Video Game Review: Wild Arms 4

If you are a fan of the Wild Arms genre, get ready for the fourth edition! Wild Arms 4 offers a brand new story line that is both captivating and inspiring. It also offers many new features from previous editions of the game. It is a must have for RPG (role playing game) fans.
You start as a 13 year old boy named Jude Maverick. Jude is a pesty little dude that relies on his mother for everything. He lives in an isolated town named Ciel. Ciel floats in the sky, way above the land of Filgaia. Ciel is encased in a large protective sphere. One day, Jude sees a large slash in the sky. A bunch of ships begin to pass into the sphere. Jude takes it upon himself to investigate the intruder’s camp. Here he runs into two of the other main characters. Soon, the invading army attacks Ciel. Jude and his companions flee in escape pods as their floating city crashes to the ground. Jude then learns that he was living a rather artificial and sheltered life. The three of them go to a nearby town where they meet the fourth party member. As the story progresses, Jude learns to stand on his own. Many questions will be raised about the attacking army as Jude and his companions journey for the answers.

Wild Arms 4 features a new Hex grid battle system that puts a new spin on turn based RPGs. Each time you enter battle, you must move your character to hex that is adjacent to an enemy’s hex in order to attack it. If there are multiple enemies in the hex, you can attack them all. The same goes for if you wish to heal a party member. The hex’s also can have elemental attributes. These can increase your spells and attacks if performed within them.

As you battle, a force meter rises. Once full, you can unleash a massive attack, boost stats, or heal your party. After battle, you receive GC points that you can distribute to raise your characters stats or to learn new spells and abilities.

While in the field, you can perform various actions. Some are “double jump,” using items to solve puzzles, or use the new “accelerator” ability to manipulate time. This makes the game more entertaining as it can drag with constant battles.

There are many nice features of the game. One is that your characters automatically heal up after battle. This is nice so that you don’t run out of healing items before a big boss fight. Another nice feature is that after you defeat a boss, you can return to the area without random enemy encounters!

The biggest problem with this game is the lack of camera controls. You can only zoom in on your environment a bit. The various cut scenes also have awful voice acting. The animation itself seems a bit dated, but it is not too bad. The musical score is a typical heroic theme, but still quite catchy. All and all, none of this matters because of the gripping story and great game play.

Wild Arms 4 is available on Playstation 2. It has an ESRB rating of T for teen. This is because the game features mild language and fantasy violence. If you need a bit of help with the game or if you just want to cheat… a strategy guide is available.