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.
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.
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.
Summary: Ar tonelico Qoga is the final installment in the Ar tonelico series. In Sol Cluster, a kingdom is ruled by Clustania, an organization with an ultimate goal of enslaving humans and ruling the world. Two key Reyvateils (humanoids) fight back against the injustice.
Conclusion: Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel is definitely a worthy finally for the long-standing series… as long as you can acquire the true ending. Gust addressed any issues left standing from the last Ar tonelico title, while also ushering the franchise into a visual realm; something fans have been waiting for.