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Arc the Lad 3 brings the trilogy full-triangle today

If you've already chewed through the second, recently released installment of the Arc the Lad trilogy, then first and foremost, we need to talk about your RPG consumption habits. Those RPGs aren't going anywhere, you know! Take your time. Savor it. Secondly, you'll be pleased to learn that the final installment in the trilogy will arrive on the PSOne Classics storefront later today, priced at $5.99.

Like the other two games in the series, Arc the Lad 3 has been ported by MonkeyPaw Games. Hopefully, its release means that Xenogears, Legend of Mana and Vagrant Story -- all of which were ESRB rated at the same time as Arc 3 -- aren't too far away. Though you'll probably just beat them all in a few days, anyway, you mutant.
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The Art of Arc The Lad

It seems every gamer harbors a dream to get his game idea to come to life. The process for bringing a game concept to a console is long and littered with unending hazards. How does it actually happen? When a designer comes up with a concept, it has to be original and exciting enough to get broad buy-in from a wide swath of staff. It helps to have a license and every game needs a compelling hook.

It is not an easy task. But once the idea gets green lit and funded, the process leads the concept down a production line. Many team members' input and a "can't fail" divining light must lead it to fruition. The final concept is often significantly different than the creative director's original dream but usually it is the best fit for the product's viability.

Once you get a winning formula and a game sells an acceptable amount of units, the title gains momentum and takes a life of its own. A winning title can get a sequel or even a series...a designers' wet dream. By this time, we're dealing with art. Examples are rare, but one that we've showcased is Arc the Lad. The Arc the Lad series achieved classic status and went on to become one of the most enduring RPGs on the PlayStation One computer entertainment system.

And today we present Arc the Lad III, the final installment in the trilogy. This series follows the travails of its heroes who give you elegant and unwinding adventures. Use your intuition and verve to solve mysteries and unlock the last enigma. The game will be available on the PlayStation Network's Classic Store for the reasonable price of $5.99.

Pick up your version today and wonder in amazement at the incredible path an idea must travel in order to end up a classic in your hands.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.