Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny Image
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  • Summary: The sequel to Gust's RPG about an alchemist out to prove himself and make use of his awesome skills. Atelier Iris 2 focuses on two main characters whom you can assume at will. One character embarks on adventures in distant worlds, facing off against enemies via a turn-based battle system. The other character stays behind at home and creates items and weapons. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. 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.
  2. Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny doesn't break the mold for RPGs but it still contains some very inspired moments.
  3. 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]
  4. Atelier Iris 2 carries the same great style and humor of its predecessor, but the tedious quest design spoils some of the fun.
  5. 63
    As always, players who do find themselves trapped in an age of nostalgia when 2D gaming is concerned should give this game a try but they will find that it sadly does not live up to the original.
  6. Quite a decent RPG. What holds it back is that it is far too typical of the genre; there's really nothing new about it nor does it do anything particularly well to make it truly stand out. If you're a fan of RPGs, you'll enjoy it, but it may be something of a forgettable experience.
  7. 40
    Mana and magic system aside, the game’s primary selling point is the same as so many other RPGs: a couple dozen hours of content. And if merely killing time is the goal, then it could fill the bill.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. 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 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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  2. 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 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. Collapse