Arc Rise Fantasia is a good game that any RPG fan should at least try. Though there are some aspects of the game that are fuzzy, you will enjoy this game for at least one play-through.
Story 7 The story was rather solid, although slightly cliché for a JRPG. It's biggest downfall was the writer's inability to get the story from point A to point B. It was so painfully obvious at times that the justification of going to the next city may have well been 'because the script said so and we're bringing character B because she's my plot point!' If you can stop yourself from asking why in the beginning, the story unfolds quite nicely.
Character 7 Although very cliché, the characters were entertaining. Still, I am getting a bit weary of the main guy being an insensitive jerk who everyone seems to love and the main girl who's so naive and sheltered its amazing she can even dress herself. Putting that to the side, you get some interesting character developments that may surprise you.
Game Play 9 The battle system was engaging and kept you on your toes. It had a stop and go feel to it, as you would stop to give all your characters commands and watch them go in a sudden flurry of action that coincided with the enemy's turn. The bosses could be frustrating, especially if you haven't played an RPG before, as they were at a much higher level than the enemies in the dungeon around him. It wouldn't have been a bad thing to purposefully die at a boss battle, just to see what kind of attacks he had so you could better prepare for them.
Sound 4 There are no Japanese tracks. The voice acting is atrocious at best. It may have been better than some JRPGs, but that didn't save it from making your ears bleed. The background music, on the other hand, was pleasant and fit the scene accordingly.
Graphics 4 As this is a Wii game, I wasn't expecting high quality graphics. However, the graphics were at best a PS2 level. The world graphics were pleasing, but this really looked like a PS2 game.
Yes this game so hilarious i got drunk off its pure hilarity after playing for only a few minutes, but seriously dont let that turn u away from this game. it really does have a very deep and engaging battling system like for example the AP (action points) are a great example its the points that determin what actions and how many actions the whole party can perfrom in one turn.