YMMV / Wild ARMs 5

  • Anvilicious: Racism and closed class systems? Bad.
  • 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.
  • Freud Was Right: The Lucadia summon is awfully vore-tastic.
  • 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.
  • OT3: Avril/Dean/Rebecca is extremely common in Fan Fic.
  • Narm: While his voice actor does a good job most of the time, Nightburn's commercial.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The use of the Darkness Tear.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Rebecca takes a lot of heat from the fandom, often being called "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. Still, others just hate her for being in Avril's way.
    • Dean is a close second, as many fans find his unwavering optimism to mean that he's out of touch with reality...or that he's just plain dumb.
    • Many have found Carol's voice to be a bit annoying. It's even lampshaded in her Ex. File entry!
  • 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 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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