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  • Summary: The beautiful role-playing game follows the exploits of teenage tomboy Ryza, who dreams of escaping her mundane village lifestyle, alongside her band of mischievous friends. One day, as they explore a forbidden island in search of adventure, they meet an elderly magician who will changeThe beautiful role-playing game follows the exploits of teenage tomboy Ryza, who dreams of escaping her mundane village lifestyle, alongside her band of mischievous friends. One day, as they explore a forbidden island in search of adventure, they meet an elderly magician who will change their lives forever. Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Oct 27, 2019
    91
    With so many JRPGs remaining stagnant or trying to appeal to the masses, Atelier Ryza stands tall amongst its peers as a truly amazing experience. Whether you're a fan of the series or just a JRPG enthusiast, you need to play this masterpiece.
  2. Nov 6, 2019
    87
    Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & The Secret Hideout is a surprisingly nuanced, enjoyable RPG with a bevy of content.
  3. Oct 30, 2019
    85
    The eternal darkness of recent episodes now seems destined to give way to a radiant and exciting future.
  4. Oct 25, 2019
    78
    It finally feels like Atelier is making a solid effort to evolve the series. It’s still far from the big RPGs, but it’s a step in the right direction and, also, a good entry to discover the series.
  5. Jan 27, 2020
    70
    After the disaster that is Nelke, I wasn’t sure if I would ever get back to playing and reviewing the Atelier series. While Ryza is a shorter experience clocking in at just over thirty hours, I admit to enjoying nearly every second of my time with the game. Atelier Ryza ushers in something new while still feeling like a familiar experience. Sure, it’s not the perfect Atelier experience, but I appreciate the changes in Ryza in a way I did not with any of the Mysterious subseries or recent iterations. Ryza is easily the best heroine since Totori, and while her game has some ups and downs, I would play another game with her at the helm.
  6. Nov 25, 2019
    70
    Though it may require a bit of patience to get to the sweet stuff, Atelier Ryza is a wholesome and addicting experience that RPG fans will gleefully gulp down, even if they’ve never dabbled with the Atelier franchise before. Thanks to the strong visuals and countless gameplay features, now is the best time to jump in on this niche series, which may end up becoming much more recognizable thanks to this latest solid entry.
  7. 50
    Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness and the Secret Hideout feels like a massive step backward, both in terms of gameplay and story. Although GUST attempted to inject some real-world themes into this tale, it's unfortunately just more of the same.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Oct 29, 2019
    10
    apparently jerks are trying to review bomb this because of the eye candy in game. really fun game, beautiful areas, alchemy is also veryapparently jerks are trying to review bomb this because of the eye candy in game. really fun game, beautiful areas, alchemy is also very entertaining.
    first in series I've bought.
    noticed it BECAUSE of the eye candy, its not a bad thing, really sad people who have a problem with it..
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  2. Apr 10, 2021
    10
    I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun playing a relaxing and easy going game like that. It’s a JRPG, but it is also a slice of lifeI can’t remember the last time I had so much fun playing a relaxing and easy going game like that. It’s a JRPG, but it is also a slice of life experience, where you will find characters that you easily relate with. I really like the battle system, it’s very easy to learn but you do need to have an strategy in order to win. I have spent HOURS, DAYS just working on my materials gathering and synthesis, as I find it so addicting. I recommend this game for anyone of any age. Also if you are only starting with RPGS or JRPGS, this game is great for starters, it’s made for you. Expand
  3. Nov 7, 2019
    10
    10/10 Thiccness and those Thighs... :o
    for real tho, it's a good game, ignore the salty negative reviews, if you like JRPG's then you will like this
  4. Jun 26, 2020
    9
    GLORIOUS THIGHS!

    Now that I've got that out of my system, Ryza is a fantastic entry in the Atelier series. It features fun, quick-paced
    GLORIOUS THIGHS!

    Now that I've got that out of my system, Ryza is a fantastic entry in the Atelier series. It features fun, quick-paced combat (with a very interesting system, to boot) mixed with a highly-advanced crafting system that elevates the series standard to new heights.

    The characters, as always, are fantastic, especially Ryza herself. Lent is another favorite, especially because of his backstory and how it affects his character. Gotta say, though, it's pretty funny that all the media's negative attention went to Ryza's thighzas, when Lila's outfit is waaaay more stripperific. Not a criticism, just a comment~

    A lackluster (or even an outright bad) story can certainly be saved by its characters, and while I'd never call this game's plot bad, I WILL say that the Atelier franchise puts more effort on its characters than the story. If you want high adventure and epic battles of good vs. evil, play Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest or Tales. Atelier does things differently: the final boss of this game is certainly BAD and NEEDS to be defeated, but it's hardly a "villain" and more like a wild animal that needs to be put down... after turning the difficulty down, because it's hard and I'm a pansy. Again, this isn't a problem, but it's something that future players should note.

    Atelier Ryza is a fantastic game... when it's started. The prologue made me wanna tear my hair out, frankly. I KNOW you need to teach me these things, game, but PLEASE DO IT FASTER.

    All in all, a WONDERFUL experience, but you should know what you're getting into.
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  5. Oct 31, 2019
    9
    This game so far is great! I really like the new way they took the combat, and pretty cool take on the ATB system. The updated / streamlinedThis game so far is great! I really like the new way they took the combat, and pretty cool take on the ATB system. The updated / streamlined way they handled the alchemy I'm enjoying. And right now I'm pretty addicted to it, I played a solid 8 hours the other day and wanted to keep going. the story is pretty solid so far and the characters are pretty good, about 14 -15 hours in so far I'm curious to see where the story ends up. The one thing I'll take a point off for is the lack of an English dub it just makes me sad, hopefully with the new found success this particular entry Is having they will have the money to include one next time. I miss my Atelie dubs : -( . Expand
  6. Nov 9, 2019
    7
    I played almost every Atelier games, and loved all of them since Rorona greatly.

    This one is... a bitter, very bitter letdown for me. I'm
    I played almost every Atelier games, and loved all of them since Rorona greatly.

    This one is... a bitter, very bitter letdown for me. I'm not saying it's not a decent game, but if I rate other titles 9/10 I can not honestly give this one more than 5, were it not for the many new ideas implemented, and the somewhat decent if a bit overly basic story.

    1.) Synthesis:
    Of course the new ideas are welcome, but not if they come at the price of letting the old ones go. Nearing endgame it becomes more and more obvious that this game almost entirely lacks item traits; it has maybe 5 useful traits coupled with 5 "stack-able" level-based ones. Compared to the 100+ that could be combined in many ways in former titles. Not to mention the "reformed" synthesis is basically dirt-cheap compared to the second most recent one, Lulua (I could say Lydie+Sue or Shallie too) for example. You just... add materials if you have them to the effect you want to have. And you can edit it later, not even having to worry about the quality.

    2.) Battle
    The battle is also a mess. I see what they were trying to do, making it a bit more "active time" than plain old turn-based, but it really is just turn-based. Worse yet, one could say you can only control one character, since going for speed build and trying to control all characters is plain impossible. To be a little more exact, it needs you to make about 20 button mashed in 0.5 seconds. If there were a way to issue or set up tactics for your party that might actually work, but you can only choose "spam what they have enough AP for" or "normal attack". Can't even make them use items. Not to mention that aside from the 3 members you currently select the others are just there being reserves - no assists, stat boosts, combination, nothing. That's a huge step down from almost every other Atelier games. Not to mention you can simply not get excited to battle with any monsters, since basically there are 4 enemies recolored, two "big bad" ones, 1 optional boss for recoloring and maybe 2 additional models. Their strength increases linearly to match your progress while in the main story, nothing afterwards.

    3.) Characters
    Aside from the main character and maybe one of the other party members the others are just comically simple avatars of their archetypes. Of course the glasses shorty acts just like he's "supposed to" being a scaredy-cat bookworm. The hot-blooded warrior wants to beat up monsters. The "alchemist with a heavy past" is just that. The interactions between characters are minimal and hardly interesting or entertaining. You just... don't feel for any of them.

    4.) Music
    The music not only is forgettable, it's almost impossible to like them. And it's not that they are terrible; it has more to do with being way too atmospheric and trying hard not to overtake the scene. You can almost use the battle music for your atelier comfy music and vice versa... It's the first time that after playing 50+ hours I have no desire to listen to its OST - nor could I recall them if I wanted to.

    5.) The pros
    ...are the new things implemented poorly. The premise of a gathering synthesizer is good, adding materials in this fashion could be good, reactor forge is an interesting - if not overpowered - tool, no nonsense way to duplicate items is also pretty decent for an idea. Item rebuild would be a nice touch if it came with any restrains (aside from the ridiculously negligible constraint of your alchemy level). Most of these ideas could make a good foundation for an actually good implementation, but as is currently it's a pretty bad mix. And after getting through the initial confusion it's sickeningly simple.

    Overall this game could be improved upon so vastly it'd be more efficient to do it the other way around: just use any older titles and implement the good parts of this one. Atmosphere, OST, characters and everything... not saying they are terrible, but way out of Atelier's league.
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  7. Jun 25, 2020
    4
    I am new to the series, and While I do find the story somewhat fun and the alchemy pretty interesting, the EXTREME lack of monster varietyI am new to the series, and While I do find the story somewhat fun and the alchemy pretty interesting, the EXTREME lack of monster variety coupled with the low choice in party composition makes this kind of a letdown. The animations are pretty off in the cutscenes, as in, they're pretty stiff. Game seems pretty short, as I appear to be at the end of the game (according to the characters in-game).

    All in all, looking back, I would not have bought this game for $60, but I fed into the eye candy hype sadly. That said, I don't regret my purchase, but I would recommend waiting for the price to drop.
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