This Wild Arms game was an improvement for me over part three. This and part three are the only ones I have played thus far. The main problem in that one is the constant searching for your next locale. That is absent here. What we get is a refreshingly straight forward role playing game with a rather short playing time compared to other games of the type these days. The story has a young boy whose simple life is interrupted when invaders come to his home. After meeting two other youths he is hurled into a world that is having a hard time recovering after a war and he and his friends must be on the run constantly to escape an army after Yulie, a girl with mysterious powers. Jude too, has powers, the power to wield arms. The story is good, however, it is somewhat sad as the four friends must endure a lot on their travels. There is not much backtracking to be done either as you really don't have to opportunity to revisit certain locations till nearly the end of the game. The fighting is done in an arena type setting as your characters can move about the field and encircle enemies and such. For the most part the fighting is very quick as unlike other role playing games even the bosses take a fairly short period of time to kill. This game also has a nifty feature that lets you continue a fight you lose rather than having to go back to your last save. Wild Arms 3 also featured this somewhat, but it was limited to a certain item you had. The leveling is different too as you level up your powers and your hp and fp by gaining points and distributing them to your liking. So all and all a rather good game that will keep your attention for a while.
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