Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. I recommend Wild Arms XF to anyone that is looking for a new challenge or another reason to buy a PSP. Strategy RPGs just don't get any better than this.
  2. 87
    Wild Arms XF may not be the ultimate or defining strategy RPG experience, but it was definitely one of the most fun strategy RPG experiences I have had in a long time.
  3. This is a game crafted and polished to a surprising degree, from the beautiful graphics and music to the distinct selection of character classes available to you. [May 2008, p.65]
  4. Smart playing can minimize (but not eliminate) the annoyance of the VP gauge, leaving you with an entertaining strategy experience. However, with Level 5’s Jeanne D’Arc out there, Wild Arms XF certainly wouldn’t be my first recommendation to someone looking for an original, tactics-oriented PSP game.
  5. A safe purchase for fans of the genre and most likely the series, as well as newcomers, too. It certainly has a place in the PSP's newfound SRPG library.
  6. Despite the many problems with Wild ARMs XF, I'm impressed by what X-Seed has produced, from a gameplay standpoint at least.
  7. 70
    Wild ARMs XF is an interesting strategy game, one that will entertain you with its charming storyline, an adorable puppy unit, and plenty of customization options. On the other hand, the attractive video sequences you may remember from the RPGs were replaced by rather uninteresting town conversations.
  8. If you're a fan of the "S" in SRPGs, then XF comes recommended. [June 2008, p.80]
  9. Granted, it’s not the best game of the series and its nothing over impressive in the grand scale of Role-Playing games, however it is a good run at a standardized SRPG with a focus on customization, tactical action and a quirky western storyline.
  10. Wild Arms XF is a title that picks up on one of the major weak points of the genre and improves upon it in a welcome stroke, but seems to favor an increase in difficulty simply for difficulty's sake and has a nasty habit of halfway playing the game for you.
  11. Adding a strategic element, a robust class system, and varied mission objectives were all great ideas for the franchise, but unfortunately they fall short due to poor implementation.
  12. It also looks great, the character classes are interesting, and I appreciate the puzzlelike missions with more ambitious objectives than "kill everyone". [May 2008, p.89]
  13. Fans of the genre will enjoy the deep character customization as well as the satisfying tale that is as good as the console Wild ARMs games. It’s just too bad that XF is hindered by its few problems that hold it back.
  14. While we appreciate the attempts at making an intensely deep strategy experience, Wild Arms XF may just be too deep for a portable game. Incredibly patient gamers may be okay with the chess-like pace and high level of strategizing, but for the rest, I'd recommend renting this title before purchasing.
  15. 60
    There's no doubt that Wild Arms XF is best left for hardcore fans of the series who will probably be more forgiving of the game's faults; the rest of you should look elsewhere for your tactical RPG fix.
  16. 58
    The gameplay just has too many holes to be enjoyable. The objective-based battles aren't particularly well designed and character class implementation takes away a lot of player freedom.
  17. Wild ARMs XF features some ambitious design elements that fail to disguise its dull storyline, tedious gameplay, and draconian rules.
  18. The battle system, however complicated, works - but it's just not that fun, and the sense of savage satisfaction that comes from finally winning a battle after numerous failures isn't enough to make up for the frustration.
  19. Wild ARMs XF has potential, but poor mission design and some odd design choices make it mediocre at best.
  20. A strategy game isn't much of a strategy game when it relies more on trial and error than planning.
  21. 45
    Wild ARMs XF does have some enjoyable parts, but they are severely hurt by gameplay flaws.
  22. 42
    The game has some ambition, and I admire that. But in the end, a score is based on how much fun I have (that's why we play, right?), and I had very little fun playing Wild Arms XF. This says it all: I can't wait to whip out strategy gems like Final Fantasy Tactics or Disgaea on my commute...but I had to force myself to drag out XF.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. JonasB
    Nov 20, 2009
    9
    This game opened up my eyes in more than one way. I looked forward to this before it was released and bought it before i read any reviews. I enjoyed the game thoroughly and thought for sure it was one of the strongest PSP titles out there. The only thing lacking is story, the rest is there. Great 2D graphics with detailed colorful sprites. Great user interface, very welldesigned gameplay that is a unique take on a Final Fantasy Tactics formula. I played it for some time and then went ahead to check how professional reviewers viewed it, which was nothing like i expected. Before this game I basivcally always read reviews and seldom to never bought a game that had under 80% in gamerankings average or later metacritic. When i discovered the bad scores this title had recieved i finally lost my trust in reviews, something i regret not doing alot sooner. What im really trying to say is that if you know you enjoy FFT or games like it, any turnbased rph strategy game, thisone is in my opinion, aside from the story, the top of the crop for any system. Better than disgaea and better than FFT Full Review »
  2. keitht
    Sep 1, 2009
    9
    certainly a great hard chanllenging psp game I thought FF Dissida would be better but well it was good but not fucking great and I can't understand why people can't stand a dam chanllenge weak gamers Full Review »