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4.0 out of 5 stars If only there wasn't terrible voice acting..., July 29, 2010
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= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Arc Rise Fantasia - Nintendo Wii (Video Game)
Pros:
- Great graphics.
- Great music/sounds.
- Interesting storyline.
- Creative Battle system.

Cons:
- Terrible voice acting.

Arc Rise is a great game but has a terrible drawback that could ruin your experience playing it. The game has great graphics, though the camera can get clunky. The music and sound is great. The storyline is interesting though it's slow on the uptake but once it picks up it gets you really engaging. And finally it's the battle system that is interesting.

Battle is turned base. You start with a pool of AP (depending on how many characters are in your party) and you assign all actions at the very start of your turn. Once you end your turn all the actions are carried out. Your max AP and AP regain per turn is dependent on the level and what character you choose. This of course calls for some strategic thinking as different actions you take can lead to powerful spells and combo. While for the most part regular battle hardly requires much thought, boss battles can prove difficult and will require you to strategize. You can't win a boss battle by just randomly selecting actions.

Weapons and magic also play a crucial part in the battle system as well. Each weapon has skills that you can unlock if you use the weapon enough. Once unlock you can customize those skills and put them onto other new weapons. Magic works the same way. Spells depends on what gems you equip and how you upgrade your magic. Planning your weapons and magic before a battle is crucial to winning it, especially for boss battles.

The game also offer side-stuff. You can dress up your characters in different clothing which can unlock some scenes. There's also side quests you can do for the guild with rewards as well.

Sadly, the terrible voice acting can ruin the whole experience for you. The minute I heard the voice acting I just wanted to put down the controller. It seems the populace of Arc Rise all speak monotonously and voided of emotions. I was only able to bare the terrible voice acting for a couple hours. Luckily the game offers a sound options to turn off voice acting so if you can't stand it just go to options and silence all the voices. Personally they should have kept an option for the original Japanese voice acting since everything is subtitled anyways so I didn't see why they went through all the trouble to dubbed the game with such horrible voice acting.

If you can look beyond it's one big flaw, the game can prove to be worthwhile to play.
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