The Wild Arms series occupies that "cult" niche inhabited by all those turn-based games that aren't Final Fantasy, setting itself apart with elements of the old West like its sweeping frontier landscapes. It's a bit surprising, therefore, that Wild Arms 4 only lightly touches on the traditional Western themes of its predecessors, and instead favors a more futuristic world that's been thoroughly exhausted by war. In fact, while elements of the Wild Arms universe are still very much in effect--action and puzzle-solving in dungeons, mysterious drifters for hire, and the ARMS themselves--this installment of the series is a bit more adventuresome. The latest iteration of Filgaia has a somber feel to it, and an all-new hex-based battle system and character skills are good twists that are neat to play with. Wild Arms 4 adheres pretty closely to RPG convention, but it is still definitely worth a look for fans both old and new.