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  • Summary: Long ago, the power of alchemy allowed people to travel between different worlds through dimensional gates; however, with the collapse of the first great civilization, people lost the means to "jump" worlds. A long time has passed since the great destruction and now people once again are unlocking the mystery surrounding the dimensional gates and adventuring to unforeseen territory, seeking the magical book of infinite wisdom. With the fast paced ACCB system, battle sequences are ordered by cards that represent the characters' action order. The quicker the character, the faster their action turn comes around. An innovative change for Atelier Iris 3 is the introduction of a symbol encounter system. Players no longer randomly encounter enemies, but visually confirm and engage them. Unlike previous Atelier Iris titles, this game adopts a guild quest system through which players can easily accept quests and missions that the guild posts. [NIS America] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 34
  2. Negative: 4 out of 34
  1. 84
    Though plenty of fun is to be had in Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm, it's also short, slightly repetitive in scope, and lacking a compelling plot.
  2. Atelier Iris 3 is a game that fundamentally works on a design level, which can't always be said for its predecessors. [June 2007, p.64]
  3. A charmingly colourful, albeit a slow and repetitive RPG with a good cast of characters and a boring narrative. [Sept 2007]
  4. In order to derive any worthwhile enjoyment out of Atelier Iris 3, you pretty much have to be a big fan of both anime and dungeon crawling. [June 2007, p.110]
  5. The fighting and alchemy are great. But the repetitive questing, slow storyline and disappointing graphics will wear out the biggest RPG freak. [July 2007, p.84]
  6. The game is a giant leap in the wrong direction for the series.
  7. 40
    We really wanted to like Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm, but the series is stagnating in gameplay that was obtusely old-fashioned ten years ago. It's unfortunate, but the magic is long-gone.

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  1. Sep 3, 2013
    10
    awesome game. great characters, great story, great battle system and the alchemy system is amazing. fan of the atelier series or not, i can guarantee you will love this game. Expand
  2. JohnS.
    Oct 7, 2007
    9
    This game is highly underrated. While it won't be winning any awards for originality, its fun gameplay and great sense of humour warrant a purchase. I didn't mind the repetitiveness, as there was always something to do, whether it be questing, training or hunting down ingredients for alchemy (the alchemy system is great, by the way.) I'm not too familiar with the first two games in the series, so I can't give any judgement as to whether it lives up to them, but as a standalone game it works perfectly. Expand