Arms is a game that is so wacky and tacky, that when you put it all together it just works. The entire concept of the game revolves around your ability to punch others with a slew of different arms available between 10 playable characters. Matches take place on a variety of 3D landscapes which can host anything from a staircase to an actual bowl of ramen itself.
Arms isn't simply limited to classic matches, there are also a select number of "mini-game" modes available as well. Players are able to play volleyball where you must hit a ball back and forth before it explodes, basketball where you must pick up and dunk your opponent, and various other modes including a four player 2v2 brawl where you are tethered to your opponent with a rope. If you choose not to play online or against a friend, there is an option to compete in a single player "grand-prix" narrated by an adorable and quirky commentator named Biff, however it does get a bit repetitive and the AI is extremely difficult. Playing against a real person offers more variety and is more fair to the user.
So, is Arms worth picking up? The answer to that is a bit complicated. If you enjoy fighting games or want a game that is good entertainment for a party setting, then yes. If you don't think you'll want to dive into the mechanics and learn strategy or play with friends then Arms probably isn't for you. While the AI may be difficult, the online feature hosts a slew of people who are learning the strategy behind the game, and if you aren't prepared to be competitive, you most likely won'y enjoy playing since the matches won't ever go in your favor.
Overall, we would give Arms a 6/10. This game has the potential to be really fun, but it may get old after a while and if you aren't prepared to study and learn the game, online is far too competitive.
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