Atelier Rorona:The Alchemists of Arland
Awesome Game AND Bonus^^
Great game, I agree that is my seem like a girls game for some people, but really it's all about YOUR preference about the game itself, I enjoyed this game very much, mainly because it is pretty close to the prefect turn based games that i enjoyed when I was a child. The alchemy system was one of the best parts of the game because of all the original items with alchemy used in the game. The music in the game was very pleasing because it just totally went well with the gameplay itself. The graphics may not be up to date but, it's enough to enjoy the game itself. The only part of find a bother is the date system ,it makes the game a lot more different then most other JRPG games, but it is still a nice part of the game to show its different gameplay then most other RPGs. ^^
A girls game.
Longs story short: This game is for kids or for girls. Gather materials to make something like cooking. Not alot of freedom during game play, all you do is collect material and make sure to finish assign task. Game is also short, meaning if you just focus on task you can finish it that same day. So before getting this think who it is for and is it worth it (would you spend this much money for short game play). Note: Check it out on youtube to see the game play for your self.
One of the best games ever played!
This is a good game for you if you become tired with games like COD and GOW, the alchelmy system is very interesting.
I really liked the characters and funny evets in this game, and I will definitely buy the sequel that will be coming out this fall.
a surprisingly addicting JRPG.
when you first start this you feel a heavy sense of MEH, but after the game gets going it turns addicting pretty fast, my only complaint is having to manage time and seeing as i suck at time management it was a pain.
the battle system is honestly just there for the sake of having a battle system, but add in the time management aspect and you have no time to grind out levels as you MUST finish ur assignments or face game over, and the battle system is overly simplistic aswell, you cant even get a game over from dying, you just go back to the workshop and lose days off ur assignment.
the story is basically non existent apart from the 12 endings (1 for each character, the millionaire ending, the adventurer ending, the good/true endings and the bad end), it revolves around completing assignments by making items listed taking quality and item traits into effect. with many random events that are (or not) story related in between.
-Funny dialogue and lol moments
-Many different endings means many playthroughs.
-addicting item creation system (that IS the focus of the game after all)
-a nice kick back and relax JRPG without a million level grinds.
-dual audio support
-nice and clean translation, so far iv seen no errors
-Game wants you to keep ur adventure level up yet gives you little free time to actualy level yourself.
-bad battle system (but to be fair that's not really a focus)
-skills use HP to cast and that can leave you severely crippled when trying to use high level skills (as HP raises at a snail pace)
-some things at the start are not explained well at all forcing you to stumble into it or resort to the internet
so in closing if you want a good JRPG that isn't all about grinding out levels, don't 2nd guess this.
Might please the "Atelier" fans
I won't write a whole lot of text but I'll go strait forward to the Pros and Cons.
- Has double Audio Language. English and Japanese voice. Though, I recommend the Japanese voice if you really want the characters come to life.
- Beautiful cell-shaded 3D models
- The Select button which acts as a quick move between maps in town.
- There is no "Game Over" after you lost a battle, instead you'll just lose Assignment Days.
- Too many events in one play through, and one play through is too short.
- Has the most disappointing battle system ever.
- If somehow you're just trying to get the assignment done, don't forget to level up your characters. Because the story progresses so fast, you won't even have time to level them up.
- I really, really recommend a guide or walkthrough. If you don't have a game guide, the game will get tough because of some hard to get items for completing your task. The guide can be found on the net by various authors.
- If you failed the Main Assignment, you'll get an instant Game Over. There's no 2nd or 3rd chance.
Atelier Rorona The Alchemist of Arland is a darn good RPG with an admitted emphasis on item creation, which won’t be alien to those familiar with the Mana Khemia or past Atelier titles. The graphics really are surprisingly clean and pleasant, the voices aren’t anywhere near as annoying as they can often be in this genre, and there’s great balance and a significant challenge. I still wish more emphasis would’ve been placed on the traditional role-playing aspects – and I despise being hurried – but the whole production is very appealing to the targeted niche audience. As usual, that’s the final caveat: if this is your bag, you’ll like it. If not, there’s nothing here that will suddenly turn you onto quirky JRPGs. That’s the best way I can describe it.
JRPG of the year
Atelier Rorona is by no means a perfect experience, but it's pretty darn close. The game continues the addictive alchemy-focused gameplay of Annie, while the charm and atmosphere really make the game come alive. Rorona can be completed in less than twenty hours, though in order to see and do everything that the game has to offer, multiple playthroughs will be a must. It's not possible to do everything in one playthrough, and considering how much content there is to discover, why would you want to? Rorona continues the grand tradition of creating an RPG experience that is all about the simplicities of life, coupled with the usual great cast of characters, and is a complete must for fans of the series.
Atelier Rorona is a must own for anyone with a PS3. It’s charming, serene, and although it is a very laid back JRPG without any angst or world-threatening dilemmas, it has one of the deepest and most dynamic stories I’ve ever encountered in a RPG, Eastern or Western. The characters will capture your heart and you’ll be blown away by all the game has to do and how seamless the game combines JRPG turn based gaming with simulation aspects ala Age of Wonders or Civilization. Atelier Rorona is definitely one of the best games of 2010. Pick it up and see why.
Good work Nisa!!!
Awesome game for girls!
If you like music, beautiful animation graphics, and a relaxing rpg story, you should try this game out. It has everything a girl dream about playing a game, so if you are a girl, you won't be disappointed. If you are a boy, I am not sure if you would like it, but I am pretty sure that your girlfriend would appreciate that you get this game.
a fail atelier game
i've followed and played every game of the atelier series so far, with much enjoyment i might add. i went to go get atelier rorona the day it came out. it disappointed me hard. with the time based system i was always rushed to do things and having to constantly waste four of my days to recover my hit points. it did not create an enjoyable experience for me. sure alching is fun but only when you have the time to enjoy it and do everything you need. the graphics could have been better. there just looked like slightly boosted ps2 graphics. true i will agree with everyone else's review of the sound but that's not enough to keep ya playing. nor does the 3D add anything to this game. this game just tried to get with the times...