You will have to keep track of HP, VP, EP, SP, and TB—all of which stand for very different things. by Alex Donaldson, 14 July, 2009. My first true full RPG was probably Wizardry... or was it Ultima? You might be tempted to simply skip through all the chatter, but if you do that you'll miss out on a lot of the charm that Enchanted Arms has to offer. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. He was born wit... Read Full Review. The addition of "Golems" add a lot of interesting aspects to the game. The only case I can imagine wo... Read Full Review, Enchanted Arms starts out, if not strong but sturdy. Golems and human characters alike each have affinities to the elements, making them more vulnerable to opposite affinity attacks, but also able to take advantage of enemy vulnerabilities. ), the females tend to be healer and support types, and the males tend to be androgynous and, in one case at least, flamboyantly transsexual. Most are shallow RPG stereotypes: Atsuma punches a lot (where have we seen that before? Each battle takes place on a flat, 6x4 grid that is divided down the center. From Software is porting its role-playing game, which featured a student of magic whose destiny is to save the universe, from the Xbox 360 to Sony's next-gen console. As we head towards what looks like the most visually stunning holiday gaming season... “Reactor Online, Sensors Online, Weapons Online, All systems nominal”. Sometimes you'll run from one town to another, and other times you'll be running from the beginning of a dungeon to the obligatory boss fight at the end of that dungeon. are removed after the end of every battle. Characters will repeat things over and over again as often happens in Japanese translations and worse still the voice acting is literally cringe-worthy. It quickly gets old hearing the same two or three phrases repeated a dozen times or more in a single battle. Also it has quite a good story; only the Golem hunt is a bit unnecessary. based on [image3]Okay, so that’s a lot of math, but what it boils down to is this: each battle is its own mini-game, and even if you just manage to squeak through one battle doesn’t mean your characters will be hurting for the next. Golems are the equivalent to robot slaves, and, as we all should know from experience, robot slaves are always a bad idea. Enchanted Arms starts out, if not strong but sturdy. You can take all of the golems you collect in the game online to engage in multiplayer battles via Xbox Live. Though it does so with an interesting story, decent characters, and awesome turn based combat. I know that I’m supposed to find the crass princess kind of desirable, but just a few of her over-acted squeaky lines make Makoto’s pink pickles sound like a decent alternative. Enchanted Arms does little to flesh out these systems as the game wears on, and you may find yourself tiring of the systems in the end. This is still worth playing for the battle system, but you may want to skip out on the rest the game has to offer. Get the latest news and videos for this game daily, no spam, no fuss. It feels almost like a puzzle game because you have to figure out the best order and position for each of your characters to maximize damage and minimize risk. The result is a RPG adventure that has elements of monster collection and training to help you conquer the game world that Enchanted Arms throws you into. The battles all come down to positioning, because each attack has a specific range and pattern. Mixed or average reviews However, one might complain about the number of numbers, all with acronyms that sound vaguely the same. The speed strategy is a good concept, the golem collecting system is like pokemon for grown ups, and that's about it. Enchanted Arms is one of the few console games to offer Pokemon like features and it does so with a traditional JRPG core. This title however, could've been better if more time was made for it. However, as your VP dwindles, characters will have to be swapped out of your party for healthy ones. I kind of prefer words to acronyms, call me old-fashioned. Every console has its strengths and weaknesses, especially with the kind of games that are released for it. There's too much backtracking required, and it often takes an inordinate amount of time to get where you want to go. Sadly it's not just let down by its presentation - it's almost ruined by it. From Software's older RPGs were barely playable, but this one was one of my favorite RPGs of the year. Enchanted Arms is a capable and often enjoyable role-playing game, but it's also one that you'll likely forget as soon as you finish it. It's a great RPG if you understand how to play it. Your play the Role of Atsuma, a kind of school drop-out with a an extraordinary gift. The stor... Read Full Review, Enchanted Arms follows the whole save the world theme that has become the trend for practically all rpgs these days. I rented this game when that was a thing that people still did. I gave up on Enchanted Arms early on. However, over time your characters will lose vitality points, and characters with no vitality points left won't regenerate any health or ether points between battles until you reach a replenishing station. With the release of Enchanted Arms, Xbox 360 owners now have access to the first next-gen traditional RPG. I liked the tactical combat system. This is all a great shame, as Enchanted Arms is actually quite a good game. You can have up to four characters in your party, and during your turn, you can move those characters and assign actions in any order. Yes, it's the first role-player to feature traditional turn-based combat on the PS3, but there are so many shortcomings to the actual game that I can only recommend the $60 investment to the hardest of hardcore RPG fans. We're not looking at another Metal Dungeon either. This was many "new" gamers first introduction to RPGs and perhaps they think that it is representative of all RPGs, rather than being part of a sub genre of a greater genre. If you can look past the terrible English voices (or read subtitles to Japanese voices), the plot of the game is a serviceable JRPG romp to save the world from an evil demon, though the game can get too preachy about the power of friendship. To understand the clever irony of this title, you need to go back just twenty seconds to before you read the first few sentences of this review. The eye candy is the game's defining feature, but it doesn't attempt to stand on that aspect alone. There are a few preset camera angles to choose from, but none of them offer a full view of the battlefield. Perhaps it doesn't stand out, but it surely is a great game! By finding and defeating hidden Golems, you can add a plethora of robot monsters to your party. Copyright © 2006-2020 Mist Network and its owners. This is just a roundabout way of recruiting enemies to join your party. The page you requested does not exist or has moved. This is my first rpg for the xbox 360. The end-of-battle music sounds suspiciously familiar, but I’ll have to do a side-by-side comparison before saying that it is a copy of. Sorry, but you can't access this content! It is also, as far as I can remember, the first JRPG that you can actually switch the soundtrack to the Japanese - which oddly i find far better than the English one - like the difference between a subbed and English soundtrack Anime. At this point, Atsuma's destiny as savior of the universe is revealed, along with a mysterious power that resides in his right arm. While it's still baddies on one side and the party on the other, you now have a degree of movement on your side within a grid - and so do the enemy. despite poor graphics decent turn based combat and very good character deepness make this title very enjoyable, It has a good combat system but also the ability to autobattle which is great for grinding. While Microsoft made admirable strides in the console war with the Xbox, they still had a huge void in the RPG genre. GameSpot may get a commission from retail offers. The music is typical of a role-playing game, and it's mostly good. With up to 50 hours of gameplay and the option of having rather straightfoward online battles, you’ll at least get your money’s worth; we’re just not sure that most Xbox 360 gamers have refined enough tastes to fully appreciate it. Summary: (Known is Japan as " [eM] -eNCHANT arM-") In Enchanted Arms, players embark on an epic adventure filled with unique characters and more than 75 special controllable creatures that players can unlock as they progress. This, like most of the RPG combat conventions, should be no surprise. Golems are creatures that are based off enemies in the game that you can recreate and use in battle after defeating them in a Pokémon style. In this world, or should I say gaia, the main technology is enchantment, which is sort of like magic electricity. Your arm’s special ability is that it mucks up enchantment in all its forms. Since you can only take a set number of Golems in your travels (the others stay in a virtual warehouse), choosing your eight golems is as important as choosing your four battle characters. With the Japanese dialog, the stunning visuals and the solid turn-based combat system it's the first game in a long time that sates my appetite for the old school RPG. Support skills, which are “always on,” help you make the characters distinctive, but you never really get to nerd out over a character’s abilities or equipment. Also, any lost battle can be replayed, and although this sounds like it means one would never lose, frequently—at least at higher levels—Atsuma and company will run into. The game is paced reasonably well, and although it's very linear, you'll never be stuck wondering where to go or what to do next. The nuts and bolts of the game are simple but effective. The story follows Atsuma and several acquaintances as he learns about h... Read Full Review, There isn't much to talk about when it comes to this title. This system requires you to keep plenty of extra characters on reserve to be swapped in for characters who have expended all their vitality points. I wasn’t impressed much by the game’s visuals. We'll begin emailing you updates about %gameName%. It deserves serious consideration from every PS3 owner. However, the first JRPG ... Read Full Review, Ive been playing RPGs for 25 years now. 54 It's a great RPG if you understand how to play it. For those reviewers that dislike it; as another critic has said, they seem to down rate it based on criticisms of the genre rather than the game it self.