Arc Rise Fantasia

Common Sense Media says

Traditional Japanese RPG features mild fantasy violence.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

This game is about protecting the world from menacing monsters. Players clearly fight on the side of good. Subtle themes include coexisting with nature, overcoming discrimination, and cultural tolerance.

Positive role models

Our protagonists are clearly fighting on the side of good. Some are brash, some are cowardly, and some are courageous, but they all have the same aim of protecting those they love and the world on which they live. They use violence to accomplish their objectives, but the action is pure fantasy.

Ease of play

This is a traditional turn-based Japanese role-playing game. Players familiar with the genre will quickly find themselves at home, and new players shouldn’t have too much trouble picking it up. Some of the character management screens can be intimidating, but you’re eased into them gradually over the course of several hours.


Players fight a wide variety of fantastical monsters using swords, magic, and summoned creatures in turned-based battles. There is no blood or gore, though in the opening sequence players can see a flying beast impaled on a long sword. Flashes appear when characters are struck, and enemies generally disappear when defeated.


Light flirting occurs between some of the characters, and they’ll occasionally use words like “lover” and “kinky” when describing relationships and attitudes.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One character talks about getting “high” from “special drugs,” but no drug use is seen.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Arc Rise Fantasia is a traditional Japanese role-playing game. The monster-battling action is pure sword and sorcery fantasy -- lots of slashes and flashes, no blood and guts. Parents should note, though that some of the text and spoken dialogue contains light sexual references and one mention of getting high. Players can also gamble with their fake game money in blackjack and poker competitions.

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Kids say

What's it about?

ARC RISE FANTASIA has players taking on the role of a young mercenary named L’Arc in a quest to save his planet from monsters and worse in this very traditional Japanese role-playing game. Much of the player’s time will be spent wandering the world map and several monster-infested locations within it. Touch a monster and your party, composed of a rotating cast of characters, will enter a turn-based battle where you can either set assigned tactics for automated fighting or choose each character’s actions on your own. The narrative portion of the game takes place mostly in towns, where your protagonists will meet important non-player characters that drive the story forward. A significant amount of time is also spent in the game’s menus, where players can sort, equip, and transform armor and weapons and assign and alter magical powers and special abilities.

Is it any good?


It’s unlikely to make many top 10 lists at year’s end, but Arc Rise Fantasia is a solid and enjoyable Japanese-style RPG. The cut-scenes are good quality, battles are fast and rewarding, and character growth is quick and dynamic. The basic battle tactics system doesn’t require much time to master but can be very useful, and smart weapon customization decisions can have a profound effect on character performance. The ability to play with a GameCube or Nintendo Classic controller rather than remote and nunchuk will be a boon for traditional JRPG fans, as well.

Take note, though, that if you’re looking for innovation you won’t find it here. This game borrows heavily from older RPGs and offers up few of its own ideas. Also be aware that its characters are classic stereotypes and not particularly memorable; there are no Cloud Strifes or Tifa Lockhearts here. Still, it’s a competent effort that may well appeal to old-school RPG-starved Wii owners.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about some of the differences between Japanese and western games. What are some of the hallmarks of each? Does one style appeal to you more than the other? What do you think of the ways in which Japanese games tend to portray male and female characters?

  • Families can also discuss the difference between fantasy and realistic violence. Do you feel sympathy for, say, snarling skeletons or animated flowers when you strike them with magical energy? Would you feel differently if these enemies were human and you were using guns instead of magic?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Ignition Entertainment
Release date:July 27, 2010
Genre:Role Playing
ESRB rating:T for Drug Reference, Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes, Simulated Gambling (Nintendo Wii)

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Parent Written bycoleandisaiah May 5, 2013

ratings for adults is always useful

when buyin a weapon you see a woman wearing a pink bra and boy shorts with white lacing like a hooker.there is another scene where you have to fight two chicks with short skirts and lacing but not a big issue..
What other families should know
Too much sex
Kid, 11 years old June 23, 2012

Arc Rise Fantasia, fun, but not for young kids

Arc Rise Fantasia is a extremely great game, but gameplay is kinda difficult. And its pretty violent from all that fighting while some people show some positive role models.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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