ARMS Global Test Punch

ARMS Global Testpunch

Show of arms (sorry), who tried out the ARMS global test punch? In our area, our demo was scheduled for 8 PM last night and we played for the whole hour. When the game was first announced, I’ll admit I didn’t have any worries. It looked like a fun game, like Super Smash Brothers 5.0. I was excited for it to come out and now that I’ve tried it, even for just an hour, June 16th can’t come fast enough.

I was a bit more skeptical of the game. I was curious as to where the idea came from, thinking it was a little silly and odd. Nevertheless, it looked interesting to try out, and the global test punch seemed to be the perfect way to do it. As soon as the game was ready to go in our timezone, Rachel and I fought with the joy-con straps, and quickly selected the first character that held our attention for more than a few seconds. For me, that was Ninjara.

I chose Ribbon Girl mainly because I liked her hair. I enjoyed the three different arms that I could choose for her as well, my favorite being the spark punches (I forget what they’re actually called). We had fun when the screen showed us the “basics” of the game, but I’ll admit it overwhelmed me a bit. There’s a lot of controls to remember. You get the hang of it the more you play, but it’s a lot harder than it looks. Mostly I just flailed my arms around.

That’s true, I had to duck away once or twice from Rachel’s flailing, haha! Ninjara was fun to use — I love ninja characters and his Chakram and Buff punches were lots of fun. After getting used to the controls, I utilized his vanishing act often. The controls themselves did take a bit used to, especially since I tended to back up my character while trying to rear back for a punch.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
It was just hard to remember which controls did what. During the test punch, we participated in various fights online. Sometimes Kris and I were teamed up and other times one one of us would go at a time. The lobby was smooth and you could see what everyone else was doing and who was going next. It was a great online system and I can see myself playing online a lot when the game releases. Aside from the fights, there was volleyball which I wasn’t too much of a fan of.

The online lobby was great! It allowed you time for a breather in between matches, while also giving you the options to switch characters and do a few warm ups while waiting for your next round. I definitely preferred the fighting matches to the volleyball as well. As odd as it may sound, I ended up being much more coordinated in the chaotic fighting matches than I was trying to spike an explosive volleyball!

Rachel Mii Double Jump
I’m sure we’ll get better with the volleyball with practice. But it makes me wonder what other types of games there will be? I thought it was just fighting, but I doubt they added just volleyball and that’s it. Once our hour had ended, we spent the rest of the night playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe online with Mr. Panda. Overall, it was a great night!

Did you try ARMS? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Work gets in the way unfortunately, but I’m building in a little free time to play it tomorrow evening (7pm UK). Honestly I don’t like fighting games, but I’m open to enjoying this. Fingers (arms?) Crossed on that front.

    1. I know what you mean! I hope you do enjoy it when you get a chance to try it out. The controls are annoying at first, but you get used to it. And it’s a lot of fun if you have someone else playing with you.

        1. Right?! It’s a really great game and I bet we haven’t even seen the half of it. I can’t wait to play again, but the next test punch (for my area) isn’t until June 2.
          I’m glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  2. I am being lame and not installing it, right now I don’t want to run my life by Nintendo’s rules and their one-hour windows. I am glad you’re having fun with it though! Considering picking it up, but then I need to get another set of Joy-Cons…

  3. Yay! I had a great night going from ARMS to playing online Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with you! A great time to be a Switch owner playing online! 🙂 I didn’t think much of ARMS before the testpunch, but now I’m excited to get it and will probably get it day one! I’d love to play with you online if that’s the case. 😉

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