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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: 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: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  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. Jan 15, 2022
    10
    If you plan to play Ryza games, be sure to start with this one. Both good games but the story is better in the first game imo.
  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. 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. May 3, 2022
    9
    Most engaging Atelier game in the series. Definitely recommend it as a fluff and relaxing jrpg
  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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