Arc the Lad - PSOne Classic
A good SRPG, that is slightly flawed
Story: The story of Arc the Lad follows Arc a young man who is destined to save the world from eternal darkness. To achieve this Arc must meet with the five great spirits and acquire their spirit stones. Along the way he is joined by Kukuru, Popo, and several others as well.
My only real complaint about the story is that it isn’t a self-contained story. This game ends with a to be continued screen so to finish the story you will need to play Arc the Lad II which is also available in the PSN store.
Characters: I didn’t find any of the characters overly annoying but some of the characters aren’t particularly useful in combat and don’t seem to serve an effective role.
Gameplay: This game is a turn-based strategy RPG on a grid-based system. One of my major complaints with this game though is that you can’t walk through your own party members. To get around them you will jump over them. This means that if you are in a tight area with characters in the lead being unable to jump over each other you begin to move forward at a crawl. This issue tends to rear its head up though in the dungeon that contains 50 levels but, this area is largely an optional area. Another issue with the combat is that you’ll end up grinding one character up at the expense of the other characters. To combat this issue the game allows you to gain experience through the casting of spells as well as surviving attacks. So it is to your advantage to regularly cast healing and support magic.
Graphics: The game uses 2D sprite images. The sprites do look a bit overly large though and lacking in detail.
Sound: The game does feature some decent songs. This game doesn’t include any voice acting though and is entirely text-based.
Level Design: Most of the levels are rather open fields and dungeon areas, but they still contain a few bottle-necks which can be highly annoying considering how the party advances in this game. This design does work for the most part to prevent the battles from feeling overly slow.
Other Issues: The game is highly secretive about how to obtain certain accessories. In fact, I’d suggest reading a FAQ for this game just to find out how to acquire all of the accessories. Though if you do this on your first or second play through is entirely up to player.
Level Design: 6