This is the 15th game in the Atelier series and although I know the names I have never played one of the games before. Alchemists of the Dusk Sky is the second game for the Dusk Trilogy and the Plus at the end of Atelier Escha and Logy means that this is for the PS Vita enhanced port version. This version has a few new things included like enemies, story event and new characters.
The original version was released in March 2014 on PS3 and the game received great reviews. It is a fantastic game that combines great elements of crafting, exploring and missions and with the Plus version on PS Vita you have some new things to look forward to. This is also the first Atelier title that was adapted in an Anime series and this aired in 2014. The series is licenced by Sentai Filmworks for streaming purposes and was produced by Studio Gokumi.
At the Start of the game you can choose to either play as Escha or Logy as your main character although both will still be in your party. This decision doesn’t change anything from the main story line but it does change conversations and interactions with various characters.
Escha is a young girl that grew up in the local community and had a knack for Alchemy from a young age and learning all she could from her Mother. Now she started her new role at the local R&D department to help other with her special skills.
Logy comes from Central City and is used to doing things a little differently. He takes time to warm up to the local people and understanding in how things work around here. He is courageous and willing to lend a hand where necessary.
Both Characters are young up-starts and their progress is interesting to follow, learning, making mistakes and being heroes are all part of their journey. The is a dressing room in the menu where you can style your Hero’s costume and unlock more things like accessories, hats and more, this offers some customization to the look of your character to your preference.
The game looks great and the Anime style blends in beautifully together along with the story. Alchemists of the Dusk Sky has a lot of dialogue and it is a long game, so make sure you are in for the long haul. It took me about an hour to two just to play through the Prologue and ever character you speak to will have a lengthy conversation with you.
Sometimes talking to people is necessary as it will give you extra missions or help you with your main task. Your main task is the mission you receive for a quarter (4 months), the main task is a must to complete before time runs out but it usually isn’t very hard to accomplish. Along with your main task you get secondary and bonus tasks, these are not a must to complete but you will get great bonuses for completing as many as you can. Apart from your task you also get requests, requests are mostly comprised of either defeating a certain enemy or gathering a certain object. Completing request gets you in a good standing with the department and gives you a little reward as well but nothing as great as your tasks.
It’s fairly easy to keep an eye on your time and to get your main task done along with the side task/requests you want to complete but this gets harder as you go along. In the same sense you will also have the opportunity to unlock great bonuses to assist with managing time like “make gathering resources take less time”.
The thing I enjoyed most about Atelier Escha and Logy is the Alchemy, trying different ingredients to get better end products and see what affects I can get onto what items. The battles are also cool but until you level up higher it is quite limited to a few actions.
Atelier Escha and Logy Plus is a great game to own if you love Anime and games that will take you forever to finish. It plays very well on the PS Vita and good game to have on the go.
Reviewed on: PS Vita
Available on: PS3
Age Rating: Teen
Publisher/Developer: Koei Tecmo / Guest Co
Estimated RRP: R589
Release Date: 20 January 2016
- Long and so much to do
- Alchemy and crafting
- Music can set you in a trance
- Dialouges can be long