Excerpt: Call me crazy, but I grow weary of RPG epics. The airship, transcontinental, Inception-like plots that grow more confusing the longer you play type games. Every now and then I seek out a game that enthralls me yet doesn't stem much further beyond the core story line. When that occurs, when that mood hits me, I rely on one of two franchises: Dragon Quest or Alchemy . Recently, I had the opportunity to immerse myself, once again, in Gust's incredible franchise.
Review: Atelier Meruru - The Apprentice Of Arland (PS3)
14 July 2012
Summary: Atelier Meruru turns out to be more than I expected it to be. If you can manage to get past the slow beginning, it ends up becoming quite an addicting game with a fun alchemy and combat system. The town growing simulation is a nice feature that is sure to keep you heavily involved. While at times the dialogue cutscenes do kill the game’s momentum, it isn’t enough to ward you away from your pursuit of your main objective.
Excerpt: Gust's trilogy of "Arland" Atelier games finally comes to a close with Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland . Although the game retains much of what made the first two games so great and unique, it also manages to tidy up a lot of the previous two games' issues. It's far from perfect, but still a great game for JRPG fans with a taste for something completely different. The first of Atelier Meruru 's multiple tweaks are the environments.
Conclusion: Overall, Atelier Meruru is an excellent game, and it should appeal to JRPG and RPG fans alike. This game is definitely the best game in the Atelier series. There are plenty of improvements over the previous entry in the series that make this game more accessible and more rewarding. There is plenty of game here to get through, and with multiple endings and tons of side missions, you’ll have your hands full.
Excerpt: An alchemist's work is never done – our three headstrong heroines from Arland know that better than anyone. Between mixing potions, creating armor, and killing off the most adorable enemies ever to grace the plains – Rorona, Totori, and Meruru are the pinnacle of child labor abuse. Thankfully, despite revolving around task-intensive gameplay, the Atelier series has always had a sneaky way of making its abundant demands entertaining.
Pros: Fun with alchemy, Watching your land develop, Seeing familiar faces
Cons: Repetitive quests, The unexciting narrative, The lack of evolution in the series
Conclusion: Atelier Meruru is rated T for Teen with ESRB descriptions of Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Partial Nudity, Suggestive Themes, and Use of Alcohol. In battle, characters smack cartoony enemies with weapons and magic, and they just disappear when defeated. Bad language is used very sparingly in the text; I didn’t even hear anything bad yet, to be honest. Some of the characters wear revealing clothes, and even the main heroine’s skirt is just a little too short.
Excerpt: I recently attended E3 2012, where I had the privilege of sitting in a large indoor stadium and watching as a pleading man had his face blown off, something my fellow journalists and media responded to with raucous cheering. Later, as God of War's Kratos worked tirelessly to filling the attractive projector screen with an absurd splattering of blood, I picked up my 3DS and spent the rest of the conference banging through some Tales of the Abyss 3D.