This year’s Atelier is the addictive and enjoyable experience RPG fans need to play. Charming environments with a familiar atmosphere and interesting gameplay mechanics that evolve at just the right pace remove any desire to put Atelier Lydie & Suelle ~ The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings down. With Nintendo Switch, PlayStation Vita, PS4, and PC versions now available worldwide, there’s no excuse to miss out on this enthralling combination of classic turn-based battles, story-driven adventure, good old fashioned loot collecting, prestige-driven questing, equipment crafting, mini-games like fishing, and of course, alchemy.
A cast of characters who always pick the right time to walk through the door provide this new entry into the Mysterious branch of Atelier games with its own identity. A welcomed return is also given to a few recognizable figures as well, alongside some backstory as to what their lives have been like since players last heard from them. Whereas previous titles would force a choice to be made at the beginning of the game, for the first time in the Atelier series, players take control of twin sisters at the same time.
Lydie and Suelle (or Sue for short) couldn’t be more different. Sue dual-wields pistols in battle and has a fierce, albeit, sometimes abrasive personality. Lydie is less focused on physical strength but can provide buffs to other party members and also acts as a healer. The twins made a promise to their mother, who is no longer around, that they will one day become the greatest alchemists in the whole Kingdom of Adalet. Their father is a strange and enthusiastic failed alchemist who goes wherever the moment takes him, often to the dismay of Lydie and Sue. This leaves our pair of heroines with the weight of the world on their shoulders, which they accept with smiles and commendable perseverance.
So far I’ve had the chance to bite into around 12 or so hours of this title, perhaps more. It’s hard to keep track of time since Atelier is the kind of game you just want to continue playing throughout the day and night! It’s incredible how development studio Gust has managed to strike a greater balance of story versus missions than ever in Mysterious Paintings. A real sense of fulfillment and purpose is felt while still maintaining the freedom of traditional Japanese Role Playing Game worlds.
Atelier Lydie & Suelle ~ The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings has a lot of the usual staples players have come to expect in the franchise; jobs posted in a message board, new recipes to synthesize as your dual alchemists advance their skills, interactive events popping up all around town, and the added bonus of new mechanics throughout these systems as well. Essentially every performance issue reported by importers of the Japan version of the game have been fixed as well. Stay tuned for our full review, coming soon, and if you’re on the fence about this one – it’s safe to say you won’t regret giving this game a place in your heart.
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