Conclusion: There's certainly some ambition behind Arc Rise Fantasia, but the game doesn't come close to approaching its potential. The intricate combat mechanics and exciting battle system can't make up for the poor production values, not to mention the sheer amount of repetitive grinding the game demands. There are plenty of RPGs out there that do what it does better.
Excerpt: The RPG Master was not sure what to make of Arc Rise Fantasia when it came into Family Friendly Gaming. The characters have some fantastic colors to their hair, and the styles are well stylish. The main hero L'Arc has a major background that he is not aware of. A Diva from another land runs across him, and their entire world spirals out of control. Arc Rise Fantasia is a standard role playing game on the Wii. We all know there are not a lot of them on this system.
Conclusion: Arc Rise Fantasia isn’t anything that hasn’t really been done before, but that doesn’t mean that the game isn’t worthy of at the very least a look. Besides what was the last truly groundbreaking RPG? If you have a Wii and are craving an epic RPG to take up a lot of your time with a good story, plenty of action and sidequests to enjoy, then Are Rise Fantasia will definitely fit the bill.
Summary: Parents need to know that Arc Rise Fantasia is a traditional Japanese role-playing game. The monster-battling action is pure sword and sorcery fantasy -- lots of slashes and flashes, no blood and guts. Parents should note, though that some of the text and spoken dialogue contains light sexual references and one mention of getting high. Players can also gamble with their fake game money in blackjack and poker competitions.
Summary: Arc Rise Fantasia comes with the the usual JRPG trimmings (both good and bad), it lasts a decent amount of time without dragging excessively, and the battle system is actually fun to play through. However, it doesn’t break any new ground, hits a number of RPG cliches, has shaky voice acting, and once you’ve beaten it, there’s not much reason to pick this up. Still, it’s not a bad choice if you’re in the mood for a JRPG.
Conclusion: I hate to end a review with the oft-used, “I suppose I can recommend it for fans of this kind of game...” line but, in this case, I don’t see any way out of it. If you’ve played all the currently existing, generic, traditional JRPGs to death and you’re looking for another one, then, yes, Arc Rise Fantasia exists.