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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  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
    85
    It has a wonderful crafting system.
  3. Oct 31, 2019
    82
    Quotation forthcoming.
  4. Feb 12, 2020
    75
    In a bid to move the series forward towards a new direction, Atelier Ryza presents a new exciting combat engine and one of the best takes on alchemy yet, but falters with its plodding pace and a cast of forgettable characters.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Dec 17, 2019
    70
    There’s a lot to love about Ryza’s new adventure – Atelier’s cutesy charm is still infectious – but it ends up feeling less sure of itself as a game about alchemy than prior entries (such as the great Atelier Lulua), while also being a promising setup for things to come. [Issue#170, p.86]
  6. Nov 22, 2019
    70
    It’s a refreshing change of pace from moody protagonists saving the world from unambiguously evil villains. While I like to poke fun at fashion issues like Ryza’s butt hungrily devouring her shorts, I had fun with Atelier Ryza. It’s not quite enough to get me to run out and pick up the rest of the series, but if I’m ever in the mood for some more anime crafting hijinks, I’ll probably give them a look.
  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: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  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. 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
  3. Nov 8, 2019
    10
    good game reminds me of old rpg games, the best thing is that it comes with nice details and interesting combat dynamics and game optimization is fine
  4. 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
  5. Nov 4, 2019
    9
    This is my first Atelier game. After 15 hours of playing and looking at every aspect that is not Ryza's thighs, I feel I can say this game isThis is my first Atelier game. After 15 hours of playing and looking at every aspect that is not Ryza's thighs, I feel I can say this game is worth the $60 price tag, and in this age of gaming, that's not something I say often. Combat so far is rather repetitive even on hard, but the tougher enemies can bash your teeth in if you aren't properly geared and utilize proper combat.

    Alchemy in this game is overwhelming at first, but fortunately you can just auto synthesize everything and click the "high quality" option for the first good chunk of the game until you learn it better, since your gear will be replaced before too long anyways. Just make sure the auto synth isn't doing anything silly, like using natural cloth to make natural cloth, or pointlessly using your super rare materials for a very minor increase in quality.

    Game isn't perfect; dialogue could be a bit better and the banter gets repetitive at times, but fortunately you have a skip feature to skip any dialogue option you find boring, like Ryza's side quests with the old lady in town. With a unique combat system, a crafting system that grants plenty of freedom, and a variety of party members to choose, it allows for some versatile gameplay that's fun and keeps you on your toes.
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  6. Nov 1, 2019
    8
    Great visuals runs great Easier than the other Atelier games in the past but still enjoyable. A solid new entry for people that want to jumpGreat visuals runs great Easier than the other Atelier games in the past but still enjoyable. A solid new entry for people that want to jump in an Atelier game. Less frustrating time management system gives newcomers the change to explore, experiment new crafting techniques. A more intense turn-based combat system that will keep you on your toes vast areas to explore, collecting items for crafting is even easier than before giving you a chance to craft items without looking for a specific item. I would give it a higher score if the game was a little more difficult. I finished it much quicker than any of the other games in this series. Looking forward to a sequel since most of the Atelier games are Trilogy. Expand
  7. Nov 4, 2019
    7
    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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