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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: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  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. Aug 4, 2020
    10
    Prequel to the Ar tonelico series that gives us more interesting lore to the rich world building of EXA_PICO universe. I already did a reviewPrequel to the Ar tonelico series that gives us more interesting lore to the rich world building of EXA_PICO universe. I already did a review for the Plus version before but this one is no different, it's still a great JRPG that every fans of Ar tonelico should play. Expand
  3. Aug 22, 2020
    10
    Just give "em-pyei-n vari-fen jang" a listen and you will understand how great this game is
  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. 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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  6. 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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  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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