More Atelier Ayesha details have been revealed, starting with two characters: Juris Grunden and Wilbell Voll ErsLied. Juris is a dedicated monster hunter, who took up the job largely to pay the bills, though he also seeks to bring down an ancient dragon. Wilbell is a young witch – pointy hat and all – on her pilgrimage and looking to unlock the secrets of flight.
As for combat, Ayesha keeps some elements of prior games, most notably the turn-based battle system; as before, turn order is affected by the actions each character takes. New features include position and distance, which affect the battlefield in various ways. For instance, a close party formation makes ranged attacks easier, but also makes you more vulnerable to the same. Striking enemies from behind also results in a guaranteed critical.
Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland has been set for a North American release date of May 22. I swear I’m going to get to these games one day, they just look so pretty and colorful.
A recent media update has given us further information about Atelier Ayesha. In particular, the cast now includes the treasure-hunting Regina Curtis, and fellow alchemist Keithgrif Hazeldine. Regina is apparently one of Ayesha’s friends, while Keithgrif is a traveling scholar of sorts.
As for the alchemy system, it reportedly keeps most of the basics from prior games, with players gathering materials and selecting recipes. In a twist, however, you can now combine items during the fusion process to change the effects.
In a recent press release, NIS America announced that Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland will see a May release in North America and Europe. This was paired with the launching of the game’s official site, available here.
Following an investigation, ratings board CERO has declared some of the upcoming Atelier Meruru‘s visual content is unfit for its ‘A’ rating. CERO issued a statement claiming the content was not amongst the materials presented by developer Gust, and as a result have pulled the game’s rating.
For their part, Gust has complied with the decision and halted shipments, which will resume once the game is rerated accordingly. The nature of the inapprorpiate content was not specified.
Y’know the annoying thing about importing stuff? I mean, apart from the cost, the language barrier, the hassle of explaining to your credit card company that no, you’re really you and you’re okaying the transaction? Actually wait, that stuff’s annoying too, but it’s the waiting that really gets to me. Oh well. Anyway, on with some media: Atelier Totori, Disgaea 4, Growlanser 4 Overload, Noora to Toki no Koubou, and Theatrhythm Final Fantasy. Continue reading ‘Mass Media 07/25/11’ »
Ain’t nothing like a holiday weekend for getting a whole lot of nothing done. If only the humidity wasn’t currently measurable in inches. Ah well. Anyhow, we do have some media for you: Atelier Meruru, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked, Disgaea 4, and UnchainBlades Rexx. Click away!
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Playing the original Command & Conquer has reminded me of the bizarre rituals and alchemy one must do to get old games working. I know not what sorcery allows the screen resolution window on the desktop to keep the colors in-game from getting scrambled, but you can’t argue with results.
And speaking of alchemy, we’ve got some media for you: Atelier Meruru, Grand Knight’s History, Noora to Toki no Koubou, and Over My Dead Body. Check it out this-a-way! Continue reading ‘Mass Media 06/20/11’ »
Evening, people! No fanfare this time around, just the media. Here’s what we have today: Atelier Meruru, Dai 2 Ji Super Robot Taisen OG, Growlanser 4: Overload, Half-Minute Hero: Super Mega Nero Climax, and Tales of the Abyss 3DS. Continue reading ‘Mass Media 06/01/11’ »
“Mass” in the sense of “more than one,” anyway. Speaking of mass, we finally got screens of a certain conclusion to an epic sci-fi RPG you have heard of. And some other colorful stuff too, check it out: Mass Effect 3, Atelier Meruru, and Earth Seeker. Continue reading ‘Mass Media 05/09/11’ »
You know what’s more annoying than writer’s block? Having an idea of what to write and how to write it, but just being so busy that when you finally get a chance to write the idea is gone. Seriously, that’s just cruel. But enough about me and my now-tabled idea about a time-traveling ska band that goes into space to fight crime. You’re here for media and I’m happy to oblige. Here’s what we have: Alphadia, Atelier Meruru, Gungnir, Persona 2 Innocent Sin, Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity, and Rekusu Ancheinbureizu. Continue reading ‘Mass Media 04/20/11’ »
Gooooood evening! We interrupt your regularly scheduled browsing for some media, with which you can resume browsing. So it’s less an interruption and more a supplement, really. Or, something. Whatever. Anyway, here’s what we have today: Atelier Meruru, Dissidia 012 Duodecim, Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime 3, Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2, Final Fantasy III iPod, Final Fantasy IV Complete Collection, Gungnir: Mayari no Gunshin to Eiyuu Sensou, Moon Driver, and Persona 2 Innocent Sin.
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Greetings from the Chicago suburbs, currently known as the Greater Illinois Snow Field of Doom. Come on in and warm up with some fresh media: 3rd Birthday, Atelier Violet, Dissidia 012 Duodecim, Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2, Final Fantasy Type-0, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance, Persona 2 Innocent Sin, Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity, and Valkyria Chronicles 3. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll spot familiar faces, you’ll wonder what the DPS on Luka’s giant fish is.
I am actually somewhat curious about that, but I digress. On with the media! Continue reading ‘Mass Media 02/01/11’ »
Media’s here, folks! Hope you’re hungry, because we have a ton of it for you: Atelier Violet, Dissidia 012 Duodecim, SaGa3: Ruler of Space-Time – Shadow or Light, Shining Hearts, The Last Story, Trinity: Souls of Zill O’ll, and Venus & Braves PSP. Continue reading ‘Mass Media 01/26/11’ »
Courtesy of NIS America’s Nao Zook – and the official website – is the announcement that Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland ships to retailers worldwide today. Share your love of funny hats and Gold Standard-breaking sorcery on a PS3 near you!
NIS America has just launched the official English website for Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland. Available here, the site is paired with the announcement that this latest entry in the Atelier series will be available in Fall of this year.
The new Pokemon has a female professor. The world is ending. Continue reading ‘Not So Mass Media 06/19/10’ »
More new screens out of E3, featuring, Atelier Rorona, Trinity: Souls of Zill O’ll, Fable III, and Trinity Universe.
Oh and don’t worry, Slayer’s not dead. I promise I didn’t kill him with an overload of Nintendo E3 media yesterday or anything like that.
Continue reading ‘E3 Media 06/17/10’ »
Expect a lot more of these with E3 happening. Continue reading ‘Mass Media 06/13/10’ »
Cortney is now officially a mom. Congrats to her. Continue reading ‘Mass Media 06/11/10’ »