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The eleventh installment in the "Atelier" series, Atelier Rorona will continue the series' emphasis on crafting and synthesizing. The game is set to be released on June 25th 2009 in Japan.

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The big twenty-five saw the round receive an equably big number of votes, putting several people in with a chance. A new face brings new success however, as Monterey Jack took out the round with his review of Atelier Rorona: Alchemist of Arland. Despite presenting an interesting alchemy system and a decent soundtrack, he describes it as overall a rather average RPG, let down by the other, less impressive aspects. Perhaps the chemistry wasn't quite right?

 Atelier Rorona: Alchemist of Arland     Score: 3.0/5
 Genre: Fantasy RPG

 Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist Of Arland is an okay game, really. It just lacks the punch that a good game usually has.

quote Monterey Jack
Atelier Rorona marks the beginning of the Arland arc that Gust had started up. But unlike the Iris or Mana Khemia arcs, this arc has a pretty lame beginning. The games aren't exactly complicated in design, but they're at least fun to go through; Atelier Rorona is just *bleep*ing boring, and it eventually gets to the point where you just want to finish it and then trade it in for an RPG that isn't just slightly above average, like White Knight Chronicles. I mean, Jesus, there are many things I could've bought with thirty bucks, like a few DVDs, the first season of the Pokemon anime, or a pre-owned copy of Grand Theft Auto IV... but nope, I spent it on a mediocre RPG instead. Oh joy.

In the beginning, a town lived very simple lives, sort of like medieval times, but then suddenly, a traveller shows them the art of alchemy. The town was impressed, and wanted in on it. Alchemy was here to stay... or was it? Years later, the alchemy shop ends up in debt due to the laziness of the shopkeeper and poor reputation, and the king's advisors suggested that he shut down the shop and open up a factory. The king, however, has a heart and suggested that the shopkeeping alchemist should complete a series of assignments to prove her worth. As the shopkeeper is a lazy bitch, she gets her student to do it for her. No impending doom, no wars, no “the king is really satan” sort of thing going on – just some wholesome shopkeeping woes.
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Atelier Rorona marks the beginning of the Arland arc that Gust had...

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  • Genre: Fantasy RPG (PS3)
  • Perspective(s): Third Person
  • Developer: Gust
  • Publisher: NIS America
  • Released
    North AmericaSep 28, 2010
    EuropeOct 15, 2010
    JapanJun 25, 2009
    AustraliaOct 28, 2010
  • Also known as:
  • Rorona no Atelier: Arland no Renkinjutsushi in Japan
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5 want | 16 own | 2 completed
6.9 / 10
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