Summary: Mana Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy carries on the series, turning the original title into a more manageable and balanced game than the original, thanks to its tweaks and better ease of use. The title is proof that quality Playstation 2 titles can still be made even though the industry’s mindset is now focused on the next group of systems.
Excerpt: is the second installment to the "Mana Khemia" series. In "Fall of Alchemy", the school is going down the tube: enrollments and profits are down. In addition, the faculty members are not as interested in teaching the students as helping themselves. In an effort to keep the school alive, the administration created a new curriculum that includes combat, governance, and law. Students are required to take classes in all areas.
Excerpt: Gust is not your average JRPG developer. While most JRPG’s attempt to make epic stories that have you saving the world and learning important life lessons along the way Gust is much happier making cute silly little stories with just a touch of raunchy humor. The first Gust game I reviewed was Ar Tonelico 2 , which was a great game except for an unfortunate localization job and extremely dated visuals that brought the title down to being average overall.
Summary: Mana Khemia evolves to a new level with the ultimate 2D graphics blended with anime influenced 3D environments. Game play is as excellent as its looks with plenty of action and tons of item crafting. Players can indulge in the hardcore world of gaming with the highest degree possible on the PS2.
Excerpt: One year, four months, and thirteen days ago I gave my opinion on Mana Khemia ~Alchemists of Al-Revis~ , a title I described as “the union of several good ideas other games had but never put together before.” It was a strangely-worded explanation of a strangely attractive game; none of what I played then was all that new or unique, but so many elements came together into a deceptively entertaining gestalt that, frankly, I didn’t care.
Conclusion: It’s no doubt that Mana Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy has succeeded in the areas where the first installment didn’t. While some may be weary due to the buzz surrounding Alchemist of Al-Revis, Fall of Alchemy is truly a solid RPG experience that PS2 and PS3 gamers alike can both partake in. With more than 30+ hours of gameplay, two storylines, a diverse roster of characters and locales, you can easily see that this title is well worth every penny.
Conclusion: Let me conclude this review by saying that while Mana Khemia 2 is not without its flaws, it's been handed a serious helping of charm and innovation that helps it stand on its own. If you haven't experienced a Gust RPG before, then you would do well to invest some time at the academy of Al-Revis. Despite its shortcomings, I thoroughly enjoyed the alchemy-focused gameplay and approachable school culture that Khemia 2 brought hand-in-hand.