Flashback: Thousand Arms
Thousand arms is a mix of RPG and Dating game released by Atlus for the Sony Playstation. I remember I first experienced playing this game when I was in my grade school and I was a bit disgusted on the dating theme and didn’t manage to finish it. Years have passed and I found this lying under my bed and decided to play it once more. And I have to say this is a bit different than other RPG games I played out there. The dating sim particularly is vital for you to increase and imbued enchantments and powerful spells on your weapons.
While most of the game would have a medieval theme, this game was set on an industrialized civilization, a world powered by machines. A mysterious organization will hunt for the 5 sacred flames to bring chaos to the entire world (I forgot why they wanted to bring chaos, but it doesn’t matter all antagonist love bringing discord into this world). Meis will be on the race to find the sacred flames before the dark organization get their hands on it. But in order for him to increase the attributes of his weapon, Meis must raise his intimacy level to the other characters.
The combat mode is one of the downside of Thousand Arms, unlike other games, you are only allowed to take up to three characters on the game, on top of that only the person on the first line of defense can attack the enemies, the others turn out as a support, launching spells and taunting enemies.
The dating simulation is like those dating games on your mobile phone. There are dating locations on major parts of the cities. There are a total of 9 girls that you can date on this game. In order to woo someone, you have to visit a statue of the Goddess of Love that can be found in each town or cities and take the girl from a list of different locations. The dating simulation allows you to choose from different responses to the girl. If you are successful, intimacy level will be raised which you can use to enhance your weapons.
Forging weapons need invisible spirits that you have to find in different places. After successfully finding enough spirits, you have to visit a forge and select a girl which you previously dated, and select from the abilities or spells she can give to your weapons.
The story is bordering on the line of the usual anime and a romantic film. The main character has an attributes of a normal human being, imperfect, not the kind of hero that appears with a white horse and splendid armor. An adventure with some touch of comedy to lighten the mood, this is a perfect game for those who are looking for a different type of RPG.
But do not expect something big on its animation since it is a 1998 game; however it made use of the early CGI that should be impressive on that time. I wouldn’t recommend this game to the hardcore gamers since this game will not give you the challenge plus I am a bit unsure if you will like the dating simulation. But for those others who are so sick of the usual theme, you might want to try this game, I swear you will not regret it.
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