We’re heading back into JRPG territory with this week’s addition to Sony’s new PlayStation 2 Classics line-up. However, Square Enix and the usual big time publishers aren’t on board yet, so the only JRPGs we’re going to be getting will be from Sony itself, leading to the first obvious choice, Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits.
I can remember this game launching to a lot of praise back in the day, but not a whole lot of success. I never got around to playing it, either. I’m not sure what was on my plate in the summer of 2003, besides the looming threat of college, but I do remember recognizing the title because I always wanted to pick up Working Designs’ ridiculous $70 Arc the Lad Trilogy Collection on the original PlayStation.
Now that I own the entire Arc the Lad Trilogy on my PS Vita for a mere fraction of that price, maybe I can go back and revisit this one as well. It’s not a high priority for me in any case, and I can’t say that I’m a fan of the art style. When it comes to the JRPGs on the PlayStation 2 between Final Fantasy X and Dragon Quest VIII, there are a lot of awkward choices to sift through, and a lot of gaming hours thanks to developers going overboard with the abundant space of discs.
Suikoden III remains my standard for that early 2002-late 2004 era, and judging by gameplay videos, this doesn’t come close.
If you’re a fan, though, this one is an easy choice. Check out Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits this week on PlayStation 4.