Enchanted Arms (aka Enchant Arm) (PlayStation 3) – 7/10

Daisuke Kishio: Atsuma (Japanese)
Kana Ueda: Karin

Enchanted Arms (2006)

Atsuma’s not the sharpest tool in the box, partially because of sleeping through most of his Enchant classes at Yokohama Universtiy, but he’s an endearing chap nonetheless. He, his best friend and all-round popular guy Toya (he even has an unofficial fan club) and their friend Makoto decide to play truant one afternoon and visit the Yokohama Festival where there will be plenty of pizza. While enjoying the afternoon something terrible happens at the University and the shockwave makes everyone except Atsuma, Toya and Makoto (who can all Enchant) unconscious. The trio rush back to the university but have no idea of the world-changing events that they are about to unleash.

7/10

While the PlayStation 3 has horrendous performance problems during field navigation on top of non-HD rendering and textures (this is yet another game where the PlayStation 3 version has been incompetently produced), this is, despite a grind spike or two, a thoroughly charming, highly entertaining and lengthy (my game clear play time was 52 hours 15 minutes) role-playing game with a strong battle system. Knock a star off if you use the English dub and another if you always skip through battles using the Auto battle option as both will reduce your involvement and interest in the characters and game.

This game contains mild homosexual dialogue, mild adult dialogue and mild fantasy violence, unpleasant scenes.

Classified 12+ by PEGI. The game is only suitable for persons who have reached the age of 12 or over.
Classified Violence by PEGI. Game contains depictions of violence.

Available on PS3. Available on Xbox 360.

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