Enchanted arms is your very typical JRPG, your group of characters is on a mission to the save the world from the big bad guy, now it may sound the same as all the other RPG games out there but Enchanted arms does something different.
Story – 6/10
For most people the story is what separates a good RPG from an amazing RPG, unfortunately Enchanted arms’ story is not the best, don’t get me wrong it is good just not amazing. This is a world filled with things called golems which as far as I can tell are very similar to machines made with magic, I say this because the game never really explains what they are, all it tells you is that about 1000 years ago there was a golem war which almost destroyed the entire world.
The whole story revolves around your main character Atsuma who after accidently reviving a devil golem has to go on a journey to save the world, it’s nothing new but what is new is the way the characters are portrayed, all the characters are willing to have a joke and none of them take anything to seriously until the last moment when they have to, it is refreshing to have characters that are actually enjoying the journey as well instead of your usual moody don’t talk much bunch.
Unfortunately some characters talk too much, you will soon realise which characters these are and might get really annoyed with them unless you have a high tolerance.
Gameplay – 10/10
When you are running around in the Enchanted arms world the controls will fit perfectly, the left stick moves you and the right stick moves the camera. It is also very easy to do everything as anything you can interact with is done using the A button and this is made very apparent as the game likes to keep telling you how to use it, I’m not joking when I say this but for the first hour or so of the game you will keep getting stopped every 5 minutes as the game tells you that to climb a ladder you need to press A on it, or to open this door press A on it. (You have been warned!)
Anyway, what really makes Enchanted arms shine is the battle system, when you go into battle with the enemy your party of four will be placed randomly on a 4X3 grid and you opponents will be placed on a similar one in front of you, every attack targets a certain amount of squares so it is your job to move the characters around the grid an pick the right attacks to hit your opponents. The combat in Enchanted arms is what makes it original and is what keeps the game going.
Another thing of note is the sheer amount of characters you can have in your party whereas normally in an RPG game you may get 6 or 7 characters in this there are only 4 main characters relevant to the story but because all the monsters in the game are golems you can create almost all of them to fight for you with just the exception of a few bosses. This creates, literally, hundreds of possible party members.
Graphics and Sound – 5/10
Enchanted arms is now several years old and on occasion this shows with a few bland textures or a glitchy background but for the majority of the game the graphics are of a high standard and surpass some games that are coming out now.
On the other hand the sound lets the game down. Now the music in the areas you are travelling in is usually good and suits the feel nicely with only a few exceptions and all the menu sounds and combat sounds are good as well, it’s the voice acting that lets this game down. There are some good voices like Raigar, Toya, and even the Queen of Ice but you don’t seem to notice them when you have to listen to some of the other characters like Karin who always seems to be squealing really loudly, sometimes it is hard to even listen to a cutscene when she is talking.
Enchanted arms does have Xbox live capabilities which is surprising for an RPG game, When you are on Xbox live you are allowed to have golem battles, which is where you and the other person choose up to 4 golems from all the ones you have in your single player game and battle them against each other. Unfortunately Xbox live on this game is now dead, no matter when you search for a game nobody seems to be on it but if you really want to try out the online then just send me a friend request and ill have a few games because I believe that Enchanted arms’ online had potential but not enough people played it to keep it going.
Now for the achievements. Enchanted arms is an easy 1000G. As long as you are half decent at RPG games then you will easily be able to 100% this game, that is because all of the achievements are story based. There are only a few that could be considered hard and that’s only because the boss in the game is difficult but as long as you put enough time in or just look at the solution you should have no trouble.
Enchanted arms is a very average RPG that throws everything an RPG game should have at you but doesn’t do much of it differently from anything else, with the only exception being the battle system which is very unique. It will take you around 40 hours to complete the game but because of the lack of side quests, the linearity of the main story and the dead Xbox live servers most people will do one play through and never touch it again. Despite all this there is something about this game that draws me to it and I am currently playing it again just for fun, maybe it’s just a guilty pleasure.
Story – 6/10
Gameplay – 10/10
Graphics and Sound – 5/10
Average – 7/10