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  • Summary: Twilight of the Spirits is the first game in the series to be presented entirely in realtime 3D, and breaks significantly with the connected storyline of Arcs one through three. Set some thousands of years after that story concluded, it tells the story of two brothers -- one demon, one humanTwilight of the Spirits is the first game in the series to be presented entirely in realtime 3D, and breaks significantly with the connected storyline of Arcs one through three. Set some thousands of years after that story concluded, it tells the story of two brothers -- one demon, one human -- whose lives intersect across a 60-hour quest. [Sony] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
  1. If you love RPGs for their rich characters and ability to tell a great story then Arc the Lad is for you. If you absolutely must have complex character development (stats), or an open ended game you probably won't like Arc the Lad.
  2. The storyline is excellent and the look of the game is as well. The controls may take some getting used to, but the overall design of the game is superb.
  3. A better than average RPG. Woo-hoo…
  4. 73
    I liken it to a big, dumb, friendly guy: an affable, warm-hearted chap that you'd be friends with in real life even if he doesn't offer any useful insights or advice. Reliable, trustworthy and true: that's Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits.
  5. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    70
    This 40-hour quest could've really used a few legitimate dungeons to explore, but the narrative and combat alone kept me hooked. [July 2003, p.106]
  6. Most RPG fans will find some good fun here. However, it just doesn't live up to the older games in the series. It features some interesting perspectives with its dual stars, but its questionable delivery and lack of really compelling gameplay holds it back.
  7. TotalGames.net
    43
    It's a Japanese RPG in the truest sense and conforms to all the clichs of the genre. It has its misfits, its central (male) character with a mysterious past (and a strange birthmark on his shoulder) and a turn-based battle system with magic and hit points. It has its world map.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. PatrickO.
    Sep 17, 2003
    10
    I Really Enjoy this game!It's Fun,exciting and challenging!
  2. Oct 29, 2019
    10
    Very underrated game with a fantastic and exiciting storyline and a unique battlesystem. The characters have lots of depth and will find aVery underrated game with a fantastic and exiciting storyline and a unique battlesystem. The characters have lots of depth and will find a place in your heart. A classic! Expand
  3. VidM.
    Feb 28, 2005
    9
    Great strategy RPGing. Digged the story. Digged the characters. Digged the battle system. Can't understand why this game was so Great strategy RPGing. Digged the story. Digged the characters. Digged the battle system. Can't understand why this game was so overlooked by critics and TRPG fans. Expand
  4. BrianK.
    Nov 7, 2005
    9
    Excellent RPG actually, what makes it excellent are the story and plot and character development, I don't mean stats but emotional, Arc Excellent RPG actually, what makes it excellent are the story and plot and character development, I don't mean stats but emotional, Arc the Lad:TOTS has living, breathing characters with conflict, emotion and goals that evolve as the game progresses, the story is also great and will keep you guessing and wondering what will develop next, I actually care what will happen to each character, and until it finally happened I wondered what would happen when Karg and Darc finally meet, the fact they begin the game having no idea the other exists, then slowly and subtley crossing each other tracks until they finally meet in an emotional conflict was great to witness as in unfolded, I also love the battle system, strategy plays pretty heavily sometimes, everyone player seems to have a role which I like you have your fighters, mages, archers, and healers. I love some of the battlegrounds later in the game, m only quip is the voice overs though they are good they are way too few far and between, more voice would of been great. Love it still though! Expand
  5. Sep 10, 2013
    8
    A really great, if unnoticed, RPG of it's time. Great animation. Ingenious combat system that was ahead of its time. Plus a strong and uniqueA really great, if unnoticed, RPG of it's time. Great animation. Ingenious combat system that was ahead of its time. Plus a strong and unique dual story arc that was done rather well. However, all the praise aside, it also suffer from being a tad too generic following patterns and designs of countless other JRPGs of its time.

    Overall:
    On it's own it is close to being flawless. But it's overall generic design and execution make it enjoyable, but also rather forgettable.
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  6. Oct 29, 2018
    8
    My version is the ps2 version and while I know there's a ps4 version, I decided to put it here instead because...well that's my version, andMy version is the ps2 version and while I know there's a ps4 version, I decided to put it here instead because...well that's my version, and I'm not sure if there's any difference besides the slight graphical update and trophies.

    PROS:
    + Great story with two POV for a better immersion and good twists
    + A large and balanced roster of characters (10 + 2 secret characters)
    + Easy to learn tactical combat
    + Many skills to unlock
    + Customizable armor and weapons (instead of buying new ones)
    + Challenging side content (The arena) that grants amazing rewards.
    + Good music with some enjoyable tunes.
    + A relatively long game (I finished in about 60+ hours)

    CONS:
    - Incredibly slow pace and the impossibility to skip cutscenes.
    - Spirit Stones instead of Mana for skills makes it needlessly harder.
    - Mediocre voice acting
    - Lack of information during combat (no bars above heads or etc)
    - Annoying looting system (no automatic pick after fight)
    - Lack of sidecontent besides the arena.
    - Huge difficult spike at the end of the game.

    Overall the game is great but it suffers from being a relatively old-school tactical rpg that has a lot of difficulty spikes and very slow paced combat and story. Add the fact that the game can become incredibly frustrating during the last session of story - and a final boss that nearly defeated me DESPITE having unlimited spells and basically everyone overlevelled, this game is a diamond in the rough: you'll have to go through the flaws to fully enjoy. But if you do you'll have a really good time and the lots of grind you've done will be worth it.
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  7. Matt
    Sep 19, 2004
    6
    This game HAD potential, story was kind of lacking at the end. over all very good, could of used more vioce overs though. oh well good gameThis game HAD potential, story was kind of lacking at the end. over all very good, could of used more vioce overs though. oh well good game though, just didn't blow my hair back. it could of though! Expand

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#89 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
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#13 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003