Excerpt: No one’s ever accused me of being smart, but when it comes to buying videogames, I do my homework; check out the reviews, compare prices, learn all there is to learn. But not this time; Wild Arms 4 was bought on a whim, and life’s all the better for it.
Excerpt: Nevertheless, the game delivers in quite a number of ways. The most apparent of these is the aforementioned battle system. Unlike the almost strictly player vs. enemy structure of past games (that is to say that the player chooses all character actions at once and then watches them play out...
Excerpt: XSEED's debut title Wild ARMs 4, the American localization of Wild ARMs: The 4th Detonator, is finally here, sporting flashy art, a new battle system, and its share of extras and secrets. But is it worth your gella to go out and grab it? Very likely.
Pros: ups: HEX battle system, gorgeous art, sound, story feed
Cons: downs: A few text glitches, some plot & character corniness
Excerpt: Five hours into Wild Arms 4 , there’s a scene that gets right down to the heart of what the game is about. The young protagonist, a boy named Jude, mentions the word ‘evil’ and it inspires some of the others traveling with him to lecture him on how limited his perspective is.
Conclusion: While in a place, Jude is free to roam around based on the parameters of the area. What that means is based on whether the area is 3D or a 2D side-scroller. Some areas will allow for movement in all directions, and yes, the ability to jump will add some new depth to it as well.
Conclusion: Despite a storyline and characters that are less than rewarding, the rest of WA4 's gameplay so makes up for it that this is a game worth checking out on the merits of its battle system and exploration alone. Easily one of the best RPGs on the PS2.