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Wild Arms 5


Xseed Games
Compatible with PlayStation 2™ (PS2™)
For US/Canada systems.
NTSC
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WILD ARMS 5 follows the journey of a group of young travelers as they try to unlock the mysteries of their ravaged land and unknowingly become involved in a struggle that will decide the fate of the entire world. In a small town called Capo Bronco on the outskirts of Filgaia, two youths, Dean Stark and Rebecca Streisand, witness an unbelievable event -- the giant arm of a golem somehow falling from the sky, clutching a girl named Avril. This chance encounter inspires Dean and Rebecca to travel with Avril across the wastelands of Filgaia in hopes of helping her regain her lost memories and embark on a journey that will eventually decide the fate of all mankind.

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Official Release Date Aug 28, 2007
Genre RPG
Version  US
  ESRB Teen
Titles rated T (Teen) have content that may be suitable for ages 13 and older. Titles in this category may contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling, and/or infrequent use of strong language.
PAX-Code PAX0002103631
Catalog No.  SLUS-21615
Item Code  0853466001063
Players  1

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Average rating:  (3.5 out of 5)
Total votes:4

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hofreith (16) on 17, Oct. 2013 15:23 (HKT)
A disgrace to the series.
I gave it at least 3 attempts but I just couldn't get hooked nor I got a positive aftertaste.

WA5 has a terrible cramped and poorly lit, ugly overworld. A terrarium that does not encourage exploration.
Dungeons lack in variety and in the graphical expression of their identity. Their puzzles are primitive and you’re constantly in need to change the camera angle while dully shooting around you.

The biggest turn off are the annoyingly silly, childish and boring cast of characters. Rebecca reads the game as a story from her dairy making it even more ridiculous Come to think of the plotting; it features too many overemphasised moments of emotion which try to squeeze out at least a little appeal of what you’re doing in the game.

While HEX battle system is interesting at first it turns out to be a bulldozer trying to catch a butterfly. It’s mechanics slow down longer (boss) battles, because it relies too much on the hexes. Against easier enemies entering battle it’s not worth the loading time at all.
Battle animations are exaggerated in their appearance, the razzle-dazzle ironically feels absurd since the kindergarten characters don’t have the backbones to perform such stunts.

The music is the only thing that pleased me.
Noriyasu Agematsu decently catched up to the series motifs since his debut in WA4, presenting a score that makes the game somewhat bearable.

If you want to get into the series, I strongly recommend spending your money on Wild Arms 3.
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byasha (343) on 17, Feb. 2012 11:27 (HKT)
great game!
a great JRPG game, must have for Wild Arms fans!
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angelicsymphony (45) on 15, May. 2010 01:14 (HKT)
Alternate Wild West
Another JRPG game with wannabe heroes and minstrels with memory loss, sounds almost like the other hundreds (?) of RPG games out there. The story is predictable and the characters are stereotypical and the game is actually good.

As you can see from the summary provided by Play-Asia, its more or less a tale about saving the world. What's a RPG game without a battle system? This game's battle system is similar to every other RPG game where enemies and allies take turns to swipe each other in the face, but there's a catch here. You can't go firing blows as you wish.

In this game, battles take place on a HEX grid, with most battles taking place of 7 hexagonal sections. Its slightly like a SRPG but when you get used to it, its not much different from a turn based battle system. The real mechanic here is that characters need to be in certain hexes to attack, depending on their weapon. Dean can attack hexes adjacent to him and Rebecca fire all across the grid, provided she is placed properly and some characters do not have any limitations at all. Also, for attack magic to work, characters need to stand in certain hexes which have elements in them as normal magical attacks have no elements. Its not difficult once you get the hang of it, but it kind of slows down the battles.

The character designs are great, particularly for Rebecca. Her battle stance is kind of cute and her expressions really shine. The graphics on the other hand, looks real bland especially when traveling on the world map but improves when in dungeons and during battle.

The version of the game that I received from Play-Asia is the 10th Anniversary edition which comes with an artbook featuring characters from Wild Arms 1 through 5, which was a nice surprise as it was not mentioned in the description and especially since it is limited in quantity. Get it before it runs out.
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riderin (34) on 27, Apr. 2010 17:43 (HKT)
Good
Good western style JRPG, with interesting HEX battle system.
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