The most powerful of these creatures, called devil golems, were sealed away to prevent another disaster. The nuts and bolts of the game are simple but effective. Furthermore, there's the problem of getting a workable perspective in battle. However, it did not really live up to my expectations. © 2020 METACRITIC, A RED VENTURES COMPANY. This style worked in Disgaea thanks to the charming artwork - but here you're left looking at shiny-skinned 3D models. Ive come a long way since the days of the 286 and my Atari 2600. I cant remember any more. GameSpot may get a commission from retail offers. I wasn’t impressed much by the game’s visuals. despite poor graphics decent turn based combat and very good character deepness make this title very enjoyable, It has a good combat system but also the ability to autobattle which is great for grinding. If you can look past the terrible English voices (or read subtitles to Japanese voices), the plot of the game is a serviceable JRPG romp to save the world from an evil demon, though the game can get too preachy about the power of friendship. The voices fare the worst, and, in some cases, make their characters detestable. The first thing to know about Enchanted Arms, the new and first Japanese RPG for the Xbox 360, is that its title is refreshingly literal. Though it does so with an interesting story, decent characters, and awesome turn based combat. The story follows Atsuma and several acquaintances as he learns about h... Read Full Review, There isn't much to talk about when it comes to this title. I gave up on Enchanted Arms early on. It feels almost like a puzzle game because you have to figure out the best order and position for each of your characters to maximize damage and minimize risk. This of course maybe the "fault" perhaps of Oblivion. It is also, as far as I can remember, the first JRPG that you can actually switch the soundtrack to the Japanese - which oddly i find far better than the English one - like the difference between a subbed and English soundtrack Anime. Confusion with regards to the arms in question aside, Enchanted Arms is a fairly interesting next-generation RPG. One of the longest running independent gaming news, reviews and culture sites on the web. But thats not the point... Read Full Review, *** ENCHANTED ARMS *** THE GOOD -Unique battle system -Golem hunting is fun THE BAD -Weak story -Annoying characters (except for Toya) -Way too many random battles -Lots of maintenance OVERVIEW Ench... Read Full Review, This games has nice story and batte system is made well. However, the first JRPG ... Read Full Review, Ive been playing RPGs for 25 years now. Most of the time you'll find the plot evolving through a slightly lazier method - Characters stand at the edge of the screen in profile and deliver their lines with both voice acting and text, Disgaea style. Enchanted Arms plays like a traditional console role-playing game. Enchanted Arms isn't a bad looking game, mind - in some places it can even look quite stunning - but on the whole it's a look that fails to inspire outside of certain events such as the CGI cutscenes and biggest and best special moves characters have to offer. In the game, your actual arm is enchanted. Running through environments like these gets dull very quickly. We're not looking at another Metal Dungeon either. It is very underrated by the reviews that I have read. The music is typical of a role-playing game, and it's mostly good. By balancing your party so that you have a proper mix of ranged and direct attacks, you can be ready to face any enemy. Most are shallow RPG stereotypes: Atsuma punches a lot (where have we seen that before? Not a particularly addictive game, but it is a nice rpg that may be worth the second glance on the store shelves. © 2020 GAMESPOT, A RED VENTURES COMPANY. As we head towards what looks like the most visually stunning holiday gaming season... “Reactor Online, Sensors Online, Weapons Online, All systems nominal”. The speed strategy is a good concept, the golem collecting system is like pokemon for grown ups, and that's about it. Privacy Policy. A fundamentally flawed and boring RPG, Enchanted Arms might be steeped in Japanese charm but without any sense of fun or involvement, there's no reason to buy this. You can select which party member acts first at your leisure, so you can queue up attacks and have characters that get on well together in battle and have battled together often perform combinations and special moves together. Whereas the human characters can learn new skills, use special attacks, and equip weapons, the golems only use a few set, but usually powerful, skills. The presentation in Enchanted Arms is reminiscent of other games of this type, and considering that this is an Xbox 360 game, that isn't a good thing. With the release of Enchanted Arms, Xbox 360 owners now have access to the first next-gen traditional RPG. Also, any lost battle can be replayed, and although this sounds like it means one would never lose, frequently—at least at higher levels—Atsuma and company will run into. As Atsuma, it's up to you to keep these nasty golems in check, which you do by running around the world battling not only golems, but also the humans who are attempting to manipulate them. I rented this game when that was a thing that people still did. The only case I can imagine wo... Read Full Review, Enchanted Arms starts out, if not strong but sturdy. Storyline events are presented through a number of ways, which can be jarring. Sometimes you'll see some shiny textures, but for the most part, this game pales in comparison to other Xbox 360 games, regardless of whether you're viewing it on a standard definition or high-definition television. Walmart PS5 Release Times: More Restocks Coming Later Today, Demon's Souls PS5 Early Review Impressions, Spider-Man: Miles Morales Features A Touching Dedication In Its Credits, By The sound in Enchanted Arms is decent for the most part. This is my first rpg for the xbox 360. Please enter your birth date to watch this video: You are not allowed to view this material at this time. I know that I’m supposed to find the crass princess kind of desirable, but just a few of her over-acted squeaky lines make Makoto’s pink pickles sound like a decent alternative. This title however, could've been better if more time was made for it. Walmart PS5 Release Times: More Restocks Coming Later Today, Demon's Souls PS5 Early Review Impressions, Spider-Man: Miles Morales Features A Touching Dedication In Its Credits. I was wrong. Because your human character tea... Read Full Review, Enchanted Arms follows your standard RPG template. (Known is Japan as "[eM] -eNCHANT arM-") In Enchanted Arms, players embark on an epic adventure filled with unique characters and more than 75 special controllable creatures that players can unlock as they progress. Sorry, but you can't access this content! But despite flying in the face of obscure and metaphorical RPG titling conventions. In addition to the special effects, the prerendered cutscenes in the game look great. The end-of-battle music sounds suspiciously familiar, but I’ll have to do a side-by-side comparison before saying that it is a copy of. Playing this game is like eating dry old bread without anything else. Despite that, if you give it plenty of time, you'll find that Enchanted Arms is still worth playing if you have any interest in role-playing games. Graphics and story are great, voice-overs take getting used to (However they are talented), and it has been added to one of my favorite RPG’s. ), the females tend to be healer and support types, and the males tend to be androgynous and, in one case at least, flamboyantly transsexual. The story is decent and makes you want to keep going but you have to stop and grind before moving on every time. Players take on the role of Atsuma, an Enchanter-in-training who will, (Known is Japan as "[eM] -eNCHANT arM-") In Enchanted Arms, players embark on an epic adventure filled with unique characters and more than 75 special controllable creatures that players can unlock as they progress. There are more than 100 different golems in the game, and they're all quite diverse and useful. However, one might complain about the number of numbers, all with acronyms that sound vaguely the same. Summary: (Known is Japan as " [eM] -eNCHANT arM-") In Enchanted Arms, players embark on an epic adventure filled with unique characters and more than 75 special controllable creatures that players can unlock as they progress. surprisingly natural, funny dialogue for a role-playing game, unique battle system is fun and challenging, the collectible golems are all unique and useful, too much tedious backtracking through large, vacant, and uninteresting areas, aside from some flashy battle animations, the visuals are unimpressive, it's frequently difficult to get a good view of the battlefield. It doesn't help that the game requires you to backtrack through these large, empty spaces several times, which is boring and takes quite awhile since you're prone to being attacked every step of the way. Between battles, your characters automatically regenerate both their health points and their ether points, which are required to perform all attacks. Between battles, you'll often be treated to some heavy dialogue or the occasional prerendered cinematic sequence. Notable Video Game Releases: New and Upcoming, Best of 2020: Film Awards & Nominations Scorecard, November Preview: 19 TV Shows & New Movies to Watch at Home, Xbox 360 TGS 2005 Press Conference Montage, Music title data, credits, and images provided by, Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by. Having payed good money for the time I had with this game, i forced myself to be subjected to fighting alongside characters like this man who thinks that he is a beautiful girl...That just doesn't say "awesome" to me. There are dramatic orchestrated tracks, as well as ambient loops that softly fade into the background. © 2020 GAMESPOT, A RED VENTURES COMPANY. Terms of Use and ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. It can still be interesting to see which golems other players prefer to use, though, and it can lead you to discovering some new tricks that you can put to use in the single-player game. I bet you wouldn’t have guessed it was about actual arms. To understand the clever irony of this title, you need to go back just twenty seconds to before you read the first few sentences of this review. The game is paced reasonably well, and although it's very linear, you'll never be stuck wondering where to go or what to do next. The characters are good for a JRPG but most of the dialogue is incredibly campy and the voice acting just randomly stops for no reason during some of it. Once you've done that, you press go and the actions are carried out. on August 31, 2006 at 5:35PM PDT. You will have to keep track of HP, VP, EP, SP, and TB—all of which stand for very different things. Unlike SRPGs, you don't spend hours in one fight. It's this rough presentation that lets the game down - the fact that sometimes plot scenes are voice acted while some aren't acted at all pulls you right out of the experience - though it's difficult to get into it in the first place with such terrible voice acting. [image4]And that whisper echoes throughout the game, because the world itself is as linear as a traffic tunnel. Enchanted Arms is one of the few console games to offer Pokemon like features and it does so with a traditional JRPG core.