Digimon Rumble Arena 2

“You’ll love it, it’s a lot like smash, but, you know, you can digivolve in the middle of combat,” my friend Leland says to me.

“Digiwhat?” I respond, somewhat (read: very) incredulously.

Ok, I’m a bit old to be into the whole Digimon thing. I really only know about Pokemon because of Super Smash Brothers Melee, but the other day I purchased “Digimon Rumble Arena 2” for the Nintendo GameCube off of the recommendation that it was like Smash Brothers.

Let me start by saying that Super Smash Brothers Melee easily makes it onto most of my top five video games ever lists. (Other frequent members of that list being Tetris, Super Puzzle Fighter II, various Zelda Games, and Guardian Heroes). One thing I love about Smash Brothers is that it is four players, and yet, I get to look at more than a quarter of the screen at a time. Another thing is that it is fast paced.

Digimon Rumble Arena 2 is like Smash in many important respects. Its the same style of gameplay, and all that. It is by no means as good, but, if you’ve gotten bored with your smashfests, it can reinvigorate you with some fresh characters and game mechanics.

The major difference between the two is that you character can digivolve during combat. For those of you who don’t watch children’s cartoons, that basically means turning into a larger spikier version or yourself, or growing wings and weilding a sword. This adds some fun to gameplay, without being too gimicky.

The game is good, and its fun, but its certainly no Smash Brothers (Smash being a game so good that it justifies a gamecube purchase on its own). If you like Smash, but are getting bored of it, you might want to rent this one from blockbuster or gamefly. Then, if you love it, buy it, but if not, just go back to Smash.

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