Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout
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About this game
Developer: Gust Co. Ltd.
Content Rating: Teen
The main character is Ryza, an ordinary girl. Tired of boring village life, she escapes the village to gather with her good friends in a secret location to talk of their dreams and plan thrilling adventures. One day, the determined Ryza and company decide to head for the forbidden 'island across the shore' as their first exploration trip. Together with the alchemist and other friends they meet there, they have a 'summer adventure' that they will never forget.
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It’s a refreshing change of pace from moody protagonists saving the world from unambiguously evil villains. While I like to poke fun at fashion issues like Ryza’s butt hungrily devouring her shorts, I had fun with Atelier Ryza. It’s not quite enough to get me to run out and pick up the rest of the series, but if I’m ever in the mood for some more anime crafting hijinks, I’ll probably give them a look.
Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness and the Secret Hideout is a must-play for series fans, whether you've played every entry or just one. The big question is whether it will change the minds of those who've passed the series over before. The answer depends. If you're wanting an epic RPG with conflict and deep characterization, well, don't get this. If you want something a bit more sedate that rewards the time and effort you put into its different systems, it might just be worth a try.
All in all, Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & The Secret Hideout is a surprisingly personal game about growth and adventure existing simultaneously. I loved the plot reveals throughout the title, and had a blast creating things using alchemy throughout my time. Despite its flaws, this is a solid JRPG with a lot of heart, so I can safely say my first foray into the Atelier series was quite memorable. Ultimately, the gift under Atelier Ryza's questionable wrapping is worthwhile and has value.