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Thousand Arms is a role-playing game that shouldn't be overlooked. With it's magnificent innovations, quality story and distinctive graphics, Thousand Arms is the crown jewel in Atlus' turn-based Playstation RPG lineup.
Although Thousand Arms isn't overwhelmingly strong in any one of its individual facets, it's a well-balanced game that ranks as one of the best RPGs that the US Playstation has to offer. Its innovative dating system adds a ton of fun to its strong gameplay, and it's a game that I recommend heartily to all RPG fans.
When Meis make valiant gestures in the game, it never feels natural or genuine. Even some of the girls in the party feel like cardboard cut-outs at times, with one dimensional personalities that never dive deeper than the caricature traits they're given at the outset (i.e. Sodina, the virginal girl-next-door; Kyleen, the fast-talking, gold-digging thief; etc.). But, I'd still whole-heartedly recommend Thousand Arms to any role-playing fan. Just be prepared for a game that may take a little while getting used to. While perhaps not a classic, it certainly does deliver the deeper you progress into the game.
I had been looking forward to Thousand Arms coming out for quite some time because I had seen the screen shots for it on rpgamer.com and couldn't wait to play it! Although I knew nothing about the plot, a friend mentioned to me that it was a 'dating simulation' game. My one thought - this is going to be interesting.
Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine (OPM)
Thousand Arms plot twists don't really match up to Square's masterpiece, but there's something to be said for good execution. The basic story and many of the characters in Thousand Arms are unconventional, but the game does fall into in many RPG cliches and is simply too predictable most of the time. Even with that hindrance, it goes to show you that things can be overlooked if you tell a story well enough..
Thousand Arms is an RPG for someone looking for something different. If you're an anime fan, then you'll definitely want to give this game a shot. Hardcore RPGers might find that it lacks the depth they've come to expect, but others will fall in love with Thousand Arms' charm and humor.
Game Informer Magazine
Apart from the romance, however, Thousand Arms is nothing special. The quirky humor is good for a few laughs, but the battle system and story don't even compare well to its contemporaries, much less withstand the test of time. Even so, if you love dating sims and RPGs, this is one of the only places you can get both in one neat package.
The game has a strong anime aesthetic - sometimes cute, sometimes wacky, and definitely attractive. The enemies are downright absurd and generally worth a laugh. The dialogue is too, though as is true of the genre, high drama can cut in at any moment. Atlus definitely has a great game on its hands here - the combination of solid RPG questing, graphics, dialogue, dubbing, and ambiance really push this game over the edge from standard to special. Game-playing anime fans will get a big kick out of it, and it's the first real example of a decent dating simulation in the US. Any RPG fans who like amusing situations, animated (in both senses of the word) characters, and challenging gameplay will enjoy this title. Fans of Lunar, especially, should check this one out. Because RPGs aren't that rare anymore, good ones stand out that much more. Hopefully, Thousand Arms won't be swept under in the fourth-quarter flood.
I really hate to rag on this game, because there actually is enough to like about it, but I'm not even interested in pursuing this review any further. Basically, this game is a triumph of localization and surprising early anime-RPG production values, but it’s little else. There’s plenty of fun to be had, but there’s very little substance; maybe they should have stuck another game on the disc to make it more worthwhile. Anyway, the game is fairly decent and fun, but you won't care much about it.
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