Video Game / Enchanted Arms

An RPG developed by FromSoftware and released in 2006 for the Xbox 360 and ported to the PlayStation 3 in 2007. It tells the story of Atsuma, a student at Yokohama's Enchanter's University, where students learn the art of enchanting, and the history of the Golems and the Golem War.

One day, Atsuma and his friends Toya and Makoto skip their afternoon classes to attend the annual Yokohama City Festival, which celebrates the peace that was gained after the Golem War. During the festival, several of the Golems go berserk and cause a riot. Atsuma and his friends return to the university and enter the Sealed Ward, which has been unsealed, and find the Queen of Ice, a Devil Golem from the Golem War with regeneration powers.

During the battle, Atsuma's arm, which has the power to negate enchantments, transforms him into something that can negate the Queen's regeneration power. During the battle, Makoto is presumably killed, Toya is kidnapped, the Queen destroys Yokohama City, and Atsuma wakes up in a prison in London City.

Since it was one of the first next-gen RPGs, it received reviews that ranged between the 60 and 80% grades, making it a slightly above-average title. It features a pretty unique grid-based battle system, which allows for four party members, area attacks, elemental based attacks, and you can also create your own Golems to fight with you.

List of major characters:

This game references the following tropes:
  • Lethal Chef: Karin, almost literally.
    • It's even so horrible to look at that it's covered with a mosaic censor!
    • It's the only thing Raigar is actually scared of. That says something.
  • Little Miss Badass: Yuki is hardcore in lifestyle and probably never hits puberty.
  • Mad Scientist: Professor Kou
  • Magitek: Golems in general are this. They're vaguely robotic but clearly magical.
  • Marathon Boss: The Emperor of Earth, as well as Bonus Boss Omega and Infinity.
  • Mons: Golems. Unfortunately, it's usually better to fill your party with all four humans, which makes the golems pretty but mostly useless.
  • Obviously Evil: It's supposed to be a surprise that Professor Kou is an evil Mad Scientist who doesn't care about the lives of the students at Enchant University. Unfortunately, he couldn't look any more stereotypically evil if he tried.
    • It really says something when the man has a demon face stitched into the shoulder of his sleeve.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise Camp Gay Makoto disguises himself as the manly Mysterious Protector "Mystery Man", Idiot Hero Atsuma is fooled completely. Even after he switches back to his old voice. Players? Not so much.
  • Random Encounters: Oh so very many random encounters.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Atsuma and Toya fit this trope almost perfectly, even down to elemental type. Toya is calm and composed, while Atsuma is passionate and direct.
  • Red Right Hand: Taken literally with Atsuma's enchanted arm, Cursed with Awesome which has the power to drain magic and freaks everyone out.
  • Sequential Boss: Infinity.
  • Shout-Out: Various golems in the Xbox version of the game are drawn from previous From Software titles, including Otogi and Metal Wolf Chaos.
    • You even get to fight Michael Wilson, though his suit is now "Executor" instead of "Metal Wolf". You do get to hear him yell out "RICHARRRRRRDDDDDD!!!!!"
    • "All of this is meaningless, like a Midsummer Night's Dream."
    • A lot of the Golems have mythological shout-outs. Cerebus, Poisedon, Orpheaus...
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Raigar and Sayaka: He invaded her village, which could put a serious strain on any relationship.
  • True Companions: A fairly standard group, used as a point of contrast with Ineffectual Loner Toya trying to do everything by himself.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Atsuma delivers an extremely satisfying one to Yuki after meeting up in the frozen wasteland of what was once Yokohama.
    "Atsuma: I'm telling you to shut the hell up. Look at what happened to Yokohama, and you're still going on about hunting?! That's just so lame even if you are joking!"