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7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 38
  2. Negative: 4 out of 38
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  1. Jul 19, 2012
    6
    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
    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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  2. MartR.
    Jun 30, 2005
    5
    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 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. Expand
  3. BobM.
    Mar 13, 2006
    7
    This game is fun and interesting. But the constant alchemy and side questing gets very repetitive. It leaves you almost no time for the main story. It's still really well put together.
  4. DaveO.
    Mar 13, 2006
    7
    The graphics and music are very nicely done. The gameplay is fun, though it gets repetetive. Sadly, the localization is uneven. The voice acting is excellent, but there is a bug that freezes the game right after defeating the final boss.
  5. Oct 19, 2010
    7
    Atelier Iris certainly is an interesting game. A lot of it is the standard RPG fare, but the extensive item creation system really makes this game stand out from the rest. Going around to the different shops of the world, and creating dozens of new items never seems to get old. The characters (particularly some of the NPCs) make you care about them, and you might spend more time tryingAtelier Iris certainly is an interesting game. A lot of it is the standard RPG fare, but the extensive item creation system really makes this game stand out from the rest. Going around to the different shops of the world, and creating dozens of new items never seems to get old. The characters (particularly some of the NPCs) make you care about them, and you might spend more time trying to advance their mini-stories than advancing the main story. As for challenge, the game is overall easy, though a few bosses might hold you up for a bit. It's worth a look for any RPG fan, though anyone else may want to do some more research before picking this one up. Expand

Awards & Rankings

#73 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
#62 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005
Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    75
    A potent concoction that should appeal to any RPG fan. [July 2005, p.112]
  2. Game Informer
    83
    The icing on this cake of RPG happiness is the clever and relatively gaffe-free localization. [June 2005, p.128]
  3. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    70
    While at times a throwback to the last generation of RPGs, it's surprisingly full-featured and charming; fans of the item crafting in "Star Ocean" will be in heaven. [July 2005, p.75]