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: 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.
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.
Conclusion: I really wish the storyline left me feeling like I'd accomplished something. And the game is like a big fetch-and-make quest over and over again. But you still find yourself wanting to play just one more day. Okay... one more day. Alright! One more day...
Excerpt: is very much a breath of fresh air and – in part, at least – the representation of what I’ve been missing for quite some time. On the other, it’s a “close but not quite” scenario as the developers settle their focus not on exploration, combat or even story, but on their unique Alchemy system. The combination of these two contrasting facts leaves me feeling a little conflicted but in the end, the positive emotions win out.
PS3 Review - 'Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland'
29 September 2010
Summary: The anime style characters and backgrounds from previous Atelier titles remain, but they have been upgraded with a stunning cell-shaded animation style. The basic game play carries over the tradition of the series, using alchemy as the main focal point, where players can craft new items and also battle enemies using the power of alchemy.
Summary: The Atelier series has been around since 1997 in Japan and 2004 in North America, spanning 13 games. The latest game now out in North America, Atelier Rorona: Alchemist of Arland is the first to bring alchemy into HD for the PlayStation 3. With the jump up to HD graphics and an emphasis on item synthesis; does Atelier Rorona mix the ingredients just right or did this potion end up fatal.