- Summary: The alchemic RPG franchise from Gust carries on the tradition of the Atelier series, using alchemy as the main focal point. Atelier Rorona Plus focuses on the exploits of Rorolina Frixell, one the most beloved characters of the Arland trilogy (Ateliers Meruru/ Totori/ Rorona), a young girl who is assigned to complete alchemy tasks over 3 years in order to keep her alchemy workshop and not be banished from the kingdom of Arland. Players can craft new items and also battle enemies using the power of alchemy. As all games in the Atelier series, this title is set against an anime-like background with 3D graphics and is characterized by an elaborate crafting and synthesis system. … Expand
Jun 23, 2014For Atelier veterans, Rorona Plus deftly addresses pretty much every criticism that could be levelled at the original Rorona while providing plenty of new content to enjoy. For Atelier newcomers, this is a solid, enjoyable and charming game that marks an ideal entry point into the broader series as a whole.
Jul 12, 2014Atelier Rorona Plus is good value for those wanting to enjoy the end of the Arland trilogy on PS Vita. If you have purposely skipped this game the first time around, nothing about this version will change your mind. Still, Koei Tecmo and Atelier fans will not regret picking it up.
Sep 16, 2014I am The Destroyer. I will break games, complain about the littlest detail, and tell you whether or not the game is worth buying. A lot of things I want to say here, but can't due to the 5000 character limit.
Already 2 hours into the game and it was pissing me off! In the beginning, it spams you with a 30 minute tutorial, dog-piling everything on how to play the game with synthesis, ingredient finding, battles, and hiring party members. Doesn't even give time to look around anywhere as all areas are blocked off with invisible walls until after the tutorial is complete. This is the sign of a bad game! Don't start your games like this!!! It makes new players feel uncomfortable having to process so much information at once. Not everyone can process it all! And if skipped, new players won't know what the hell they're doing. Break up your tutorials more and introduce them separately as you are playing the game. Don't dump it all at once!
Now... let the torture begin!
"Hi Rorona! It's been 30 days! Here's some souvenirs we picked up... (gives *spoiler* items)... now get out!" - (Spoiler) & (Spoiler)
Okay, so maybe not all the plot-holes are covered up. But the game does a good job at telling it's main story despite having no real conflict. The story takes place in the city of Arland, where an alchemy shop is about to be closed down for its lack of contribution to the community. In order to keep it running, Astrid, owner of alchemy shop, must pass 12 examination assignments over the course of 3 years. She however becomes too lazy and makes her pupil, Rorona (character you play as), do all the assignments in her place.
2. Voice Acting
Issues with Liam O'Brien, voice actor who plays Sterk, but everyone else was flawless.
3. Graphics and Visuals
This games got story, it's got Voice Acting, and it's got Graphics & Visuals! Honestly, it would be better as a TV show, because everything else in this game spirals downwards to the point of no hope...
Gameplay refers to the Item Synthesis and Assignments, Battle System, and various dungeons you explore within the game. Put it all together and it's an Epic Fail!
-Item Synthesis and Assignments-
This game sucks! A knight named Sterk gives you assignments that you must complete within an in-game timer. Each assignment relates to either synthesis or killing monsters. Fail to complete it on time and that's it -- Game over! It sends you back to the title screen, and and you have to reload a save. And despite how colourful the synthesis menu looks, there's no variation to anything! Let me describe to you what gameplay is like: you go out and kill monsters, collect ingredients, return to watch cut-scene, synthesis, then turn items in for your next headache. Rinse & repeat about 200 times. Now if you enjoy doing house chores, making other people's tea, crafting their bombs, baking their pies, then maybe this is your game. But a true gamer is going to see that this is a bunch of sidequests linking together to become the main quests. It is boring, repetitive, and unacceptable! The game attempts to keep the player involved by giving them additional stuff to make. But the problem is you end up making the same item at least 30 times, and when you run out of ingredients, you'll magically notice an assignment involving a requested item that you just did 10 minutes ago!!! **** ARP!
What could have been a really good, enjoyable battle system is utterly destroyed by a lack of enemies due to the timer described above. These battles are your only stress reliever to the game -- cherish them!
Dungeons lose creativity over halfway though the game, but by then you won't even care! It won't do any more brain damage to you than the gameplay already has.
Satin shows no mercy to anyone who doesn't download the free DLC BGM option because by god the ear-deafening tracks won't make up for the few good songs that exist in ARP. Download it and change it to tracks that you'll actually enjoy because the default music will kill you slowly if the gameplay doesn't. What a disaster for JRPG history!!
6. Personal Enjoyment
I actually had more fun watching my friends play their video games than I did playing ARP. Yeah, no joking! A big waste of $50 of my own money on this piece of **** game, the full digital price on the Playstation store, playing it through to the end just to tell you consumers if the game is worth buying, and regretted every 40 hours of it!
7. Overall Verdict
My final verdict is a 2 out of 10 -- complete crap! Berate this review if you'd like, maybe you will enjoy ARP a lot better than I did. And if you did enjoy it, write about it for us! Tell us your experience and how you enjoyed doing the same thing over & over again. This is NOT what makes a good game! ARP will never be legendary in any sense of the word, and deserves to be played by no one! Buy disc copies only to recycle it, you'll be doing the world a favour!… Expand