A little over four years ago, we took a look at Blue Reflection, a new IP from Gust (of Atelier fame) and Koei Tecmo. A JRPG set in the magical girl genre, it was something that seemed to have a lot of promise when I first booted it up. Unfortunately, I came away from it…less
When the original Atelier Ryza launched in the west a little over a year ago, it brought a few changes to the well-established series beloved by fans. With a more action-focused battle system, simplified alchemy systems, a stronger focus on plot, and a touch more fanservice than usual, Ryza went on to be one of
Despite being newer to the series, I feel confident in saying that the Atelier games are a good representation of what modern JRPGs have become. As a person who grew up playing the classic entries of this genre, though, I’m not yet sure how I feel about the changes of modern entries. However, it was
Some games are really tough to review coming in from the outside. Case in point? Fairy Tail. Much like when I reviewed Gensou Skydrift, I am aware walking into this particular situation that this is material adapting a well-known and well-loved shonen manga. Fairy Tail is based quite directly on a manga that had an
The overall Atelier franchise is another one of those long-running series that’s always felt a bit difficult to approach for me. It’s very clear at a glance that it is a series that has its own idea of how to handle JRPG standards like crafting, combat, social interactions, and so forth, and if you’ve never
Last week, Koei Tecmo brought their upcoming video game adaption of manga and anime series Fairy Tail to the west in a playable form for the first time. We had the opportunity to try out a short demo of the game, which you can check out here. Also present at the demo event was the
Fairy Tail is a massively popular shounen manga and anime series that I’ve never actually had any experience with. Not that I’ve purposefully avoided it, but more due to the fact that getting into it would be a massive time investment. The original manga ran for over a decade, with over 500 chapters making up
The Atelier series of JRPGs has been one that I’ve been trying to get into, but just haven’t really been able to. A long-running franchise that receives a new entry nearly every year, I’ve attempted to jump in multiple times, but the games have failed to hold my attention every time.