Arc Rise Fantasia
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|Arc Rise Fantasia|
|Designer(s)||Hiroyuki Kanemaru (director)
Kenichi Yoshida (character designer)
|Genre(s)||Role-playing video game|
|Distribution||Wii optical disc|
Arc Rise Fantasia (アークライズファンタジア Āku Raizu Fantajia ) is a fantasy role-playing video game developed by imageepoch and published by Marvelous Entertainment for the Wii. It is imageepoch's first game not developed for a handheld game console. Arc Rise Fantasia was released in Japan on June 4, 2009, and in North America on July 20, 2010.
The game is a turn-based role-playing game. The player and the enemy both move and fight during the same phase of battle, but the turn order is determined by the actions taken. Parties consist of three characters who each share a single AP gauge, which empties as various actions are performed. During certain parts of the game, the active team may be made up of four members instead of three, though the fourth can only be controlled by the AI. Multiple attacks can be chained together in combos, and the player may execute a special attack called a Trinity Act when each of three characters uses a certain ability. There are also summon beasts in the game called Rogress (ログレス Roguresu ).
Arc Rise Fantasia is set in the world of Fulheim. Creatures called "Feldragons" are causing a lot of trouble as they pass the Meridian Empire in flocks. If one is killed, the resulting explosion poisons the local area. When the empire receives word that a massive horde has its sights on the capital of Diamant, it immediately sends out an army to fight them, including L'Arc, a cool and collected novice mercenary, and his friend Alf, the beloved prince and second in line for the throne.
- L'Arc Bright Lagoon
- The main character of the video game and the 1st Child of Eesa. The son of Rex and Elena Lagoon, he is a seventeen-year-old mercenary who works to get enough money to take care of his sick mother. Despite his normally serious attitude, he has been known to lighten up from time to time, especially when he talks to Ryfia. He is also someone who holds onto his beliefs or where he stands, even when others disagree. He is voiced by Brett Coleman in English and Yuichi Nakamura in Japanese.
- The main female character of the game and the "Imaginal Diva". She is a sixteen-year-old from a foreign country that is an enemy nation to L'Arc's country. L'Arc is her Child of Eesa, and she believes that it is her destiny to meet him. Her mother was attacked and killed by a Deathchanter, and she was instructed to visit Jada, where she is to meet Simmah find her Child of Eesa. She is very ignorant of Meridian culture, and has not had much experience in the outside world. Ryfia has strong magical abilities and proves to be a useful asset to L'Arc's team. She has the ability to sing sacred songs; a power called Hymnomancy. She is voiced by Kunimi Andrea in Engllish and Yui Makino in Japanese.
- The second prince of the Meridian empire and also the second Child of Eesa for most of the game, he is eighteen and a good friend of L'Arc and Adele. At the beginning of the game, he travels to Jada to search for L'Arc, who had gone missing after defeating a Feldragon. He then decides to travel with him to the Skywalk under Weiss's commands, and is a useful ally. He is very kind, and hates when one attacks an innocent woman. He is voiced by Brian Matt in English and Akira Ishida in Japanese.
- A childhood friend of L'Arc who was orphaned at a young age, she was adopted by a friend of L'Arc's father, Zamuel. Adele is sixteen and states that she thinks of L'Arc as an older brother, though certain reactions imply otherwise. She is normally a kind person, until she becomes jealous of Ryfia. In Antrax, it's discovered that she is the daughter of the "Real Diva", so Dynos convinces her to take the place of her mother who has been assassinated by Weiss. After being attacked by the Rogresses Simmah and Girtab, she becomes crazy and decides that L'Arc should die. She is voiced by Rumiko Varnes in English and Emiri Kato in Japanese.
- Niko Bennex
- A young redhead sharpshooter who is a member of the Meridian army. He is twenty years old but treats L'Arc as though he is older. After Niko meets L'Arc for the first time, he follows L'Arc like a lost brother, and even refers to L'Arc as "aniki" (brother) in the Japanese version and "Mr. L'Arc" in the English version. He has a bad habit of running away during difficult times. He is voiced by Samuel Rose in English and Wataru Hatano in Japanese.
- An orange-haired dagger fighter. He makes his first appearance when he saves L'Arc's group from a battle that was going downhill. His actual name is Sir Leon, and it is revealed in the course of the game that he was once one of the Great Lord Knights. He is very knowledgeable and passes on messages to each group. He also loves the company of women. He is voiced by Josh Keller in English and Katsuyuki Konishi in Japanese.
- Cecille Garcia
- A twelve-year-old girl who has been traveling in search of her family. Cecille is much stronger than she looks and takes great pride in being a warrior. She does not get along much with Niko because he insults her when they first meet. Cecille believes firmly in justice, and travels down what she calls "the Path of Valor". She is voiced by Carolyn Miller in English and Haruka Tomatsu in Japanese.
- Rastan Oigen
- A thirty-nine-year-old, dual-sword–wielding warrior. He makes his first appearance at the beginning of the game, but does not become fully playable until later. For the greater duration of the game, L'Arc and the others are convinced that he is Leon, the master swordsman and a member of the Lord Knights. He was once part of the 'Divine Race' that was put to sleep a 1000 years ago, he was also the reason Rex Lagoon died. He is voiced by Jonathan Sherr in English and Keiji Fujiwara in Japanese.
- Leslie Ferrati
- A pink-haired gunslinger that first meets L'Arc's group at the moon inn near Antrax Parish. Throughout the course of the game she switches between being a part of L'Arc's group and Alf's group. She is voiced by Anna Kunnecke in English and Masumi Asano in Japanese.
- Dynos Garcia
- He makes his first appearance as the first boss of the game under the title of Deathchanter. He is the first character to be called a member of the 'Divine Race' and is the younger brother of Cecille. They, along with the entire 'Divine race' were put in a deep slumber 1000 years ago by Eesa to save them from extinction by Hozone pollution. It was later revealed that he was awoken years before the start of the game, thereby explaining why he looks older than his sister Cecille. He is voiced by Tom Clark in English and Mitsuki Saiga in Japanese.
- A 48-year-old general who wields an axe and is extremely loyal to Prince Alf. He was formerly Alf's caretaker, but was moved to Jada for guarding purposes. He joins Alf's group in the game. He opposes you as a boss character at certain points.
- Weiss is the crown prince of the Empire. He is seen as cold, cunning and calculating, the polar opposite of Alf. His actions as a ruthless war monger belie his true intentions. He is Alf's half-brother through their father and L'Arc's half-brother through their mother. He also bears Eesa's curse, which turned his left arm into a grotesque claw with a wing attached. He is voiced by Greg Irwin in English and Takehito Koyasu in Japanese.
- Freya is a general in the Meridian Empire. She is never utilized in battle, but aids the party throughout the game. She is first encountered at Diamant, where she apprehends L'Arc, Ryfia and Alf for breaking into Dragon Prison. Later on in the story, she apprehends the party again when they try to deliver a message to Weiss, but sets them free later. She is a very strict officer who gets angry at Niko a lot, but really enjoys the stories he told her of L'Arc's adventures.
The music in the game was composed by Yasunori Mitsuda, Shunsuke Tsuchiya and Yuki Harada. The opening theme is Negai Hoshi by Nami Tamaki, and the ending theme is Tenshi no Hashigo ~crepuscular rays~ by Yui Makino.
The soundtrack album is released on 3 March 2010 which contains 3 disk. The soundtracks are composed and arranged by Yasunori Mitsuda, Shunsuke Tsuchiya, Yuki Harada, Yoko Shimomura and also Ryfia's Japanese voice actress, Yui Makino. The album not only contains BGMs in the game, but also the songs that Ryfia and Adele usually sing, which are sung by their voice actresses Yui Makino (Ryfia) and Emiri Kato. The ending song for the game, Tenshi no Hashigo, is also included in the 3rd disk of the album.
|2.||"Meridian 2nd Hikoutei Squad"||3:02|
|4.||"Imaginal Song"||Yui Makino||0:46|
|5.||"A Signpost in the Shades of Trees"||3:15|
|7.||"War Results Within the Heart"||1:05|
|9.||"The Northernmost of the Empire, Topazion"||2:55|
|10.||"Everyday With Peace"||3:39|
|11.||"Moment of Rest"||0:12|
|14.||"Signs of Dark Clouds"||2:07|
|17.||"The Imperial City of Diamant"||3:17|
|19.||"Friends, Smiles and Joy"||2:06|
|21.||"Taking the Road Through the Wilderness"||3:11|
|23.||"Fighting Spirit Baring the Fangs"||1:56|
|3.||"Darkness Spreading Underground"||3:03|
|5.||"Exposed by the Authority"||3:57|
|6.||"A Decision in the Midst of Sadness"||3:54|
|7.||"People Looking Up to a Small Hope"||2:27|
|9.||"The Town of Freedom, Carbunculus"||2:08|
|10.||"Making Fortunes, Dream Casino"||2:00|
|15.||"Witch Army ~Luminous Arc Medley~"||3:49|
|16.||"The Holy City, Benetnasch"||2:39|
|18.||"The Voice of a Vanishing Life"||2:56|
|19.||"A Street of Sand and Wind"||2:20|
|21.||"Before The Strong One"||2:48|
|22.||"Light of Purification"||Yui Makino||0:13|
|1.||"Chance Meeting with the Rogress"||2:02|
|4.||"Seeking the Rogress"||3:01|
|5.||"Braves, Take Action"||3:02|
|6.||"Confrontation! Those Breaking their Will"||3:34|
|7.||"Song of Ruin"||Emiri Kato||0:18|
|8.||"At The End of Despair"||2:21|
|9.||"Snowdrops Blooming, Opalus"||3:16|
|10.||"Scorching Village, Ferris"||2:53|
|12.||"Burning in Fighting Spirit"||3:16|
|15.||"Real Song"||Emiri Kato||0:51|
|16.||"Chasing a Sworn Enemy"||2:17|
|17.||"Heaven's Tears"||Yui Makino||0:14|
|19.||"What Awaits at the Farthest Ends"||3:01|
|20.||"Now is the Time of Conclusion"||3:45|
|21.||"The Prayer of Noire"||3:31|
|22.||"In Order to Know the Conclusion"||Yui Makino||3:21|
|23.||"Tenshi no Hashigo ~crepuscular rays~"||Yui Makino||7:25|
|24.||"Awakening, To A World Protected"||1:32|
At disk 3, a piano piece called Awakening, To A World Protected is the piano version of Tenshi no Hashigo, which was played and composed by Yui Makino. The lyrics and music for Tenshi no Hashigo are composed by Yui Makino as well.
The game had previously been titled as Project Ray, and was known to exist as early as September 4, 2007. As Project Ray, it was also shown to exist with Sands of Destruction for the Nintendo DS.
The game was unveiled on June 25, 2008 in the popular Japanese magazine Famitsū. Hiroyuki Kanemaru, the director of Fantasia, previously worked at Telenet Japan and later moved to Namco Tales Studio, where he worked as scenario script director and level concept designer on Tales of Symphonia. Kanemaru stated that Project Ray would be influenced by old-school RPGs from systems such as the TurboGrafx-16.
The game has received mixed reviews. Famitsū magazine scored the game a 32 out of 40. The English localization of the game received criticism directed towards its technical problems and weak voice acting which was called lazy. It received an aggregate review score of 64 on Metacritic.
The game was later released under Nintendo’s "Everyone’s Recommendation Selection" of budget titles in Japan. Arc Rise Fantasia was the fourth best-selling game in Japan during the week of its release at 26,000 copies. Approximately 21,000 copies were sold in the first week following its North American release.
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