Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38
  1. It would be easy to score this game as plain mediocre. After all, it essentially works, displays a misguided and seemingly half-hearted attempt at innovation, looks pleasant enough, passes the time and will likely meet the low expectations of its surprisingly large fanbase. But should such calculating mediocrity be continually excused?
  2. Having long since outlived its usefulness, the Wild Arms series has gone, with this entry, from merely banal to actively irritating. With such a wealth of RPGs getting translated nowadays and more companies than ever eager to get into the act, it's about time this appendix was removed.
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. [Anonymous]
    Sep 2, 2008
    10
    I really, REALLY liked this game. Quite possibly my favourite for the PS2. The story wasn't great, but everything else was astonishing. The characters and their development truly touched me, the game was mature and thought-provoking throughout and the ending brought me to tears with its representation of the bittersweetness of life. The platforming elements were my favourite in any RPG to date, the ability to turn off encounters a masterstroke, the tools fun and inventive, the battle system awesome in its tactical implementations, the sidequests too numerous to count and the rewards were constant. So it may not be very difficult and the enemies were half-baked. This was perhaps the funnest 80 hours (there really are a lot of sidequests) I've had with a game, and it had that RPG magic that the next installment was unfortunately unable to capture. Full Review »
  2. TehSquare
    Jul 23, 2008
    3
    What the hell is this? Where's the amazing story, likable characters, smart puzzles, fast-paced battles, beautiful soundtrack, just right difficulty and tons of side quests that WA3 made me come to expect? All I see is a bland, overly childish storyline, characters that seem almost mentally challenged, a world that has no Wild Western feeling at all and simple, short, boring, overly easy and absolutely not compelling level design. I commend Media Vision for trying to innovate, but it just went all wrong. Full Review »
  3. JoelM.
    May 3, 2006
    10
    game looks makes u feel good has NEW tory line everything about the game is great is the BEST wildarms ever so far.