Wild Arms 2 really only has superficial story differences from 1. If you really analyze the two stories, they are nearly identical at their core. I'm just saying that if you play 2, you'll get the experience of 1, plus some.
Superficial ? Man seriously did you even played both games ? There is nothing similar in their story's, the settings and the world is the same, but at their core, and at everything both story's tackle different issues, if you play 2 you played 2, and if you played 1 you played 1, they are not sequels they are stand alone games, it is like saying if you played FFVII you get the same experience as having played FFVI... Which is stupid since both games are set in different universes and are not connected.
So quick question ? Is every final fantasy the same ? since they all have to do with crystals in some shape or form, and have summons and the bad guy always loses ?
Of course I did... and I actually played 2 immediately after the first one. I even just reviewed the story synopses for both games. The plot is nearly identical; the characters are basically transmigrations, which is consistent with my recollection.
I'm starting to suspect that you're not a trustworthy source of thematic analysis.
You must either be trolling me, or you really do not play RPGS for their story... To say WA1 story is nearly identical to WA2 because in WA1 you have demons and in WA2 There ONE demon, is like saying FFX is nearly identical to IX because there are Summons. WA1 story has nothing to do with WA2, AT ALL! WA1 revolves around the war with demons 1000 years prior to the start of the game, Guardians play a key role in WA1 story, in WA2 guardians are not all that important, the guardian blade is, in WA1 the guardian blade plays a totally different role than it played in WA2, in WA2 the guardian blade and luceid play totally different roles than in WA1, In WA1 the guardian blade is a weapon used in the past to defeat the demons and the cause for the decay of the world, luceid is the only guardian that retained his full power after the war, and the one guardian that allied himself with the demons. In WA2 luceid is anastassias sidekick, the guardian blade is the only weapon that can damage Lord Blazer.
How is the plot identical ? In WA1 demons lost their homeworld of hiades because mother consumed it(Mother is a being like jenova in FF7) and landed in filgaia to do the same, but only mother knows of this plan, all other demons believe that their homeworld was destroyed by war, and that mother has brought them to filgaia to claim it as their new home, that is why they fight the humans, guardians and ewls. In WA2 Lord blazer is a demon, but he has no similarities to the demons of WA1, he is not for once a metal demon, he has no machinations of his own, he is not even the main threat to the world in WA2, he was a threat to the world years and years ago but anastassia sealed him away in the event horizon, and he was to remain there for eternity, but irvine valeria(A decendant of anastassia) funded Odessa to commit terrorist acts so that all the 3 major nations would unite versus a common threat "Odessa" with the bigger plan ahead of using ARMS to destroy the real threat to the world the "Encroaching Parallel Universe" That is the real threat to the world.
As for characters.... Really ? Rudy was a human created demon.... Silent protagonist, who could syncronize with ARMS 100%. Ashley is the host of both Lord Blazer and Anastassia's guadian Blade. How are they even the same character ? Besides being the Main Character in their respective games ? Please do tell me.