Atelier Totori Plus: The Adventurer of Arland
For JRPG lovers
I try to make it a habit to support JRPGs in America as they are not only my favorite genre but seem to be a dying breed that is getting a chance for a comeback. I bought Atelier Rorona on launch day a few years ago and loved the game but never finished it because the dreaded time limit frustrated me (I love to level grind). Thankfully, Totori seems to learn from that and although it still employs a time limit, it is a fairly lenient one of three years.
You have that time to rank up your Adventurer's License and if you fail to do so within the time period it is revoked. If you complete the required level you are awarded with more time to play. This may seem stressful but ranking up is so easy as you are allowed to do so through Alchemy, reading books, traveling the land, fighting battles and pretty much anything else. Just play the game how you want to while being mindful of the time and you should be fine.
For those not familiar with the Atelier series, it is a turn-based JRPG that focuses on not just traditional attacks and skills but also item use as your main character is incredibly weak but able to create powerful weapons through alchemy. The game has a good balance, good pacing and enjoyable characters. It also has a good English dub which I enjoy. I play most of my games in Japanese so for me to like the dub is saying a lot.
Finally, the graphics are spectacular. One of the most beautiful games on the Vita, hands down. The cell shading really pops on the OLED screen and you can tell that Gust took time and care in this port.
For those that love the Atelier series and JRPGs in general you can't go wrong with this game. For those who are on the fence you may want to check out some gameplay footage online first as it isn't for everyone.
I hope it sells well and the other games get ported as well. I'd rebuy Rorona and gladly buy Meruru and Ayesha if they are ported to Vita in America as well.
Actually, I have Atelier Totori for PS3 as well, which I bought on a day of release from nearby GameStop. But when I saw Totori Plus was on sale for PS+ users few weeks ago (it was $19.95!) I just couldn't stop buying it. I think it was a good purchase. This Vita version includes other stuff that were available as DLC for PS3. I haven't finished this yet (When I do, it will be 4th finish of Atelier Totori), but I hope this includes some missing event scenes as well, like dialog when you take Rorona and Cordelia together. By the way, this Vita version, compared to PS3 version, is not as smooth as PS3. Framerate is bit low and sometimes the response gets very slow. So, if you have played PS3 version, and used to do some quick button works, you might get little disappointed. Anyway, for me, once I finished this, I will probably buy Meruru Plus as well.
Great game... Painfully slow start
Don't get me wrong this game is great. It is one of the only good JRPG's on the Vita... But it has a very slow start... Once you get past the first 1hr to 1 1/2 hrs it gets really good... The voice over is repetitive though so if you can put the game in Japanese with English subs... Makes it more bearable. Other then that its great. Oh also make sure you have mem card space cuz its a download...