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Wild Arms (PlayStation)

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Description

Rudy is a fifteen-year-old orphan who discovers that he has been endowed with the ability of using powerful forbidden weapons called ARMs (Ancient Relic Machines); forced to use an ARMs technique when fighting a demon, he is cast out of his home village. Jack is a treasure hunter who is seeking for an ancient device that would help him to deal with his troubled past. Cecilia is a young princess who has been studying magic at an abbey; on her seventeenth birthday, she is contacted by a mysterious voice who tells her that she can serve as a medium between the worlds of humans and spirits. The paths of these three heroes converge, and they team up to embark on a long journey, eager to understand their roles in a grand scheme of events that go back a thousand years into the past.

Wild Arms is a Japanese-style role-playing game set in Filgaia, a fictional world that has elements of American Old West setting and medieval fantasy. The game's prologue consists of three chapters, each dedicated to one of its three main characters; afterwards, the player controls them as a party. Like most representatives of the genre, the game features turn-based battles against randomly appearing regular enemies and bosses. Besides attacking physically, the characters possess unique abilities - ARMs for Rudy, sword techniques for Jack, and magic for Cecilia. Characters can also equip special accessories (runes), which conjure powerful creatures known as the Guardians during battles, to attack enemies or assist the party by casting supportive spells.

The game has a stronger inclination towards puzzle-solving than most other Japanese RPG. Each of the three playable characters possesses a set of non-combat abilities called "Tools"; for example, Rudy starts with an ability to blow up obstacles, Jack can send his talking mouse Hanpan to manipulate objects out of his reach, and Cecilia can rewind time to ensure another attempt at solving a puzzle. The game's dungeons contain puzzles, many of which must be solved by using these abilities. During the course of the game, the three heroes will gradually learn additional Tools.

Various mini-games are also available. Characters and backgrounds in the game are done with 2D graphics during exploration; conversely, battles utilize a fully 3D environment with cinematic camera angles.

Screenshots

Wild Arms PlayStation The Elw (sic) shrines scattered around Filgaia are mysterious, atmospheric locations
Wild Arms PlayStation Talking to people in Cecilia's monastery
Wild Arms PlayStation Dashing prints on a conveyor
Wild Arms PlayStation Title screen

Alternate Titles

  • "荒野兵器" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "ワイルドアームズ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

It's high noon in Filgaia... MasterMegid (897) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

The Press Says

GamePro (US) Nov 24, 2000 5 out of 5 100
Game Players Jun, 1997 9.3 out of 10 93
All Game Guide 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameSpot Jun 06, 1997 8.6 out of 10 86
Jeuxvideo.com Feb 22, 1999 17 out of 20 85
Edge Jul, 1997 8 out of 10 80
IGN May 20, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Netjak Jun 01, 2005 6.9 out of 10 69
Legendra 2001 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Game Revolution Jun, 1997 C+ 58

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Trivia

In the anime series Great Teacher Onizuka, Wild Arms was featured in the 3rd episode.

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Fafnir (72) added Wild Arms (PlayStation) on Apr 04, 2001
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