Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea

Atelier Shallie Game

  1. REVIEW

It’s finally happened, after getting this game two months ago for my birthday I have completed the full run through of Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea on my first attempt.

 

I really enjoyed the storyline that went with it and I liked it especially how all the playable characters in battle were mostly female. I would like to see this as a TV series as I reckon I would enjoy it.

 

It was really quirky that two of the leading characters shared a nickname, Shallie. I got the impression that the idea of a dusk world followed on from the previous game, Atelier Escha and Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky. Well, it did, seeing as its part of the Dusk Trilogy. Haha. I think in all honesty I do like this game better than Atelier Escha as I personally found it more interesting and it was easier to understand. In the Escha game I got the bad end three times because I didn’t really understand what to do. However, in this game, I found it much more straightforward and found that I hardly needed prompts or help guides from the internet.

 

I really liked the story and particular that it didn’t all revolve around the dusk plot. Stera wanted to be a chief of her village and Lotte wanted to learn to fly a broom. I must admit when I say that I really, really enjoyed practising “flying” with Lotte when Wilbell gave her the task to fly. I also really enjoyed when Lotte made her Flying Board and flew it around the harbour. Haha. I really do like Lotte, she’s a really funny and bright girl. I knew I was going to like her as soon as a I was given the option.

You can find my art of her on DeviantArt here…

Shallie

 

All the characters were good too and I liked how Wilbell had a bigger role in this story. She was good in the Escha game and felt that she was underappreciated so I’m especially pleased that she was an important character in this game. I downloaded Escha as an additional character to battle with and I find her very handy. It was fun to fight with Homura, Miruca and Kortes but my favourite people to battle with (besides Wilbell) were Jurie and Keithgriff. They were elegant and cool in their attacks.

 

I thought the battles and the synthesising alchemy was good. I found them simple and straightforward for the most part. I think finding items through fishing and mining was quite refreshing and fun. It’s those little quips that made me enjoy this more than Escha.

 

I did get somewhat frustrated at times during chapter 9 and 10 as I got rather confused as to what I should do. I found some of the bosses really hard to beat so I had to fight some of them on the easiest level. Even then, it was no walkover. I barely beat the King of the Beasts and the Prototype 0 on the easiest level. I did manage to beat 5 major bosses on the normal level so I wasn’t too disheartened.

 

I take into account that I’m not a passionate gamer, I’m a casual gamer so it’s to be expected that I don’t do well in these sort of games. Having said all that on this first run through I did manage to complete 73% of trophies in the game. This lifted my pride and spirit. I chose the end of where Lotte stays in Stellard and synthesised alchemy stuff with Stera and Miruca.

 

It was definitely worth all the hours that it took to complete Lotte’s route. On the second run through I will try and enjoy the story more and try and not complete every single life task. I could try and go for that but I found that trying to complete every single step and task to be somewhat tedious and detracted from what was actually important- having fun.

 

Roll on round two!

 

Ps, it was cool to see Ayesha make a small cameo.

 

  1. RATING

Two Thumb’s-Up.^^/ (My Rating System)

Two Thumbs-Up

Thanks for Reading. =)

Ryan.

Senran Kagura: Bon Appetit Game Review

Senran Kagura Bon Appetit

Bonjour.^^/

I decided to use some French Phrases here and there just for the sake of it. The title of this review did not influence my decision at all… honest!

  1. REVIEW

WARNING: I MAY GIVE SPOILERS AWAY

This is my kind of game- light-hearted and fun.

This game is in the style of StepMania. I’m not too bad at StepMania but I can only do easy levels and perhaps the medium levels at a push. I can listen to the beat and react but it appears that my fingers don’t have that kind of rhythm. Haha. I’m not too bad at waltz or ballroom and I am in time with the beat but I’m not so good when it comes to getting into the rhythm on the keyboards or console.

I laughed quite a lot at Hanzou’s [the character] introduction. He implied that the task was something serious but it turned out that he was just having a laugh.

I like how all the girls have their individual routes. My personal favourite is Ikaruga. I’ve completed her easy stage quite a few times and I just managed to complete her medium stage. I do like Yomi’s music though, I think out of all the personal music themes Yomi’s is probably my favourite. In character customisations you can change their appearance if you want. I didn’t change anything but I did add cat eats and tails as bonus accessories on both Yomi and Ikaruga. =) There is a lot of skin exposure as well, especially when they’re decorated with fruit and cream. Haha. They’re all really cute. =)

It came as a surprise to see Homura and co in the Crimson Squad. Last I checked they were part of the Hebi School Academy, but yet, it seems like Hebi School Academy have completely new students. I feel like I’ve missed something or something has happened and I haven’t seen yet. Perhaps it’s going to be revealed at the end of the 3DS game? Or perhaps it’s going to be revealed in Volume 3 of the manga?

I’m not the best gamer but I’m doing ok so far. I completed the routes of the girls from Hanzou academy and the Crimson Squad. I completed Yumi’s route and I think she’s very cute. All anime girls are cute really so the charm for me is about the personality and demeanour. So far I see I think Yumi is a lovely character. =)  I’m not sure if I’ll earn any more trophies but I do know that I’m enjoying the game so it doesn’t matter. =)

  1. CONCLUSION

Two Thumb’s-Up (My Rating System)

Two Thumbs-Up

THANKS FOR READING

Ikaruga

I’m just starting to play Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus. So far I’m probably enjoying it more than the 3DS version. I think it’s because I feel that there’s more to this version then the 3DS. Perhaps it’s because it’s more like a 3D platform like Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm and Alchemists of the Dusk Sky. Speaking of Alchemists of the Dusk Sky, I slightly lost motivation to play that for a while. I’m more or less playing the game now just to earn more trophies. That and I need to keep on reading long manuals on how to upgrade my armour and beat the Child of Disaster etc. Haha. I still like the music and watching Escha twirl. =)

I’m looking forward to the Alchemists of the Dusk Sea. I think that’s going to be a lot of fun to play. =)

Merci Beaucoup. ^^/

Ryan.

Atelier Escha and Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky Game Review

Atelier Escha and Logy Alchemists of the Dusk Sky cover

Ho, ho, ho.^^/

I got the Escha game for my birthday back in June but I didn’t play it straightaway. Within these past few months I decided to chill out and one day have a proper go at this game, and I got very addicted, I must say. I always wanted to have a game where it is proper anime related. Escha and Logy is part of the Atelier game series, and the anime also aired at the same time as this game release.

This is the first time that I’m going to give a full account of a game. Instead of trying to tick the rights boxes for a “review” I’m just going to go on one of those typical banters that I enjoy so much. =D

  1. REVIEW

WARNING: I MAY GIVE SPOILERS AWAY

I played Escha’s route for the first time which resulted in a bad ending. I played Escha’s route again with more experience under my bet…got another bad ending! I tried Escha’s route for the third time and got a good ending! Wohoo! I chose the ending, “So hungry…”.

I like the story and gameplay of this. I enjoyed synthesizing items whilst playing as Escha. She synthesized items like bombs, accessories, potions, food, healing items and windmill parts. She is the traditional alchemist, whereas Logy is the modern type alchemist. He synthesizes weapons and armour. I found synthesizing to be fairly easy. It took time to get used to but I found it fairly simple once I got used to it. To me, it’s all about applying the correct ingredients and using the correct elements for creating an item. It may not make any sense, but I know what I’m talking about. Haha!

The fighting is very good as well. You can’t exactly pause during the battles but during each fighter’s turn, I find, you can take your time to decide your next move. It’s fast paced and you can gauge up support attacks depending on your success of moves. There is also an addition special attack called “Double Draw” which can only be achieved once Escha and Logy become closer in their friendship.

The characters are all good too and all have their own unique story routes. They all have funky style of clothes. I especially like Escha’s style. She is impeccably cute. I love her puppy eyes, pink hair and her fluffy tail. Plus, she is voiced by Rie Murakawa, who voices Hotarun from Non Non Biyori! That alone makes her my favourite character of the Atelier franchise, haha. But even without that fact, she is still probably my favourite character. Her voice matches her appearance and personality, full of enthusiasm and somewhat childish innocence. Ironically, Hotarun is voiced more mature then Escha and she [Hotarun] is in the fifth grade.

All the girls are cute, Wilbell, Linca and Marion especially, but I have to say that Threia is drop dead, hubba, hubba, gorgeous. I’m happy to be her assistant anytime. 😉

It’s cool that they showed the animated scenes, especially the clips when they showed Escha and co travelling to the Unexplored Ruins. They would also show picture clips every now and then. My favourite ones tend to involve Escha and Linca. Linca is mightily powerful but is very shy when it comes to socialising with others, and I feel that the illustrations really show that.

Ahem, back to the gameplay…

I’m just genuinely enjoying this game. What I figured out is that buffing up your equipment and weapons is more important than the fighter’s level. I was able to beat that Altegewalt but I couldn’t knock off Dreadnaught or the Child of Disaster. I figured out that my equipment were more immune to the dragon’s attacks but not immune to the other two. I got up to level 67 but didn’t have the best armour and weapon etc. I did manage to strengthen my attacking and healing weapons though. =)

I’m doing this for the fourth time so I can get another ending with Escha since she has several endings routes. I should probably start with Logy…but I decided not to. I like Escha much, much more. Haha. In all seriousness, I made plenty of mistakes but I’m much wiser for it. It’s all about buffing up your battle items, your weapons, and your battle wear. It also helps if you chose the strongest foe when you go out to fight. And, if you’re short on items just get those cute creatures, the Homonculi, to create exact replicas…it has saved me bundles of trouble. =)

  1. CONCLUSION

For me, I enjoy the little things about this game. I enjoy listening to the music, looking at the scenes and listening to the characters. Sometimes, I would just sit down and watch Escha. When she’s not active she would twirl and sway from side to side. I find that cute to watch. I especially like it how she exclaims “BARREL!” in Japanese. The music is tranquil to listen to, almost as tranquil as the soundtrack from Non Non Biyori. =)

It sort of came to the point of where I could just play this game all the time, hence why I’m starting again. If you complete one route you can start again but the information from completing one game will carry over. Will this be a game over? Or will I be able to clear this route successfully? Only one way to find out, start playing! =D

I give this game, Two Thumbs-Up.^^/ (My Rating System)

Two Thumbs-Up

THANKS FOR READING

Escha Synthesizing

When it comes to reviewing games I got it in my head that I was going to review Senran Kagura Burst and Super Mario first. However, since I’m playing Escha I figured that it only made sense to review it whilst I’m in the zone of playing it. =)

Thanks for reading. =)

Happy Christmas.^^/

Ryan.