Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland
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It's almost painfully delightful, warm, colourful, and completely charming in everything that it does, but its reliance on nostalgia and series tradition means that I'm just not sure that this will be one to win the series new fans.
Much like its spin-off, Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland, is a great escape from reality, and an even greater entry in the Atelier franchise. Despite its localization issues, it is a great game all RPG fans must experience. With its enjoyable long-lasting content as a result of the new Alchemyriddle system, rewarding gameplay, and visually impressive art style, it is hard not to recommend this title.
Atelier Lulua continues the story of the Arland trilogy of games while taking the mechanics of more recent Atelier titles and refining them.
If you’re looking for a laid back, cute and comfy Japanese RPG with an overwhelming amount of cuteness, you should consider picking up Atelier Lulua.
Atelier Lulua is a great game. Cruising through the story at a great pace and never tripping over my own feet to understand the gameplay. If I had to describe this game in one word it would be "Simplicity", as it does a wonderful job of guiding you through each and every new and old discoveries. I'm glad to be able to experience a 4th part to the Arland storyline. It's fun for long time fans to enjoy and easy enough to grasp for newcomers. I'm giving this game a 9 out of 10 for being nostalgic and playful.
Overall, Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland is a remarkably, bright, and colorful JRPG that JRPG enthusiasts or newcomers should experience. Its collection of characters, unique gameplay trifecta, and whimsical presentation provide a different and distinct JRPG experience that players will embark, enjoy, and remember long after the credits roll.
Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland is a game that can be enjoyed both by fans of the Atelier series, newcomers, and those who would otherwise never consider it. This is a great jumping in point due to the fact that, while loosely considered a sequel to an eight-year-old trilogy, it is a completely self-contained game without the stress of older time restricted titles. This game could have done more to innovate upon the previous titles, but it is extremely enjoyable all the same.
Atelier Lulua is a great follow-up to one of the most beloved trilogies in the Atelier series and a great addition to Gust's portfolio of games. Fans of the original trilogy will have an adventure filled with nostalgia due to the characters and places that will be immediately recognizable. Lulua, although it is a follow-up, does a great job to receive new players carefully explaning the game's systems and gradually giving more freedom to the player.
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It took me back to the days of spending an hour in the menus of Final Fantasy VII, trying to find the perfect materia combinations and for that reason, I loved it.
Atelier Lulua is up there with the best that the series has to offer.