YMMV / Wild ARMs 5

  • Anvilicious: Racism and closed class systems? Bad.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Dean get a lot of criticism for being a Idiot Hero that appears to have been taken from some generic shonen anime. Him being too simple-minded and Oblivious to Love also annoys many players, but still there is fans that enjoy his optimist and determination, and consider him better than Jude Maverick.
    • Rebecca. Some fans consider her "bitchy" for her temper, "whiny" for fawning over Dean but not being brave enough to tell him, and "annoying" for writing major events down in her Diary. Others enjoy her energetic personality and think that her flaws helps to make her a more realistic and a better written character.
    • Avril, while not as divisive as Dean and rebecca, is seen by some fans as a walking plot device and get some criticism for forcing the moral of the story during the cutscenes, making casual chats turn into out-of-place philosophical debates about racism and closed class systems. On the other hand, some fans liked the her maturity, the Ice Queen twist and enjoyed her Heartwarming Moments during the ending.
    • Chuck is also compared negatively to Arnaud and criticized for losing Lucille to Fereydoon.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: In the Desecrated Shrine, the gang suddenly come across an abandoned porn magazine that just happens to be there. Hilarity Ensues, and is never mentioned again. Not even when you find the Adult Mag Bonus Boss, which this was probably foreshadowing.
  • Complete Monster: Kartikeya initially appears to be an average Psycho for Hire, but it's revealed later via flashbacks that he shot Greg's 5-year-old son Ted for trying to protect his mother, and his wife Mary for trying to protect Greg for no real reason other than it was a fun way to play with his new ARM. His reason for attacking Greg and then letting him live after murdering his family, again, was just for the fun of it.
  • Die for Our Ship: Those who ship Dean with Avril/Rebecca hate the other girl for getting in the way.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: While the cast is divisive, Greg is known as a well written adult character and a Memetic Badass.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Persephone. Although she isn't really that evil.
  • Fridge Horror: After Kartikeya shoots himself and leaves a huge hole in his own gut, there's a severe lack of Gorn where Gorn ought to be. But do we really wanna know why this guy seems to lack organs? (It could be chalked up to lazy 3D modelling, but still...)
  • Genius Bonus: There's an elephant Bonus Boss called "Chaugnar Faugn." It's actually a reference to an obscure Eldritch Abomination from the Cthulhu Mythos.
  • Hate Sink: Kartikeya.
  • Milestone Celebration: The game was released in 2007 — a decade since the first Wild ARMs game was released. Thus as a celebration the makers decide to put lots of cameos from previous games as well as an artbook filled with info and special illustrations throughout the franchise.
  • Narm: While his voice actor does a good job most of the time, Nightburn's commercial.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The use of the Darkness Tear.
  • OT3: Avril/Dean/Rebecca is extremely common in Fan Fic.
  • Play the Game, Skip the Story: The game is most known for its improved battle system than for its plot and characters.
  • The Scrappy:
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: One of the best Wild ARMs games by far, but notable is the improvement of the HEX-system. Rather than having to choose, all characters can both move and perform an action during their turn (In Wild ARMs 4, only Raquel could do this). Experience is also evened out and abundant. In addition, half of the characters don't have to be next to their targets to attack, with Rebecca and Greg being able to shoot anything in a straight line and Carol being able to shoot any HEX she wants.
  • That One Boss: Several, but the Four Sentinels (Kartikeya especially) are among the most difficult each having an attack that deals insane amount of damage being downright One-Hit Kill. The fact they have means to counter their own weaknesses also doesn't help either. And to make matters worse, you immediately have to fight them again as a Duel Boss.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: The Hatred could have made for a horrifying Bigger Bad or The Corruption, seeing as how it's pretty much Giygas with a mind! Sadly, it was only referenced a few times mid-game and is not seen again until the end.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: General consensus is that the ending is less interesting than it could have been on several accounts: explaining Avril's amnesia with "It was a Stable Time Loop" and Volsung's villainy with "He was possessed." Many were hoping for more intricate, complex answers to those questions, rather than explanations that can literally be summed up in one trope. There's also the fact that the ending leaves a lot of unanswered questions (such as the fates of Nightburn, Persephone, and Captain Bartholomew when they go to help fight the golems).


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