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: This is primarily because the battles are, for the most part, utterly superb. The liberation of a dam far in the distance, slowly pushing forward and gaining ground inch by inch. A daring stealthy night-time raid which turns into a run for your life. Trying and failing to hold back an entire invasion force. These are just examples from the first few hours of the game.
Pros: Superb co-op, spectacular battles, improved command system
Cons: AI partners ridiculously stupid, dialogue painful, reduced freedom
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: 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: Arc Rise Fantasia is a decent game if you like the old-school JRPG format. The battle system is fun, and the story (despite pulling every cliché out of the JRPG handbook) is entertaining enough. However, the poor production values drag this title down considerably, and will turn off many potential players. Though there is almost no innovation in this game, if you like nostalgia, you're likely to find some enjoyment with Arc Rise Fantasia.
Excerpt: Hallelujah! Arc Rise Fantasia (ARF) is the answer to my JRPG prayers. Lately, it has been hard to face the drought of quality console JRPGs; even the ones we did receive have been missing that little spark that makes the JRPG pop. Thankfully, I have good news: we shall be sparkless no more. ARF ignites the fire and then some.
Traditional Japanese RPG features mild fantasy violence.
Common Sense Media
23 October 2010
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.