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  • Summary: WILD ARMS 5 follows the journey of a group of young travelers as they try to unlock the mysteries of their ravaged land and unknowingly become involved in a struggle that will decide the fate of the entire world. 12,000 years ago, the world of Filgaia was a land immersed in technology far beyond anything found in the present day. For reasons unknown, however, the citizens of this advanced culture suddenly abandoned their technology, leaving the future of the human race to live in a comparatively primitive state. All that remained of this once great civilization were some scattered mechanical parts and the occasional remnants of a legendary golem -- huge mechanical devices built to serve mankind. While use of the old technology remained mostly out of reach, there were some who had begun to research the ancient devices, seeking even the faintest hope of enriching their lives on this desolate world. The situation changed dramatically about a hundred years ago when a new race known as the Veruni arrived on the planet. Although similar in appearance to humans, the Veruni's superior physical attributes and advanced technology allowed them to quickly establish dominance over mankind. The human race found itself relegated to second-class status, and many citizens were forced to perform hard labor day in and day out in order to survive. Fast-forward to the present day. In a small town called Capo Bronco on the outskirts of Filgaia, two youths, Dean Stark and Rebecca Streisand, witness an unbelievable event -- the giant arm of a golem somehow falling from the sky. Their disbelief grows further when they discover that within the clenched fist of the golem's hand lies a girl with little recollection of her past other than her name -- "Avril." This chance encounter inspires Dean and Rebecca to travel with Avril across the wastelands of Filgaia in hopes of helping her regain her lost memories. Little do they know their journey will eventually decide the fate of all mankind. [XSEED] Expand
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  1. Wild ARMs 5 is one of the best RPGs to hit the PS2, simple as that. An old-school approach to the genre whittles down the gameplay to simple, core elements while stripping out all the annoying bits that have built up over the years. A definite buy.
  2. 80
    The sometimes ridiculous characters, anime presence, and engaging story line work together with intensely fun and strategic play mechanics to make this installment of the ARMs series the best yet.
  3. It may have taken ten years, but it appears that with Wild ARMs 5, the series is ready to make the jump from appetizer to main course.
  4. Enjoyable, but its newcomer emphasis stops it being essential. [June 2008, p.74]
  5. Hardcore RPG fans that are willing to overlook Wild Arms 5’s obvious faults will likely still get enjoyment out of the title. For everyone else however, there are much better RPGs on the PS2 that are more worth your while.
  6. For those who are not fans of the franchise, "bland" is perhaps the best way to describe Wild Arms 5.
  7. Should be enjoyable for hardcore RPG gamers or longtime fans of the series. [Nov 2007, p.88]

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