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I've personally never played any of the previous Atelier games, and I wasn't sure if it was going to be a brand new story or a sequel so I was a bit worried going into it, but it's a brand new story.
To be honest I'm still a bit sad that they didn't include the original Japanese voice acting but after a couple hours I got over it, and the english voices can be pretty cute once you get used to them.
But anyways on to the game, the crafting system in this game is just wow it's the best system I've ever seen in a game. There is so much to it, and as you level up your crafting you gain even more different combinations and such I played this game for 48 hours so far, and I've probably spent at least 20 of that just playing around with the crafting system.
Personally the combat system I found entertaining mostly because I enjoyed creating new items and trying them out, without that though it's a pretty standard combat system usually you end up doing the same kinda combat over and over and the animations can get a bit tiresome after seeing the same move for the 100th time. But regardless it's a solid combat system I can't really fault it, there are better ones out there but the turn based combat system does have a certain charm to it.
I really did enjoy the story, and there is around 9 or 10 endings to the game to see so there certainly is a lot to see and do in the game. I won't spoil the actual story since that would kinda take a lot away from the game so that's all I have to say on that haha.
The music is top notch most times I hardly pay attention to the music in games let alone remember anything about it 10 minutes after I stop playing it, but it had some really beautiful songs and one that was even from my favorite singer lol so that was special.
Anyways I definitely think the game is worth checking out if you enjoy RPGs.
I tend to lean toward the RPG-side of the gaming spectrum, enjoying even the most bizarre (like Nier), to old-school (Etrian Odyssey's party-first-person style), and even action RPGs (Skyrim, Fallout, etc). However, this series just doesn't hook me. Especially this particular entry.
The action is low, the story is sub-par, and the characters and humor is much too sugary-sweet for my own tastes. Even the alchemy aspect of the game feels flimsy, due to lack of information regarding ingredients and such.
I dunno... I considered buying this used at one point to give it a try, but thanks to Gamefly, I discovered that it really wasn't my cup o' tea.
Now... if only GF could get things mailed out faster like netflicks keep a decent stock of games to rent so that you don't have to wait 15 months just to take a whack at it.
posted by gambit071892 (GASTONIA, NC) May 14, 2013
Member since May 2013
So far I have played about 7hrs of game play. The animation, graphics, and music are all a lot like Eternal Sonata if you have ever played it(if not definitely is a must!). It is a turn based rpg that is different from others that I have played, in the sense that only the main character (the Alchemist) can use potions and items (so far). At first I didn't think it would be all that good knowing that it was mainly about Alchemy and synthesizing, but it actually became very addicting very quickly. Overall in my own opinion I believe that it is definitely worth trying out if you are in to rpg games, and especially if you enjoy alchemy and finding new ways to combine materials to make new things.