When taking a trip into the dangerous world of Horodyn, there are many things to consider - and role-playing game LORD of ARCANA wants you to explore them all. You start by creating your own character from a selection of options such as gender, voice and weapon. While the aesthetic details won't affect your gameplay, your choice of weapon does. Do you choose the swift and equally balanced one-handed sword or the heavier and more destructive mace, for example? Each of the five weapons has its own special attack to consider as well.
Once you've made your selection and played through a brief introduction to learn the basics of battle, you step into the shoes of your creation. A small village full of citizens offering helpful advice and information eases you into the gameplay. It's from this village you can buy equipment, enhance your weapons and armour, and begin quests.
Combat is action based, transporting you to a separate and enclosed arena when you come across a roaming enemy. There you can actively approach and circle your foes, blasting them with brutal combos, spectacular magic spells and special Battle Art attacks. Not that they'll stand still to take all this punishment, as they fight back, surround and otherwise attempt to defeat you.
It takes a steady and tactical approach to succeed in LORD of ARCANA. Blocking and evading is the key to succeeding the lengthy and frantic battles, with your movement in the arena as equally important as your assaults. Building your character's level and abilities is rewarding as you gain more special skills and items - essential as you come up against massive, screen-filling monsters which can only be weakened after strikes on various parts of their body. The battle is on - can you survive the monstrous hordes?