Arc the Lad II on Playstation 1

Arc the Lad II is a tactical role-playing video game developed by ARC Entertainment for the PlayStation and is the second game in the Arc the Lad series. It was released in 1996 in Japan, and released in North America on April 18, 2002, as part of Arc the Lad Collection. The Japanese version was published by SCEI, while the North American release was published by Working Designs.

The story continues from the first game, although the focus shifts from Arc to Elc. It expands from the gameplay of the first installment, with a larger world and a more diverse cast. An anime was made based of this game.

Critics cite Arc the Lad II as the best of the original trilogy.David Smith of IGN praised the game's expansion over the first game, writing that "Arc II grafts a bigger world map, more detailed dungeons, more complex character development, a far larger cast, and most of all a longer quest onto a combat system that remains pretty familiar." Alex Makar of noted that the addition of the Hunter's Guild to the gameplay added an element of nonlinearity. He also commented on the cast, saying that the characters were more likeable and had more personality, and that the "story is also a lot darker than it is in Arc 1, and has some pretty angst and melancholy ridden overtones."

Smith's major complaint with the game was its graphical representation, saying that the game looks almost identical to the first game.In contrast, Bethany Massimilla of called the character sprites "more vibrantly colored and better detailed", although she admitted that the "dungeons remain largely monotonous"


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Playstation 1
SCEI/ARC Entertainment
NA Release Date
June 20, 1996
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8.1 by 7 User(s)
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