5 reviews

Enchanted Arms

$53.00 Released August, 2006

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Can fast forward and autoplay battles. A lot of golems to collect. High quality FMV cutscenes.

The Cons:English voice acting is pretty bad. Makoto's dialog sets back widespread acceptance of homosexuals no less than 40 years. Too much backtracking over same environments.

Enchanted Arms, known as [eM] -eNCHANT arM- in Japan, is a science-fiction based role-playing game for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. The game was originally released as an Xbox 360 exclusive, however the developer From Software developed a port for the PS3 which has been released in Japan, and will be released in North America by Ubisoft, the same company that published the Xbox 360 version.

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How the game plays

Enchanted Arms follows in the footsteps of many traditional Japanese RPG games before it. Gameplay is split up into three different forms: there's the exploration part which involves the main character, Atsuma, wandering around the game world talking to characters, moving from destination to destination, and finding items. The second mode is managing the statistics and levels or your characters, as you level them up, add items and customize the characters to suit your play style. Finally, the last major type of gameplay is in the combat sequences: random battles play out using a turn-based grid style where characters use a variety of skills to destroy the enemies.

There are seven main human characters that you control in the game all of which have a major role in the story, and over 100 Golems which are both enemies and allies. Similar to Pokemon, Golems are monsters that you fight, and can also be collected to be used alongside with you in your battles. For the Xbox 360 version, one of the game's achievements is to collect every single Golem in the game.

There are a few changes to the traditional JRPG formula that make this game unique, and most of these changes involve making the game easier and more accessible for newcomers to the genre. Two additions speed up the battles, one is an automatic system where the computer controls your characters for you, and the second is the fast-forward system that speeds up the skill and magic animations.

Most of the story is progressed from characters speaking with pictures to represent who is talking, there are occasional real-time cutscenes, with full motion video (FMV) cutscenes occuring during special climatic moments.

There's also an online multiplayer mode where you take the golems you've collected and upgraded to battle one-on-one versus other people.

Story outline

1000 years ago there was a devestating war called the Golem War where machines infused with magic (known as Ether) fought each other and destroyed much of the world. Devil Golems were created that were significantly more powerful than any other kind of golem were created to put an end to the war, which they did. In the present you play the role of Asuma who is a student at the Enchant university in Yokohoma. One day Atsuma, with his two friends Toya and Makoto, decide to skip class to attend a festival, during the festivities an earth quake occurs and a mysterious force draws Atsuma to a forbidden location.

Following the force the three end up discovering and waking up the Ice Queen Devil Golem who is intent on destroying the world. It's up to Atsuma and his friends to stop the Ice Queen from waking up the other Devil Golems and killing everyone.

Differences between Xbox 360 and PS3 version

The PS3 version of the game contains more real-time cutscenes, 30 more golems to fight and collect, and the North American version of the game will include both the original Japanese voices, as well as a new rerecorded english track.

Interesting notes

[eM] is the first and only game to have "Only on Xbox" on the box art, claiming Xbox exclusivity, and still be released for another platform.

Enchanted Arms is also one of the only games released in North America that features a flamboyant and extremely homosexual male protagonist.

User Reviews (5)

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  • 3

    Can fast forward and autoplay battles

  • 3

    A lot of golems to collect

  • 2

    High quality FMV cutscenes

  • 1

    Battle system is very strategic

  • 1

    Decent story

  • 1

    Good graphics

  • 3

    English voice acting is pretty bad

  • 3

    Makoto's dialog sets back widespread acceptance of homosexuals no less than 40 years.

  • 2

    Too much backtracking over same environments

  • 2

    World exploration can be tedious at times

  • 2

    Insults your intelligence by giving you a tutorial for anything that requires pressing a single button (opening chests, climbing ladders, etc)

  • 1

    Story is childish

  • 1

    Strategy is relatively shallow

  • 0

    Atsuma (lead character) can be annoying

  • 0

    Golems don't serve any real purpose, best to just level up main characters

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EightBitHero: #enchanted_arms Not the greatest game I've ever played in my life but, despite rotten voice acting and an endless barrage of homosexual stereotypes from Makoto, it wasn't really that bad - especially for the bargain price. Sep 9, 07
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Omar: #enchanted_arms I just beat this game today, and considering I bought this for $20 and ended up putting just over 50 hours into it, I'd have to say I got a pretty good deal. I'm not much of an RPG player so the streamlined approach and easy accessibility were a big bonus to me. Plus I prefer more strategic battle systems, so the grid based system was another big plus. Good job From Software and Ubisoft for publishing. Mar 24, 07
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