Wild Arms 3 PlayStation 2

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

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
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  1. 79
    It's probably worth picking over "Legaia 2," the other noteworthy RPG release of the moment.
  2. 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.
  3. With a wonderfully crafted story, great characters and an immense world to explore, gamers will be spending hours with this one.
  4. Game Informer
    The sound, on the other hand, makes me cower in a corner, trying to find a warm place. [Nov 2002, p.122]
  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. A no-brainer recommendation. The story moves along nicely, and the battles load quickly and provide you with enough strategy to stay reasonably interesting.
  7. 80
    A solid mix of visual flair, musical excellence, and story-driven gameplay.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Cool characters and inventive locales also make a difference. [Nov 2002, p.283]
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. PSM Magazine
    It's excellent gameplay pulls through in the long run for a solid role-playing experience. [Nov 2002, p.44]
  15. 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.
  16. netjak
    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.
  17. The graphics are superb, the gameplay is fun and the overall package is amazing.
  18. GameNow
    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]
  19. Well-presented, deep and involving.
  20. Although the plot wasn’t a very outstanding feature, the gameplay outside and within battles remain strong and clearly define the game.
  21. It incorporates a lot of the traditional RPG elements while adding in some interesting and unique visual presentations of the action.
  22. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#72 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
#33 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2002
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Sep 22, 2010
    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. EvenIf 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 »
  2. May 30, 2015
    Wonderful JRPG game for PS2. most over 100 hours gameplay in nice pos-apocalyptic world and desolate wasteland,dungeon large explorationWonderful JRPG game for PS2. most over 100 hours gameplay in nice pos-apocalyptic world and desolate wasteland,dungeon large exploration powerful ancient guardian and secret boses, excellent system combat in intense battle within amplifield camera angles, this totally awesome game! Full Review »
  3. Kiddzeal
    Apr 15, 2003