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posted by johnnie173 (WILKES BARRE, PA) Dec 9, 2010

Member since Nov 2010

3 out of 4 gamers (75%) found this review helpful

Seriously people, listen up....
I've been playing the game for about ten hours, waiting for my ears to start bleeding after reading the "horrific" reviews of the voice acting in the game...
Guess what?
If you rent a video game to experience Academy Award Winning voice overs, you should reconsider your priorities in life.
And if you don't like the voices, YOU CAN TURN THEM OFF!!!!
Remember RPG's from back in the day that didn't have voice overs?
They were still pretty good, right?
My all time favorite, Final Fantasy X didn't have any, as I recall. Neither did Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, ect.
Don't let the nit picky reviews you've read to this point deter you from renting this game.
Is Arc a ground-breaking, life-altering experience? NO!
Is it a fun way to unwind after a day of school/work with a beer/soda? Yes!
This is a straight-up, standard, turn-based attack JRPG. The fact that Ray Romano, Jack Black, Drew Berrymore, and Charleton Heston don't do the voice overs should not deter you.
I'm giving it a "7", only because I'm only ten hours in... I assume my score will go up when I'm finished.

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Enjoyable if somewhat cliche jRPG for Wii

posted by JTurner82 (HIGHLAND PARK, NJ) Aug 3, 2010

Member since Mar 2009

3 out of 4 gamers (75%) found this review helpful

This has been one of my most anticipated titles for Wii, and so far I have to say that I really like it a lot. The graphics, while probably a little rough in places, are nonetheless colorful and pleasant to the eyes, and Yasunori Mitsuda's music is a definite plus. The battle system is also quite complicated yet at the same time fairly accessible.

As far as the story and characters go, this is basically stuff that we've already seen in many other RPGs, but there's nothing wrong with that. Probably my only major complaint is Ignition's localization job. As everyone else mentioned, the voice work is disappointingly off-color and flat, but not enough to ruin the actual game (and you can mute the voices, too).

ARC RISE FANTASIA is an acquired taste of a game. Anyone expecting another TALES OF SYMPHONIA or FINAL FANTASY VI probably won't find it here in this title, but anyone hungry for an RPG on the Wii since TALES OF SYMPHONIA's spin-off will undeniably devour it.

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Not bad, but not amazing either

posted by beached (WILMINGTON, NC) Aug 1, 2010

Member since Jul 2010

4 out of 8 gamers (50%) found this review helpful

The JRPG genre is one of the better genres out there. However, the unenthuesiastic voices added to the text was the first sign this game was going to drive me bonkers. Next came the "Role" options. I expected it to play out a little more like FF13 with the paradigms, however instead i find my characters being useless and overall wasteful in their efforts. Casting spells against enemies with that spell class as its strength told me the computer didnt know how to fight. The overall story though is actually pretty decent, but unfortunatly the gameplay and the voice acting ruin it. I do, however like the fact that one of my favorite manga/anime artists drew the characters for said game. I give it a meh because it is an ok way to kill time if your looking to do such, but unfrotunatly, back to gamefly this one goes.

Artwork is beautiful
Story is pretty decent

Voice actors are terrible, they sound like they dont care and this will make you stop caring too
Computer doesnt know how to efficiently use the "Role" system
Forgot to mention their endbattle catchphrases are rediculous, as well as their leveling up phrases too

I give this game a 5, maybe one day when i run out of games to play i'll pick this title back up

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