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Arc the Lad: Collection

by Working Designs
PlayStation
Teen
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews) 78 / 100


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  • Role Playing game
  • Rare Box set


Product Details

  • ASIN: B00005YO7I
  • Item Weight: 0.2 ounces
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,357 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Working Designs set of 5 discs featuring all 4 Arc the Lad games for the original Playstation console. Fun, unique RPG's.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
...This impressive omnibus contains four games (three full RPGs and one sideline) spanning five CDs, a "Making Of" disc, twenty-two character standees, Dual Shock analog stick covers, and a Memory Card holder. There hasn't been this much pack-in goodness since the glory days of Infocom.
If you love turn-based strategy RPGs, such as Final Fantasy Tactics or Ogre Battle, you'll like this too. While not as complex as FFT, it is *much* faster paced, making battles less of a time-consuming chore. While you still have to think several moves ahead, you won't be spending so much time messing with the details of battlefield position and resource allocation, allowing you to focus more on the battle itself and the game's plot.
While any of the three RPGs in this box can be played individually, it's when played in order that the series truly comes into its own. Arc I is really little more than a ten-hour prologue for the much larger Arc II, while Arc III continues the storyline several generations later. Furthermore, if you completed the previous game, that savefile can be imported into the next game, which can unlock secrets and cause interesting things to happen.
The fourth game, Arc Arena, isn't a full RPG despite what the box says. Rather, it is a training ground for monsters you've captured in Arc II. Here, you set them to battle either computer-controlled monsters or those captured by another human, stored on his or her own Memory Card. Think Pokemon, only without the cloying kid-stuff. Doing well in the Arena grants you access to various special items and bonuses, some of which can be brought back into Arc II.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than worth the asking price. April 25, 2002
Let us get this out of the way first, Arc the Lad is not Final Fantasy. It hasn't the graphical beauty, the story ambition (though its parts have great ones), or unique design elements meant to push the rpg genre to new heights. Reasons for this are obvious: Arc the Lad 1&2 were much before the flash of FF, so comparable graphics shouldn't be expected. Arc 3 was release after FF 7 and 8, but didn't seek lofty ambition.
Basically its about this, FUN. That's the word of the day people, so listen close. Arc the Lad is a strategized, character developed, story driven (at least the first two), job hunting, monster bashing good time.
That's right, I said STRATEGIZED, meaning like a grid-based strategy game. Think Final Fantasy Tactics with less depth, and that's pretty much it. That lack of depth gives this game a much more user-friendly feel, allowing for pick-up-and-play action instead of read-the-manual-5-times-and-still-get-the-[snot]-kicked-out-of-you-action.
Arc the Lad's play mechanics are like a strategy/traditional rpg hybrid, combining the character control and exploration of a traditional (Arc 2, mostly) with grid-combat intensive battles (what Arc 1 is pretty much, with only two chances throughout to control the character like previously stated). All three include this extremely unique mix of both elements, happily dishing steaming helpings of fun.
Arc 1 is the one mainly lacking in depth, it hasn't much but offers a very simplistic and perfectly enjoyable time.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome collection of strategy/RPG's... January 23, 2004
By "zt86"
Arc the Lad 1-3 was originally released by Sony. Arc 1 was released when the PS One first came out, in 1996/1997. About a year later, Arc 2 came out, then Arc 3 followed in 1999. The problem? They were never released out of Japan. Luckily, Working Designs, the company responsible for bringing out Lunar and Lunar 2 with great extras, has brought all 3 of these games out of Japan, with great packaging like the Lunar series.
Arc 1 is pretty short. You could finish it in about 10-15 hours (20+ if you do all the side quests), but it's still a lot of fun. Arc 2 continues the great story, and is a whole lot longer. You could spend anywhere from 50-100 hours on Arc 2. And finally, Arc 3. They took the job system from Arc 2 and made it the main part of Arc 3. Although not as serious, and more lighthearted, than the other games in the series, Arc 3 is still pretty fun. My favorite is Arc 2, then 1, and finally 3, but they all provide hours of fun and entertainment.
Also included is Arc Arena, which allows you to fight other monsters with monsters you capture in Arc 2. This was kind of fun, but I didn't really get into it.
The packaging comes with a hardcover instruction booklet (over 100 pages), a memory card holder, a "Making of Arc the Lad Collection" cd, and more. If you're a fan of strategy/rpg's, don't miss out!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Long ago in a time when the Sony PlayStation was just a new kid on the block, there was a launch game; one that was a little strategy RPG called ARC THE LAD. Some called it a short imitation of SHINING FORCE, but it had a nice following. Fast forward 6 years later and we finally can play it, but this time we get to play not just part one but the complete trilogy! The first game feels like a teaser it's short but fun for nostalgia seekers wanting to relive their SHINING FORCE days. The second game is the continuation of the first one but this time it's longer. The third game is a little different; it's full 3D and a little odd. Overall the three games are very old fashioned. They are from an era long gone in gaming. Sony never opted to bring these games to the US, but the good folks at Working Designs have. Okay the translation is classic WD, it's Americanized but it works. WD has a legacy of fine conversions. And the extra goodies are sweet such as the Monster Arena thingy. So should you buy this? Well, if you like strategy RPGs and don't mind stepping back in time by all means YES!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
The game is slightly different from tradition strategy games. It's a lot more fast-paced.
Published 2 months ago by Robbie
2.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy playing through classic JRPGs
I enjoy playing through classic JRPGs. I remember this came out near the time of Lunar SSSC. I never picked it up until a couple of years ago. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Trey J
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Dang Good
The First One is pretty Slow and doesn't give you very many moments of free range play. The Story is really nice though, as is the art that went into it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Brett Whitney
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great game 3 great games in one top rpg made you can play close to 100 hrs
Published 5 months ago by mike wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars Some of the discs didn't work
Got the game but a few of the discs didn't work. Unfortunately this means that the whole set wasn't playable only some of it was which was disappointing.
Published 11 months ago by M. J. Schlipstein
3.0 out of 5 stars One great game, two decent games
Arc the Lad II is worth getting on its own, though the save transfer from I-II make II an even greater game. I'm not finished with III yet, and it's not nearly as strong as ATL II. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Moberhau
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect condition
Product was exactly as described.I had a box set similar to this when i was littler but i lost it in a house fire. Read more
Published on August 26, 2011 by Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars Arc the Lad: Collection by Working Designs
The Arc the Lad series was released in Japan many years before its release in North America. The unlikely release of this collection of games was made possible by the diligence of... Read more
Published on October 18, 2010 by Jamil Chughtai
5.0 out of 5 stars A Centerpiece of (Underrated) Video Games
This collection is a collection of three of the most amazing RPGs I have ever played. The first game starts off a little slow, but picks up for an awesome climax. Read more
Published on April 28, 2007
5.0 out of 5 stars he its cool
Hey karl jorden u are right arc the lad collections is the bombardi but it did not come out for snes my cousin got this the day it cam eout and sold it when the last disk messed up... Read more
Published on March 6, 2005 by Ernso Telusma
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