- System: Nintendo Switch
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Release Date: June 16, 2017
- Price:$59.99 USD
- Rating: E
- Genre: Fighting game
- Players: Single Player, Multiplayer
- Official Website: https://arms.nintendo.com/
Who it Caters to
Nonetheless, the game was made for people that enjoy punching things, whether you’re a punching Spring Man, or that drink off your desk... Unless you have infinite vitality in real life, or tiny hands, this game most definitely needs a pro controller.
What to Expect
This game is certainly attractive at first, all will seem wonderful whilst you pick fights against different vivid and quirky characters. The arena is something you always look forward to, as you can have fun guessing what character belongs to what arena. Getting used to the game’s mechanics, curve punches, mini games, unlocking different set of arms is something that will feel overwhelming at first… but, once you find out that -THAT- is the point of the game, punch and collect arms, everything will seem much less appealing... What, no real “story” mode? That was a sloppy move for a new title, Nintendo. With no story what so ever, the game gets really old, fast… it won't be more than an hour when you start poking around the options looking for more to do. The game is plain and simple: turn on your console, pick your character and fight - that’s it. Really. But hey, don't get us wrong, it’s certainly addicting if you don't mind things being extremely repetitive.
The point of unlocking arms is so that you can mix and match em, having a different set of arms versus a different set of characters, developing your personal tactics and strategies to use with a partner or complement a duo fight. The real endgame starts is when you build up enough confidence in your Arms combination skills and start challenging players online, this is the only way the game gets challenging and the only way you can enjoy the contents of the game to the maximum.
ARMS Accolades Trailer - Nintendo Switch
Every character is well designed, each with its unique trait that matches almost too comically with their name. For example, Ribbon girl’s stretchy arms are made of ribbons, and so is her hair and.. hair ribbon.. her eyes are also swirly, like ribbon strips! Another case is Min Min, the obvious Chinese girl, whose hat is just a ramen bowl upside down, and the noodles form her hair and arms, her punches, as you guessed it, are also Chinese themed, some being able to transform into Chinese dragons. Mecanica, Ninjara, Spring Man… it’s really easy to figure out the special powers and arms of each character just by knowing their names.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Fun multiplayer
- Character design is memorable
- Stress relief (when punching the air!)
- Competitive online matches
- Mini games while you wait in online lobby
- Expensive vs playable content
- No story
- Limited number of characters
- Motion sensor sucks for PvP competitions
- Hard to use controller, no remapping
Honey's Final Verdict:
Arms starts with a good swing but time definitely knocks out enjoyment really fast. The game has a few free DLCs coming out, including new characters and all, but will Arms really last on its feet until round 2? That’s something for you to find out for yourself!