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. That such a game was released says a lot about what NIS thinks of their fanbase, and what it says isn't good. Where the game isn't poorly designed, it is creepy and voyeuristic.
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. The story is pretty standard but there’s a lot of depth to it, especially when you start diving and getting to know the characters. Now that the basics are out of the way, lets take a look at the gameplay.
Review: Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel (Sony Playstation 3)
18 June 2011
Summary: Although I’m generally a fan of the games Nippon Ichi publishes, Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel just wasn’t a game I could get behind. The story was bland, the characters were uninteresting and the combat system was the shallowest I’ve ever experienced in an action RPG. Think of the game as a second rate Star Ocean title in all aspect. Of course the question then becomes, “Why would I buy a second rate Star Ocean game when I could just buy a first rate one?
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 reputation, but also a damper on fans' hopes that the trilogy's last entry would cross the pond.
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. The only reason I went for a Platinum in this game was to see if it could crush my soul like getting a Platinum in Final Fantasy XIII did.
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. The combat system is repetitive, but the relationship building and item crafting are really solid and something I would like to see in other games.
(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 deserves. So many elements are underdeveloped, from combat to synthesizing, and so much of the experience feels superficial.
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. After the success of Ar Tonelico 2, fans have eagerly anticipated the next installment to their beloved series but with Ar Tonelico Qoga, the game is drastically different from what many fans are expecting on the PlayStation 3.