RPGFan writes: "Flawed? Sure. Is Arc Rise Fantasia the best RPG I've played? Far from it. However, Arc Rise Fantasia captures the heart and soul of the JRPG so wonderfully that it will be easy enough to overlook the flaws. It won't win any awards, but I guarantee it will win fan favorite status. You can't deny its JRPG charm, that's for sure. With its unpredictable story and battle system that does just enough new, especially in terms of customization, Arc Rise Fantasia is an all-around successful game. Do you want story or gameplay? With Arc Rise Fantasia, you don't have to choose. Have you been longing for a fun console JRPG? Mark my words: this is it."