Today we bring you a somewhat special analysis, since, in reality, it will be three analyzes in one. As is usual, Gust keep up with your good rate of releases in Nintendo Switch (We take this opportunity to remind you that in a very short time we will also have available on the platform the role play of the famous manga of Fairy Tail, also developed by the company), and if last year it had launched a Arland trilogy compilation to celebrate the departure of Atelier Lulua, this year they have chosen to do the same with another set of three more games of the prolific series of the most famous alchemists in the world of video games, providing for the first time in the hybrid console and in its most complete version to date the Dusk trilogy, one of the most remembered by fans as well as perhaps the darkest, to all those who want to enjoy it for the first time or decide take the leap now and enter his world.
As we told you before, this is an unusual analysis, and although the three titles share many elements as they could be a common theme or various mechanics very similar, the truth is that each deserves its own space, so we have chosen to divide the four part analysis; one for each game in which we superficially deal with topics of interest such as its narrative or the improvements it contains (something common as a rule of all three deliveries) so that you get a little idea of which title can best fit you and a fourth, which serves as general conclusion as an evaluation for the new release in its entirety.
That said, how does the new bet of Koei Tecmo for the franchise? Is it worth giving new opportunity to Dusk titles still having played them in the past? What improvements do they contain? And first of all, are these titles a good place to start with the series? We will try solve all these doubts and many more throughout our analysis, so without further delay, let's start!
Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk DX
We start talking about Atelier Ayesha, a game that undoubtedly marked the beginning of an era within the franchise, not just for being the first of the Dusk trilogy, but for supposing the first beginning of a new trilogy since Gust out bought by Koei Tecmo A few years ago (how time goes by!), allowing the saga to connect much more with the Western public, and opening it so that the launches between Japan and the West They were getting narrower.
The plot of the title at hand begins by introducing us to the young Ayesha Altugle, a girl who carries a small herbalist inherited by her grandfather in the company of his sister Nio and his pet, a kind of pig / cow called Pana. Everything is going well and the sisters begin to move forward, however, one day a tragedy occurs, and Nio disappears suddenly, causing everyone to give it up for dead after a time of searching in which no trace of the young lady was found.
Ayesha, despite having lost his sister and having no more family to turn to, he does not lose hope and moves on with his life, thriving on the business his grandfather left him. However, one day (on the anniversary of Nio's disappearance, nothing less) something unexpected happens that makes him open his eyes: an experienced alchemist named Keithgriff Hazeldine informed you that your sister could still be alive, and to find it, will have to become an alchemist, Thus beginning a journey that will not only make her known to all kinds of people, but will mark her forever and define who she will become. Will he get it? You will have to find out for yourself!
With the premise described above part Atelier Ayesha, unfolding through a dozen different endings which will vary depending on the actions we take in the title. Of course, to trigger one or the other will be a key factor one of the main features of the franchise at the time, the time limit, and it will be given to us three years as a time limit to find Nio; for that reason, we will have to organize a bit to decide what objects we want to collect, or what kind of side missions we want to carry out. We anticipate that this will not be a major impediment since, in reality, we will have plenty of time, but the tension of having to organize will always be present, so go with an eye and try to meet the dates!
Boredom is reduced, fun increases
When talking about this and the other two titles, we will not emphasize narrating you about mechanics that do not change much in this trilogy even if they are inherent in the franchise, as they could be synthesis by alchemy (for that you can visit our analysis of other deliveries), however, we will make a subsection to indicate a couple of improvements introduced in these editions that, without a doubt, will allow a much more optimal enjoyment, both of Atelier Ayesha
These mechanics, which in a way we had already seen in other reviews of popular role titles such as those of Final Fantasy that have reached the hybrid, they make us enjoy more of the experience, allowing us to obtain objects much faster and fight easy battles with much faster to gain the experience we need in the blink of an eye, which in turn will help us to meet the time quota that we mentioned above with much more ease even if it fits.
Another thing that we want to highlight in this section and that is also applicable to the other two deliveries is the lots of extras with which the titles have, ranging from most cute costumes for our characters up to all kinds of content from other classes; since music that we will be unlocking until voice tracks, kinematics, illustrations … It is even present the typical New Game + (added to various difficulties in which we can put each game) that gives the game even more rope once we complete it for the first time, allowing us to conserve elements such as the money we have obtained to play the next laps (and unlock more of the numerous endings of each game) in a much more bearable way.
What is done by a loved one …
Accompanied by a somewhat bleaker premise than usual in the series, Atelier Ayesha It was also marked by dyeing the alchemists franchise of beautiful colors more muted and autumnal, which, in addition to transmitting some melancholy, worked perfectly and defined the tone of what one wanted to tell.
Now, despite some very occasional performance potholes (exclusive of this delivery) that could end up being solved with patches, Atelier Ayesha, as well as the other two titles of the trilogy, they look prettier than ever, being able to be enjoyed in a higher resolution and both in the televisions of our home and anywhere else in portable mode. Of course, the years weigh, and we are talking about titles of the last generation (This being the worst one of the three being the first), however, they are still more than worthy, very much thanks to the powerful artistic section with which they were conceived from the beginning.
So, if we talk about its sound section we also have nothing to object to, with a soundtrack that complies with more than approved and with a dubbing in both English and Japanese (with special recommendation of the latter) the sea of dignity. That said, we leave you with the opening song of the title, «Hanashirube», played byMutsumi Nomiyama:
Conclusion of Atelier Ayesha
Atelier Ayesha marked an important step forward in the franchise, and therefore, above all, it is a title with historical value. If it can be the worst one of the three having been the first, and oddly enough, it is the only one who suffers from the odd performance problem (perhaps by the use of an older engine), however, if what you are looking for is to immerse yourself in all three, this is without a doubt the right game to start to do so, not only because it represents the starting point of the trilogy, but because it helps us to appreciate the gradual evolution existing in the other two deliveries. You will see, There is still Dusk for a while!
Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk DX It is already available separately in digital format through the eShop of Nintendo Switch At a price of € 39.99, being only in English with voices in English or Japanese and occupying about 4817.00 MB.
Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky DX
We start talking about the second title of the trilogy, Atelier Escha & Logy, which supposed, without a doubt, one of the popularity peaks in the series, making it even possible an animated series inspired by his world. However, there was not the revolution that happened to the franchise in this title, and they took place brave creative decisions (such as the introduction of a male protagonist character) that make this title quite important for the series as a whole. Do you want to know more about him? Well, you've reached the right point!
Two perspectives, one story
The journey that awaits us in this adventure begins four years later of the beginning of Atelier Ayesha. In this adventure, as you know, we can take control of one of two characters to choose; Escha Mallier or Fiscal Logix (Logy for friends), which enter to work in the R&D division (research and development in Spanish) of the local administration of Colset, a small city strongly affected by the evil that ravaged Dusk lands for a long time.
There they will have to learn (or failing that, improve) your alchemy arts while they exercise certain tasks, they improve in their positions, make new friends and reveal the secrets that hide some ruins that could well be stored inside key to get to understand the ins and outs of the world where they live Thus, a journey will begin that, as we are accustomed, will be developed over low heat, but always with the same objective by its protagonists: help with alchemy to anyone who needs it!
By the way, it should be noted that really in broad strokes it doesn't matter too much which character we choose, since the story will develop roughly in the same way, however, certain events and endings of the game (which amount to more than a dozen) will be exclusive of one character or another, so you will have to replay it if you want to squeeze it one hundred percent!
Furrowing aliquebrados skies
One of the great features in terms of playability that we found in Atelier Escha & Logy are the improvements with respect to Atelier Ayeshaboth in alchemy (which becomes somewhat more intuitive than in the previous installment) as, especially, in the fight. We tell you this because the game that concerns us not only doubles the number of protagonists to two, but also allows us have six members on the battlefield of our team (three active, three in the rear), which, of course, makes it feasible for us to work more support movements and unleash powerful attacks in a much more intuitive way.
The time limit It also plays a role in this title, and it is that as in some previous installment, this time we will be awarded tasks to be done every four months (120 days) for three years. However, this time we will have access to a fourth year in which we can spend all our time in perform all those tasks that we have not been able to do in the past, being able to opt to end the story comfortably once we have enjoyed all the content that has to offer a pass (that is, a session from beginning to end) of the title.
Finding beauty in the past
In visual terms, the truth is that Atelier Escha & Logy shares many similarities with Atelier AyeshaAt least if we talk about its atmosphere. Yes, it had an engine change that made things improve in terms of graphic quality, but beyond that, it conveys the same sensations.
So, in this section we will focus on talking about other interesting details, such as the fact that the Dusk trilogy shares the same illustrator in common, Hidari, whom many may know for having participated It is famous for having participated in mobile games such as Fate / Grand Order
Then, entering into matter with the sound section, we also have nothing to say that you don't know anymore; the soundtrack is quite nice and we can choose to choose voices in english or japanese, always recommending the latest. On this occasion, the theme of the game is «Milk Iro no Touge» and is interpreted by the artist Chirinuruwowaka. If you want to hear it, we leave it below:
Conclusion of Atelier Escha & Logy
Without a doubt, Atelier Escha & Logy It stands out for many things; Not only is it one of the most popular deliveries and the only one to have animated adaptation, but it is also the only installment of the series that dared to introduce a playable male character with a leading role in the plot of the game, so much so that even the game is named after him.
Although you may notice the passing of the years in many ways, it is narratively of the most mature deliveries of the franchise, contributing a double perspective the sea of interesting depending on whether we play with Escha (more cheerful, in the line of the protagonists of the series) or with Logy (more serious and original than usual).
Being in the equator of the trilogy, is a great entry point if you come for the anime or if you want to experience something a little different within the series. Yes, his slow tone and his slice of life style it remains in accordance with the rest of deliveries, but it is a fantastic title to adapt to what he proposes Atelier in the rest of his deliveries.
Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky DX It is already available separately in digital format through the eShop of Nintendo Switch At a price of € 39.99, being only in English with voices in English or Japanese and occupying about 4817.00 MB.
Likewise, we remind you that if you prefer to consume this delivery in Japanese animation format, soon (on a date still to be specified) Coalise Studio will take care of fold to Spanish and to distribute his popular adaptation to anime. Do not miss it!
Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea DX
Now it's time to talk about the last title of the trilogy, Atelier Shallie, and yes Atelier Ayesha It marked the beginning of a new era for the reasons that we explained before, it marked the end of another; The one of the Atelier games gestated with the last generation in mind. For that reason, it is not surprising the claim that This installment was developed as a love letter to fans They had been supporting the franchise to date. Do you want to know more about the game? Well, let's go there!
Shallistera and Shallote
Our story begins 6 years after the start of the Escha & Logy tour. Emphasizing the absence of water that suffers the world of Dusk, gradually turning the seas into endless deserts accompanied by a sun that cracks the stones, we will continue to two young girls with their own stories and the common goal of finding a way forward in a world that becomes complicated.
In this adventure we can start by choosing between embodying Shallistera Argo, alchemist and future head of a clan that suffers in their flesh water shortage or to Shallote Elminus, a small novice alchemist who accepts small orders to survive in the Atelier inherited from his father but who aspires to much more. As usual, both are known by the name "Shallie" for his relatives, which gives the game title.
Of course, let's choose the one we choose, it won't take long for us to meet each other Young lady, however, to be able to enjoy the whole plot in full we will have to be forced to pass the game twice, something that had already happened in some way with Escha & Logy but here we see, we will not say increased, but yes more polished.
Navigating withered seas
Just at the end of the previous paragraph we use a word that we think defines this game very well: «Polished», and that being the conclusion of the trilogy, all systems feel somewhat more perfected in this delivery. Yes, the scheme will remain the same: explore, obtain ingredients in not too elaborate dungeons, carve objects using alchemy and move forward through the plot through complete main and secondary missions of various kinds. That is, the typical, however, absorbs everything learned by Atelier Escha & Logy (like improved synthesis and battle systems) and perfects them a little more.
However, there are also other things that we want to highlight and that make this title a "sweeter" experience than the previous ones. The first, and perhaps the most important for experienced franchise fans, is that once and for all Atelier Shallie takes a step forward and gets rid of the time limit
Another important thing to note is the existence of a free camera that we ourselves can turn, since as you will know, in the previous deliveries the camera moved automatically without us being able to control it. This, without a doubt, supposed another improvement that would mark the future of future installments of the series.
Finally, as this installment is the most complete, we can enjoy the content available in the game review for PlayStation Vita, which means that during our adventure we will meet familiar faces of the trilogy and we can experience new stories, seasoned with additional content in the form of new costumes for our characters and other surprises.
The end of the trilogy and an era
In visual terms, we can affirm without fear of being wrong that this is the most colorful title of the three, and is that if the previous two were characterized by a somewhat more muted atmosphere due to a fairly autumnal palette, in this one we bet to use a more lively range, reminding us more of that the arland trilogy. So, without a doubt (and thanks to engine change pioneer in the previous delivery), we can also conclude that it is the one that looks best of three.
As for the sound aspect, follow the line of the other two, with a good soundtrack and a dubbing in which we can choose to Voices in English or Japanese (Although, again, we prefer Japanese voices since they seem more accurate to us). Finally, we leave you with the opening song of the game, «Rusty Sky», interpreted by Sen:
Conclusion of Atelier Shallie
Without a doubt, Atelier Shallie is the most polished delivery of the three, refining franchise systems and granting narratively a satisfactory conclusion to the central plot that develops during the two previous deliveries. Of course, this is not surprising, since it was the title that served as a swan song not only to the trilogy, but to a whole stage of titles of Atelier, being the last one that was released for Playstation 3 in his day.
In this way, although it is preferable to start with one of the other two when serving this closing, if what you are looking for is the most complete and refined experience Of the three available, there is no doubt that Atelier Shallie It is the ideal title for you.
Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea DX It is already available separately in digital format through the eShop of Nintendo Switch At a price of € 39.99, being only in English with voices in English or Japanese and occupying about 4817.00 MB.
Maybe they notice something over the years, but above all, the titles of which we have spoken today are timeless works within his series, representing for Atelier the same thing that could mean for example Twillight princess for The Legend of Zelda in his time; its darkest deliveries and with a narrative that, despite developing gradually as usual, is quite satisfactory, also counting with multiple endings.
However, make no mistake, and in spite of its apparent gloomy gloom, throughout its deliveries this trilogy continues to share the inherent message of the franchise; that of hope in alchemy. Despite taking place in Dusk, a land that is the shadow of what once was, through the existence of Ayesha, Escha, Logy, Shallistera and Shallote the title emphasizes the idea that no matter how bad things are, we can always fight to get ahead and improve them. And although we are in a world where alchemy is in the doldrums, while there are still alchemists, this one will live forever.
That said and now that we have closed many things, we will devote ourselves to dealing with various topics that may be of interest to you, such as, for example, Are these good titles to start with? The answer is clear; Of course! Although these are previous deliveries within the series, they have certain aspects that are somewhat less polished than other more recent ones, such as the case of Atelier Ryza, anyone who is a lover of Japanese role-playing games and look play a more relaxed experience have a golden opportunity in virtually any title of Atelier.
So, being this of the most famous arches, the trilogy of Dusk It can be played perfectly as an initiation without having any baggage within the franchise. Moreover, if you want, you can jump to see the animated adaptation of Escha & Logy and then decide to play the video game if you like its tone. Yes, we We recommend you play it in order, starting with Atelier Ayesha and ending with Atelier Shallie for continuity issues, but hey, The decision is yours!
Of course, we can't forget about the veterans, those who have already played the trilogy and want to know if they should choose to try it again. Therefore, if you have doubts about it, we will also respond to this; Will this release give us something if we had already played the trilogy before? Well, as you probably know if you have read what we have throughout the analysis, Dusk titles They have already left twice before; first as original deliveries in Playstation 3 and then with enough additional content in a "Plus" version for PlayStation Vita.
In this case, we are facing the final version of these titles, including all the content of the revisions launched and also having improvements that range from the possibility of playing it in a hybrid way to new mechanics that reduce the most tedious part of adventure (you know, the ability to go faster, to accelerate battles and gain experience quickly …).
Therefore, if you have other pending deliveries to play on the platform, we would definitely recommend them more because of the absence of substantial new contentHowever, if you feel nostalgic for the titles or do not remember much of them, you will have a great time revisiting them In this new release. That said, there is only one question left to answer, Do you dare to enter the Dusk lands by your favorite alchemist?
Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack is now available on the Nintendo Switch eShop at a price of € 89.99 , fully occupying the sum of the other three titles, that is, 14,451.00 MB and counting texts in perfect english and voices in the same language, with the option to change them to Japanese If we want to.
Finally, as we have indicated throughout the analysis, emphasize that you can also do with the titles separatelyHowever, if you plan to win all three, we recommend you the pack mentioned above since this way you will save a little. Also, if you are collectors you will be interested to know that in Japan it has come out a physical format version which includes all three titles in a single cartridge, so if you're interested, we recommend you ask your trusted import store. To dive into the world of Atelier!
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