posted by NoLaTiGGeR (WASHINGTON, DC) Jun 21, 2006
Member since May 2006
gamers (80%) found this review helpful
I am a huge fan of rpg and I must say with all these "high def 3d" game that it was nice to see a "classical" storyline with and interesting interaction.
What appealed to me the most was the ability to change from character to character, upgrading your weapons, trying new combinations to making unique items. The Storyline was great and I loved how it worked in Chapters (flashes back to Dragon Warrior 4)
There was room for improvement and some features were a lil outdated. Other then that I gave it 9 out of 10.
As far as games go Atelier Iris 2 is pretty traditional. You walk around and collect items while fighting off random encounters and progressing to the next point in the storyline. As in any Atelier game there is a huge emphasis on item collection and creation. There are hundreds of items to create and varations on many items that can be made by deviating from the normal recipe. The traditional battle system has been spiced up a bit by borrowing some elements from the Grandia series.
You've pretty much heard all of this before. Orphans wielding swords, evil empires, parallel worlds, all the usual RPG cliches are present here. There are no plot twists or any real surprises throughout the game. The good news is that the cliche story is well told, with interesting characters and fairly good voice acting. The dialogue is believable and often humorous, to the point where you'll be more interested in the interaction between your party members than the storyline behind their actions.
The anime inspired graphics are as vibrant and colorful as ever. The characters are well detailed, and the backgrounds are gorgeous. The main problem is that the game still looks like the last five Atelier games did. The dated graphics show up most in combat, where the frames of animation for each movement are quite low. Sometimes you feel as though you're watching a flipbook rather than a fluid moving character.
The only way to describe the music in this game is average. Most of the time you won't notice it, as few songs are memorable and many songs are frequently interupted by the boring battle music.
Atelier Iris 2 is a fun little adventure, but nothing epic or groundbreaking. Fans of anime style games will likely enjoy it, while others might squeeze a good weekend out of it. It's worth a rental if you've exhausted your supply of RPGs or liked the previous game.