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GF Rating
5.5

1250 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
5

Fair

A Game that Doesn't Live Up to its Potential

posted by asgeras (IOWA CITY, IA) May 9, 2007

Member since May 2005

30 out of 33 gamers (91%) found this review helpful

I really wanted to like Enchanted Arms. When it first came out on the 360, I waited, due to bad reviews. They added some stuff for the PS3 version, so I decided to check it out. I'll let you know what I encountered, so you can decide if it's worth your bother.

First off, let me state that the prologue/ prelude is a horrid, horrid experience. The plot is dry, the voice acting is terrible (the Japanese and English voice actors both did a crummy job), and the load times are horrid, even when you're walking into a small room with no interactive object. It was almost so bad that I sent it back.

After the prelude, things definitely improve. The load times drop to something bearable and the Japanese voice actors were still pretty bad, but improved to a level where I'm not grabbing my ears in pain.

One of the saving graces of this game is the battle system. It uses what I referred to as a strategy for idiots device, which is a 4 x 6 grid, of which the enemy can move around their half, and you can move around yours. It's nothing too fancy, but can be a little fun, and can be interesting in some of the harder battles. However, the battles are way to plentiful in this game. There are moments when I've gotten done with a battle (which usually takes a fair bit of time) only to be pulled back into battle within the very next step.

My last complaint is the tutorials. The game tends to think the player is a moron (which might have to be the case, if the player bought the game). It explains in explicit detail how to do everything from opening a chest, to swimming.

Well, there are definitely other bad qualities about this game, but I'm running out of space, and probably boring you as well.

If you are desperate for an RPG for the PS3, rent and try it. I would be lying if I said it didn't have it's moments. Unfortunately they're much further away from each other then the next battle.

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

Not a bad RPG...

posted by Raligan (KNOXVILLE, TN) Apr 30, 2009

Member since Mar 2009

5 out of 5 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This game was OK. I'll rate it on Combat, Storyline, Control, and Graphics.
Combat: 3/5 The combat system is well explained and, while a bit odd, easy enough to master and exploit. Eventually the battles get tiresome, the encounter rate is a bit on the high side.
Storyline: 4/5 The story, while predictable, did have some 21st century edginess which was horribly pulled off (they had an LGBT character in the beginning), but well acted over all (though his voice did get incredibly irritating voice was enough to make me hit the mute button on a number of occasions). I give them credit for trying. The ending was also surprisingly solid- it tied everything up, blessedly leaving no room for a sequel.
Controls: 3/5 The controls were limiting inside of combat, and outside they were often clunky. I still don't get the point of using the 6-axis controller- it worked well enough but it just seemed out of place. The tutorial quickly became incredibly annoying- reach a ladder, hit x. Want to swim? hit x. See something unusual? Hit x. Break a box? Hit x. Jump at specially marked locations? Hit x... or shake the controller?... It walked you through it every single time you would come to something, always giving the main character a chance to ask them to repeat it. The protagonist is a moron, though, so I guess it was in character.
Graphics: 3/5 Average quality graphics for HD- though I don't think they exploited them enough. There aren't any significantly long loads or laggy scenes, and the movies and sequences look good, but nothing breath-taking.
Overall, the game wasn't bad. I'd give it a 6.5 on a ten scale. It was pretty long, had replayability (I guess, I didn't want to max out all the other golems). If you don't expect too much, it won't disappoint.

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

Only if you cant wait for Final Fantasy on the PS3

posted by LunarJon (PECULIAR, MO) Apr 20, 2007

Member since Dec 2006

19 out of 21 gamers (90%) found this review helpful

It may take quite some time for Square to release the next Final Fantasy for the PS3, so if you just can't wait you may want to play this for now. I don't recommend purchasing it unless you are a die hard RPG gamer and/or love turn based grid fighting.

I personally don't like the grid and that is why I am giving it such a meager score. It's great for strategy but after playing FFXII with the new roaming active battles it just does not cut it.

Graphics are nice, and the sound effects fit well but the travel from one location to another is very linear and repetitive. I prefer free roaming RPG's over this.

So rent it to show off how pretty the PS3 is but don't expect much fun factor.

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