Lord of Arcana (ロード・オブ・アルカナRōdo obu Arukana) is an action game developed by Access Games and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation Portable, based on lore from Lord of Vermillion.
Lord of Arcana is an action role-playing/hunting game where up to four players can accept and complete quests in various locations. These quests vary between Gathering or Hunting. The mechanics of the game are often compared to those seen in the likes of Monster Hunter, God Eater, and Toukiden.
Gameplay, much like in the aforementioned games, takes place in real time, where players must roll to dodge, use items, and attack while the enemy moves around the battlefield. However, unlike those games, these battles all take place inside circular arenas, which appear after making physical contact with an enemy (or entering a boss gate). After the battle has been finished, the characters return to the field and the enemy avatar disappears.
Aspects that set it apart from other games are the Weapon Leveling System, which unlocks skills, magics and attacks as your proficiency rises, and a more complex questing system.
The Leveling System (associated with Proficiency), will unlock more skills for the weapon the player is using, such as One-Handed Swords. Each weapon will require usage to increase Proficiency, thus unlocking the additional skills, even leveling up weapon skills. The same system is used for Magic Cards, which increase in damage dealt when Proficiency rises
The quest system has various complexities depending on the quest undertaken. At the start, quests start basic with defeating various monsters/creatures or gathering items. As progress is made, various quests will have additional obstacles (such as requiring lesser guardians to be killed before heading towards a Master Guardian), which are marked with a key icon on the map and above their field avatars and the aforementioned arena combat system.
The game takes place in a world called Horodyn, named after its first King. Throughout areas in Horodyn, the Arcana, an ancient stone said to harness powerful magical power, lay waiting for the true Ruler to attain. The world is inhabited not only by humans but also by fierce monsters, beasts, and guardians. Humans who hunt these creatures are known as Slayers, all united in the Slayer's Guild.
As the game progresses, various areas will open as Arcana Release Quests are completed (which is done so by defeating Master Guardians).
Many artists from around the globe designed the creatures seen in this game, Hitoshi Sakimoto served as the game's sound producer, while the music was made by Nobuo Uematsu, Kenichiro Fukui and Satoshi Henmi.
In 2011, a sequel was released named Lord of Apocalypse for the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita, exclusive to Japan.