After releasing the Digimon Rumble Arena in 2001, Bandai with another manufacturer developed the second version. With the support of Foundation 9 Entertainment, Digimon Rumble Arena 2 was available in 2004 for three different platforms (Xbox, Game Cube and PlayStation 2). In particular, this second version is the same fighting style as Super Smash Bros. Melee. However, another point is to add a health measuring device for the character. Besides knocking the opponent off the floor to win, players can also attack continuously to reduce the enemy’s vitality to zero.
In Digimon Rumble Arena 2, players will discover various Digimon from the first four seasons of the anime series related to Digimon (Digimon Frontier, Digimon Tamers, Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02). Besides, the game will provide some characters when starting to experience (Agumon, Gomamon, Gatomon, Biyomon, Flamemon …). There are some others that you have to overcome certain challenges to unlock (MaloMyotismon, BlackGuilmon, Neemon, BlackAgumon …). In addition, the game also has some characters that cannot be used (Calumon, D-Reaper, and Phantomon). But they play a supporting role in some unique challenges. For example, Calumon will appear in Crazy Chase – a mini-game. The goal is to chase and touch Calumon 20 times to win. This game has two game modes, single-player and multiplayer.
With the single-player’s challenge, players will randomly select a character to play in many different matches. The match’s objective is to defeat all competitors on the playground. In addition, each Digimon will possess four special attack techniques and can perform Digivolve skills (allowing evolution twice and each will bring a unique shape). The use of Digivolve will occur regularly within the game. After evolution, players can use powerful combo techniques and special attack techniques with superior strength to defeat the opponent. Like challenging a single player, the multiplayer mode also allows players to control and evolve Digimon to fight. However, it allows multiple players to compete or they can coordinate with each other and fight against the CPU.
In terms of image quality, the game’s Digimon resembles anime with a lovely appearance when not evolved and possessing strong and impressive looks after each evolution. The context and combat environment is diverse to help players not be bored. In particular, combat skill effects (or evolution) are smooth.