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GF Rating
7.2

287 ratings

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GF Rating
7

Good

Not as good as the previous two

posted by CylanthMN (MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Jun 5, 2012

Member since Jun 2011

6 out of 6 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

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.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Atilier is getting its mojo back!

posted by happythug (VANCOUVER, WA) Jun 30, 2012

Member since Oct 2007

4 out of 4 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Many of the NIS released games in this current gen of consoles have been huge failures in my eyes, though I'm still a big fan of the company. Atiler Meruru halts this trend with (finally) a great addition to the Atilier series. It does take a little warming up. Beginning rather slowly, but once you get your rhythm down, you'll find this a very addictive romp.

Speaking of Rhythm, one fault of Meruru is it's clunky pacing. You'll have your master plan to develop 5 ingredients to make one big item you need for a chain of quests, but you can't do anything in this game without being constantly interrupted by inane cutscenes full of vapid babble! I love cutscenes folks! But this was just too much. Almost everything you do takes in-game-days. Cutscenes activate on certain days. Spend too much time adventuring or creating alchemy items and the moment you zone to another region you will be bombarded with cutscenes. Often 2 or more!

Still, the time-management formula is an addictive one, and combat is not as tedious as recent iterations. The combat graphics and ability-sequences are some of the best NIS has to offer.

I really enjoyed playing through this game, but it doesn't do a very good job of giving you important goals. Meruru gives very little indication of the precise goals you are to complete to achieve a good ending... rather than the somewhat depressing normal ending.

The time management system in Meruru is a little oppressive, leaving little time to experiment. There are many time-wasting red-herrings as to things you should do, but upon completion do not produce any useful results. It is difficult just to have enough time to upgrade a single party's equipment, but the game is constantly urging you to switch party members. This makes things intense but also a little bitter.

Over all though, fans of the series will enjoy this game, though i'm not sure I'd recommend it to new comers.

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

atelier meruru the apprentice of arland

posted by hotbetty (BEDFORD, MA) Jun 4, 2012

Member since Jun 2012

3 out of 4 gamers (75%) found this review helpful

this game was amazing my only complaint is that it wasn't long enough however the graphics were beautiful and the cut scenes were funny i hope they continue to release more games in this series keep up the good work nis america

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