Arkanoid Eternal Battle Review

If you play video games chances are you’ve either played a version of Arkanoid or at least seen one over the past 30+ years. The original was an arcade classic but versions of the game have appeared on dozens of platforms since. The latest entry is called Arkanoid Eternal Battle and comes our way by publisher Microids and French developer Pastagames. Here’s my review of the PlayStation 5 version.

Arkanoid Eternal Battle is very much still what you expect from Arkanoid. You move a paddle at the bottom of the screen and use it to bounce a ball back and forth until you break all the bricks on-screen. This new game brings new modes, effects, and features to the table though and chances are that’s what you’re here to learn about. The most noteworthy addition is the new Eternal Battle mode where 25 players compete online to see who can be the last player standing. This mode is a lot of fun as you’ll start off trying to break the bricks and get a good score chain going. Break them all and you’ll move onto the next level but if you miss hitting the ball or fail to clear the screen in time, you’ll lose points. At certain points the player with the lowest score will be eliminated and this continues until there are only four players remaining.

Once you get down to the final four, you’ll move onto a boss battle where only one of you can be the winner. Not only can you attack the boss but you can also use various power-ups at this point that let you do things to mess with the other players like shrinking their paddles to gain an advantage. Even if you manage to outlast the other three players at this stage you still have to bring the boss down in time which I did find a little on the tough side. It feels rewarding when you do it but I think the difficulty should be toned down just a notch. Just like any other battle royale the sheer number of ways things can play out differently each session is a reason to keep jumping back in for another round.

Outside of the Eternal Battle you also have a local multiplayer mode for up to four players and two single-player modes called Retro and Neo. Retro has you play through a few dozen stages with an arcade aesthetic and pretty much is the classic Arkanoid you know with power-ups. Neo is similar but has a different look and introduces new brick types and power-ups. Both modes have their own online leaderboards too so if you like to score chase it will be a reason to keep replaying them. Outside of that though there isn’t much more to this package so if the Battle Royale mode doesn’t strike your fancy the price of entry might not be worth it to you.

Arkanoid Eternal Battle mixes the classic brick-breaking formula with battle royale and turns out to be a pretty fun time. Trying to outlast 24 other players and take down a boss at the end is exhilarating and will have me jumping back in from time to time for more.

*Arkanoid Eternal Battle is available now on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. PlayStation 5 version reviewed. Review copy provided by the publisher for this review.

Arkanoid Eternal Battle

$29.99
8

Great

8.0/10

Pros

  • Classic Arkanoid gameplay you love
  • Great visuals and soundtrack
  • Eternal Battle is a fun twist on the formula that can keep you coming back for more

Cons

  • Not a lot of content outside the Eternal Battle mode
  • Final boss in Eternal Battle mode is a tad too strong
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Editor/Writer/Reviewer here on ThisGenGaming.com. I've been playing games for almost 30 years now and play everything from AAA blockbusters to Indie games.

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