Ultimately, Atelier Escha & Logy Plus is probably the best entry point this series has had. Sure, the first few hours are excruciating and I wouldn't blame anyone for not wanting to have to push through that, but the story of personal growth, trust, and ambition that lies behind it was well worth experiencing.
All in all, Atelier Escha & Logy has made a solid return with its “Plus” version for the PS Vita. While at times the fluffy dialogue and constant state of repetitive work can be a bore, the long-lived Atelier formula with its alchemy, expeditions, and battles keep you trucking along. While in comparison to the PS3, the PS Vita does have some framerate drops that are noticeable, but is far from making the game unplayable.
If you’ve played it before and liked it, you’ll enjoy Escha & Logy Plus, but you won’t find much new to be excited about. For everyone else, it’s a stock RPG that’s neither too hard nor too interesting. Have an energy drink before playing so you can stay awake.
Even with those technical flaws, Atelier Escha & Logy Plus is still an RPG well worth experiencing for those who have not had the chance to check out the original. It’s debatable which of the two versions should be considered the “definitive experience”, so I would simply say that you can’t really go wrong with either.
Atelier Escha & Logy is a great blend of alchemy, combat and exploration. The story isn’t very complex but the characters are sweet and charming and you will end up wanting to see all character endings. There’s tons of things to do, items to create and places to explore.
Atelier Escha & Logy Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky is another good option for fans of the JRPG genre on Vita. While this one can unfortunately get bogged down in repetitive busywork, and lacks the fun sense of exploration that comes with better map design, there’s still plenty to enjoy: the stylized characters and environments look excellent on Vita, the score is impressively eclectic and the gameplay offers a highly satisfying challenge for completionists.
Filled with a relaxed charm and its own unique style, the developers at Gust have brought something quite special with the Atelier series, and this title is certainly a highpoint in its considerable history.
Atelier Escha & Logy Plus treads old ground, not offering anything new to the series. There's no challenge to the mundane requests that you'll find yourself completing, and at times, it feels like an RPG for beginners, going through the motions and ticking off a checklist of what's expected of the genre. Thankfully, the saving grace here is the enjoyable combat, which can help blow off a bit of steam after what is all too often a hard day's work.
En cuanto al apartado artístico y técnico, el juego sobresale por el diseño de todos y cada uno de sus personajes, todos muy bien detallados y bien modelados, haciéndolos “kawaii”. Aunque la temática “anime” haga parecer clónico este tipo de juegos, Gust ha hecho un excelente trabajo en esta ocasión. Eso sí, no todo podría ir bien, los escenarios son algo pobres en cuanto a detalle, y en ese aspecto gana poco el juego, además los movimientos de los personajes en la exploración se sentirán un poco acartonados debido a las físicas nada realistas con las que se han trabajado.
PS Vita y los JRPGs han establecido una relación muy especial a lo largo de los últimos años. Son muchos los títulos que llegan a esta portátil de esta índole, como es el caso de esta versión Plus de Atelier Escha & Logy, aventura que sigue la pauta marcada en el original de PS3 pero que incorpora varias novedades.