The price of admission for this game is about 4 hours of excruciating introductory storyline. If you can get past that, the game really starts to shine.
The game starts like every other RPG-the hero, your character, is asleep. Your co-protagonists, a well respected student and a flaming dude in love with said student defend and chide, respectively, your decision to sleep through a lesson. The game starts out by doing its best to turn off many people-anything that requires the 'action' (A) button is explained in detail before you can use the action button. Need to open a door, climb a ladder, or do anything else and you'll get a long explaination telling you to 'hit a'. Add to that the over the top dialog of the flaming dude in your party paired with some occasional teasers that your character might have the same...sexual tendencies and you have a recipe for a game that will make many uncomfortable.
But after the first few hours these problems dissapear completely. The story line gets really good and the combat system, while simple, is interesting enough to not completely bore for the 40-60 hours this game will take to defeat. Many of the addons, like golems, aren't required to beat the game and the side quests are few and hard to spot, but the core game mechanics and story make Enchanted Arms worth putting on your gamefly queue. Just push past the first few hours of the game.
gamers (76%) found this review helpful
Whoever doesn't like this game is not a fan of classic party-based RPGs. The storyline in Enchanted Arms is on par quality-wise with any Squaresoft game. It has a unique battle system that employs lots of strategy, which is essential in any good party based RPG. The dialog was exceptional and the characters were lovable. I was pleasantly surprised with how quickly I became hooked.
It does however have a few downfalls. It is extremely linear until toward the end where you can optionally choose to visit a few temples for new golems (these are summoned creatures that you can add to your party). Also the final boss battle was rediculously harder than any of the previous fights, which means you have to cheat or use exploits if you want to see the 'happy' ending instead of the 'sad' one that is easily attainable.
All in all, I rate the game a 9 out of 10 and well worth playing if you are fan of classic party based RPGs with good characters and an intriguing storyline.
gamers (71%) found this review helpful
This game has very good graphics, and several unique characters. The conversations between the characters tend to be very funny, and interesting. I recommend reading them instead of skipping ahead like many people do in games like this. I myself appreciate that you can choose to hear them speak in English, or the original, Japanese. The effects when you are in combat are extremely impressive. It has a lot in common with many predecessors of this genre. It's a very unique experience, and the battle system is something refreshing and new. There are many skills to learn, and different golems to use in the game which makes battle interesting. In the end, if you like games such as Final Fantasy, or really RPGs in general, you will enjoy this game as I do.