Atelier Shallie is the third game in the ‘Dusk Trilogy’ of Atelier games. In Atelier Ayesha, we got the first hints that things were not right in the world. Nio, Ayesha’s sister, disappeared and there were signs that all was not well. In Escha & Logy we saw an automaton desperately trying to do anything she can to try to save the world – even if it comes at the cost of humanity. Problems were getting significantly worse as there were massive swaths of lands that seemed essentially dead, lands you saw at certain points but never really explored.
And now, in Atelier Shallie, we see people beginning to suffer as the problems spread… Stellard, this game’s base of operations, is reliant upon an alchemical water purification device that seems to be on the verge of breaking down. Lugion Village is currently in dire straits due to drought and, in an attempt to understand what is happening, has sent their chieftain’s daughter Shallistera to Stellard to try to investigate the cause of it all. In Stellard, a young alchemist named Shallotte is living in the poor part of town doing odd jobs to try to get by while secretly dreaming of having the chance to be someone someday.
We’re entering December… which means it’s time to count down the best games of 2014. This will cover anything from November of last year to the end of October of this year. That means that this will be the first of these lists to include the Playstation 4! Will any of its best make the cut?
There have been a lot of very hyped and very eagerly anticipated releases. And this has been an incredibly difficult year to evaluate. So many extremely fun experiences. But I won’t make you wait any longer… it’s time to unveil my top 6 games of 2014.
It’s time to start showcasing my most anticipated titles of 2015. Each Wednesday, from now until New Years, we’ll be showcasing some of the games and anime among next year’s expected releases that I am the most excited for.
For our first set, we’ll be going to one of my favourite sources of entertainment… long-running JRPG franchises! This year we’ve got a few of them coming down the pipeline, and I absolutely cannot wait! So let’s not keep you waiting, here are the first few titles…
The Atelier games have become a staple in good JRPG design over the past decade. After completing the Arland trilogy, Gust started off a new subset of Atelier games with Ayesha. Atelier Escha & Logy continues off shortly after the conclusion of Ayesha, and featuring strong ties into that story with several returning characters – most of whom are story characters, not playable – and a very similar theme.
Ayesha was heralded by many as the best the Atelier series had ever been, receiving high praise here as well. Will Escha & Logy continue that upward trend, or had they reached their pinnacle?
Ah, another JRPG for me to enjoy, just what I like to see. This time we have Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk. This new chapter in the Atelier series breaks free from the Arland nation that has been the focus of the previous 3 titles and moves us to a new land, where Ayesha Altugle lives alone and serves as an apothecary, selling the medicines she makes to a travelling merchant.
Will Atelier be the first truly good JRPG of the year or will it continue with the JRPG curse this year seems to have?