Summary: Atelier Rorona Plus is good value for those wanting to enjoy the end of the Arland trilogy on PS Vita. If you have purposely skipped this game the first time around, nothing about this version will change your mind. Still, Koei Tecmo and Atelier fans will not regret picking it up.
Pros: Normalcy of characters, Easy crafting system with lots to make, Time system that forces efficiency
Cons: Uninspiring soundtrack, Boring dialogue that stagnates the journey, Respawning chests usually house useless items
Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland PS3 Review
5 July 2012
Excerpt: Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland might very well see a world under threat, which is hardly a unique premise for an RPG in itself, but hold your horses, it’s not the world at large this time that is facing destruction, but rather heroine Rorolina Frixell’s (commonly known as Rorona) personal world, which, if nothing else, makes for a change of pace.
Excerpt: Rorolina Frixell, called Rorona for short, is essentially an indentured servant of Astrid, the town’s alchemist. Astrid doesn’t seem to do anything to justify her shop’s existence, refusing to do any work and often taking long naps or leaving the workshop for no reason. Her shop is on valuable property, and a regent of the palace covets it, somehow believing that he can fit several profitable factories on the tiny plot of land.
Excerpt: As Paula Abdul instructed us to do two decades ago, RPG developer Gust has decided to take "two steps forward" and "two steps back" with their latest title, Atelier Rorona. The 11th game in the Atelier series (discounting handheld titles and ports), Rorona advances both graphically and in the context of time-based limitations, but it also re-emphasizes alchemy and character interaction over exploration and combat, like in the days of old.
Review: Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland (Sony PS3)
5 November 2010
Summary: Atelier Rorona is a must own for anyone with a PS3. It’s charming, serene, and although it is a very laid back JRPG without any angst or world-threatening dilemmas, it has one of the deepest and most dynamic stories I’ve ever encountered in a RPG, Eastern or Western. The characters will capture your heart and you’ll be blown away by all the game has to do and how seamless the game combines JRPG turn based gaming with simulation aspects ala Age of Wonders or Civilization...
Excerpt: Atelier Rorona is one of the weirdest games ever made. Just by looking at the box one can assume that they are in for a cute and delicious RPG with cel shaded characters and environments that shine with artistic flair and anime eye-candy. The good news is that the assumption would be correct.
Excerpt: Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland is a role-playing game that places an addictive crafting system at its forefront, letting you create numerous items and customizable gear. The series' first foray into 3D entices you to explore, with cel-shaded characters and vivid environments that draw you in with a painted aesthetic. Unfortunately, an overbearing time limit mars the adventure, keeping you so focused on deadlines that you struggle to play as you'd like.
Pros: Solid crafting system, Enjoyable gear customization, Charming visuals, Good music
Excerpt: NIS America has quite the following and for good reason. A majority of the titles they release are steeped in the anime world and come lovingly cared for from Japan. Their titles are about as close as you can get to importing, though quite frankly they do a bang-up job on the localization.
Hail to Whatever You Found in the Sunlight that Surrounds You
7 October 2010
Excerpt: I admit, I'm a new fan to the Atelier series. I tried the Mana Khemia games, but couldn't really get into them. I'm aware they aren't the same as the traditional Atelier games, but I never played Iris , so this was my only knowledge of the series prior. Funny enough, I thought I'd never involve myself with the series again until I visited NIS America last year and they handed me a copy of Atelier Annie .