I like the arts and the fluid gameplay all along. Even housekeeping with your stamina to deal more damage at the right times I liked a lot.
Unfortunately, I missed some kind of exp and rpg component to enhance character not only in the story based part but even in this one. I would have loved it. Especially because this gladiator arena style combat really is cry out loud for it - don't you agree?
I disliked those poisonous weapons in the story game, here in the mini game it is in fact the best weapons class, I think - just keep moving and streak them makes it easy and survivable. But on the other side I hate the fact that nme's killed through poison don't count for the "killed nme" in lvl statistics. Aren't they killed through my action anyway?
Therefore one minus (9/10), but still a 5/5 for the great effort and sharing this fabulous game with us :)