AR Tonelico: Melody of Elemia
Sing me a Song
I have no clue why I am addicited to this game right now. Honestly, this game is a super old game, to date, and the fact that I'm choosing newer games over it is something. Ar Tonelico has an interesting battle style, a lot like Mana Khemia, and a story line that is hard to pass up. I can't really say too much about it, because at this time, I'm not even sure why this has possessed me so much. I will be playing the second, no matter the fact there happens to be a glitch that can spell demise for all man-kind.
Fresh and Fun
Ar Tonelico: Melody of Elemia isn't your typical RPG. NIS and Gust always bring us amaing RPG titles, but this one is a breath of life into the dull, cliche genres of role-playing games. The story takes place in the world of Sol Ciel where the tower of Ar Tonelico exists and is inhabited by two races: Humans and Reyvateil. Reyvateils are an artificial race who were designed for the purpose of maintaining the tower of Ar Tonelico. They resemble humans in every way, except for their life spans, and all Reyvateils are female. The Reyvateils have the ability to craft songs into magic, which grows increasibgly powerful as they learn to harmonize with their partners (usually knights or other warriors). The game's storyline is amazing, unlike anything I have ever played before. For me, it was hard to put this game down. The battles are turn-based and consist of four characters, three front-line fighters and one Reyvateil. As the Reyvateil sings, the damage or healing caused by her songs will increase, allowing you to do major damage to your enemies. These battles may not give you a tough challenge, but that doesn't matter. The characters make up for everything. The cast of Ar Tonelico is a colorful group of people, all with their own personalities, their own struggles and dreams. The voice acting is actually quite good, both in English and Japanese. The unique "Dive" feature allows you to dive into the minds of your Reyvateil partners, allowing you to get to know more about them and even yourself, thus strengthening the bonds between you. The further into the Reyvateil's mind you go, the more you learn about them. The story is very easy to get into and once you're sucked in, this one is a hard title to put down. True fans of the genre will love this game and the memorable characters that make up the cast. If you're looking for a challenge, this game isn't for you... But... if you're looking for a great story with amazing characters and you want to get away from the dull, boring and typical role-playing games, I really recommend Ar Tonelico: Melody of Elemia.