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The Atelier series is a JRPG based around Alchemy and exploration, in fact Atelier is French for "Workshop". The previous two PS3 entries were light-hearted JRPGs, with a very deep alchemy system. This is the 3rd entry and stars a newcomer, Princess Meruru. although she is not as likable as the previous two main characters (Rorona and Totori), she does have her own unique motivations and personality. The main emphasis this time is building your kingdom from a tiny village into a large city, by accomplishing various requests. The tight schedule means there isnt a lot of time to explore and experiment with alchemy, you will constantly be watching the due dates. Fans of the previous two entries definitely should give this one a try.
Ok game. Graphics are what you expect from the series, storyline is differant but cant say I like it. I wish they would make one of these games that did not have the 5 year time limit. Or if it did that it let you keep playing till you were ready to start over. Always feel so rushed.