• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Oct 15, 2002
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Exceptional battle systems, enemy encounter rates, an 'epic journey' with more twists than a pretzel and a creatively represented story... This is bound to be loved by both RPG fans and those few who hated RPG's for the obnoxiously random enemey encounters.
  2. A no-brainer recommendation. The story moves along nicely, and the battles load quickly and provide you with enough strategy to stay reasonably interesting.
  3. The graphics are superb, the gameplay is fun and the overall package is amazing.
  4. Well-presented, deep and involving.
  5. 87
    I loved Wild ARMs 3. It's a wonderful example of a great sequel and a great game, and I would recommend it to any fan of console RPGs. Since Squaresoft did the translation, even the purists should have few gripes.
  6. Although the plot wasn’t a very outstanding feature, the gameplay outside and within battles remain strong and clearly define the game.
  7. With a wonderfully crafted story, great characters and an immense world to explore, gamers will be spending hours with this one.
  8. Those looking for a good title who want creativity, good storylines and a solid dose of anime, can’t go wrong with Wild Arms 3.
  9. That said, there is no doubt that this is a fantastic game that contains believable characters (surely a rarity in the world of RPGs) and although occasionally stuttering in a fit of lost focus, manages to both charm and delight with its fresh locales and gung-ho attitude.
  10. It incorporates a lot of the traditional RPG elements while adding in some interesting and unique visual presentations of the action.
  11. 82
    More RPGs could take a good lesson from the Wild Arms franchise, with the focus being on fun experiences while playing, instead of storylines that take up way too much brain power and taking the focus off of the gameplay.
  12. It's excellent gameplay pulls through in the long run for a solid role-playing experience. [Nov 2002, p.44]
  13. Like its predecessors, simply doesn’t have the presentation strength or storytelling depth to match up with the very best in its genre. But with an interesting array of puzzles, a likeable cast, and a unique Western motif, the game is able to set itself apart, however superficially, from the Final Fantasy clones of the world.
  14. Cool characters and inventive locales also make a difference. [Nov 2002, p.283]
  15. 80
    A solid mix of visual flair, musical excellence, and story-driven gameplay.
  16. With a ton of side quests, the game easily takes 30+ hours to complete, and it stands as one of better choices for gamers interested in a new role-playing experience this time of year.
  17. 79
    It's probably worth picking over "Legaia 2," the other noteworthy RPG release of the moment.
  18. The sound, on the other hand, makes me cower in a corner, trying to find a warm place. [Nov 2002, p.122]
  19. While the excessive combat and frustrating search system can make the game trying at times, overall it is not a bad title. If you enjoy Japanese-style console RPGS, this one is definitely worth a look.
  20. Because of its great looks, gameplay twists, and good cast of characters, Wild Arms 3 should appeal to most anyone who likes games of this type.
  21. Things have definitely improved and the dramatic graphics will certainly capture your eye, but when it comes right down to it, this game embraces more classic gameplay devices than it probably should.
  22. 75
    Might not bring much new to the table (aside from its gorgeous cel-shaded graphics), but it's such a stellar example of this traditional style of RPG'ing that it's worth a look. [Nov 2002, p.74]
  23. A charming and entertaining Japanese RPG which adheres to the conventions of the genre far too much for its own good, but will still provide many, many hours of entertainment.
  24. Despite the repetitive combat and other shortcomings, I found Wild Arms 3 to be pretty engrossing.
  25. Worth the forty bucks IF “Legaia 2” or “Suikoden III” left you hungry for more.
  26. It does everything an RPG should do and does it pretty well, but the lack of innovation is a bit disappointing.
  27. It's likely to be dwarfed by some of the mega-games already in the pipe, but is well worth a lengthy tour by RPG enthusiasts.
  28. Just isn't interesting enough to overcome its retro-tinged, formulaic gameplay. [Nov 2002, p.196]
  29. 60
    The story line is in-depth and the development of the characters is well thought out. But the flaws hold this title back from being a top contender in the RPG genre.
  30. Look past the shaky dialogue and you'll find a strong RPG that will especially satisfy fans of the series. [Nov 2002, p.60]
User Score
8.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Sep 22, 2010
    8
    If you can get past the games dated RPG mechanics as well as some of it's design flaws there is a lot of fun to be had with Wild Arms 3. Even with all it's issues the enjoyable story, western steam-punk fantasy setting, and catchy soundtrack should make up for a lot of the games faults. If your fond of older RPGs then you'll likely have a good time while it lasts. Full Review »