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  • Summary: Fullmetal Alchemist is the story of two brothers, trained in the ways of alchemy, who find themselves on the adventure of their lives as they seek the mysterious Philosopher?s Stone. The story begins as Edward and Alphonse Elric hop a train to the capital city of Central. But an impromptu hijacking forces them into an all-out brawl against a rebel military faction. Fortunately, Edward has more than a few tricks up his sleeve with a variety of alchemy skills; he can transmute everyday objects into powerful weapons. After the hijackers are defeated, a shocking new twist is revealed, sending the brothers? path askew and leading them to their wildest quest yet. [Square Enix] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 35
  2. Negative: 8 out of 35
  1. Although there is a button that lets you adjust the camera angle, it tended not to cooperate.
  2. 74
    The RPG elements of the title are barely noticeable, and although it controls well and has an interesting gameplay mechanic in the transmutation, the actual gameplay ends up being rather generic.
  3. One of the most salient problems with Full Metal Alchemist is the amount of repetition. After you get bored of the alchemy the game boils down to eliminate the enemies and move into the next room and repeat for the duration of gameplay.
  4. It's by no means a spectacular game, but then again, it did make me want to watch the show, so it's done its job. [Feb 2005, p.80]
  5. There is very little fun to be had here, and for the price this game simply cannot be recommended to anyone. Surprisingly the sequel, "Full Metal Alchemist 2: Akaki Elixir no Akuma," which is out in Japan, is a much more fleshed out game that towers over its predecessor in most every way.
  6. 50
    As excellent as the Square-sponsored source material is, the game is about as generic and bland as you can get.
  7. Just a bad video game. Very young, very stupid fans of the series will likely enjoy running around in circles whacking at things, but we at GR do not.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. KeriH.
    Feb 18, 2006
    This is the best game I have ever played it rocked!! It was pretty easy at some points but at others I thought it was really really challenging everyone should get this game. Well it wasnt as good as what I was expecting but it was still nice. Expand
  2. PaulN.
    Feb 8, 2005
    Neat graphics.
  3. KoryuFireTiger
    Apr 22, 2005
    Super cool.
  4. ShannonT.
    Jan 27, 2005
    Great game very fun... im going to buy the sequel.
  5. [anonymous]
    Dec 22, 2009
    Though long it's entertaining, I have already played the game untill the end, but when the credits finish, there's a black screen showing nothing but a neverending melody, would somebody say if THAT'S the true finish of the game or there's still more? If you see my e-mail, contact me so I get informed too. Expand
  6. ShakiraG.
    Oct 18, 2005
    this game was too easy and didnt last long as i thought it would. it took me a week to beat it. but i did like it.
  7. SawyerG.
    Mar 12, 2005
    The Game Revolution review sums it up: this game is for series fans only. Very bland and stale, and even the characters seem to know it, cracking wise about how much more they can take of the whole thing. Frankly, they got the easier part: it was all I could do to bring myself to actually finish it, and I derived very little pleasure from it all. This is more of a franchise-milker than a video game, so unless you're a super-duper fan of the series, do not touch this with a ten-foot stick. Aren't games, after all, supposed to be _fun_? Expand

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