The Atelier collection is a distinct segment recreation inside a distinct segment style, though JRPGs have change into so standard within the final couple of years that it could be inaccurate to name these video games area of interest. What I am making an attempt to say is that Atelier video games are distinctive even for the JRPG style as a result of alchemy system that it closely depends on.
For these of us who adore taking part in such a recreation, studios like Gust are a treasure to behold. These guys have been pumping out Atelier video games like there isn’t any tomorrow. On paper, that may appear overkill, however as a fan of the collection, I am content material to have the ability to play one Atelier recreation per 12 months.
Atelier Ryza 2: Misplaced Legends & the Secret Fairy continues the story of Reisalin Stout (aka Ryza) and her pals in a distinct location. Ryza’s circle of pals is not confined inside the premises of Kurken Island. The sequel to Atelier Ryza has a standalone story, which implies you do not have to have performed the unique to know what’s taking place in Atelier Ryza 2: Misplaced Legends & the Secret Fairy.
Nonetheless, since half the sport focuses on the connection between the characters, I’d strongly suggest taking part in the primary Atelier Ryza recreation if you wish to actually perceive the chit-chat between story missions.
Story-wise, Atelier Ryza 2 takes place three years after the occasions of the earlier recreation. Ryza responds to 1 member of her group’s letter asking her to come back to the royal capital, Ashra-am Baird, to analysis some ruins that may be associated to alchemy.
Over greater than a dozen hours Ryza reunites with most of the pals she grew up with on Kurken Island, the identical individuals who fought beside her to stop an historic evil to re-emerge into the world. Those that performed the unique recreation might be happy to know that Tao, Klaudia, and Lent are again collectively, however Empel and Lila make an look as effectively.
A few of these characters be a part of your social gathering and you may play with them, whereas others are simply there as NPCs. In Atelier Ryza 2, you possibly can have three individuals within the social gathering and the fourth one as assist. The remainder will go to the so-called Reserve the place they will not be capable of assist throughout fight.
The fight in Atelier Ryza 2 is just not a lot completely different than what we bought within the first recreation. It is a turn-based system that flows in real-time, which implies that whereas these concerned in fight will act as soon as per flip, time would not cease and you will have to concentrate to the “Wait Time” bar. You are able to do all types of nasty issues to the monsters you combat in opposition to in case you time every thing proper. The primary enemies do not require an excessive amount of preparation and you are able to do away with simply mashing buttons, however by the point you begin preventing bosses, you may more than likely have discovered the fundamental guidelines of the fight system.
Though I discover fight one of the satisfying components of the sport, the alchemy system is what this collection is all about. Similar to in each different Atelier recreation, you may have to assemble sources all through the world and mix them to craft a powerful checklist of things. A few of the recipes can solely be unlocked utilizing SP (talent factors), that are normally rewarded whenever you craft objects utilizing alchemy or full foremost quest and facet missions. However the bulk of the recipes are hidden behind … different recipes.
When you can craft an merchandise utilizing sure sources, you can even unlock a brand new merchandise inside that recipe when you have the required components. It is the identical precept that made Atelier Ryza’s alchemy system so enjoyable to play with. However alchemy is not only about creating new objects from the components that you simply collect, it is way more complicated than that, and I can perceive why many individuals will hate that.
Nonetheless, it isn’t till midway by way of the sport that you will get entry to extra superior methods that may tremendously enable you make alchemy a trivial activity. Quickly sufficient, you’ll duplicate the objects so that you simply will not should spend sources to craft them once more, in addition to evolve objects, a way more complicated gameplay characteristic.
Alchemy is what could make the sport trivial when you have troubles with defeating bosses or sure enemies. It permits you to craft high-level weapons, armors, and equipment that may make your characters just about invincible. The alchemy system is just not simple to choose up if you have not performed an Atelier recreation earlier than, however when you perceive its potential, you may know what to craft methods to use the objects.
Though alchemy may be boring for some, it is most likely the principle cause followers of the Atelier collection love these video games. Having the ability to craft very highly effective objects provides you a way of satisfaction that few different points of the sport affords.
I would must also like to say that Atelier 2 introduces some form of puzzle system that makes issues a bit extra fascinating. Those that performed the primary recreation know already that the principle story focuses on Ryza and her pals exploring some ruins on Kurken Island. This time round, you may be exploring a number of ruins areas the place you’ll have to uncover secrets and techniques lengthy forgotten. There recollections and vestiges deep inside these ruins that you will have to gather to be able to piece collectively fragments of a jigsaw puzzle.
Principally, you may be dungeon-crawling by way of these ruins making an attempt to study what’s their reference to alchemy and why they’re immediately waking up whereas Ryza is round. It is a way more compelling a part of the sport than the story, however I consider that they assist one another.
Anybody who performed multiple Atelier recreation is aware of that these titles usually are not in regards to the story. Atelier Ryza 2 positively would not suck on the subject of narrative, nevertheless it’s not what retains you hooked. I’ve to offer props to the devs for making an attempt, however a few of the dialogues, despite the fact that they reek of “fan service,” are very dumb. Regardless of that, I did handle to seek out pleasure in what appears like a deja vu journey.
There isn’t any doubt about it, Ryza 2 is essentially the most refined expertise you may get taking part in an Atelier recreation so long as you are not anticipating a top-notch story. Apart from the lighthearted tone, nothing stands out on the subject of Atelier Ryza 2’s story; it is as generic as it may be and there is nothing fallacious with that.