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Thousand Arms (PlayStation)

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Meis Triumph is the last representative of generations of spirit blacksmiths. One day a group of robbers attacks his hometown, and he is forced to leave to Boyzby, the capital city of the country. There he meets a lovely girl named Sodina, who introduces him to her brother, who also happens to be a spirit blacksmith. Soon the heroes discover that the attack on Meis' hometown was part of a much larger plan, and find themselves fighting for their lives.

Thousand Arms is an anime-style role-playing game with turn-based combat, featuring 2D character sprites on polygonal background. Only one character can directly attack enemies during battles; the rest of the party play a support role with spells and items. Being a blacksmith, Meis can forge weapons for all the characters in the party by himself. To do so, he must seek out hidden spirits scattered through the game world, and secure the help of a female companion, who can imbue weapons with various spells and skills.

The latter requirement is fulfilled by dating the ladies that accompany Meis on his journey. The player can choose to date any of these young women by visiting statues of the Goddess of Love available in each town. During the date, the player must participate in a conversation with the girl, selecting responses. Depending on the player's choice, the girl's intimacy level will increase or decrease. Intimacy level can also be raised by offering gifts to a girl or participating in various mini-games.

The game features anime-style movies and voice-overs for important dialogues.


Thousand Arms PlayStation The real-time 3D graphics are still pretty impressive to this day.
Thousand Arms PlayStation An excellent full motion opening follows.
Thousand Arms PlayStation Many of the game's little areas are rendered with a lot of love and care.
Thousand Arms PlayStation MP provided by Elemental Spirits is necessary to forge better weapons.

Alternate Titles

  • "サウザンドアームズ" -- Japanese spelling

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An rpg game with dating elements Twilightseer (252) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars

The Press Says (GAF) Apr 28, 2003 9 out of 10 90
RPGFan Nov 29, 1999 85 out of 100 85
IGN Oct 15, 1999 8.5 out of 10 85 Jun 16, 2000 8.5 out of 10 85
Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine (OPM) Nov, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GamePro (US) Nov 24, 2000 4 out of 5 80
Game Informer Magazine Jul, 2006 7.75 out of 10 78
GameSpot Oct 01, 1999 7.6 out of 10 76
Legendra Jun 03, 2013 6.5 out of 10 65 Jun, 2009 5.8 out of 10 58


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Atlus knows how to treat their fans well. Not only do you get a full color manual with opening and ending song lyrics, production notes on how they made the game better, four pages of comments from the creators and several pages of character graphics with bios but they also include in the package a collector's 3D trading card and memory card stickers. As if this wasn't enough you can also send away for a free cd that includes the music soundtrack, pc screen-saver, desktop themes and anime wallpapers.

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etempest (1033) added Thousand Arms (PlayStation) on Feb 16, 2003