Arc The Lad
Arc the lad
Developer(s) G-Craft
Sony Computer Entertainment
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Designer(s) PlayStation
PlayStation Network
Genre Tactical Role-playing game
Release Date Arc The Lad
JP: June 30, 1995
Arc The Lad Collection
US: April 18, 2002
PlayStation Network
Ratings ESRB: E

Arc The Lad (アークザラッド Ākuzaraddo) is a 1995 tactical role-playing game released for the Sony PlayStation. It was developed by G-Craft and Sony Computer Entertainment it was also published by Sony Computer Entertainment. It would be the first installment of the series and the first game to appear on the PlayStation platform. It was originally released exclusively in Japan on June 30, 1995. The game would eventually release in the United States included in the Arc The Lad Collection on April 18, 2002. The game wouldn't see a European release until much later on October 5, 2011. The game would spawn a direct sequel Arc The Lad II.

The games takes place in a post-apocalyptic world 300 years following a war with a being known as The Dark One. It follows the protagonist a boy named Arc and his friends who are sent on a quest by the Kingdom Of Pallencia, however, in a twist of fate end up having to save the world from The Dark One once again. The game game ends after the destruction of the Pallencia Kingdom and continues in Arc The Lad II.

Arc The Lad was a groundbreaking game at the time of release. With the advantage of the then new PlayStation hardware, the game used smoother animations than RPG's of that time. It was also one of the first major RPG's to use full FMV cut scenes.

The game was a success in Japan upon launch it would sell 2 million copies. Arc The Lad would be released in the United States in 2002 in the Arc The Lad Collection which was published by Working Designs where it proved to be a moderate success It had a re-release on the PlayStation Network in all regions.

Plot Edit

Gameplay Edit


A typical battle in Arc The Lad.

Arc The Lad is a tactical strategy game. Most of the game takes place in battles, the goal is for the player and their party member allies to defeat all of the opposing Artificial Intelligence. The player must use attacks, abilities and items to damage their enemies. Battle's take place on blue grids that determine each turn's movement. Strategy is an important consideration in victory, the player and their party members will level up and improve their stats throughout the game making them more effective. During battle different characters can have separate roles, usage of attack and magic make certain characters more useful in specific situations. Mostly all characters can learn to counter enemy attacks and can use skills such as throw, to throw back projectiles such as rocks or bombs. Unlike most other traditional tactical role playing games up to this point, Arc The Lad emphasized speed. This speed was implemented into the core battle system in order to help combat feel more smooth, the game also features several options to further increase its speed.

The game takes place in mostly linear events. Each plot event usually has a corresponding battle that the player must succeed in to continue in the story and travel to different areas. The game offers very few open segments allowing the player to explore, in theses cases the player is allowed to investigate an area to search for potential secrets or speak with NPC characters. Although, the games plot is typically linear it does often allow the player to back track and explore previous areas.

One feature that becomes a recurring one for future installments in the series is the inclusion of multiple side quests and dungeons.

Save TransferEdit

Arc The Lad offers a unique feature allowing save data to transfer over to Arc The Lad II. The transfer will include all of the characters current levels and the items in the players inventory.

Development Edit

Leading up to the Japanese launch of the PlayStation, Sony was actively pursing development on a role-playing game for the new platform as RPG games were such a hit in Japan. Sony pursued developer G-Craft who had released the successful Front Mission on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.The two teams worked together to develop Arc The Lad, they created a new cutting edge engine that showcased better animations and complex FMV sequences that would improve the scale and allure of the new game.

The original story was intended to follow the adventures of both Arc and Elc using the plot from Arc The Lad II. The game was originally intended to be a launch title on the PlayStation however, the team did not meet the launch deadline. In order to have the game release in a timely manner its plot was cut down and extended into Arc The Lad II.

US ReleaseEdit

With the success of Arc The Lad in Japan Working Designs seeked to release a English translation in the United States. Sony was reluctant to offer the license as they felt the the game wouldn't be a success in the west. After many attempts and rejections Working Designs was finally successful in convincing Sony to grant them the license after suggesting the idea of releasing all three games in a box set. On April 18, 2002 Arc The Lad was released in the United States included in the Arc The Lad Collection.

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See Also Edit

  • Arc The Lad Walkthrough
  • Arc The Lad Charcters
  • Arc The Lad Items
  • Arc The Lad Locations
  • Arc The Lad Side Quests

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