ARMS Has The Potential To Be Great, But Controls Might Hold It Back


Seemingly the best thing Nintendo accomplished for Splatoon was the worldwide test fire. By allowing players to encounter it, however just do as such inside brief windows, it constrained individuals who in any case might’ve brushed it off to encounter what Splatoon brought to the table. Normally, when the worldwide test punch was uncovered for ARMS, it appeared to be a splendid plan to get the little buzz Splatoon got. Since more individuals have encountered ARMS, does it resemble the following enormous things or is it excessively eager?

After the short prologue to the controls, the worldwide test punch let you play against others online in one of three arbitrary modes and control one of seven unique characters. Directly off the bat, two things turned out to be very obvious with ARMS. The first is that the controls will take some getting use to and it’s much more muddled than it looks.

During the test fire I tried motion and Pro, but neither felt quite right. With motion controls the inputs are straightforward. When you punch, your character punches, moving both together blocks and so forth. From time to time the controls didn’t quite work, but overall it was doable with some practice. The Pro Controller did a better job of this, making things more natural, though it didn’t feel quite as natural hitting opponents.

To hit someone, you not only need to attack, but move your arm in their direction. Outside of a couple players, it seemed like most opponents, along with myself, had issues hitting their mark. Sometimes attacks would miss by a mile, with others coming up short. With practice the system will likely become second nature, but it’s impossible to determine how long that will take.


Part of what makes ARMS hard to play is that it’s much deeper than it looks. Intercepting someone’s punch will cancel them out, with each arm having a distinctly different playstyle. It seemed like Min Min was a popular choice for exactly this reason.


I found her dragon arm to be one of the most consistent ways to hit an opponent, since it shoots a laser in a general direction. Having said that, similar to how shooting hadoukens from a corner works against terrible players in Street Fighter, more complicated weapons will likely be a staple of competitive play.

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