Summary: Few gamers expected Ar Tonelico III to arrive on North American PlayStation 3s after it was released early last year. The first game's quirky, thoroughly Japanese atmosphere earned it a cult following, but an embarrassingly bad localization of Ar Tonelico II put not only a stain on NIS America's...
Excerpt: There are some games that are not simply bad. No, their lack of quality goes so far that even calling them terrible would be a grand understatement. There is only one word that properly captures just what these games are, and that word is, "Insulting." Ar Tonelico Qoga is insulting.
Excerpt: That’s more or less what this game is in a nutshell, but it’s actually a really fun RPG. The graphics aren’t terribly impressive but they’re crisp and vibrant and they work really well for the game.
Excerpt: Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel is the series' third entry and its first on the PS3. As expected, the game has received a complete visual overhaul, ditching the low-res 2D sprites for beautiful, new 3D characters.
Excerpt: Ar Tonelico has been a series that featured beautiful character designs, an intricate battle system and stellar soundtrack that was truly unique for an RPG that made its entry on the PlayStation 2.
Conclusion: Ar Tonelico 3 (...I think) is a game you play if you really want to play a JRPG and have nothing much else better to play. The combat is sort of boring after a while and the graphics and sound are not top shelf. It has a few good moments, but overall it's not great.
Summary: If you are in the mood for a solid JRPG that is weird and different, Ar Tonelico Qoga is a good pickup. The story might be confusing, but it is also a pretty good tale that touches on your emotions.
(PlayStation 3 Review) Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel
The Entertainment Depot
25 April 2011
Summary: In the end, Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel isn’t a bad game, just a disappointing one. Gust has done much better work in the past, and for the last of a series that’s hit cult status, it’s a shame that they seem content with delivering a so-so adventure rather than the grand finale the series...