Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 34
  2. Negative: 4 out of 34
  1. 60
    In short, the developers continue to play it safe and add a few new ingredients to the series without really changing the basic stock of it. Sprites, items, music and graphics are all pretty similar to previous Atelier installments.
  2. Atelier Iris 3 is a by-the-numbers role-playing game that exudes a lot of charm but little else.
  3. For fans of the original, its sequel, and for anyone who loves RPGs, Atelier Iris 3 is a retro-infused, highly inspired classic.
  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. 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.
  6. 70
    Despite the shortcoming of its snail-like pacing, it's hard not to like Atelier Iris 3, what with its anime-style art and solid battle system.
  7. Fan of the first two games will initially feel at home here but, under prolonged scrutiny it reveals itself to be the weakest of the set.
  8. Sadly, first-class presentation can't save Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm from disappointing mediocrity.
  9. This is great fun for a pack rat like me as well as others with similar RPG tastes. The biggest drawbacks of this game are the disjointed story and the generic characters. However, don’t allow this to discourage you especially with the great battle, skill and alchemy systems in the game.
  10. 40
    No matter how much you improve your weapons with alchemy, you probably won't have to do much other than buy the next best sword, then hack-n-slash your way to victory.
  11. Enough new ideas to hook established fans, but not those turned off by the fist two games. [Aug 2007, p.80]
  12. Atelier Iris 3's gameplay systems will tickle RPGers' OCD mental G-spot for a bit, but not often or long enough to put up with the game's lack of any other redeeming values.
  13. 60
    It has an undeniable, nostalgic charm to it. While nothing here is creative or original, it’s still a mostly fun little adventure.
  14. Grand Phantasm delivers exactly what Atelier Iris series fans are looking for. For the rest looking for something that deviates from the series' trademark formula, it might best to look elsewhere.
  15. The main game shouldn't take much more than thirty hours to complete, with a few more added to take down all of the quests to achieve the best ending.
  16. Grand Phantasm is capable of scratching that RPG itch with its enjoyable Afterworlds, innovative battle system, and exceptional soundtrack, but its thin quest won't linger in your memories for long. [May 2007, p.64]
  17. 70
    In the end AI3 will deliver to fans of the series; the obvious improvements are a welcome addition and the fast-paced combat and quest system is a nice diversion from other games in the genre.
  18. An epic adventure is hiding in here somewhere, but AI3 doesn't bother getting around to it till it's done boring you. [June 2007, p.91]
  19. It currently is very solid. But I keep feeling like they could just flesh things out a little more and make these truly grand adventures.
  20. A very solid roleplaying game, and definitely worth the $40 that it's fetching on the retail market. If you're a fan of RPGs or NIS at all, you owe it to yourself to pick this title up.
  21. 55
    Grand Phantasm isn't absolutely terrible, it’s just entirely bland.
  22. A charmingly colourful, albeit a slow and repetitive RPG with a good cast of characters and a boring narrative. [Sept 2007]
  23. Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm may not feature spectacular 3D graphics or 5.1 channel surround sound, but it does have enough depth and charm to keep players involved for the entirety of its 40-plus hours.
  24. Outdated and in need of a serious overhaul. [Sept 2007, p.111]
  25. Fans will undoubtedly want to check Fantasm out, but there isn't much here that hasn't been seen before. [June 2007, p.82]
  26. Sadly, we have to say that both previous Atelier Iris titles were better than this one, although Grand Phantasm does maintain that excellent sense of humor.
  27. It's a good basic RPG that isn't too deep, but still has an entertaining edge. If you don't like games like Animal Crossing, you probably should avoid this title. RPG fans will be more forgiving of its faults.
  28. The game is a giant leap in the wrong direction for the series.
  29. Atelier Iris 3's biggest problem is just that it doesn't have any glaring mistakes. Instead, the game is so painfully mediocre that it's a struggle to keep going, not because you're hating the game, but because you're just plain bored.
  30. 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]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Sep 3, 2013
    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. Full Review »