Yes, this Wild Arms takes the best from the previous games and combines it with by far the best story to make the most moving and challenging Wild Arms game yet. The only real negative I have about this one is that the boss battles can take a good while and early on the battles are a bit of a pain as well. A good story is what I look for in a role playing game and you get that in spades here. At first you are following a character named Dean and learning the ins and outs of this Filigai world as with most role playing games has nothing to do with previous incarnations (though there are quite a few characters from previous Wild Arms games making cameo's here). Dean, along with his childhood friend Rebecca find a mysterious girl clasped in the arm of a golem that has fallen from the sky. Her only memory is of a name, that of "Johnny Appleseed". So they begin their quest to find this man, also doing other tasks such as Dean trying to become a Golem Hunter like his hero Nightburn, and Rebecca trying to realize her dream of becoming a trick shooter. In this world though there are humans and those called Veruni and the humans are kind of the ones forced to work for the Veruni a race that looks like humans, but have come from outer space. You learn many secrets during game play and there are many twists and turns as they would show groups talking and at first you don't know who the main enemy is going to be. It all clears up though. Meanwhile, you meet some interesting characters such as Greg, a golem destroyer out for revenge against a man with a golem arm. You meet Chuck, a bit of a dense golem hunter apprentice and you meet cute little Carol...a bit of a klutz, but you have to love a kid that sports a missile launcher in her backpack. The combat is similar to four, with the main differences being unlike four where every fight went by rather quickly even the final fight, here most take some time especially the boss fight. Searching is present in a more likable form as you can ride around the world map searching for treasure, and you can also turn off encounters like in four too by destroying this hard to kill creatures, that do give you loads of experience for your troubles. So for a very well done role playing game with a touching story and a bit of a sad ending give this one a shot.
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