Arc The Lad 1 And 2
More than 400,000 Japanese gamers have already played Arc the Lad-one of the first PlayStation RPGs-and now the game is finally on its way to America.
Sony's Arc the Lad offers a mixed bag of traditional console RPG elements. Some of the game's locations are viewed from an overhead perspective, while others are seen from a three-fourths or heads-on view. Combat is also a bit different. Rather than being randomly ambushed by monsters, you walk your individual fighters across the battlefield and up to their opponents to engage them in turn-based battles.
Perhaps the game's most stunning feature is its music. The London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra recorded Arc the Lad's soundtrack, and the soaring score brings to the game an epic feel.
U.S. gamers may get more than they bargained for when Arc the Lad comes out in the States. Rumor has it that it might come packed with its sequel, the aptly named Arc the Lad II. Unlike most console RPG sequels, Arc the Lad II picks up right where the original left off. In fact, once you finish the first game, your progress is saved to a memory card. This save point is used to kick off the second adventure.