Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm

The eighth game in Gust’s long-running Atelier series, and the finale to the Atelier Iris trilogy. Mercenary Edge and his childhood friend Iris visit a series of “Alterworlds” as they attempt to unravel the mystery of Iris’ heirloom, the supposedly wish-granting Escalario.

Developer: Gust
Publisher: Koei
Available on: PS2

Cover Game Articles

Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana – It’s an Alchemy Thing - We kick off our exploration of the Atelier Iris trilogy with an examination of how first installment Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana handles the series' core concept of alchemy.
Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana – The Craft of Combat - Kicking off an exploration of how Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana might initially seem like your common or garden turn-based, menu-driven RPG, but its combat and progression mechanics quickly show it to be something with plenty of intriguing creativity about it.
Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana – Life at 45 Degrees - While many developers were fully embracing the new age of 3D graphics, Gust was proudly continuing the tradition of the isometric perspective role-playing game with Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana, giving the game -- and series -- a distinctive look and feel.
Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana – Narrative, Themes and Characterisation - While structurally different from many games in the Atelier series, Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana remains true to many of the series core themes: matters of cooperation, collaboration and working together for a greater good.
The Music of Atelier, Vol. 1: Atelier Iris – Eternal Mana - Gust's sound team is one of the best in the business. So why don't we celebrate that fact with a look at the soundtrack for Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana?
Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny – Alchemy Evolution - Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny takes the things that worked about Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana, tosses out the things that didn't... and fixes a few things that needed a few tweaks along the way. The result is a very strong sequel.
Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny – The Fight for Eden - Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny revamps its combat and progression systems considerably from its predecessor, making for a slick, streamlined game compared to the somewhat experimental-feeling Eternal Mana.
Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny – Worlds Apart - Atelier Iris 2, like its predecessor, makes use of an isometric perspective to present its world to the player. How does exploration and the overall game structure differ from Eternal Mana?
Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny – Narrative, Themes and Characterisation - The world of Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny is one very different to that seen in its predecessor... but there are still connections to be found, and some universal, always-relevant core themes to explore in its narrative.
The Music of Atelier, Vol. 2: Atelier Iris 2 – The Azoth of Destiny - Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny, much like its predecessor, has an excellent soundtrack that combines moments of high drama with endearing, catchy whimsicality. Let's listen to some highlights!
Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm – A Step Forward - Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm kicked off a new age for the Atelier series in more ways than one -- but went rather underappreciated in its own time. Let's take a closer look at how it moves the series onwards.
Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm – Bursting Into Battle - Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm is a fairly combat-centric installment in the series, so it's fortunate that there's both an immensely satisfying battle system to enjoy alongside deep progression and customisation mechanics.
Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm – A Dazzling Place I Never Knew - Delving into Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm's quest and mission-based structure, and the core design philosophies behind its various "Alterworlds".
Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm – Narrative, Themes and Characterisation - Nobody's perfect, or so they say. This is very much the case in the world of Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm -- but a lot of how your own life plays out is determined by what you choose to do about your own imperfections and flaws, if anything.
The Music of Atelier, Vol. 3: Atelier Iris 3 – Grand Phantasm - It's time to dive once again into the wonderful world of Atelier music! This time we take a look at Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm's soundtrack which, much like many other aspects of this game in particular, really helped push the series forwards and carve out its modern identity.

Other Articles about Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana

Waifu Wednesday: Iris Fortner - Fun fact: in contrast to the rest of the Atelier series, Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm is the only game in the Iris trilogy in which the title character is playable. In Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana, Iris is a mysterious figure from the past. In Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny, Iris is a mysterious small child who … Continue reading Waifu Wednesday: Iris Fortner
Waifu Wednesday: Nell Ellis - Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm has an unusually small playable cast compared to other installments in the series. This is primarily down to the fact that two of the three playable leads are able to switch “Blades” any time they return to town, effectively giving them the functionality of multiple party members. One of those … Continue reading Waifu Wednesday: Nell Ellis


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