Review By: Jared Black
Lately, there has been a big drought of
quality RPGs. Next generation systems in particular seem to have precious
few RPGs, and the ones available aren't that great. However, this trend seems
to be changing with releases like Suikoden and upcoming games like FF7 and
Breath of Fire 3. Wild Arms is another one of these great RPGs coming to
The story is standard RPG fare. Three young heroes go on a quest to save
the world. Sure, it's not the most imaginative of plots, but the way it unfolds
is epic. This game is full of amazing and unbelievable plot twists. There
are hundreds of characters with which to interact with, and amazing cut scenes
in the same vein as Square's Final Fantasy series.
The graphics are absolutely amazing. There
are many cut scenes used to tell the story and show emotional moments, and
these are amazingly animated. The battles are totally 3D, with some amazing
special effects. The overworld map is fairly detailed, more than adequate
for getting around. The towns are very detailed as well, and even the intro
is amazing (some of the best anime I've ever seen).
The music is stellar. The music almost always fits the mood. It's very breezy
in towns, intense in battle scenes, and changes according to emotions in
the cut scenes. The sound effects are pretty good as well, and although they
don't sound realistic, they are surprisingly good. Overall, this area of
the game is very "sound".
Bottom Line: If you're a RPG fan, get this game. It's great!