Reviews and Problems with Arc the Lad: End of Darkness
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18 October 2007
Excerpt: The story for the game seems to be a fitting metaphor for the game itself - an experiment that just didn’t work out quite right and is sure to inspire many people to form resistance groups to thwart any move to continue the series along this path.
Excerpt: Traditionally, the Arc the Lad series hasn't broken much new ground in the RPG genre. It's stuck with the norm and generally done a great job with it. The series' latest installment, Arc the Lad: End of Darkness , takes a different approach and includes an online multiplayer mode and action-based combat system.
Excerpt: Released in Japan as Arc the Lad: Generation, End of Darkness is the fifth (and hopefully final) game in a series that began in the early days of the Sony PlayStation. The series is well-known and held in high esteem back in Japan, but American gamers have only been exposed to Arc the Lad in the last few years, and the delay has allowed nearly all the title's hype to wane.
Conclusion: Those heroes are the saviours of the world in the earlier Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits. Some familiar faces you will recognize are Maru, Tatjana, Ganz and Paulette. In fact, the story is set in the same world but just years later. Deimos and humans live in peace but there is still leftover animosity from that time. The story seems okay, not mediocre but not good. If you'll excuse all the clichés, it doesn't really detract from the game at all.
Excerpt: Arc the Lad: End of Darkness marks the second foray of the Arc the Lad series on the PS2. The story takes place after the events that took place in Arc the Lad: Twlight of the Spirits . At first this game seemed to house potential, but End of Darkness just couldn’t hold its own and failed miserably. The story begins with our hero Edda, who has special exorcist-type powers he can use on monsters.
Excerpt: If I never have to hit my X button again, I will be a happy man. Between scrolling through dialogue and hack 'n' slashing my way through this game, my X button will need a long vacation. You begin your journey through this session of Arc the Lad as Edda, a young boy with a rather standard anime look.
Excerpt: Arc the Lad has been around long enough to be a grown man by now. For nearly a decade, the Arc series of role-playing games has appeared on Sony consoles in Japan and the US. Past installments in the series have been fairly standard turn-based role-playing games set in a fantasy universe that threatens to implode every so often, unless a group of unlikely heroes comes along to save the day--which, conveniently, it always does.
Pros: Online multiplayer for up to eight players, Familiar characters return from previous games in the Arc the Lad series
Cons: Simplistic, repetitive battle system, Cliché, uninteresting story, Dull graphics and an uninteresting world
Conclusion: An above-average RPG experience loses all the things that made it entertaining and in the process makes it purely average in nearly every way. This is a horrible way to reuse the assets from a game that was legitimately entertaining.
Excerpt: If you liked the last game, Twilight of the Spirits, and really why wouldn’t you since it was a rather decent RPG that can now be had for about $20 or so, then the people over at Namco/Cattle Call figures they have your number with End of Darkness! My it must be big since, for the life of me, Blockbuster has not -- eh? It’s nowhere to be found? What the… ?