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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
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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: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  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. Feb 17, 2018
    9
    Was soll ich sagen. Es gab in meiner Zeit als Zocker immer wieder Spiele die meinen Horizont erweiterten.
    - Tales of Vesperia: Die Liebe zu
    Was soll ich sagen. Es gab in meiner Zeit als Zocker immer wieder Spiele die meinen Horizont erweiterten.
    - Tales of Vesperia: Die Liebe zu JRPG´s und einem spannenden Kampfsystem
    - Skyrim: Die Liebe zu westlichen RPG´s und einer immersiven Welt
    - Elder Scrolls Online: Das Wissen das MMO´s auch was für Singleplayer sein können (zumindest bei ESO)

    Immer dachte ich das es schon einen Grund haben muss, warum Spiele wie The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel (vor einigen Wochen beendet) oder Ar NoSurge relativ unbekannt bei uns sind und ohnehin nur auf Enlisch lokalisiert werden. Schlechte Grafik, Körnige Steuerung und meißt, da JRPG, eine klischeehafte und stereotypische Story. Eine B Produktion.

    Wie ich mich Täuschte! Wiedereinmal wurde mein Horizont von diesem großartigem Spiel erweitert (und von TLoH: Trails of Cold Steel)!

    + Charaktere: Ernsthaft. Ein wenig Klischee gehört zu JRPG´s dazu aber davon abgesehen, einfach WOW!! (Casty ;))
    + Kampfsystem: Taktisch und dennoch explosiv. Einfach spassig!
    + Musik: Der Hammer (Höre mir gerade den OST an :D:D)!
    + Story: Braucht etwas um in Fahrt zu kommen und ist etwas verzwickt. Wer allerdings aufpasst bekommt eine Achterbahnfahrt!
    + Charakterdesign: Ist natürlich abhängig vom eigenen Geschmack aber ich fand diese durch das vorhandene Cell-Shading Hammer!

    - Grafik: Mit Ausnahme vom Charakterdesign ist dieses Spiel nicht sonderlich schön anzusehen. Grafikfetischisten sind aber ohnehin nicht dafür bekannt JRPG´s zu spielen (außer FF :D).

    Für mich 9*!
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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. Aug 3, 2016
    8
    Its recommended buy if you get on amazon.com or download either way I found interesting.
    You play as Delta the goofball who lost his memory
    Its recommended buy if you get on amazon.com or download either way I found interesting.
    You play as Delta the goofball who lost his memory and everyone has no clue why or how it happened. Your dude surrounded with more questions then more answers but you uncover it as you go on, then you have to uncover lot events they are important you skip them you end up playing without figuring what happening in game or leveling up.
    Pros: gameplay
    Music
    updates your PS3 I did not know that.
    cons:
    there seemed to be not enough other characters? I mean serious Delta can't be only dude in that story to save the world.
    Empress made me worried that they could upgraded her. Her super powers could be turned into titan and attack the enemy?
    Repetiviness and fact you could not repeat it until you get good result Save often, well you couldn't do that
    they offer one safe point and then journey back to it...not really...some parts of game you have do complete do over.

    Overall experience I thinking I have do over ingame.
    Skits cost me too much time -> don't have enough tv time to spend trying to play delta.
    Unless your collector and you rather spend it on your last day on earth get it.
    I feel for Delta you get fired, kicked out of your gastropub and then empress doesn't know cook but starts feeding weird food to patrons it makes you question what happened to population. It starts to feel your living in Amazon world where cats only care to get revenge on the other cats and your only dude there...What happened to parents I wonder. Just means I going back later.
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  5. Apr 1, 2017
    8
    Lets get the bad out of the way first. The first act or "Phase" is slow and there are plenty of typos in this game. NPC models are reused andLets get the bad out of the way first. The first act or "Phase" is slow and there are plenty of typos in this game. NPC models are reused and not recolored and there are some odd animation gripes. The hair on characters turn with the head but not past the shoulders and also defies gravity should they lean. Character emotes during conversations are jumpy often and sometimes skip about when going to the next line of dialogue even if you wait for one to finish. It's one thing to not change costumes if that is the player's choice but to not have the feature from the get go because of how a boss worked (and couldn't in localization) is a misstep and the feature can just be added in despite that surely. Also the intro that gives narration to events prior to the story is overpowered and lost to the game's music. It's subtitled but still a problem and it happens often throughout the game during character dialogue, at least early on.

    Now the mixed and lets start with the amount of fan service. It will make clear very early on it isn't afraid of showing skin on the female characters and if that bugs you then you are in for a rough ride at times. During the mechanic called "Purification Ceremony" the pairs of characters the player controls can talk to one another one on one, and these chats are plentiful but a fair few are mundane. The difficulty is either lacking as it is on Normal or on higher difficulties will force the player to not only use items and not hoard them like we do but to get familiar with the battle system and what it doesn't tell you, and to also get into synthesizing items and those are time sinks that must be done to get the best of a total of 5 endings. There is also the matter of this game not only piecing together the previous game's events enough to get an idea of what the hell is going on exactly but also continue it and it will be awhile before you get a solid grasp of it's story. How the story is told will also turn off a few players if they think it's something it isn't (like a dating sim or other similar accusations of that nature) and how meta it gets and stays. The 4th wall isn't surviving this one and if you don't like the humor that comes with it shattering then you probably won't appreciate it getting nuked from obit in this title

    Now the good and what better place to start than the story itself. Once you get a grasp on the story and see it for the survival struggle that it is it will probably grip you from there. The character development is done well enough outside the "Genometrics" mechanic but much more so through it and the conversations during the Purification Ceremonies and even a few during the item synthesizing. The conflicts the characters deal with are multi layered and not just external. The factions in the game have their reasons for their beliefs. Do you conquer a threat or try to work with it? That concept is explored early on. The combat is refreshing in form and fun in function. The turn based formula is refined and it is now a countdown on the turn limit you have to wipe the area of a set number of random encounters tossed at you all at once. The music is fantastic on the whole and you will be more than happy with what's played and sung.
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  6. Feb 29, 2016
    7
    So you will know what type of gamer is writing this review, I'll list three of my favorite games.. 
    Danganronpa 
    Fire emblem  Artelier
    So you will know what type of gamer is writing this review, I'll list three of my favorite games.. 
    Danganronpa 
    Fire emblem 
    Artelier Totori 

    (I'm giving this a 7 out of 10 because that is the score I would give a game that I didn't particularly enjoy playing or hate playing.) 

    IN DEPTH REVIEW:

    I'll start with the dialogue, THERE IS AN ABUNDANCE OF IT. I would say during my play through that I spent 80 percent if the time reading, 15 percent of the time fighting, and 5 percent of the time rolling my eyes when I was trying to back out of a shop to save it. Sometimes the dialogue will hold you up when you was just wanna call it quits for a day. 

    Why is it so much reading? Well, a big part of this game is synthesizing items and there are a lot of items to make. You get a paragraph or two to read when you make an item. It's pointless gibberish about what the characters think of it. Then when you exit the shop menu, you typically get another paragraph or two to read about the story going on with the shops owners or about new recipes. If you're a typical adult playing this game, then halfway though completion of the game, you will be skipping the characters thoughts on the new item created. It's gets old rather quick. The scenes about the store owners lives are slightly more interesting so I managed to watch those without complete boredom.
    The games main story wasn't anything special either. I found the ending disappointing as well. After I've spent about 70 hours playing through a game, I expect a ending that will stay with me awhile, but this game decided it wasn't necessary. 

    The battle system is slightly entertaining. You have moves assigned to each of the four buttons and each move has a certain amount of uses for each turn. You can increase the moves count or other various benefits can be given to the moves through equipment. Every move can have three pieces of equipment tied to it. Some moves are better at breaking the opponent while another hits a group of enemies.
    There is no clock in the battle system, meaning that if you stay still, enemies do not attack you. You also defend against enemy attacks by pressing circle at the right time to help negate some of the damage you recieve. The idea is to protect the heroine until she has gathered enough energy to unleash her song, which deals damage to all enemy waves. One thing I particularly liked about this game was the fact you could fight enough waves of enemies in an area to clear them out of it completly. No more battles so that you can explore that area in peace. The game set on normal difficulty is far to easy. I only used healing items maybe 3 times through the entire playthrough. If you are looking for any kind of challenge, set the difficulty to hard. 

    I also experienced some lag on my game at the beginning and the final boss fight. These are the only times I experienced lag so it wasn't very bothersome. 
    The music was great and the graphic was ok. One of the characters had half her rear showing through the game and the graphics really didn't work for it. Also, expect to see the same npcs on the same scene. 
    I was also surprised to see a teen rating on this game. I believe the esrb may have missed something. During a purification ceremony, which is where you can install crystals into you or the heroines arm,legs,breast,stomach,or head, there was some unexpected camel toe. There was a clear indention in the swimsuit. I know that might not technically be considered nudity but it doesnt get closer than that.Also you will see plenty of rear from the heroines and some of the other female characters in this game. 

    In my opinion, these games have steadily went down in playabilty. The first being ar tonelico for ps2. This game was great, really a perfect ps2 rpg. Ar Tonelico 2 was good too but not as great as the first, as well as Ar Tonelico 3. The new Ar Nosurge is a different direction in these games, hence the different name. If you are looking for a great RPG with about the same sexy tone as Ar Nosurge, I recommend the Ar Tonelico series over this.

    That wraps this review up, hope it helps.
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  7. Oct 30, 2015
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game is a shining encapsulation of everything people hate about anime.

    The title seemed promising enough. Standard ruined world science fiction hook with a graphically interesting intro.

    Spoiler alert: This game sucks.

    Evidently we're supposed to already be familiar with these characters. Or perhaps they're such cookie cutter cliches that we don't need any kind of introduction as to who they are. A major mechanic for the game is a dating sim seemingly designed for pre-adolescents, and they've wrapped that around an RPG with a preposterously weak system.

    The wall of text method of exposition might not be so terrible if the characters weren't gifted with a depth of character rivalling earwax. To call this game puerile would be a disservice to the abstract concept of juvenile triviality.

    I made the mistake of purchasing this game from the Playstation network, so I can't even return the game - bringing this experience to a total loss.
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