Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
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  1. Atelier Iris 2’s music, story and cast of characters are a winner. The rest doesn’t quite cut it.
  2. Game Informer
    75
    Even though Atelier Iris 2 has undergone enhancements, it's the ultimate loss of complexity in the story and gameplay departments that make it fall short of greatness. [Jun 2006, p.113]
  3. Games Master UK
    75
    A thoroughly decent, if unsurprising, Japanese RPG. Not bad at all. [Sept 2006, p.82]
  4. AceGamez
    80
    Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny doesn't break the mold for RPGs but it still contains some very inspired moments.
  5. Play Magazine
    75
    Atelier Iris 2: Azoth of Destiny may seem out of place on the PS2, but it has a simple charm that will win over anyone with fond memories of the 16-bit RPG era. [May 2006, p.47]
  6. Pelit (Finland)
    79
    At times, the slow-paced item-hunting can get boring, but the colourful graphics, good charactes and fast-paced battles more than make up for it. [Oct 2006]
  7. This game is a lot of fun, and offers all of the humor, charm, and personality we have come to expect from NIS America. This is the kind of game you won't want to end.
  8. 89
    If you're looking for a fun 30-40 hour game to play, Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny is a clear choice. It's nothing like those state-of-the-art 3D RPGs from Square Enix and the like: this is oldschool glory.
  9. netjak
    89
    It's the kind of game that made me feel disappointed it was over. If all games that were just polished versions of older games like Atelier Iris 2 is, then I'd never want for an original game again.
  10. 75
    The battle system needs to be tweaked a bit, the map system disappoints, and searching for items to synthesize is a huge chore, but the graphics, story and voice acting make for a wonderful adventure that is worth noting.
  11. A Japanese console RPG fans wet dream. It manages to incorporate incredibly creative and new ideas into an old formula with amazingly fun results.
  12. A fun role-playing game that fans of the original should welcome with open arms.

Awards & Rankings

#37 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2006
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Nov 15, 2014
    9
    The very reason I became an Atelier Iris fan.

    Good and Interesting story. The second entry in the Atelier Iris game, it is certainly more
    The very reason I became an Atelier Iris fan.

    Good and Interesting story. The second entry in the Atelier Iris game, it is certainly more interesting than new games in ps3.

    Has two focuses and, by far, is more interesting than escha and logy. Synthesis and Battle, the two later unite in the story, even though it's not two stories, it has more of these elements than the ps3 one.

    Overall, a very decent game for Ps2. Interesting and very well done story.
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  2. Sep 10, 2013
    7
    While it follows the style and tone of it's predecessor. It lacks the charm and innovation AI1 had. AI2 seems to be a bit more combat focusedWhile it follows the style and tone of it's predecessor. It lacks the charm and innovation AI1 had. AI2 seems to be a bit more combat focused this time. While the combat is greatly improved upon from the game before it, it's still a little dull.

    None the less, AI2 is far prettier than AI1 also has far more interesting characters and overall story arc.

    Overall:
    A decent addition to the Atelier series that isn't as good as the game that came before, but, still fun and enjoyable none the less.
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  3. NicholasT.
    Mar 6, 2008
    5
    The game offers us more of the same goodness but also has quite jumpy difficulty level that reeks of inbalance. That could become a real The game offers us more of the same goodness but also has quite jumpy difficulty level that reeks of inbalance. That could become a real turn-off for some. The game is a walk in the park for the first introductive parts of the game and then the very 1st proper dungeon skins your ass raw. The 1st AI had a steady not too easy but not painful difficulty which is much more enjoyable than this 1st overpowered then underpowered then back and forth all the time gameplay. Full Review »