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RWBY: Arrowfell Review

Cute 2D action

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a PS5 on 🏹

RWBY: Arrowfell is also available for PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch

RWBY: Arrowfell is rated Everyone 10+ by the ESRB

If you're in the market for a Metroidvania-lite with some kickass heroes then here's the action-packed and adorable RWBY: Arrowfell.

A.J. has been obsessively gaming since the late '80s and is just as passionate about video games in 2023. 🐻

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These ladies look anxious to get started

Meet the crew

To be frank, I didn't know what the heck RWBY was before playing this game and from what I understand, it's a long-running anime-style web series. Seeing as RWBY: Arrowfell was my introduction to this universe, I must say that I'm intrigued and impressed with what it has to offer. For starters, the main cast of colour-themed ladies is awesome with red Ruby Rose, white Weiss Schnee, black Blake Belladonna, and yellow Yang Xiao Long. I'm happy that the story isn't all that serious and is full of cute moments that frequently made me smile and occasionally laugh out loud. Even though it is a lighthearted tale, there's no denying that the RWBY crew is badass and I like that a lot. v1d30chumz 35-172-230-154

Character-swapping fun

It's excellent that the gameplay ties into the premise because as you traverse RWBY: Arrowfell's mini Metroidvania-style stages, you can swap characters at any time and each one has a melee and long-range weapon as well as a special move that is handy in both combat and puzzle-solving. Specifically, Ruby can air-dash, Weiss can create a platform that emits projectiles, Blake can make a copy of herself that attacks whenever she does, and Yang can smash down into the ground which destroys weak objects. Meanwhile, your energy gauge is used for certain moves and it doubles as your health meter but you also have lives and once you run out, you'll have to start at the previous checkpoint. It all comes together to make for a well-rounded and enjoyable formula whether you're exploring or fighting. 😊

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Ruby Rose does her best impression of the enemy

Simple combat

Fighting enemies in RWBY: Arrowfell is the primary component to its gameplay and it works for the most part although it is very simplistic at its core. In addition to hacking and slashing while occasionally shooting, you can also utilise the aforementioned character-specific abilities. However, battles don't require much more than tapping the attack button while moving out of harm's way. With that being said, it's still fun, especially when you find yourself efficiently swapping between characters while devastating an arena full of monsters. 🗡️

Rewarding upgrades

One element that I particularly enjoyed is the upgrades. First, you'll earn skill points that you can distribute among the 4 heroes in order to enhance their attack power, energy replenish rate, and such. Doing so actually makes a substantial difference and maxing out a character will definitely make her much more capable. However, the part that I enjoyed even more is when you upgrade the character-specific abilities (known as Semblance moves) at various points in the story. After upgrading these, you can reach new locations at previously explored stages which makes it much more satisfying to revisit levels as you never know what sort of goodies you'll find. ✨

RWBY needs a bit more TLC

I may have had a fun time with RWBY: Arrowfell but it's certainly held back by its shortcomings. For starters, I had a very "meh" first impression of it as it takes a good hour or 2 to start getting interesting. This is due to the fact that the gameplay is super-stiff, especially in the early goings as you won't know how to play it effectively and your repertoire will also be limited before the gameplay starts to click. Once it does, you'll have a lot more fun although the gameplay still remains undeniably stiff at the end of the day. Another issue is that the boss fights are incredibly easy and unmemorable. In fact, I just stood there and mashed attack for most of them which more often than not was enough to get the job done. If there's ever a sequel, I hope it's longer and that these issues are tweaked. 🎛️

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Start all the fires you want; you're still going down

RWBY: Arrowfell is a solid stage-based Metroidvania-lite that offers enough 2D fun to please most fans of the genre. With that in mind, a lot could be done to make it a more fulfilling experience when it comes to its stiff gameplay and underwhelming bosses.

  • + Simple yet enjoyable 2D action with nifty abilities via character-swapping
  • + Cute presentation and story
  • + Rewarding upgrades to unlock
  • - Takes a while to start getting interesting
  • - Mostly stiff gameplay could use fine-tuning
  • - Easy and forgettable boss fights
7.0 out of 10
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