Among the many experimental games that began with 3D games, there was one that surprised everyone with the combination of classic JRPG concepts and the American Wild West. It was something that had never been done before and has not been replicated successfully since.
Yeah, I’m talking Wild Hands.
The original game was developed by Media Vision for the PlayStation to demonstrate the power of the console and its capabilities, but it has become much more.
It was finally published in 1996 and shocked the public with its unique atmosphere of a strange West, 3D battle series and a fascinating story that took into account complex concepts such as the impact of mankind on the environment and the possibility of using firearms for the benefit of the public.
The last franchise aimed at a Western audience was released in 2008, and since then fans have been hoping for something new.
Playing games, discussing anime… even if all you’re watching is Wild Arms Japan’s breakthrough into the wild: A million memories. Being a fan is hard, so to keep hope alive, I want to go back and evaluate every Wild Arms game (released in the West) and commemorate the mysterious kingdom of Filgaia.
7. Wild hands 4
One of the most dubious franchises is likely to be the fourth record in the series to be released in 2006.
While the company has worked to revitalize the franchise by introducing many new combat elements, such as the HEX combat system and more action-packed dungeons, it has also sacrificed some elements that make the series unique.
Wild Arms’ goal is to be a crazy Western JRPG, and this game throws half of that out the window.
She sacrifices the atmosphere of the Wild West for something more modern, mainly science fiction, which, combined with the banal characters and a somewhat meaningless story, has given her an easily forgotten name alongside other role-plays from the same period.
However, I have to say that the PS2 name is still quite nice. It’s a lot of fun to play and the soundtrack contains great music.
What it loses in uniqueness, it gains in refined graphics and truly fascinating gameplay… if you’re willing to overlook a lot of mistakes in the English version.
6. Wild hands XF
If you had to choose the sponsor of the JRPG franchise, it would be the Final Fantasy series. If you look at it that way, you have reason to believe that when FF does something, it will have a big impact on other games.
And this is what the Wild Arms XF version for PSP, released in 2007, shows for the first time.
The game was released in Japan about six months after Final Fantasy Tactics: The Lvo war, and to say that it was strongly influenced (or the original), would be an understatement from to.
We could also call it Wild Arms Tactics, given the similarity of their gameplay.
Wild Arms XF follows Clarissa Arvin, leader of the Knights of the Horse, in her fight for control of the tyrannical kingdom of Elesius, posing as their recently deceased princess… Except she’s a real princess, because they changed her at a very young age.
Think of something.
It’s a complicated story with a political overtone. And despite the classic anime twist, it’s probably one of the best stories in the series.
Like Final Fantasy Tactics, Wild Arms XF features a class-based role-playing mechanic where the player must control the army by recruiting and training mercenaries at random.
Position advantage and choosing the right composition for each mission is the key to victory. A general difference, however, is that although cards in FFT are divided into squares, XF divides them into hexes.
I’m not saying Wild Arms XF is bad, not at all. In fact, in some respects it is much better than the GMP.
War of the Lions is a remake of the game that was released 10 years ago, and XF has some small formula improvements that Tactics just doesn’t have.
But if you compare XF to the rest of the franchise… it still seems to be a byproduct of Wild Hand’s true flavor.
5. Wild hands 2
The second franchise fee is certainly the worst, but it’s a little undeserved.
It came out in the form of a couple of big races, and that may have had an impact on the way it was received then.
Released in 2000 as an indirect sequel to the original, this PS1 game shares the same world of Filgaia and the common aesthetics of the alien West. Although the gameplay has remained largely the same, the graphics have been slightly improved by adding 3D backgrounds in cities and exploring the world.
All this is in addition to the original 3D stroke, which is made for a pretty exciting game.
The puzzles in each dungeon were much more interesting and there were more characters to play.
However, the biggest improvement is in the story.
WA2 has deep characters with dense backgrounds and patterns that are much more recognizable than the first. Especially the protagonist Ashley Winchester.
The story that the protagonist and the anti-terrorist group ARMS follow in their attempt to counter a terrorist conspiracy to take over the world generally seems more reasonable. There are also some nice plot twists that will keep you going.
However, the game could not yet bring many innovations and competes with modern masterpieces such as Final Fantasy IX and Vagrant Story and could not leave traces in the genre of the time.
4. Wild hands 1
On the other hand, the first Wild Arms was the competition for. …at least for a while.
It was released in 1996, a few months before Final Fantasy VII, and before that it was the best role-playing game the console had seen so far.
As I said, it was commissioned by Sony Computer Entertainment to demonstrate the capabilities of the console and Media Vision and to explore a beautiful and colorful world.
This world was filled with action-packed 3D battles that once blew many minds.
The aesthetics of the Odd West is partly inspired by an anime called Trigun, whose game has many aspects, such as certain ecological connotations and even a character nicknamed Stampede, which resembles the main character of the anime.
He also received many suggestions from Japanese and Norwegian mythology, which formed a cocktail of influences.
The story of Rudy, Jack and Cecilia, who contacted the Guardians and wanted to stop the end of the world, was fascinating, but not unique and unforgettable. That gave you a good reason to keep playing.
Most of the concepts that will continue to shape the series were also presented, such as Ancient Relic Machines (ARM) and the devastated world of Philgae.
It is a game that has done a lot to educate the industry, and it is much appreciated by long time fans.
3. Wild Firearms Code: F
Following the success of Wild Arms 3, the developers of the game made a remake of the original game for PS2, improving the graphics and adding some combat elements from the sequels. These additions include the possibility of cancelling arbitrary meetings that have been ordained by God.
The script has also been improved with new icons, dialogs and more dungeons to explore.
It is certainly the most complete version of the original, and although it may not have the same revolutionary value, it is the version you need if you want a better experience.
But maybe she can’t hold the candle to WA3 if you grew up with her and loved the game for everything it had.
2. Wild hands 5
The last release of the Wild Arms franchise took place in 2007 for PS2 and was aexplosion.
The developers have improved the HEX combat system in Wild Arms 4, making it more complex and difficult to play.
Having learned from their past mistakes, they have completely returned to the aesthetics of the strange West.
Instead of a reduced version of the world map, the places were represented by in their actual size of.
The reconnaissance went smoothly, which was much better then. The dungeons were also much more active, because you had to jump and slide over them to overcome them.
The addition of shooter segments also served as a refresher among the many puzzles in the game.
Also, the characters are quite charming, and the story seems much less general than the usual JRPG style that Wild Arms has followed so far… Although of course you end up trying to defeat the evil force that is trying to destroy the world.
All in all, this new Wild Arms – take is the perfect for someone who can’t handle much more outdated graphics and mechanics than the previous records. If you want a more modern Wild Arms experience, try WA5.
I think you’ll leave satisfied and feel all the charm of honesty.
1. Wild hands 3
However, the quintessence of the Wild Arms experience in its most refined form would be the third part published for PS2 in 2002.
It has retained the main parameters of the game and Filgaia, while has made significant improvements compared to , both in terms of the game methodology and the story.
The control of the equipment has been replaced by a system of personal skills that has separated the game from the JRPG mechanisms to make it cooler and more exciting.
In general, there were some small but significant improvements in the fighting, which made it much smoother.
Not to mention the way the game handles research by forcing you to gather information in each city to find new locations, making discussions with the NPC more meaningful than ever.
Virginia, the protagonist, is one of the best in the franchise and one of my favorites in the role-playing genre.
Your search for a long lost father ultimately boils down to a global quest to save the world from the demon of the dream, and the higher the stakes, the further you get through history.
It’s probably the most exciting story in the series.
And if you don’t trust me, look for yourself! WA3 is available via PSN for PS4 and probably also for PS5. Try it and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
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