Game Review - Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland on PlayStation 3

Written by Justykanna on January 18, 2021 @ 11:26 pm

Atelier Totori is a game I wanted to like. It was my first Atelier game since finished the Atelier Iris series, which I absolutely loved. NIS, the publisher, has had some obvious changes over the Atelier series implemented, but I picked this game up, without any hesitation and without looking up any reviews.

The start is somewhat slow because they have to teach you the alchemy basics and, if you're not an Atelier beginner, this can get old very quickly. Granted, I still learned a few things, but this was a slog for even me. The story itself is interesting enough in that you're trying to find a lost person, but the way you go about recruiting your team and finally starting your journey feels forced. The biggest downfall of the story is that you are given a limited number of in-game days to finish the story and it then shoves you into an ending. I'm not against time limits (see: Fire Emblem: Three Houses), but this one felt like it came out of nowhere and I didn't feel like I was prepared. I got what was, very likely, the worst ending, because I do like to experiment in JRPGs and this game didn't feel like it let me do that - in an Alchemy game.

The characters all have differing personalities, but the entire feel of the game was just way too light for me. NIS changed completely away from the more complex Atelier feel and while this isn't bad in itself, the game never felt like it took anything serious. Add that our main character is a complete klutz doesn't help things. The game's graphics match it's very light feeling and generally they look very nice. It matches, even if I don't much care for the overall feel of the game.

The OST is similarly matched and, now that I read my own review, I guess is a good thing that everything meshes together. I wouldn't say the OST was ever over the top, but it was still very good. Multiple tracks over the entire Atelier life generally sound pretty close together and, while this game has the same composer, he keeps the same feel.

Overall, the alchemic parts of Atelier Totori were extremely well done. However, every other aspect of the game had something that bothered me. This cannot be overlooked, especially with a forced time limit on the game, which wasn't executed well. Unfortunately, the Atelier games have gone in a direction that I cannot agree with and it makes me miss the Iris series, just that much more. No, those Iris games weren't perfect, but the game shouldn't make me feel like I'm playing a game built for a ten year old.

Gameplay Rating: 6
Story Rating: 4
Graphics & Visuals Rating: 8
Sound Rating: 7
Overall Rating: 6

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Game Information

Alternative Titles
Totori no Atelier: Arland no Renkinjutsushi 2, トトリのアトリエ ~アーランドの錬金術士 2~
Platform
PlayStation 3
Developer(s)
Gust Co. Ltd.
Publisher(s)
NIS America
Genre(s)
RPG
NA Release Date
September 27, 2011
JP Release Date
June 24, 2010
EUR Release Date
September 30, 2011
AUS Release Date
October 6, 2011
ESRB Rating
T
PEGI Rating
12+
CERO Rating
A
ACB Rating
PG
MVGL User Score
7.3
Composer
Kazuki Yanagawa, Ken Nakagawa
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