Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk
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Developer: Gust Co. Ltd.
Content Rating: Teen
As another of period of dusk begins, in a region of the world where people are beginning to live humble lives once again… This land lacks the system of a governed nation, yet people live together, hand in hand. There, in an isolated workshop, lives a girl who makes a living by making medicine. This girl's name is Ayesha. She used to live with her grandfather and younger sister, but after her grandfather passed away a few years ago, her sister also went missing. Now she is only left with her pet cow, and her solitude.
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Atelier Ayesha feels like a middling compromise between what fans want, and what the masses need. It doesn't do nearly enough wrong to alienate its loyal, niche fan-base, but as an RPG it's a lesser game than Rorona and Totori. Item synthesis continues to be a big draw, but many other elements have either been simplified or removed, resulting in a game that's admittedly less tedious, but also less challenging.
That seems to be the fate that the Atelier franchise simply can’t escape: good games kept down by an assortment of small faults. For every step forward a new chapter makes, it takes a step backward at the same time, resulting in a series that just keeps progressing sideways instead of ahead.
Again, I really enjoy these characters, and Atelier Ayesha is definitely a well-polished experience, but it simply lacks the ambition to be a true hit, or worthy of its $50 price tag. So, if you’re a middle school girl currently confronting your blossoming womanhood, or just a fan of overwhelmingly cute things, maybe grab a copy. Otherwise, I heard Tomb Raider is pretty good.