Custom Robo Arena is defenitly worth renting. The Multiplayer over Nintendo WIFI is amazing, I would say the most impressive wifi set up yet. You battle 2 out of 3 matches against people all over the world and on top of that people that you play, you hve the option of making them a Rival. So after you build up a Rival List you can search for rivals to battle in the future. It also has voice chat, so you can talk with anyone on your friends list while playing, and the quality of the voice chat is near perfect. If you have the abilty to get on Nintendo WIFI, this game is amazing.
Now for the story mode, I haven't really gotten into it all that much but it is really slow and you read A LOT. You just wonder around like your playing pokemon and asking everyone you a question hoping they will tell you where to go. If your in to this type of RPG(ay) You'll love it, if not you'll hate it.
If you can play multiplayer this game is a must rent, if you can't I would still reccommend checking it out, just don't get your hope's up.
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Custom Robo is a arcade style fighter involving robots made from custom parts obtained thru certain tasks in the story. Sounds fun, is it?
Gameplay: Surprisingly the game works well. Moving, shooting, dashing. It all worked perfect. I never found my self confused or angry bc of unresponsive controls.
Presentation: The game goes for an 80's robot theme. Even with the music, which is all guitar solos. Menus are impressive and simple to use. Story on the other hand could be better. And longer. Its full of characters you just wont care about or get involved in.
Lasting Appeal: Story mode will entertain you for a little while. The real fun is online ofcourse. With so many combonations and robots. You'll never get tired of accepting a challenge.
Conclusion: Even with am ALRIGHT story mode. The game still stands tall as a DS must have. With tons of robot custom combos and online battles. You'll find your self wanting more of a challenge for your little fighting driod.
For your convenience, I will be dividing my rating into traditional categories. Custom Robo Arena is a game about, you guessed it, customizing robots to battle each other. There isn't really much else that can describe it.
Story: You are a kid who gets into the recent fad of custom robos (you know, like the kids used to like pokemon, except custom robos are real in this.) Your nearly perfect, ultra monotonous family, consisting of your mother, father, and older sister who works, give you a robo to start out with. Good for you. Before long, you are competeing in tournaments against other local schools, until you eventually fight in the robo cup. Along the way, you must fight members of the evil team ro....I mean greybaum terrorists. The story is charming, in a pokemon kind of way, and, also in a pokemon kind of way, it has no voice acting, and the story is told through text. But you enter your name at the begining, so all the characters KNOW YOUR NAME. WHOA!
The storyline also has some good, simple humor:
"Marv? No, I know no Marv. MY name is Mar.....ty. Marty! And I'm not wearing a disguise.
Gameplay: If you hate pokemon, don't worry, because the gameplay is much, much different. You equip your robos with different parts that do different things. Whoever gets his/her opponent's health to drop to 0 first wins.
Graphics: While you walk around, standard GBA 2d graphics. The robos in battle have beutifully detailed 3d models, and everything about it robo fights other than environments are top notch for the DS. No complaints about graphics.
Sound: Generic mediocre-good quality rock music plays wherever you go, from walking around to fighting. At least it doesn't have any lame lyrics. No voice acting, but the robo sounds are accurate and pretty crisp. That is, I only assume they are accurate, because I have no idea what a real life elecric shotgun sounds like when it hits a metal miniature robot.
AACK! Out of space. I give Custom robo Arena an 8/10