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  • Summary: In AR NOSURGE: ODE TO AN UNBORN STAR, the player follows two sets of characters: Delta and Casty, whose goal is to protect humanity and save the world, and Ion & Earthes, who are trying to find Ion a way home to Earth. The player can interchange between both pairs and soon discover a way toIn AR NOSURGE: ODE TO AN UNBORN STAR, the player follows two sets of characters: Delta and Casty, whose goal is to protect humanity and save the world, and Ion & Earthes, who are trying to find Ion a way home to Earth. The player can interchange between both pairs and soon discover a way to combine their storylines and strengths to eventually solve the mystery that shrouds their ongoing struggle. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. 90
    By enforcing a system of communication and bond development amongst its characters, Ar nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star achieves what great novels and only the most lovingly crafted virtual experiences can: it offers the opportunity to not only interact with the characters but to, possibly, form memorable relationships with them as well.
  2. Oct 3, 2014
    80
    The storyline is too goofy to take seriously, with a cast that you can get behind on a surface level, but aren’t fleshed out enough to really hook you for a significant length of time. Still, the battle system is really fun to use and is so exciting that it’s worth playing through the game just to keep using it.
  3. Oct 10, 2014
    80
    Ar nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star is a fun Japanese RPG that goes outside the square in terms of its bizarre story and combat techniques.
  4. Oct 20, 2014
    69
    Part visual novel, part JRPG, it's a bit more interactive than usual for the genre, but it still lacks any significant innovation.
  5. Sep 23, 2014
    66
    A gem only for Gust's franchise fans. It's technical characteristics are far away from what you would expect of PS3. However, the universe in which it's englobed will give the player quite some enjoyable moments.
  6. 65
    The campaign is quite lengthy, there is a ton of story to read through, and there’s even essentially choose-your-own-adventure stories inside other characters’ minds. However, the story is very quirky, and although developer Gust attempted to go deeper in characterization, a lot of the drama that unfolds feels at about the high school level.
  7. Jan 21, 2015
    30
    A highly disappointing game, no two ways about it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Sep 24, 2014
    10
    For those who are JRPG fans I highly recommend this title. It released yesterday and it is also the spiritual successor to one of my favoriteFor those who are JRPG fans I highly recommend this title. It released yesterday and it is also the spiritual successor to one of my favorite turn-based franchises of all time Ar Tonelico. Its battle system feature a ton of depth as you assign your commands to a face button plus you can change and combo them whenever you like. The story is an improvement over the Ar tonelico series since Tonelico wasnt that deep but it was charming with likable characters while Nosurges storyline is much more deep and while it still has the charm and likable characters of Tonelico which is awesome. Once again if you are a JRPG fan I highly recommend checking this game out as it deserves your time. Expand
  2. Nov 19, 2014
    9
    Buy new.
    "This is also one of the few games to truly make use of the medium in both gameplay and narrative, and for that alone you have to
    Buy new.
    "This is also one of the few games to truly make use of the medium in both gameplay and narrative, and for that alone you have to pick this up."

    Though the translation leaves something to be desired, the voice acting (dual voice track for those who want Japanese), the narrative (extremely enthralling) and gameplay (unique, fun but a bit repetitive) culminates into a great game. The music is SUPERB and the characters are all so human and real that you will get lost in the story. This is also one of the few games to truly make use of the medium in both gameplay and narrative, and for that alone you have to pick this up. Honestly, it will be quite some time before you experience a game as interesting as this.
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  3. Jan 16, 2015
    9
    Finished the game after 80h of play. That only tells you how much i loved it. If you want true ending make sure you create every single itemFinished the game after 80h of play. That only tells you how much i loved it. If you want true ending make sure you create every single item in all of the shops. I will not tell why but its important. To all new players, switch to VETERAN difficulty immediately at the start of the game. Difficulty should be revised, as easy, normal, hard instead of normal, hard, veteran. Expand
  4. Mar 31, 2015
    8
    text walls aho! Luckily thats what i was looking for having played ar tonelico 1 and 2 (waiting for my copy of 3 in the mail). i knew it wastext walls aho! Luckily thats what i was looking for having played ar tonelico 1 and 2 (waiting for my copy of 3 in the mail). i knew it was to be a sometimes creepy sometimes sexist and sometimes odd dating sim esq game. what i wasnt prepared for was just how much the dive system has evolved in its complexity. I really enjoyed this alot.

    possitives: game is deep in content and story, the characters are likeable, the music is awesome, shop synthisis is present, the pervy parts are not creepy but rather funny ans the conversations are well (but not perfectly) translated.

    negatives: the battle mechanics are waaaaaaaaaaaay too easy and the battles are too sparse.

    i do recomend it however, just be aware that you will be reading.... alot......
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  5. Oct 1, 2014
    6
    I have only played this game for around an hour and a half---however, from the outset, there are several things that bother me with the game'sI have only played this game for around an hour and a half---however, from the outset, there are several things that bother me with the game's presentation. For starters, I've encountered several cutscenes with NPCs in them that are standing next to each other and they look exactly the same. That being said, one can only assume the designers were lazy, short on budget, or they had an evil desire to populate these towns with numerous sets of identical twins. They even wear the exact same clothing. Next, when I traveled to Quantave, the city is called by two names. In the dialog, it's referred to as Quanturv, but when I get there, it's suddenly Quantave. Which one is it? There are also numerous typoes and grammatical errors in the game's script---most of it is text-based without speech, which is not usually a problem--however, you are not really able to tell ahead of time which sections of the game are voiced over and which are not. The game also seems to have framerate issues throughout both field exploration and combat, as the game runs somewhat jerky. This could be my PS3 hardware, so I'm going to play a different game and see if it does the same thing. The music and sound effects were not spectacular or really moving in any way, but some of the Song Magic music did seem a bit better composed than the run-of-the-mill in-game background music. This game is a sequel to Ciel Nosurge, which never released in the US, so if you want to get the backstory and a framework for the story to this game, please read up on that. That being said, I spent well over 6 hours reading through Ciel Nosurge's story and was very intrigued--however, upon playing Ar Nosurge, it was very difficult for me to get into its world due to several major presentation issues, as listed above, that prevented me from feeling connected to it. Your mileage may vary. Expand
  6. Oct 13, 2014
    6
    Only 15 hours played so far:
    +decent story / character development
    +somewhat fun battle system and random encounters are next to nil
    Only 15 hours played so far:
    +decent story / character development
    +somewhat fun battle system and random encounters are next to nil

    -lazy map design, basically only 10 map areas that get reused throughout the game
    -bland character design / animations
    -this game is a sequel that was meant for players who have played 1st game which was never localized here so many players will be lost.
    -excessive amount of mundane dialogues to wade through
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