Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
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  1. 73
    When you throw into the mix six playable characters, a traditional RPG equipment and statistics system, cool cut scenes and voice acting, and an impressive battle system, you have the makings of an enjoyable game.
  2. Games Master UK
    72
    Enjoyable, but its newcomer emphasis stops it being essential. [June 2008, p.74]
  3. 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.
  4. 70
    The final half of Wild Arms 5 is incredible. The story, dungeons and battles all come together to create a game that is as good as traditional RPGs will ever get. If only the same could be said about the initial slog, it’d be a classic.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    70
    Unfortunately, Wild Arms 5 lets itself down by using the tiresomely repetitive structure of "visit dungeon, fight boss, return to village, proceed to next dungeon." [Apr 2008, p.112]
  6. Only a diehard Wild Arms fan will be able to take these physics, and much of the game, seriously.
  7. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    65
    Still, the cool battle system and character customization options keep it from reeking of cattle crap. [Oct 2007, p.100]
  8. For those who are not fans of the franchise, "bland" is perhaps the best way to describe Wild Arms 5.
  9. PSM3 Magazine UK
    64
    Perfectly decent, but an all-too-familiar outing. For raging/insatiable J-RPG addicts only. [Mar 2008, p.78]
  10. 60
    For a somewhat mind-numbing, predictable but still entertaining (if only because of the absurd dialogue and engagingly convoluted storyline) RPG, Wild Arms 5 doesn't add a whole lot to the franchise, but it's worth the fairly minimal price if you're looking for a solid way to spend a weekend.
  11. Hardcore Gamer
    60
    Unfortunately, there's just too much about the game that doesn't work to counter-balance all of the good stuff. It's impossible to recommend when an RPG fan could be playing better things instead. [Oct 2007, p.58]
  12. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    60
    Fun, comical and light-hearted, but does get tiresome due to endless random battles and the hero's over-the-top quips. [Mar 2008, p.80]
  13. Play UK
    60
    One of those RPGs that you play out of the corner of your eye while doing something else. [Issue#166, p.95]
  14. PSM Magazine
    55
    Should be enjoyable for hardcore RPG gamers or longtime fans of the series. [Nov 2007, p.88]

Awards & Rankings

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#82 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2007
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#33 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2007
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29
  1. LorenH.
    Apr 15, 2007
    9
    Definitely better than number four, improved on just about everything. Worth buying, especially for long time fans of the series.
  2. Apr 14, 2020
    8
    Played on PlayStation 2.
    Gameplay: GREAT.
    Story: GOOD.
    Graphic: GOOD.
    Music/Sound: GREAT.
    Dialogue: GOOD.