06/22/2015 Act 6 Comments
Atelier Series, RPGs, Video Games atelier iris: eternal mana, atelier series
06/24/2015 Act 27 Comments
I found this game after my last Rune Factory experience came to a close and I was looking for something with a similar crafting element. This game does, indeed, have a great crafting system. It has little else, either in terms of character or story, but oh God that crafting system. I don’t think I’d actually recommend this game, but I do intend to continue the series, because if they ever get the story/character thing figured out, something magical will happen.
Incidentally, it’s pronounced “a-tell-yay.” French word for an apprentice’s workshop.
Atelier Series, RPGs, Video Games atelier iris 2: the azoth of destiny, atelier series
11/01/2015 Act 14 Comments
This is why we don’t hope.
Atelier Series, Recommendations, RPGs, Video Games atelier rorona, atelier series, recommendations
11/09/2015 Act 4 Comments
I loved this game!
Someone said it was what inspired Recettear, and I can totally see that. The characters are charming, the crafting is fun and the seemingly endless amount of items to collect and combine made my little internal packrat playing in a sandbox so happy. It’s definitely a niche game, but if it’s your niche by god you should check it out.
Atelier Series, RPGs, Video Games atelier series, atelier totori
02/07/2016 Act 10 Comments
This is by far the weakest game of the Arland trilogy. Not only was the gameplay more punishing and the characters infinitely less likeable, it was plagued by an absolutely ridiculous amount of fanservice. Pedos rejoice — you, too, can have 14-year-old upskirt shots! (more…)
Atelier Series, Recommendations, RPGs, Video Games atelier meruru, atelier series, recommendations
02/13/2016 Admin 19 Comments
This may have been the strongest game in the Arland trilogy, at least from a gameplay perspective. I also found Meruru to be really likeable, loved the idea of a princess working to better her kingdom, and thought her outfit with its adorable, practical little bloomers was super cute.
edit: Disclaimer: Wrote this when I was off my meds and kind of whatever the opposite of high is. BUT YOU CAN’T MAKE ME REDO IT HAHAHAHA
Atelier Series, Recommendations, RPGs atelier ayesha, atelier series, recommendations
07/20/2016 Act 7 Comments
I liked this game a lot. The way the story petered out at the end as a sequel hook was disappointing, and as always I wish there was more free time to explore the world, but overall it’s a super solid entry into the series, and it’s more plot-heavy than anything in the Arland trilogy. It tries to be a more traditional jRPG, I think, with decent success, and if you liked the other games you’ll like this, though I don’t think it will convert anyone. (more…)
Atelier Series, Recommendations, RPGs, Sim, Video Games atelier annie, atelier series
07/23/2016 Act 26 Comments
I’m still putting off dealing with Atelier Escha (which, ugh, that game) but in the meantime, here’s a fun entry into the series, and the only handheld one released in the US.
It’s a lighthearted and super-adorable game that I found really fun and features some of the great town-sim elements I liked so much about Meruru. It was incredibly short, though. (more…)
Atelier Series, On Writing, RPGs, Video Games
10/17/2018 Act 4 Comments
This game is possibly the best example I’ve ever seen of the way female and male protagonists are treated differently in video games. It hits just about every major point. I hated this game. I hated the characters, I hated its attitude, I hated its nonsense lack-of-plot. But I think it’s really important to examine it closely, because it such a perfect example of the things that frustrate me most about gaming while not-cis-male.
Atelier Series, Recommendations, RPGs, Video Games atelier series, atelier shallie, recommendations
10/28/2018 Act 5 Comments
I played Atelier Shallie a while ago now, but I wanted to make a short post for it because I really enojoyed it. I’d say it’s the best main-series game since Meruru, and I think it was better than Ayesha overall.
Atelier Series, RPGs atelier series, atelier sophie
Atelier Sophie is a boring game piloted meanderingly by a bland, nothing protagonist and lacking some of the major gameplay functions that make the series interesting. Everything about it feels phoned in, from the character design to the weird clock mechanics. It does have some good side characters, though.