Enchanted Arms - PS3 Preview
Whenever a new console is released it's usually a lengthy wait for the first batch of decent RPG's to make an appearance. That won't be the case for the Playstation 3 with two very different RPG titles available at launch. The first is the Western styled The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion while the second is a Japanese styled turn based RPG called Enchanted Arms.
|Using the sniper sight...|
Known as Enchant Arm in Japan this RPG from developers From Software was released on the XBox 360 some time ago and received positive reviews (it averages 71% on Gamerankings, with some sites scoring it as high as 90%!). Rather then a straight port the developers have spent the time since its January 2006 release on XBox 360 in Japan to enhance the title considerably for the Playstation 3 - and it could certainly move the game up a few notches.
Enchanted Arms takes place in a fantasy world ruled by powerful magic called 'Enchant'. Humans have learned to use Enchant magic to control the environment around them. However, lurking behind this newfound peaceful utopia, an unknown force has just awakened a hidden army of ancient creatures. You take the role of Atsuma, Enchanter-in-Training, and transform from a naive student to the most powerful savior in a war 1,000 years in the making.
|Flame effects are quite stunning.|
Throughout this turn based RPG Atsuma will meet new allies and gamers will master Atsuma’s special fighting and magic abilities. As you play through the title you will fight alongside both human allies and golem characters collected in your travels. If you've played any Japanese styled RPG then you should know what to expect from this game - it doesn't do too much to stray from the norm.
The XBox 360 version also includes online battles for two human players - at this stage it is unclear if this will make it into the PS3 version.
The extra development time, and power of the Playstation 3 has allowed the developers to make several enhancements to the game. The Sixaxis controller allows gamers to use the motion-sensitive controller to harness weapons, recover your EX power meter, unlock more powerful attacks and solve puzzles. With around 50 hours of gameplay and 75 different environments to explore this game will keep you playing for some time. Enchanted Arms also includes over 500 characters, and 130 unlockable creatures to control and use in battle. Thirty of these creatures are new and exclusive to the Playstation 3.
|Battle against a.. white tiger?|
The Playstation 3 version of Enchanted Arms will include several enhancements graphically. Not only will the game include over an hour of anime cinematics - but and additional 10 minutes in this version to help flesh out the story even further. Audio is also being well supported with the inclusion of not only all-new English voiceovers, but also the original Japanese soundtrack as well.
With the game released in Japan at the end of January 2007 it's nice to see Ubisoft bringing the game to other territories only months later - in the case of Europe and Australia as a launch title on the PS3 on March 23rd.