Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. One the best RPG experiences to grace the PS2 in a while, ranking up there with Final Fantasy X and Disgaea. Every aspect from story to gameplay to audiovisual appeal is well executed, making it a fresh, unique experience.
  2. If you are looking for a good RPG to sink into for a while, buy this. For RPG and Anime fans, it's not to be missed.
  3. The biggest complaint is that some of the English voices are really lacking, especially comparing them to how the Japanese voice actors sound doing the same (or similar) lines, and the entire jumping mess. Outside of that, this is a very solid title, and quite possibly a contender for 2005 RPG of the year.
  4. 90
    You may not like it as much as I did, but in the end, you will have enjoyed this game more than a lot of other PS2 games out there.
  5. 93
    One of the most enjoyable RPGs I’ve ever played. It’s got a leisurely feel and pace to it unlike anything else I’ve seen.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. MartR.
    Jun 30, 2005
    The bright anime slideshow keeps up the pace and the moronic alchemy keeps you entertained for the major part of this ordeal, however, only a tired mind will keep going after the initial burst of energy is spent. Fighting gets pushed back, making headway for endless trading, synthesizing and chat missions. Which is a shame, because fighting is so much fun in this game. The utterly atrocious translation kills another three points off the score. Full Review »
  2. Jul 19, 2012
    Very interesting RPG with an easy to use battle system.
    Some of the dialogue can be cheesy, but overall a good story with good voice actors
    (Japanese anyway, I couldnt really stand the dub).
    The battle system is fairly straightforward and allows you to swap out team members while in combat, which can really come in handy during certain fights (or if a team member dies).
    The Synthesize system, which although very interesting, can also be very tedious. Getting new recipes can sometimes require you to check back into a shop several times before a new one pops up. Some recipes require rare monster drops and thus need to be farmed. And of course, you will get new recipes which require ingredients from recipes that you do not have yet (and need to keep checking back in or synthesizing new items).
    I would rate the game overall a 7/10, but the ending felt very lackluster and short.
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  3. Jan 25, 2013
    One of my favorite JRPGs on the PS2. Fun story, great alchemy system that keeps you intrigued as you are always trying to make better and better items. Surprising on just how little actual combat there is in this game.While it does have combat, for most of the first two thirds of the game you really spend walking around and creating new alchemy items. Story is good, characters are likable (even Norn has her charm.) Overall: A fun JRPG that is fun to play, even relaxing at time with a lighthearted pace. Full Review »