If you enjoy Breakout-style games then you know that ARKANOID is great and it's back with the super-fun multiplayer ETERNAL BATTLE.
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I've been a huge fan of ARKANOID ever since I played the original NES game and years later, I thoroughly enjoyed playing Doh It Again thanks to its clever use of the SNES Mouse. Then, a couple years back, Space Invaders Forever released which whet my appetite yet again for more of the series with its inclusion of the innovative and entertaining Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders. v1d30chumz 44-210-77-106
Well, my thirst for more has been satiated with the debut of ARKANOID - ETERNAL BATTLE and it's one excellent experience. For the unfamiliar, its primary appeal is the brand-new multiplayer mode for up to 25 players but on top of that, there are a few other modes that you can enjoy. Best of all, though, is the fact that the classic gameplay remains intact and it's as fun as it was back in 1986. 😄
Before discussing the modes more in-depth, I just wanted to say that the visuals of ARKANOID - ETERNAL BATTLE are exceptionally well-done. Not only is everything unambiguous, there's also a retro aesthetic that makes everything look like it's coming from a CRT television. Also, each mode has its own visual style with the classic arcade game featuring a cabinet and even ambient sounds as if you're in a busy arcade. My only complaint is that there aren't any display options. Now that I mention it, there aren't many options in general.
Let's get to the main event which is ARKANOID - ETERNAL BATTLE's titular mode. Essentially, 25 players compete to be one of the final 4 then that group will face DOH in an epic boss battle yet only 1 player can claim victory. Although you have infinite respawns, the player with the lowest score will get booted after a while. Plus, as you play, you can throw power-ups to the player ahead or behind you in order to mess with their game. It all comes together to form a frantic and enjoyable back-and-forth where anything can happen. I've only been playing against AI players so I'm excited to enjoy the old-school action with fellow fans when the game releases. 😊
Besides the superb online multiplayer component, ARKANOID - ETERNAL BATTLE also features the original 1986 arcade game, a brand-new campaign with Neo mode, and Versus mode where up to 4 local players can compete. I should mention that although local multiplayer is fun, make sure to play on a large TV whenever 4 players are competing because the playfields become quite small when so many of them have to fit onscreen. Anyway, the single player modes each have their own leaderboard which is awesome and there's even a leaderboard for ETERNAL BATTLE mode for how much experience you've accumulated. 🏆
With that being said, I wish there was some museum content to explore about ARKANOID seeing as it's been so long since the classic games. Also, being able to play more of the ARKANOID titles would have been awesome. Specifically, I would have loved to see Arkanoid Returns included as that's probably the most obscure release in the series and it would be great to play it on a modern console.
Finally, allow me to discuss some odds and ends. One of the most rewarding aspects of ARKANOID - ETERNAL BATTLE is how many power-ups it features. Not only do you get all of the classic ones that can split the ball, extend your paddle, and erect a fence, the multiplayer mode includes a bunch more that can shrink your opponent's paddle, remove upgrades from them, and much more. All of these create a consistent sense of franticness and the fact that you can dash to the sides of the screen is helpful for whenever you need to quickly move a long distance. However, it's kind of disappointing that there is no touchscreen support as that would have been my preferred way to play. Other than that, there's a great deal of old-school enjoyment here that'll put your skills to the test. 🎾
ARKANOID - ETERNAL BATTLE is a superb modern adaptation of the iconic arcade game that will easily appeal to newcomers and long-time fans such as myself. I'm definitely looking forward to playing it against actual players instead of just the AI! 😅
- + Classic ARKANOID gameplay that's brilliantly modernized for online multiplayer
- + Excellent visual effects
- + Solid collection of modes
- - I wish there was some museum content and perhaps more classic ARKANOID games
- - Could use many more options
- - Why is there no touchscreen support?