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  • Summary: Twilight of the Spirits is the first game in the series to be presented entirely in realtime 3D, and breaks significantly with the connected storyline of Arcs one through three. Set some thousands of years after that story concluded, it tells the story of two brothers -- one demon, one human -- whose lives intersect across a 60-hour quest. [Sony] Expand
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. If you love RPGs for their rich characters and ability to tell a great story then Arc the Lad is for you. If you absolutely must have complex character development (stats), or an open ended game you probably won't like Arc the Lad.
  2. 82
    Despite its relatively simplistic nature and less than inviting challenge, the interpersonal relationships between the game's fascinating characters and its entertaining battle system are quite enjoyable.
  3. A better than average RPG. Woo-hoo…
  4. 73
    I liken it to a big, dumb, friendly guy: an affable, warm-hearted chap that you'd be friends with in real life even if he doesn't offer any useful insights or advice. Reliable, trustworthy and true: that's Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits.
  5. A refreshing game that is straightforward, easy to follow and most importantly, it's fun.
  6. Despite the fun combat, decent visuals and eclectic but strangely catchy soundtrack, the lack of depth and unfulfilling story left me lukewarm and yearning for another adventure with Arc, Elc or Alec... A solid RPG, nothing less, but nothing more. [July 2003, p.75]
  7. It's a Japanese RPG in the truest sense and conforms to all the clichs of the genre. It has its misfits, its central (male) character with a mysterious past (and a strange birthmark on his shoulder) and a turn-based battle system with magic and hit points. It has its world map.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. CrimU.
    Jan 23, 2004
    This game is awesome I love the plot and it has very realistic characters . You can choose to fight with Darc or Kharg its up to you.
  2. NoaS.
    Jul 8, 2003
    Gameplay is top notch and Fun factor 10 for 10. A truly compelling a enthusistic addition to the Ark line up.
  3. PatrickO.
    Sep 17, 2003
    I Really Enjoy this game!It's Fun,exciting and challenging!
  4. JoaquinDaSilva
    Jul 19, 2003
    Great story, good graphics, awesome combat system, deep RPG... you can´t go wrong with this one.
  5. VidM.
    Feb 28, 2005
    Great strategy RPGing. Digged the story. Digged the characters. Digged the battle system. Can't understand why this game was so overlooked by critics and TRPG fans. Expand
  6. Sep 10, 2013
    A really great, if unnoticed, RPG of it's time. Great animation. Ingenious combat system that was ahead of its time. Plus a strong and unique dual story arc that was done rather well. However, all the praise aside, it also suffer from being a tad too generic following patterns and designs of countless other JRPGs of its time.

    On it's own it is close to being flawless. But it's overall generic design and execution make it enjoyable, but also rather forgettable.
  7. Matt
    Sep 19, 2004
    This game HAD potential, story was kind of lacking at the end. over all very good, could of used more vioce overs though. oh well good game though, just didn't blow my hair back. it could of though! Expand

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