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PSP Fanboy review: Wild ARMs XF

The western-themed RPG franchise finally hits the PSP with their strategy title, Wild ARMs XF (crossfire). Throughout the franchise's history, they've battled lukewarm reviews, netting them the title of a catch-all RPG. Traditional, but different. Easy, accessible, and more or less for everyone. However, the titles have garnered a cult following, where they yearn to traverse Filgaia once again and explore its barren desert exterior. It seems the folk over at Media.Vision and Sony have been secretly working on this title for a long time, plotting to destroy everything you know about Wild ARMs, but keeping everything as familiar as possible. The result? Pure genius.

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Wild Arms PS2 connectivity removed

The Japanese release of Wild Arms XF featured connectivity with the PS2 version of Wild Arms XF. Players were able to unlock extra characters in the PS2 game by hooking up the two systems. However, that functionality has been removed for the US release. Why? Well, don't get too upset. XSEED's Jimmy Soga told Siliconera, "to answer your question about WAXF and WA5 connectivity, there will be none for the US version. We made WA5 have all the upgrades and bonus materials in the game w/o the connectivity to the WAXF as we thought the fans will appreciate it more that way."

So no one loses anything. Not bad? We don't think PS2-PSP connectivity is really going to take off any time soon, so opting out of using such a gimmick is a good thing. But, there are so many more possibilities with PS3-PSP connectivity ...

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Official Wild Arms XF website opens

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Wow, you really must visit the official Wild Arms XF website. Why? Well, we've had the page open for the past half hour or so, simply listening to the looping soundtrack in the background. It really can be quite good: the unique mix of western and orchestral influences the Wild Arms series has always been known for. You can read up on the game, check out some pretty pictures, and more.

Oh, and don't forget to see our updated gallery.

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PSP Fanboy interview: Wild ARMs XF's Akifumi Kaneko

XSEED's upcoming PSP exclusive Wild Arms game takes the series to a bold new direction. Like the great PSP games of last year, the popular RPG series is getting a taste of strategy. We got a chance to talk to producer (and scenario writer) Akifumi Kaneko about this upcoming SPRG.

Where does the influence for the unique western music come from?
From all the western movies I used to enjoy as a child. I think the idea of something being "cool" is a worldwide concept. I thought combining the musical style from western movies with the style from anime (Japanese cartoons) would create an original Wild ARMs soundtrack that would be considered very "cool" by many people. That is what we strive to achieve with each new game's soundtrack.

Was this game originally created as a strategy-RPG?
It was planned as a strategy RPG from the initial stages. The past few Wild ARMs games had become more action-based but we wanted to add more depth to the battle tactics while creating a new concept in the Wild ARMs series. Another reason was that we wanted a faster paced story element, especially since the story in Wild ARMs XF is constantly changing with many plot twists. If we kept it the same style as previous Wild ARMs games, the pace of the story gets put on hold every time the player gets lost or can't find the next dungeon. We branched off to the strategy RPG genre so that the story can be enjoyed at the speedy pace that it was meant for.

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The heroes of Wild Arms XF

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Are you excited for the upcoming SPRG, Wild Arms XF? Sony's handheld has become the platform of choice for strategists, and XSEED plans on delivering yet another experience on the PSP. Not only do we have an overwhelming amount of new screenshots, we have character bios for you, after the break.

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Wild Arms XF coming to US in Spring 2008

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Wild Arms XF, the PSP-exclusive SRPG continuation of the popular Wild Arms series will be making its way to America courtesy of publisher XSEED. The hex-based SRPG will be available for the English speaking market in Spring 2008. You'll certainly see a lot more of this game in the coming months.

Check out our updated gallery below:

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Wild Arms XF shows off SRPG action

We've had a strained relationship with the Wild Arms series. We love the western-style in the games and with that, the music and costume designs are generally above par. So you can imagine our dismay at the fourth iteration in the series on the PS2 ... but the gameplay had the most potential (we say potential because it was very, very easy). Essentially, they always get one thing right in each game, but never carry over the good ideas. Enter Wild Arms XF for the PSP -- an SRPG version of the franchise. The above video shows off some of the classes available in the title and their abilities. Honestly, the game looks pretty sweet. We'll keep an eye on it, if you do!

Extended Wild Arms XF trailer

Here's a pretty comprehensive look at the upcoming PSP-exclusive SRPG, Wild Arms XF. This Japanese trailer clocks in at three minutes, and showcases the attractive 2D sprites the game employs. It'll be interesting to see whether or not Wild Arms XF has the stuff to compete against Square Enix's Final Fantasy Tactics.

Japanese Wild Arms XF trailer mixes gameplay and J-pop

Every great Japanese RPG needs to have anime cutscenes and a bubbly J-pop intro. Wild Arms XF, the upcoming PSP-exclusive SRPG, is no different. This newly released Japanese trailer reveals gameplay, but with the usual Japanese anime-inspired trimmings. Of course, we're not complaining -- as is the case of titles like this, it's part of the charm.

New Wild Arms XF screenshots

We tried thinking up a more original headline than this. Seriously. However, there isn't much to note in this new batch of screenshots from the upcoming Wild Arms XF. It looks juts like every other anime-inspired SRPG out there, with some simple, but attractive 2D graphics, and a genre-standard HUD. Maybe a few of our more Japanese-inclined readers can decipher a few new details from the newly updated website.

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Direct-feed screenshots of the new Wild Arms XF

The floodgates have opened as new information continues to pour in about the PSP-exclusive Wild Arms XF. This strategy RPG may not feature 3D graphics like its predecessor, but it remains beautiful, thanks to some meticulously crafted sprites. See some more hot grid-based action after the break.

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More details on Wild Arms XF

The official Japanese Wild Arms XF website has opened, although it doesn't provide too much information. IGN, however, has uncovered a treasure trove of new details on the upcoming PSP-exclusive SRPG:
  • "Set once again in the land of Falgaia, Wild Arms XF tells the story of Clarisa, a knight in the army of the peaceful kingdom of Elecius. The story begins when the queen is killed in what appears to be more than just an accident."
  • "During battle, you move the members of your party in turn with the enemies."
  • "By connecting your PSP to your PS2 via USB, you'll unlock six secret bosses in Wild Arms 5. XF sees more benefit, as you get better items and rewards and even get to see some special events."
As PSP Fanboy reader trystero said: "Handhelds and SRPGs go together like glue and ... well, more glue." Hopefully, Wild Arms XF will prove to be a worthwhile addition to the PSP library.
[Thanks, Thien!]

Wild Arms XF revealed to be new SRPG

Finally! Concrete details about Wild Arms are slowly coming out of Japan. Gamers have been waiting for even the tiniest morsel of information since the game was first announced last September. New scans from Famitsu, available at Jeux-France, showcase a new look for the game, as it treads into strategy RPG territory. While fans are always welcome a new Wild Arms, some are disappointed the game is straying from its roots. With Jeanne d'Arc and Final Fantasy Tactics also coming on PSP, some are wondering if another high-profile SRPG is really all that necessary on our handheld.

Regardless, the game certainly looks pretty. It appears the title will also have connectivity with Wild Arms 5 on PS2, so true fans of the series will want to pick up both. We hope to unearth more details and screenshots in the coming weeks.

Wild Arms is PSP bound! [Update 1]

According to a report just filed by our friends at IGN, Sony is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Wild Arms RPG franchise in a big, big way. Wild Arms XF for the PSP is officially in development. It joins big-brother, Wild Arms: Fith Vanguard for the PS2, on the series roster. Previously announced, Fifth Vanguard hits stores in Japan on Devember 14th. The PSP incarnation will follow sometime in 2007.

No details about the gameplay elements of the PSP game were revealed, but we'll keep a close eye on this one for you.

[Via IGN]

[Update 1: The game is not a port. It's a "complete new work" as seen on the official Japanese website.]

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