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Enchanted Arms - PlayStation 3

by Ubisoft
Platform : PlayStation 3
Rated: Teen
4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation 3
  • ESRB Rating: Teen Teen
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • ASIN: B000ME07W0
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 14 x 1.3 cm ; 113 g
  • Release Date: April 5 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,788 in Computer and Video Games (See Top 100 in Computer and Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Enchanted Arms [PlayStation 3] For the PlayStation 3

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Hmmmmmmmmmm.... Enchanted Arms, not a lot to say about this game, it is fun, its a tactical RPG, has your usual story of love,hate,betrayal,and a pretty obvious twist in it for good measure. I'm not insulting this game personally I love RPG's and got this game when the PS3 was not known for having very many (this was the only RPG at launch if I remember correctly) RPG's, Now As much as I love this game (it was my first one, so I defend it for everything im worth) There are a couple things that stop it from a 5 star:

The Graphics they go from AWWWSOME, to nice, to ''hey man, what gives'' To put it in less confusing terms here it is:

There are 3 kinds of graphic engines here the 1st is used in the cut scenes and is top notch (comparable, to even some of today's games) The 2nd is also used for cut-scenes but is not as good as the latter ( comparable to some older PS3 games)Now the 3rd type is the in game graphics witch looks like...an early PS3 title, but is still visually pleasing!

This game is perfect for those who just got a ps3 and are looking for a cheaper game as this goes for $20 used at EB/Gamestop. And is also good for the 1st time RPG gamer...

P.S. The score for this game would have been 3.5 but the rating system does not work like that, so I gave it the benefit of the doubt :))
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Good little cheap RPG.
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could be worse, game box got scratches,cover is stained, it was not like new at all. More like just plain USED.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa22c4984) out of 5 stars 64 reviews
41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2406a2c) out of 5 stars Great for JRPG fans July 10 2007
By sakanagai - Published on Amazon.com
I'd first like to say that I have played through the whole game, unlike the reviewers before me. I'd also like to mention that this is very much a JRPG (linear-style, turn based role-playing game), so if that's not your cup of tea, you might want to give this title a pass.

That aside, Enchanted Arms is a worthy opening act for traditional RPGs on the PS3. The graphics are pretty good, though hardly ambitious. The quality of the cinematic sequences are likely to give Square-Enix a run for their money. Thankfully, the game gives the user a choice between the English voice acting and the original Japanese (most English redubs are fairly poor, and this game is no exception). But what people really care about in a JRPG is characters, plot, and combat.

The characters start off as nothing special. In fact, they are stereotypes through and through. A few past reviews were exceptionally turned off by a lesser character during the opening and tutorials; that character quickly leaves the plot, but I happened to find his antics amusing (and opening the game with a homosexual character is quite progressive in my opinion). The story is fairly generic to start off, but develops a subtle complexity that is actually quite refreshing when compared to the epic plots of the Final Fantasy series. This, I think, helps the character development some, as any development (particularly in the case of Atsuma, the protagonist) is surprising. Even without Atsuma's torturous inner struggles/demons, the other characters still play an active role and are far more three-dimensional than the game would have you initially believe. Combat has been built from the ground up, and the result is a unique experience. It combines the elements of strategy RPGs in the vein of Ogre Battle and Final Fantasy Tactics, with the simple turn-based elements of traditional JRPGs. In addition to your natural party, you can build a team of golems (monsters, essentially) to assist in combat. The mix of strategy and action helps this game stand on its own amongst the competition.

I for one think that this title doesn't get nearly the amount of respect it deserves. If you enjoy a classic RPG, check this game out. If you can't be patient for an hour and let the game develop, it's certainly not for you.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2406e34) out of 5 stars A Great Parody Nov. 27 2008
By Shoujo Otaku since 1997 - Published on Amazon.com
This game is no work of art. It looks like a PS2 title.

That said, the game is a lot of fun. The dialogue is awful, which the english voice cast obviously recognized because the whole thing is tongue-in-cheek. The game constantly parodies itself and its genre (other JRPGs). It's not just the dub cast - the "great martial arts master" that the group eventually seeks out is... a hippy. The "mysterious stranger" character is just another character wearing sunglasses, yet no one recognizes him.

The entire game is stupid-funny. It's a wonderful romp through silliness that offers the player little but... fun.

As far as complaints and game mechanics, well, the programers did screw up in a few places (hence the four stars). Combat is WAY too slow - the "fast forward" button speeds the attacks up to what should have been the standard speed. Also, with such a small "game board" in which combat takes place, it sometimes makes it difficult to move.

That said, I'm not sure why people had such a problem with the rest of it. The strategy element is very well done, with attacks demonstrating their area of effect to the play when chosen. The golem-collecting sidequests are mildly pointless, but mostly serve to fill in for absent party members during plot moments, since anyone not using the four PCs for every single battle is wasting resources.

Oh, and the "dancing" to refill your super moves - yes, it is absoutely awful. That's why it's so much fun. In any given dungeon, you can unload your most powerful super moves effectively cost-free if you don't mind doing some awful 70s disco dancing between battles. It is one of the funniest parts of the game, and is worth it just for the hallarious stupidity of disco-dancing in the middle of a dungeon. Also, for the record, attacking an enemy and taking damage also fills the meter, so if you just fight random battles and never dance you will eventually end up walking around with a full meter anyway. But why wouldn't you want to dance?

I think that addressed most of the criticisms I've read. If you want a serious FF style title, this probably isn't the game for you. If you want an uproariously funny PARODY of a FF game, full of stupidly funny game-play elements, characters, and plot, then you could do worse than Enchanted Arms.
23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4297e40) out of 5 stars Great Value for Twenty Bucks!!! Aug. 10 2007
By Robb - Published on Amazon.com
As soon as I put the game in my PS3 I thought, "Oh God, all the reviews I read about this game are right..." and I kept playing the game and I was right. What surprised me was how much fun I had playing this game despite its many flaws. I definitely wouldn't have paid full price, but believe it or not this IS a surprisingly fun game if you are a JRPG fan, and at 20 bucks you really can't go wrong.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2406eac) out of 5 stars Hidden Gem Jan. 12 2008
By fallen angel - Published on Amazon.com
This is great game at a great price. The game sticks closely to the console role-playing template like in the Final Fantasy series, to the point that even the victory music that plays after each battle sounds familiar. Enchanted Arms is defintely worth playing if you have any interest in role-playing games.
19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa240723c) out of 5 stars Good value for $20. Game improves after first hour. Sept. 10 2007
By Doug G. - Published on Amazon.com
The main thing that Enchanted Arms is guilty of is having a slow intro and an obnoxious character. I found myself frowning for the first 1-2 hours of this game, but then enjoyed it greatly after that. The majority of the poor ratings this game has gotten come from people who played it 15-30 minutes. Don't trust those reviews.
Graphics - Graphics are mediocre for next-gen, but look good if you are coming from a PS2.
Sound - Decent voice acting for the most part, typical RPG music fare.
Gameplay - Deep battle system requires much thought and planning, each individual battle feels like a fast paced Tactics battle. I recommend this game based on gameplay and battle systme alone.

Is this game great? Probably not. But for 20$ it fills the gap of RPG's that the next-gen systems are currently feeling.

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