Arc Rise Fantasia
|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. Arc Rise Fantasia was released in Japan on June 4, 2009, and in North America on July 20, 2010.
Much of the game is progressing through the world and dungeons, some of which are puzzle-based, as the player listens to the story told.
But at the game's heart is it's combat system, which 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. AP is regenerated at the start of each turn, so not using as much AP as possible in one turn is important for strategic reasons. Standard fare for the genre such as items, buffs/debuffs, magical and physical attacks, and special acts are present as well. 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. Once the player passes a certain point early on in the story, both the player and the enemy will be able to chain together acts under certain conditions to increase power/effect of that move. For the main protagonist, he is capable of using beasts called Rogress to unleash highly powerful effects at a large AP cost.
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.
The game opens with the protagonist, Meridian Empire Legionnaire L'Arc Bright Lagoon, protecting the army by facing off against a dragon aboard a lightship; the energy of the fight sends him crashing to the Earth, only for him to be saved (and the catalytic explosion of the dragon prevented) by a girl named Ryfia, who is later revealed to be the Imaginal Diva. They proceed to Topazion and later Jada, during which they re-meet L'Arc's friend, Prince Alfonse ("Alf") of the Empire. They also come across Niko Bennex, a grunt member of the army, and a mysterious blue-cloaked man naming himself "Rastan". The town comes under attack by a monster force of undead skulls led by a man known only as the "Deathchanter", whom Ryfia stated was also responsible for killing her mother; the local army branch general, Clyde, rises the defensive efforts. And due to the fights this mysterious assailant leads L'Arc to, L'Arc is able to bond with Simmah, the first of the nine Rogress, causing L'Arc to learn that he is in fact, a Child of Eesa.
Unfortunately, Simmah was also responsible for supplying much energy to the Meridian Empire; this causes the empire's leader, Sir Weiss (also Alf's brother) to force L'Arc into attending a journey to disable an energy source for Olquinians. L'Arc also encounters his life-long mentor, Zamuel, and his mother Elena in this area, and he joins forces with both Cecille, an energetic young girl with a passion for adventure and romanticism, and with his childhood friend, Adele. During this time, a brutal assault on Zamuel's school leaves Zamuel dead. During their journey, they are attacked by two assassins -- sisters Paula and Luna of the Aion Unit. After surviving a duel with them, they meet a member of the group of thieves, Serge. They also later meet and ally with a mysterious, flirtatious mercenary named Leslie.
During their mission, they learn that the assailant they encountered earlier is Cecille's older brother "Dynos"; however, it is abruptly revealed that in reality, whilst Ryfia is the Imaginal Diva, Adele is the Real Diva, and that both Alf and L'Arc are "Children of Eesa", meaning they must pick one of two laws to present to the god Eesa (either Real's Law, which promotes recreation followed by destruction, and Imaginal's Law, which promotes the continuance of the human race). At this point, Alf, Dynos, Serge, Clyde, Leslie and Adele all break away from L'Arc's cause, leaving L'Arc with only Cecille, Ryfia and Niko.
The party proceeds to, with Alf's group rivaling it, hunt down the remaining Rogress and enforce Imaginal's Law. During this time they learn that the leader of the Aion Unit is a man named Ignacy, the man who killed L'Arc's father, and that the blue-cloaked man they encountered in Jada is really Rastan. Overtime, L'Arc recruits Rastan, Leslie and Serge back onto his team; but as a result, Niko eventually is unable to cope with the responsibility and leaves L'Arc's post. During this time, Alf becomes more extreme in his methods, at one point attempting to activate a volcano to reduce the number of people on Earth to make a pact with his god Real, as L'Arc begins to realize that he must form a Third Law separate from Real and Imaginal (both of which will eliminate one of the 2 human races, the Divine and Common Race). The final party of 6 consists of L'Arc, Ryfia, Serge, Rastan, Leslie and Cecille. The party eventually encounters Doctor Sonia Carlisle, who proposes that the way to neutralize the air pollutant Hozone so that both the Divine and Common Race survive will require L'Arc to sacrifice himself to replace Eesa as the current core.
At the end, the party makes it to the Lascarde Skywalk, where they confront and defeat Ignacy and Hosea (a lying patriarch who had been manipulating L'Arc from behind his back). During this time, Adele dies sacrificing her life for Alf, and Niko dies sacrificing himself to prevent the Skywalk from committing a terrorist act against the city. This causes the Verct Skywalk to open up; there, Dynos is confronted for a third and final time, and commits suicide after defeat (leaving Cecille emotionally struck). After Clyde and Alf are defeated, they reform to the path of right, and Alf promises to make the world a better place for L'Arc. Now, the path to the Holy Land of Noire opens up; there, the party defeats Eesa, but L'Arc is forced to send his body into the core to keep the Hozone safe, and stays asleep for 500 years. In the epilogue, he awakens 500 years later, where it is revealed that Ryfia also went to sleep with him, so that she could meet him once he wakes up. The game ends with the two walking out of the core.
After the epilogue, the game reverts the player back to the point immediately before the final boss (marking the file with a star to know that it has essentially been beaten), with some extra side activities now available.
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. It is Imageepoch's first game not developed for a handheld game console.
The game was later released under Nintendo’s "Everyone’s Recommendation Selection" of budget titles in Japan.
Reception and sales
The game generally received mixed reviews from critics, with the game receiving an average score of 64 out of 100 at review aggregator Metacritic, based on 26 review scores. Proponents of the game, such as Nintendo Power, cited that the game's strong points overshadowed its faults.
The English localization of the game received criticism directed towards its technical problems and weak voice acting which was called lazy.
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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