History VideoGame / ArcTheLad

21st Feb '17 1:49:12 PM lalalei2001
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The ''Arc the Lad'' a strategy RPG series developed by Creator/WorkingDesigns, and Creator/{{Sony}}'s answer to ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'' and ''VideoGame/ShiningForce''.

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The ''Arc the Lad'' is a strategy RPG series developed by Creator/WorkingDesigns, and Creator/{{Sony}}'s answer to ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'' and ''VideoGame/ShiningForce''.
2nd Feb '17 1:05:56 AM justanid
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1st Feb '17 7:25:57 PM justanid
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The ''Arc the Lad'' series is Sony's answer to ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'' and ''VideoGame/ShiningForce''. Its first game launched with the UsefulNotes/PlayStation in 1995. WorkingDesigns released a compilation of the first three games and a bonus arena-battling bonus disc in 2002. The last game in the series, ''End of Darkness'', was released in 2004 (2005 in the United States via Namco) and was an online-enabled action RPG rather than a strategy game.

The original Arc the Lad was a fun, albeit short T-RPG, which followed the adventures of a young lad called Arc Ricolne and his [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits six traveling companions]].

''Arc'' II, its direct sequel, follows the adventures of Elc, a bounty hunter who is the last survivor of a nation of [[ElementalPowers fire users]] slaughtered by Seirya, the country Arc hails from. Being longer, more complex, and infinitely DarkerAndEdgier than the previous episode, ''Arc'' 2 [[TrueArtIsAngsty has been lauded as the supreme game in the series]] and a legitimate contender for the title of "Game with the most {{Player Punch}}es thrown."

Two of the three other sequels (''Arc'' 3, which takes place a few decades after the end of ''Arc 2'' , and ''Arc 4: Twilight of the Spirits'', which takes place a thousand years after the original trilogy and [[VideoGame/ArcTheLadTwilightOfTheSpirits has its own page]]) are usually considered inferior but still-decent games, while most of the negative criticism directed towards the series falls upon ''End of Darkness''.

While the games were never released outside of Japan at first, Working Designs made a box set of the first three games along with ''Arc Arena'' for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation. It's quite pricey nowadays, but the fourth and fifth games ''did'' see standalone releases on the UsefulNotes/PlayStation2. Only a WonderSwan Color game, ''Arc the Lad: Resurrection of the Machine God'', [[NoExportForYou never saw a release outside Japan]]. A 26 episode anime ran from 1998-1999, based on ''Arc the Lad'' and ''Arc the Lad II'', animated by BeeTrain and directed by Itsuro Kawasaki.

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The ''Arc the Lad'' a strategy RPG series is Sony's developed by Creator/WorkingDesigns, and Creator/{{Sony}}'s answer to ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'' and ''VideoGame/ShiningForce''. Its first game launched with the UsefulNotes/PlayStation in 1995. WorkingDesigns released a compilation of the first three games and a bonus arena-battling bonus disc in 2002. The last game ''VideoGame/ShiningForce''.

'''Video-games
in the series, ''End of Darkness'', was released in 2004 (2005 in series:'''
* ''Arc
the United States via Namco) and was an online-enabled action RPG rather than a strategy game.

The original Arc the Lad was a
Lad'' (1995) [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation PS1]] -- A fun, albeit short T-RPG, which followed the adventures of a young lad called Arc Ricolne and his [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits six traveling companions]].

''Arc'' II, its
companions]].
* ''Arc the Lad II'' (1996) [=PS1=] -- A
direct sequel, follows the adventures of Elc, a bounty hunter who is the last survivor of a nation of [[ElementalPowers fire users]] slaughtered by Seirya, the country Arc hails from. Being longer, more complex, and infinitely DarkerAndEdgier than the previous episode, ''Arc'' 2 [[TrueArtIsAngsty has been lauded as the supreme game in the series]] and a legitimate contender for the title of "Game "game with the most {{Player Punch}}es thrown."

Two of
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* ''Arc Arena: Monster Tournament'' (1997) [=PS1=]
* ''Arc
the three other sequels (''Arc'' 3, which takes Lad III'' (1999) [=PS1=] -- Takes place a few decades after the end of ''Arc 2'' , and 2''.
*
''Arc 4: Twilight the Lad: Resurrection of the Spirits'', which takes place Machine God'' (2002) Wonderswan Color -- [[invoked]][[NoExportForYou Japan only]].
* ''VideoGame/ArcTheLadTwilightOfTheSpirits'' (2003) [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 PS2]] -- Follows
a thousand years after the original trilogy trilogy.
* ''Arc The Lad: End of Darkness'' (2004) [=PS2=] -- Unlike the previous games is an ActionRPG.
* Sony announced in 2016 another game being developed by the studio [=ForwardWorks=], for Android
and [[VideoGame/ArcTheLadTwilightOfTheSpirits has its own page]]) {{iOS|Games}}.

The last two
are usually considered inferior by some fans to be inferior, but still-decent still decent games, while most of the negative criticism directed towards the series falls upon ''End of Darkness''.

While the games were never not released outside of Japan at first, Working Designs made a box set of the first three games along with ''Arc Arena'' for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation. It's quite pricey nowadays, but the fourth and fifth games ''did'' see standalone releases on the UsefulNotes/PlayStation2. Only a WonderSwan Color game, ''Arc the Lad: Resurrection of the Machine God'', [[NoExportForYou never saw a release outside Japan]]. [=PlayStation=] in 2002. A 26 episode anime ran from 1998-1999, based on ''Arc the Lad'' and ''Arc based on the Lad II'', first two games ran from 1998-1999, it was animated by BeeTrain Creator/BeeTrain and directed by Itsuro Kawasaki.



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!!This game video-game series provides examples of:
18th Dec '16 5:11:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}: The series is rife with them, as seen below.
** BadassAdorable / LittleMissBadass: Choko.

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* {{Badass}}: The series is rife with them, as seen below.
** BadassAdorable / LittleMissBadass:
%%* BadassAdorable: Choko.
12th Nov '16 9:24:31 AM rixion
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Two of the three other sequels (''Arc'' 3, which takes place a few decades after the end of ''Arc 2'' , and ''Arc 4'', which takes place a thousand years after the original trilogy and [[VideoGame/ArcTheLadTwilightOfTheSpirits has its own page]]) are usually considered inferior but still-decent games, while most of the negative criticism directed towards the series falls upon ''End of Darkness''.

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Two of the three other sequels (''Arc'' 3, which takes place a few decades after the end of ''Arc 2'' , and ''Arc 4'', 4: Twilight of the Spirits'', which takes place a thousand years after the original trilogy and [[VideoGame/ArcTheLadTwilightOfTheSpirits has its own page]]) are usually considered inferior but still-decent games, while most of the negative criticism directed towards the series falls upon ''End of Darkness''.


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* PostEndGameContent: ''Arc 5: End of Darkness'' has this. After beating the final boss and watching the ending, Edda wakes up in Milmarna and can watch a scene with the terrorist leader and visit Orcoth for a short story arc involving Kirika, Delma and Volk.
3rd Oct '16 10:11:41 PM Ramidel
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* VillainDecay: The Dark One is not nearly as threatening when he appears after ''Arc 2''. [[spoiler: Arc and Kukuru's sacrifice]] didn't take him down for good, but they certainly knocked him for a loop.

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* VillainDecay: The Dark One is not nearly as threatening when he appears after ''Arc 2''. [[spoiler: Arc and Kukuru's sacrifice]] didn't take him down for good, but they certainly knocked it ''was'' clearly the tipping point that allowed later generations to take him for a loop.down without so much loss and sacrifice.
3rd Oct '16 10:08:38 PM Ramidel
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* VillainDecay: The Dark One is not nearly as threatening when he appears after ''Arc 2''. [[spoiler: Arc and Kukuru's sacrifice]] didn't take him down for good, but they certainly knocked him for a loop.
3rd Oct '16 9:38:25 PM Ramidel
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* SupportingProtagonist: Elc is clearly the protagonist of ''Arc 2'', but Arc is ultimately TheLeader and TheChosenOne.
3rd Oct '16 9:15:41 PM Ramidel
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* GratuitousNinja: Shu.

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* GratuitousNinja: Shu. is a paramilitary commando who specializes in ''gun'' use; he only uses the ninja schtick because...well, somebody's gotta be a ninja.
23rd Sep '16 12:13:27 AM lalalei2001
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* ArtStyleDissonance: The characters' designs, especially their sprites, are your average JRPG fare. The story is relentlessly dark.
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