Today we’re going to take a special look at one of my new favorite games: ARMS. Arms is a new twist on a classic genre, fighting. In arms you play as any of the 15 available characters and fight either CPUs or real people. But there’s a twist: your arms are extendable. For some characters then they have springs that serve as arms, some have mechanical suits, and some even use their hair! But without further ado, lets exteeennnnnd our knowledge of this amazing game!
The controls for Arms are pretty simple. Here are the basics:
- To punch, you well … punch. Literally. Just punch with either your right or left hand and your character will punch.
- Curve your punch to use a curve punch.
- Extend both arms at once to do a grab, which will grab your opponent.
- To move you have to tilt the controllers, which takes a bit to master, but once you do, the game is much more fun!
- Tilt the controllers towards each other to shield. A grab can go through a shield, but nothing else can. You cannot punch while shielding.
- To jump you push the R button, which is located on the top of the right controller.
- To dash(which is a little boost to your speed) simple push the L button, which can be found on top of the left controller.
- Once your flurry rush gauge fills up, push ZL or ZR to unleash it. ZL and ZR can be found on top of the left and right controllers respectively. Your flurry rush is a quick series of punches that can be fired insanely fast. This deals massive damage.
Now onto the different modes!
Now, here is where things get exciting! The modes are Grand Prix, 7 Versus variations, Training, Party Match, Ranked (which I haven’t played yet), Local play, and Friends mode. Let’s start off with … Grand Prix!
Grand Prix mode is 10 best-of-three matches against random CPU (or real) fighters. Above CPU level 4, the last match is Hedlok. Sometimes there are V-ball matches as well. Grand Prix is pretty fun, and by beating it you can unlock Ranked matches. Next up … Versus!
This mode has 7 different games in it. The first one is….
- Fight: is the first Versus mode. It’s just you versus one other fighter, in a best-of-three match. The first person to KO the other fighter wins. Its Arms most basic mode, and is a true classic.
- Team Fight: This one is pretty self explanatory. It’s a 2 on 2 match, you’re tied your teammate, and the first team to KO both players on the opposite team wins! This mode is great to play with friends or family!
- V-ball: This is my second favorite mode(probably). It’s basically volleyball, but you can hit the ball ass many times as you like. If the ball hits the ground, it explodes and gives the other player a point. The game ends when you either score 5 points or the timer runs out(I think the timer is for 99 seconds). This game is great training for learning how to move around well.
- Hoops: is like basketball. Or maybe baskethuman? I don’t know. Anyway, you need to grab your opponent and toss them into the net. This is worth 2 points. Anything from behind the 3 point line is worth 3 points. If you hit someone enough, especially with a flurry rush, they will fly into the air, hit the edge of the stadium which has trampolines on it, and go flying into the basket. This is worth 3 points as well. When time runs out or when someone reaches 10 points then the game ends. This is my personal favorite game mode.
- Skillshot: This one is a bit on the boring side from my perspective. It can be 1 on 1 or 2 on 2. Basically you are on one side of the square arena and someone else is on the other side. In between you there are circle targets that you have to hit. Hitting more targets with one arm will give you more points. You can also punch the player on the other side. The game ends when time runs out.
- Hedlok: This one is super fun. Here then you try to acquire a mask sort of thing, called the Hedlok. This appears to be a living thing, but it’s made out of metal? Anyway, once you touch the Hedlok, it goes on your head and gives you 4 extra arms! After that just beat up your opponent. Eventually if you are punched or after a certain amount of time passes, the Hedlok will leave you. If you are punched, the Hedlok will only fall off. But enough time passes, it will vanish into the air. The game ends either when you defeat the other player or time runs out.
- 1-on-100: In this 1 player game, there are 100 enemies you are trying to defeat. They do not come all at once, just in waves. The enemies are not characters, just human shaped blobs (kind of like Helix). They are quite easy to defeat, but there are quite a lot of them.
- Arms Test: This mode isn’t even really a game. Basically you are given random arms and you have to see how long of a win streak you can get. It’s fun for trying out new arms, but not really that enjoyable.
This mode is online play with people from all around the world. You get randomly placed into a match with 1-3 other people. Any game can be played (except Arms Test), from Hoops to Skillshot. This mode is quite enjoyable and it is fun to test your skills against real players.
(I haven’t unlocked this mode yet. I will probably edit this sometime in the future once I have played this mode.)
Local Wireless Mode
This one is pretty simple. Play with separate consoles in the same room as you with up to 8 other consoles and up to 3 players at once.
This once again is pretty simple. Play against up to 3 friends from long distance!
Learn more techniques and skills in this mode! I haven’t tried this out much, but it is quite helpful for getting better at ARMS!
In this mode you play a game similar to Skillshot, where you try to unlock different arms for different characters. In other modes of ARMS, such as Grand Prix and Versus, you earn in-game currency. Once you earn 30 units of currency, you can unlock new arms in this game. Pay 30 units of currency to play for 25 seconds, pay 100 units of currency to play for 50 seconds, and pay 200 units of currency to play for 90 seconds. In the game you try to hit targets to level up. When you hit a flying gift box you will earn some new arms for a fighter. When you hit a floating clock you get extra time. If you are playing for 30-50 seconds, when you hit a clock you will get 5 extra seconds. But, if you are playing the 90 second mode, then you will earn 10 extra seconds! This mode is enjoyable and very helpful!
This has been really fun to write! I hope you all found this helpful and found some happiness in this difficult time. I’ll write a part 2 very soon. See ya then!