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.
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.
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. However, Ar tonelico retains the series' core gameplay and, well, let's just say unique sense of humor.
Review: Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel (Sony Playstation 3)
2 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?
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.