Reviews and Problems with Ar Tonelico: Melody of Elemia
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Sing me a Song
PaperMemories , GameStop
5 June 2013
Summary: I have no clue why I am addicited to this game right now. Honestly, this game is a super old game, to date, and the fact that I'm choosing newer games over it is something. Ar Tonelico has an interesting battle style, a lot like Mana Khemia, and a story line that is hard to pass up. I can't really say too much about it, because at this time, I'm not even sure why this has possessed me so much.
Conclusion: This game is great for anyone who likes turn-based RPGs. The world, characters, and concepts are original. The music and artwork are amazing. It's just an all-around great game.
Pros: Ar tonelico is a traditional turn-based RPG. The way battles are set up are slightly different, however. Your chosen Reyvateil has the ability to charge her Song Magic for as long as she has MP. If you continue to fuel her MP, she could , in theory, defeat a boss in a single shot. The addition of the Reyvateils makes the battle a bit more rewarding.
Cons: The voice acting in the game could have been better. As you go through the game the voices won't bother you as much but some characters just don't fit with their voices at first.
Summary: Ar Tonelico: Melody of Elemia isn't your typical RPG. NIS and Gust always bring us amaing RPG titles, but this one is a breath of life into the dull, cliche genres of role-playing games. The story takes place in the world of Sol Ciel where the tower of Ar Tonelico exists and is inhabited by two races: Humans and Reyvateil. Reyvateils are an artificial race who were designed for the purpose of maintaining the tower of Ar Tonelico.
Excerpt: Fantasy mingled with technology, a mix that has begun to see more mainstream use in RPGÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s to date. Ar tonelico, Melody of Elemia, is just such an RPG and yet appears to offer so much more. With all the elements of a classic RPG and new ones to boast Ar tonelico, it looks like it can satisfy that RPG itch.
Excerpt: "Ar Tonelico: Melody of Elemia was released in 2007 in Europe in limited quantities and for some strange reason not in the UK. To obtain a copy, I had to order from Amazon France (which meant that the cover and instructions were in French!) but as the main game was in English this wasn't an issue. The game focuses on Lyner, a knight who fights against viruses which infect the tower where humans and an race of artificial life forms called Revyatails ...
Pros: Music is amazing, unusual feel for an RPG
Cons: Simplistic gameplay, Too easy, One or two risque bits .
Summary: This is one of those games that was hard to get ahold of even if you went to buy it just a month after its release. It didn't make it to my local EB Games. Overall, this game, while more innovative than the Atelier Iris series, remains at the core a NIS product. The artstyle is similar, the game mechanics (with the difference of alchemy item creation vs reyvateil magic) are similar, and basically, if you enjoyed the AI games, you probably will like this one a lot too.
Excerpt: Premier jeu de la série, vous allez découvrir que cela ne fait pas de lui un mauvais jeu. Bien au contraire, la saga commence très fort et si les désigns sont un peu simple pour la console, le jeux est profond et vous offrira de bon moments.