Simply two years after her first recreation, Reisalin “Ryza” Stout is again with Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy. This time, she’s on an journey from her residence of Kurken Island and has travelled to Asha-Am-Baird to analyze mysteries surrounding some ruins whereas reuniting with some acquainted faces.
Atelier Ryza 2 hits the bottom operating, straight into the thick of issues with its thriller heavy plot and into the dungeon exploration the sequence is liked for. It’s not strictly essential to have performed Ryza’s first outing to make sense of this providing, however actually those that have will get a kick out of seeing returning characters and referenced occasions.
New options are welcome additions to the sequence. Ryza is now capable of work together with environment in much more methods, together with swimming underwater, swinging throughout gaps, and climbing partitions. It makes the entire expertise really feel much more fluid and intuitive, and provides an additional layer to dungeons, usually presenting them as puzzles Ryza must traverse to achieve sure factors in dungeons. It’s nice to see the environments as interactive, somewhat than simply background photographs, and makes the JRPG parts really feel much more polished.
Exploring dungeons will finally result in Ryza having to make use of the Compass of Recollection to assemble the recollections of those that have come earlier than, accumulating clues to unravel the dungeon’s thriller. It’s a very enjoyable and distinctive facet of the sport, as when you’ve collected them, you then need to match the clues to an outline to fill out a stamp e-book, which then tells you the story of that dungeon and the way it pertains to the broader plot of the sport.
Controlling one character out of a celebration, battles are performed in actual time, ready for a bar to fill earlier than the character can take an motion. Having crafted sure objects, it’s potential you would find yourself giving your self a time penalty on use, having to attend longer in your subsequent flip. Fight feels fluid, if somewhat chaotic when a number of enemies are within the fray. It’s more durable to inform what’s occurring because of the UI being so busy, in flip making it harder to see when you ought to be timing dodges. Fight is a tactical affair, as supporting social gathering members will shout out standards that can award them with a bonus motion. These could possibly be something from “Use a magic assault!” to “decrease the enemy’s stats!”. Timing is essential; these alternatives received’t stick round without end, and having a personality pop up instantly after you’ve simply attacked can usually imply you’ve missed that probability, which appears like an actual blow in a pinch.
As soon as the social gathering hits sufficient members to have help, you’ll additionally be capable to swap the fourth character with the lively social gathering member. Switching the character provides them a bonus assault on their entry into battle, and so they begin with their time bar full, which means they’re able to assault once more immediately. An amazing factor if used accurately, however there are additionally loads of probabilities for cursing in case you hit the unsuitable button and use it at an inopportune time.
The sport does really feel prefer it hits an enormous problem spike partway by way of, with enemies in dungeons abruptly 10+ ranges increased than the social gathering and way more formidable than their predecessors. Grinding ranges can really feel like a little bit of a chore, but additionally presents an incredible alternative to get provides for alchemy and get your ways so as. There are social gathering duties to finish for every character — do X transfer a quantity or instances, or defeat Y variety of a sure enemy, for instance — which on completion will grant the characters with a brand new transfer or passive increase to learn them in battle.
Clearly as an alchemist, Ryza spends numerous her time studying new recipes for alchemy and synthesising them in her titular atelier. The recipes generally is a bit overwhelming, with the power so as to add in bonus elements to spice up stats or give sure perks to the objects you are crafting. In fact, the choice is there to have the recipe auto-complete itself and take any of the guesswork out of the crafting levels, which can be extra preferable to newcomers. Finishing and modifying recipes results in unlocking new ones, and typically this may really feel endless. There’s such an array of things you possibly can create, however this implies there’s an merchandise for just about each eventuality in battle.
It did really feel at instances like the sport could possibly be extra useful in guiding you to the place you would discover sure objects wanted for synthesis. The atelier will inform you which elements are wanted for sure recipes, however until you’ve found these objects earlier than, the guidebook received’t inform you the place they’re. This may result in numerous wasted time revisiting outdated dungeons to attempt to discover what you might want to progress the plot, as some recipes are required to be accomplished earlier than you possibly can go forward. It’s greater than somewhat irritating, particularly when it seems it could possibly be purchased in a store, however this facet feels glossed over (our solely trace can be to ensure you’re upgrading the retailers).
At a sure level the plot did appear to stall, with extra aspect tales from supporting characters being supplied up than progressing the principle narrative. Whereas it’s enjoyable to see all of this stuff and be taught extra about your companions, if you’re actually deep into the sport’s compelling thriller, the very last thing you need is stalling.
Atelier Ryza 2 is a good addition to the Atelier sequence, sure to please long-time followers and hook in newcomers. That includes a vibrant solid of characters, an attention-grabbing thriller to unfold, and enjoyable crafting options, it’s a pleasure to sink hour upon hour into. Whereas it does have its shortcomings, they’re simply forgiven by how entrancing the remainder of the sport is.