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7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 46
  2. Negative: 6 out of 46
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  1. MushaS.
    Feb 11, 2007
    10
    Finally a real 2d turn based RPG. If you like real RPGs this is for you. If you like watching movies then get FF or one of those other 3d games with real time battles that only work in theory.
  2. Jan 4, 2015
    9
    Another PS2 gem. Fantastic story, interesting gameplay and characters. Music is fantastic. An entirely new language was created for it and that just shows how much effort and love the developers put in the game.
  3. Jul 21, 2017
    9
    All in japanese games start with characters.
    And this exactly that type of game, where the characters and story governs the gameplay. But it's not bad, you know? If you into storytelling games, like To the Moon, or Telltale games, or visual novels (or classic jrpg's like Grandia!) - you will find this game quite attractive, seriously.
    P.S. I'm not finished the game, though. When I faced
    All in japanese games start with characters.
    And this exactly that type of game, where the characters and story governs the gameplay. But it's not bad, you know? If you into storytelling games, like To the Moon, or Telltale games, or visual novels (or classic jrpg's like Grandia!) - you will find this game quite attractive, seriously.
    P.S. I'm not finished the game, though. When I faced the situation where I need to make a choice, who of the two characters will leave my group, I decided to give up, since such injustice i can't bear. But maybe this will tell you, how good are characters writing in this game. Thanks for reading.
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  4. Apr 30, 2012
    8
    Ar tonelico's main flaw is the fact this game is INSANELY EASY. However the game's storyline, musics (and the Hymmnos language used in most of them), world's lore and main characters' development compensates this flaw nicely.

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#24 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2007
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#40 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2007
Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Those who have fond memories of the PSone cult classic "Thousand Arms" will definitely enjoy Ar Tonelico's strange blend of action, dialog, and courtship. [Feb. 2007, p.101]
  2. Play Magazine
    85
    Ar Tonelico pretty much has it all. The story and especially pacing is fantastic; the music is truly special, the battles are incredibly engaging via the Revyatelis, and the art is simply gorgeous. [Feb 2007, p.36]
  3. If you're looking for a light RPG, then Ar Tonelico: Melody of Elemia definitely fits the bill because it's cheerful, well animated and utterly predictable. Combat is a breeze, even if you're farming for items, and the plot is lackluster at best.