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Wild Arms

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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.


Wild Arms PlayStation Cecilia attacks a boss enemy with a fire spell. The boss enemy doesn't seem to mind the low polygon count
Wild Arms PlayStation You'll meet many supernatural creatures on your way - good and bad
Wild Arms PlayStation Battle on the world map in the middle of the game; dangerous insects attack, but Rudy has just learned a new ARMS ability!
Wild Arms PlayStation Colored statues puzzle. Cecilia is using her Vase ability, which is completely irrelevant

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... PlayStation MasterMegid (897)

Critic Reviews

PSX Nation PlayStation 1997 10 out of 10 100
Game Players PlayStation Jun, 1997 9.3 out of 10 93
All Game Guide PlayStation 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Video Games PlayStation Jun, 1997 89 out of 100 89
RPGFan PlayStation May 26, 1999 89 out of 100 89
Video Games PlayStation Jan, 1999 87 out of 100 87
Mega Fun PlayStation Jun, 1998 87 out of 100 87
GameSpot PlayStation Jun 06, 1997 8.6 out of 10 86
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation Feb 22, 1999 17 out of 20 85
Netjak PlayStation Jun 01, 2005 6.9 out of 10 69


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References to the game

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

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