Thirteenth game in Gust’s long-running Atelier series, challenging you to step into the shiny shoes of Arls’ princess as she attempts to prove how alchemy can help the development of her kingdom.
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Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland – A Matter of Time - Atelier arrives in the HD era... and promptly makes a grand return to its traditional structure and style after five games of experimentation.
Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland – A New Generation of Alchemy - While Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland marks a return to the structural conventions of early Atelier games, its alchemy system is the most in-depth and complex of the games we've explored so far. So let's take a closer look!
Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland – Living the Arlandian Life - While Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland's time-limited nature might make you think it would be more restrictive than past installments, you'd better be ready for an Atelier game with a whole lot of freedom, and important choices to be made about how you're going to play this time around!
Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland – Tradition, Modernity and Belief in Oneself - As a rather more non-linear game than its predecessors, Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland's narrative primarily unfolds through a series of character-centric events. What can we learn about the people of Arland from the stories they have to tell?
The Music of Atelier, Vol. 6: Atelier Rorona – The Alchemist of Arland - It's time to crank up the volume and enjoy some selected tracks from another Atelier soundtrack, courtesy of composer Ken Nakagawa. This time around, it's the turn of Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland, a game which really solidified the modern "Atelier sound".
Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland – High Impact Sexual Violence? - It's time to begin our exploration of Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland, the twelfth game in the Atelier series -- and ponder how it might have ended up with that notorious R18+ "high impact sexual violence" rating from the Australian Classification Board.
Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland – Following the Footsteps - Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland features a structure that is a lot more free and open than its immediate predecessor, giving it a markedly different feel. Let's take a closer look at how the game is put together -- and how you progress.
Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland – Beyond the City Walls - One of the biggest strengths of Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland is its worldbuilding. In this part of the Atelier MegaFeature, we take a look at this aspect of the game, and how it makes its protagonist feel like part of something much bigger.
Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland – A Journey to Adulthood - Totori's story isn't just one of tracking down her mother. It's also a tale of her growing as a person, and taking those difficult steps from adolescence into adulthood. But she's far from alone on her journey -- even if it is a tad more difficult than most teens face!
The Music of Atelier, Vol. 7: Atelier Totori – The Adventurer of Arland - As we wrap up our time with Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland, it's time once again to celebrate the sterling work of Gust's sound team for their considerable role in creating the distinctive audio-visual aesthetic of the series as a whole -- and the melancholy atmosphere of Totori's adventure.
Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland – Building a Legacy - Concluding the Arland trilogy before that pesky Lulua came along and complicated things, Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland builds on the solid foundation of its predecessors to provide a substantial and deep yet accessible challenge for alchemical adventuring enthusiasts.
Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland – A Princess’ Work is Never Done - Meruru has a lot of work ahead of her if she wants to grow her kingdom from a tiny hamlet into a bustling city. This being an Atelier game, alchemy, of course, plays a big role in all that process. Let's take a look at the game's core mechanics and how they tie in with the tomboy princess' long-term goals.
Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland – Meruru, Warrior Princess - In the Atelier games, holing up in your workshop and crafting huge stockpiles of explosive material is just part of the fun. The other part is when you head out onto the open road and start using those exploding things on the monsters of the realm -- and Meruru has quite a journey ahead of her!
Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland – Royal Responsibilities - Like Atelier Totori before it, Atelier Meruru's narrative is one of personal growth and development. Meruru makes many friends over the course of her adventures, and they all have something important to teach her -- both about life in general, and about her responsibilities.
The Music of Atelier, Vol. 8: Atelier Meruru – The Apprentice of Arland - As our time in the kingdom of Arls draws to a close, it's time to once again celebrate the sterling work of Gust's incredible sound team as we enjoy one of the Atelier series' most memorable soundtracks to date.
Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland – A Trilogy of Four - It's time for a whole new adventure in the lands of Arland. Rorona's daughter Lulua takes centre stage as the Atelier series celebrates its twentieth installment with a return to one of its most beloved settings.
Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland – Fourth-Generation Alchemy - As always for the Atelier series, the alchemy mechanics form the backbone of Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland's game systems. Let's take a closer look at how this game blends comfortable familiarity with more recent innovations.
Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland – The Fight For What’s Important - Like with its alchemy mechanics, Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland builds on the good work its predecessors in the Arland series did with combat mechanics, and introduces its own interesting twists on the basic formula. Proper preparation prevents poor performance in this one, for sure.
Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland – Give Me A Reason to Live - Atelier Lulua's narrative concerns our heroine's search to find a reason for living. There are a lot of possible answers to this question, but through the lessons she learns from the people she meets, she eventually comes up with a definitive answer she can commit wholeheartedly to.
The Music of Atelier, Vol. 9: Atelier Lulua – The Scion of Arland - It's time once again to celebrate the magnificent music of the Atelier series and the proud work of Gust's sound team. Let's sit back and enjoy some prime selections from the soundtrack to Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland, the fourth and final Arland game.
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