Arc The Lad Collection User Reviews

5.4

Last-Ditch Effort to Revitalize PSX Role Playing Genre?

The good:

imported series from Japan, solid story, easy gameplay, bonus materials, improvements between sequels

The bad:

iffy graphics, terrible pacing, repetitive plot, flat characters

Summary:

I am very familiar with Working Designs and its uncanny attempts with which to present not simply video games, but video treasure boxes.

Arc the Lad Collection arrives with a hardbound instruction booklet for all three titles, featuring a neat ribbon with which to hold pages for later viewing. The discs inside span three titles, including a bonus "Arc Arena" to be played with the second in the series as well as a "Making of" CD. And if that wasn't enough, Working Designs throws in two other quintessential goodies: character standees (a bunch of cardboard stand-up cutouts with which to compl...

10

Arc the Lad

The good:

Very intresting Turn base battle mixed with a tactics, characters in one and two were cool, storys of all of them were great, gameplay was satisfying, and the skills were cool...

The bad:

Arc the Lad: Monster Battle..., weird plots, too short of games

Summary:

This is a good collection to add to your psx collection, it is very time consuming, well to me it was, playing all four games, almost at once, Arc the Lad 1 was a little to short, then same was with the rest of them..but I loved the characters in em, they had some nice moves to dish out to enemys, and the gameplay was outstanding. The story was cool and I liked how they inter connected them together like they did...having one going over to two, then two going over to three, whoever thought of this was good..

8.0

Arc the Lad Collection

The good:

Arc the Lad 1 and 3, the first installment was an awesome quick game and the third was an awesome long game.

The bad:

Arc 2. it was fun and all, but it really dragged on. and then end boss was probably the hardest thing i have ever encountered in a video game.

Summary:

Arc 1: awesome game. took me about ten hours to beat and really did a good job of setting up everything for the other two games. lots of nice extras too. hot music.

Arc 2: ok game. good battle system, the options for sidequests were nice and wide too. music was quite nice. BUT, the end of the game really sucked. im not saying that the cinematics were weak, cause they were cool, but the end dungeon and the end boss blew. i think i had to work up for an extra 7 hours or so to beat that damn end guy. that REALLY pissed me off.

Arc 3: the pentacle of the series. best battle system. best graphics...

9.4

Great game!

Summary:

Pretty good story, excellent consistency b/w games. Great extra game (Monster Tournament)--don't think it will make it to the nat'l competition level, unless it already has and i just don't know about it...I know i cant make a full analysis or fully judge the collection until i've played all of it, but so far i love it! I'd say it's well worth the $$!

9.4

Arc the Lad 3 Review

The good:

The best of the series

Summary:

Arc the Lad II was originally planned as the end of the Arc the Lad series. However, following the release of Arc the Lad Monster Arena, the appeal of the Arc the Lad games soared to phenomenal levels, and fans all over created petition after petition in the hope that Sony of Japan would give in.

The effort paid off, and almost 2 years after Arc the Lad II, Arc the Lad III was released. The fans in Japan were overjoyed, and Arc the Lad III provided some decent competition for other stellar titles already available in the Japanese market at that time.

It was at the time of Arc the Lad III’s re...

7.2

Arc the Lad Monster Arena Review

Summary:

Arc the Lad Monster Arena is not a sequel in any sense, and has nothing to do with the overall story in the Arc the Lad series. Arc the Lad Monster Arena is a Tournament-style game where players pit their captured monsters against others in the Arena for the sake of getting some rare prizes. This was a game created to help keep the fans who had played Arc the Lad II for everything it was worth, and who were in need of more challenge. It may also be the only place where players may actually use their captured monsters for a significant amount of time.

The ‘Story’ in this game is generally abo...

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