Arc Rise Fantasia
The best RPG I've played in a while!
I've waited a long time for this game, and I am very pleased with the game and it was waaay worth the wait! If you are an RPG fan I definitely recommend picking it up! It has a great turn based strategy battle system and the character cast is just wonderful an colorful. The Tales team helped a little on this game which is very noticeable as you play it with the skits and other attributes. So if you are a Tales fan you don't even have to question whether or not you should go and pick it up. The only down flaw on this game is the English voices. I have never heard a worse set of voice actors in my life since Tales of Eternia (Tales of Destiny II in North America) on the PSX. I practically have to cringe while hearing it. I ignore that though and play the game because I am grateful enough that we have gotten it in our country, bad voice actors or not. You can customize and update your weapons + magic throughout the game by fighting monsters and buying things at shops. There is also a guild feature in the game where you can pick up quests and earn money. Overall I give this game a 10/10. I definitely recommend it. Don't let the downfall of bad voice actors hold you back from a great game such as this!!
One and done
I am a big fan of JRPGs, but what is typically wrong with one of them is typically wrong with all of them. The story is an interesting spin on already existing storylines. Pretty sure I've played this storyline in pther games at least 3 times already. The music is absolutely great, but its a shame i frequently had to mute the TV because of the terrible voice acting (which I sadly got used to). The battle system is very, very addicting. I loved the battle system, but towards the end of the game, no abilities really mattered except excel trinities and lvl3+ magic. Boss Battles? Ridiculous. Hardest boss battles i've seen in a long time. Both a pro and a con though, because at times I just got frustrated. Overall, I thought it was a great game, but replay value in my opinion sucks. Borrow this game from a friend, spend the 60+ hours or so it takes to beat it, and give it back to him.
Better than it ought to be
Five minutes into Arc Rise Fantasia and I was wondering what I had got myself into. The first battle was underwhelming, the interface unwieldy and requiring too many button pushes to get anywhere. The dialogue was stilted and unnatural sounding. I thought I had made a big mistake buying this game. Ten minutes later though, I had completly changed my mind. Visually, Fantasia can't hold a candle to games like Final Fantasy or Star Ocean, so if you're looking for a game to visually wow and astound you then you're probably on the wrong system. Not that Fantasia's graphics are bad, the enviroments are lush and everything is done in a cheerful animesque style like the Tales series. In fact, much of Fantasia is reminiscent of the Tales games, even sharing the "character skits" Tales is known for. The skits, along with minor bits of dialogue are animated through anime-type images of the characters showing the relevant emotion. It works quite well. Other cut-scenes are fully animated, and it's nice to see the characters don't use a set of stock movemets over and over again. The only thing that really stands out is the dialogue and the voice acting. Though the story itself is well written, on occasion, lines of dialogue will come across as being cheesy. This happens more in the beginning, when the characters are still being established, and after a bit this problem mostly disappears. The other rough spot is the voice acting, the voice acting is neither excellent nor terrible. It won't compare to games like Persona 3 and 4, but it is a far cry above being intolerable. Like the dialogue, the voice acting seems to get better as time passes' whether this is due to fewer cheesy lines or simply because you get used to the voices I don't know. I can at least say that none of the voices are grating to listen to, and a couple are even truly pleasant. Ignoring these two issues though, the dialogue of Fantasia can often be quite amusing, making this one of the few games where I laughed at parts that were intended to be funny. The characters react and act in realistic ways, and the brusqe, snarky lead gets you to enjoy the characters as well. Shortly after the game starts you get a second character, and this is when the battle system really starts to shine. Fantasia utilizes a turn-based system, so if that's not your thing then you won't like this game. The battle system is described as being a system that pools your character's "AP" (basically how many movements a character can make per turn) together, meaning one character could make 3 attacks and everyone else do nothing, much like how in Magna Carta: Tears of Blood one character could bash the living daylights out of the enemies without any help. You can do that in Fantasia, but the game makes it clear it doesn't want you to. Having one character make more than one movement automatically puts all but their initial move at the end of the line. In most cases, it just isn't a good idea. The pooled AP let's you use stronger attacks at the cost of more AP, meaning fewer attacks. After selecting all your actions, the characters and enemies all move at the time in a visually appealing manner. The battle system works well and looks good. A few other notable things are the ability to choose which controller you want to play the game with, nuchuk, classic, or gamecube. The game supports all three. Also, the game includes a costume system for your characters To change their look. The music in the game ranges from pleasant, unobtrusive background music, ti enjoyable battle music. In closing, Arc Rise Fantasia is a solid JRPG, and the people who will enjoy the most are most likely vetrans of the genre who can handle a game that doesn't quite take itself seriously. Newcomers to JRPGs may find they like it, if they give it a chance.
When I first heard the Voice for the characters. It was a huge turn off I mean it made me want my money back. Then I realise that the voice fit the characters perfect. The battle cry maybe a little weird. So if you dislike the game for the VA. Give it sometime when you get used to it you will love it.
Looks like a great game.
Arc Rise Fantasia comes from the creators of Luminous Arc, probably the most succesful DS only series. I expect ARF to be just as good. I've seen many different videos of it, and read about gameplay aspects. The game is turned based, where they'll be pauses so you can decide on different actions. What's different about this game is that all the characters share an "Action Gauge" which allows you to launch attacks. In other words, you'll have your attacks prepared when it time to fight. You can divide the action points among different characters, or pool them all into one. I've heard that you can do "combo attacks" if everyone goes, and summons too, but I haven't heard that much about either. All in all, this game looks great and I'm definatly going to buy it when it comes out.
WORTH EVERY PENNY!
i was finally able to get my hands on this game for the wii, bought it for 20 dollars with the coupon $10 off brand new! it is exactly what i thought it would be, so far the animations/gameplay/sound/etc seems soo great, the only problem is the voice acting....oh boy the voice acting, wow at times it can be bad, but if it doen't bother you then this game is worth your money used or new! what i'm so shocked is that this is the last copy for this game where i live, its hard to come by a game like this one..but if anyone out there is looking for a great classic RPG then buy this game!!
Disappointing and generic.
Got my hands on it today and played it for several hours. -the graphics, in general, are bad - even the FMVs. In battle graphics are its one saving grace. -the voice acting is AWFUL, AWFUL, AWFUL. If anything kills this game it will be the horrendous robotic voices. -the overall presentation (locations, character designs, creature designs, etc...) and battle system are VERY generic. The group attacks are cool but its been done a lot better in other games. In the end this game is very disappointing...even as I type this I can still hear the laughable voice acting in my head. Definitely not worth the $40 and months of waiting. Save your $$$$$ and rent it or at least wait a few months when the price drops to $10, because it will.
Amazing game, careless mistakes
This was with out a doubt the best RPG game for the Wii I ever played. I can't give it a perfect score though. First off I couldn't see the whole game on my T.V. Also the voice acting was really bad at times, but don't let that stop you. The game was amazing and there's a huge plot twist around the third quarter of the game. (Witch I won't say any thing about) The story was great, it had all kinds of characters from funny and silly to angry and serious all in one game and the boss battles were hard. Really hard, something I wish I could say about all the games I play. I easily lost track of time playing this game. If you like RPG games or need a new video game with a challenge buy this game!
One of the Best J-RPGs ever for the Wii~
To start off with, this game is freakin' long! I've probably logged in over 200 hours and there is so much extra content/bosses that are difficult as H#LL, I don't doubt everyone else is in the same boat as I. Graphic wise, I enjoyed the characters designs and the music was pleasant enough in battles and areas. I love the open world travel and all the cities with being able to customize costumes. As for fighting, customization galore on both weapons and magic especially, creating secondary magic is AMAZING. For anyone looking for a thoughtful challenge, I recommend this game 100%
Worth it if you can get past the voice acting
At first I will admit I was a bit thrown off by the voice acting because there was barely much emotion into it. However as the game progresses the voices get better and their voice acting wont be so bothersome. The gameplay is nice and goes into the classic turn based with a twist of adding a few more components to make it a bit of a strategy combat style. The story makes the game worth playing and has many twists into the game and the events will change based on what you do. I would recommend this game to those who like a good story with some nice gameplay and wont be so superficial about voice acting.