Fourteenth game in Gust’s long-running Atelier series, leaving behind the colourful Arland series to explore the lands of Dusk — a world that appears to be on the road to ruin. Can Ayesha save her sister from being spirited away in this declining world?
Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk – Chromatic Shift - First of the well-loved Dusk trilogy, Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk provides an all-new Atelier experience that will feel familiar to series veterans, while successfully distinguishing itself from its colourful predecessors in the Arland series.
Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk – Alchemy in a Fading World - The alchemy mechanics in Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk are a massive reinvention from everything that has come before. Incorporating elements of tabletop card games, the item creation process rewards experimentation and discovery -- and certainly never gets dull!
Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk – Wonder and Danger in the Twilight - Exploration and combat are two more areas where Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk will feel comfortably familiar to series veterans -- but which also reinvent a couple of key systems that give the game as a whole a distinctive feel.
Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk – Bonds of People - Atelier Ayesha's narrative looks at a variety of interesting concepts, most of which will be familiar to series veterans. Probably the most important is the fact that, as a wise man once said, bonds of people are the true power...
The Music of Atelier, Vol. 10: Atelier Ayesha – The Alchemist of Dusk - As we wrap up our time with Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk, it's time to take a good, long listen to some of the finest pieces of music from its soundtrack. I hope you're ready for the emotional gutpunch that is MARIA!
Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky – Corporate Alchemy - Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky sees a collision between the mysterious worlds of alchemy and... corporate culture? Can new government employees Escha and Logy get away from paperwork for long enough to work on their skills?
Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky – A Question of Technique - In Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky, we see one of the most complex, mechanically dense and satisfying alchemy systems in the whole series. So let's take a closer look at how our heroic duo does things in their shared workshop!
Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky – What a Way to Make a Living - Escha and Logy have a job to do. In fact, they have quite a few jobs to do over the course of their time working for the Colseit branch of the government. How does all that tie in with the traditional Atelier gameplay? Let's take a look.
Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky – Battles at the End of the World - Escha and Logy don't just have alchemy to be getting on with -- the world of Dusk is a dangerous place, so any good alchemist worth their salt needs to know how to lay the smack down on the local Slags, too. Let's take a closer look at combat in the second Dusk game.
Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky – Together We’re Stronger - The world of Dusk is dying, but that doesn't mean that humanity has to lose hope completely. In fact, in the world's twilight days, it's of increasing importance that humanity pulls together and comes to understand one another. This is a core theme of Atelier Escha & Logy.
Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky – Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One - Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky has two playable protagonists, which would suggest you need to play the game twice to get the most out of it. Is it worth making that additional effort to see things unfold from a slightly different perspective? Let's investigate!
The Music of Atelier, Vol. 11: Atelier Escha & Logy – Alchemists of the Dusk Sky - As we bid farewell to one of the most well-regarded Atelier games, it's time once again to appreciate the fantastic work that Gust's sound team does in creating a distinctive atmosphere for each and every title in this series. The melancholy of Dusk just wouldn't be the same without it.
Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea – A Fresh Start - The Atelier series is one that has seen many reinventions and fresh starts over the years -- but Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea feels somewhat special in that regard. Could there be hope for the Dusk setting after all?
Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea – What a Girl Wants - In Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea, the Atelier series returns to a classic structure, alternating between clearly defined story missions and more open "free time" segments. But there's always something meaningful to achieve along the way.
Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea – The Art of Shalchemy - Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea mixes things up pretty thoroughly with its alchemy system -- no pun intended. Blending elements from past games with all-new elements, the mechanics might seem complex initially, but true alchemists never shy away from experimentation!
Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea – The Fight for a Dying World - Like many other aspects of its mechanics and structure, the combat and exploration mechanics in Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea combine an acknowledgement of past systems that worked well with some all-new twists. The result is a mechanically solid and enormously satisfying installment in the series.
Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea – The Kindness of Strangers - Shallistera, one of Atelier Shallie's two protagonists, finds herself having to rely on the kindness of strangers to solve her quest. But, in exchange, she discovers that as a stranger in a strange land, she'll need to show her own brand of kindness in return, too. A world in peril is a world of give and take.
Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea – Once, Twice, Two Times a Shallie - Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea is another installment in the series that requires two playthroughs with the different heroines to see everything the story has to offer. How has Gust implemented things this time around to keep the action interesting for a second run?
Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea – A Socratic Paradox - "The only thing that I know is that I know nothing". A useful starting point for any alchemist to begin understanding the world around them -- but will Shallistera and Shallotte truly be able to make a difference just through developing their knowledge?
The Music of Atelier, Vol. 12: Atelier Shallie – Alchemists of the Dusk Sea - Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea sees Hayato Asano stepping up to become one of the main composers, and he certainly brings a distinctive sound to proceedings. This, as you might expect, makes for a highly memorable soundtrack to play us out as the Dusk series concludes... for now.
Waifu Wednesday: Marion Quinn - Anyone who has ever worked an office job will have doubtless come into contact with the particular archetype that Marion Quinn from the Atelier Dusk trilogy represents. Perpetually overworked, constantly struggling for recognition and seemingly always lumbered with frustrating, thankless tasks despite being highly competent and intelligent, the Marions out there are the unsung heroes … Continue reading Waifu Wednesday: Marion Quinn
Waifu Wednesday: Ayesha Altugle - Since we’re moving on to Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk later this week, it is, of course, time to appreciate its wonderful protagonist. The Dusk trilogy of games in the Atelier series has a markedly different feel and atmosphere to the colourful exuberance of the Arland games that immediately precede it. It’s an altogether more melancholy, pensive affair, as this … Continue reading Waifu Wednesday: Ayesha Altugle