unlike Injustice 2, assuming it is like Injustice, and Guilty Gear, ARMS is very accessible. You don't need to master combos, learn moves or read frames. In ARMS, you just need to know how to aim your fists and after that it is reading your opponent.

"because it's anywhere near the level of quality as the aforementioned games.... behave yourself."

The biggest issue with ARMS is content, but there is supposedly free DLC, so Nintendo has six months to wow people. Personally, I don't see it happening. I think we will get more characters, stages and arms, but I don't think they will expand the game in any significant way, similar to current cast.

Yes, levels have different functions and sure, there are unique abilities, with at least 30 arms, but the diversity is low.

What some characters do is pretty minor (Springman remains charged after a certain point, Min Min can use a super powered arm, Twintelle can slow down punches when she holds dodge or whatever it's called), to the point where it might make a difference, but not enough to pick the best character over your favorite.

As for arms, there are many reskins (Min Min's fire dragon to Helix's ice) and I imagine we will see more of these than an five or six new ones.

IamTylerDurden148d ago

Hard to say ARMS will arguably be the best fighter of the year when Tekken 7, Guilty Gear, and Injustice 2 all exist. It won't be top 3, not to say it can't be fun, but clearly not one of the best.

_-EDMIX-_48d ago


I mean we all knew this game was probably not going to perform that well in terms of reception.

deafdani48d ago

It's got a 78 metascore and multiple positive reviews on this site, yet here you are taking this one as representative of the overall reception of this game. Don't go questioning other people's credibility when you're spewing this bullshit.

IamTylerDurden148d ago

I love the ppl that disagree with an indisputable fact. 77 Metacritic.

deafdani47d ago


It was at 78 when I wrote that post. Maybe the Metascore went down a point with one or two new reviews added?

My point still stands. 77 is still a good score.

TekoIie48d ago (Edited 48d ago )

How is a 78 on Metacritic not considered doing "well in terms of reception"?

I mean Splatoon was considered good and it only got a slightly higher average of 81.

IamTylerDurden148d ago (Edited 48d ago )

I think ARMS and Splatoon are two different leagues regardless if one is a 77 Metacritic and the other an 81. Splatoon 2 will sell huge, i don't see ARMS garnering the same mass appeal at all. ARMS always seemed a bit goofy and somewhat unspectacular. Quite frankly i'm surprised it has a 77 Metacritic.

septemberindecember48d ago

It's being received positively by most, I don't know what you are talking about.

IamTylerDurden148d ago

Read what i said..

I just displayed the Metacritic, i know how it's being received... I posted the 77 Metacritic. It's being received fairly well, not great, but fairly well. I am surprised it's being received as well as it has and i don't think it will have the impact Splatoon had. Is that hard to understand?

septemberindecember47d ago


Why should I read what you said when I wasn't responding to you? I was responding to _-Edmix-_

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PeteyMcPickle48d ago

Almost as good as Zelda Botw then?


IamTylerDurden148d ago

Joke? How is it anywhere near Zelda?

GameBoyColor48d ago

Cuz he rated it close together lmao

PeteyMcPickle47d ago

Because the same guy gave Zelda a 7/10 lol

Protagonist45d ago (Edited 45d ago )

Except Jim did not review it...

LOL_WUT47d ago

Yeah I knew it wasn't going to get good reviews. I'll have to pass up on this game ;)

EddieNX 47d ago (Edited 47d ago )

It has got good reviews??? 77 metacritic is very good! Don't let one bad review sway your opinion.

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