Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk

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Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk
AtelierAyesha.jpg
Developer(s)Gust
Publisher(s)
SeriesAtelier
Platform(s)PlayStation 3
PlayStation Vita
Release date(s)PlayStation 3
JP 20120628June 28, 2012

NA 20130305March 5, 2013
AU 20130307March 7, 2013

EU 20130308March 8, 2013
PlayStation Vita
  • JP March 27, 2014
Genre(s)Role-playing
Mode(s)Single-player
DistributionBlu-ray Disc
 
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Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk
AtelierAyesha.jpg
Developer(s)Gust
Publisher(s)
SeriesAtelier
Platform(s)PlayStation 3
PlayStation Vita
Release date(s)PlayStation 3
JP 20120628June 28, 2012

NA 20130305March 5, 2013
AU 20130307March 7, 2013

EU 20130308March 8, 2013
PlayStation Vita
  • JP March 27, 2014
Genre(s)Role-playing
Mode(s)Single-player
DistributionBlu-ray Disc

Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk (アーシャのアトリエ ~黄昏の大地の錬金術士~ Asha no Atorie ~Tasogare no Daichi no Renkinjutsushi~?, lit. Atelier Ayesha ~Alchemist of the Ground of Dusk~) is a Japanese role-playing video game developed by Gust. The character designs are by Hidari. It is the fourteenth title in the Atelier series, coming after Atelier Meruru, but has a storyline independent from previous titles in the series. The game is the first installment in the Dusk series.[1] An English language release was published in March 2013 by Tecmo Koei in western regions.[2] A PlayStation Vita version titled Atelier Ayesha Plus: The Alchemist of Dusk (アーシャのアトリエPlus ~黄昏の大地の錬金術士~) was released on March 27, 2014 in Japan. There is also a drama CD[3] and novel[4] based on the game.

Premise[edit]

Atelier Ayesha stars Ayesha Altugle, a lonely girl who runs a herbalist's workshop. After her grandfather died, Ayesha’s younger sister Nio disappeared when she was gathering herbs. One day, Ayesha sees Nio in a ruin which starts her journey. The goal of the game is to reunite Ayesha with Nio. Overcoming sadness is one of the game’s themes and players will see Ayesha grow as she writes diary entries.[5]

Atelier Ayesha takes place in a new world separate from the Arland saga where the art of alchemy is out of style. Most people forgot about it and Ayesha lives in an ever changing world.[6]

Gameplay[edit]

The game proceeds through that the player completes objectives through harvesting items, combat, or fusing items together. Objectives are given as the game's story proceeds. [7]There is however no systematic objectives, and the only goal is to reunite Ayesha with her sister Nio again. Instead, the player will have to find out answers by making their own choices and by so continue the story. [8]

Combat commences by that the player character comes in contact with an enemy. The battle system is turn-based and the fastest of the participating characters will receive the first turn. The distance between the player's characters and the enemies has an effect on the battle. The game's main character, Ayesha, is the only character in the game who can use items in battle, which is a main element in the game's battle system. [9] The party of characters can support each other by actions such as defending and attacking, and characters that are close to each other can support each other with attacks. There are also skills and items that are effective within a certain range. When an enemy is attacked from behind, a ”Back Attack” occurs, which will make the attack into a critical hit. [10]

The player is able to write in a diary by using points obtained from completing objectives. The diary allows the player to look back on the story so far, as well as obtain bonus rewards. [11]

Characters[edit]

Atelier Ayesha Plus[edit]

Atelier Ayesha Plus: The Alchemist of Dusk (アーシャのアトリエPlus ~黄昏の大地の錬金術士~) is a PlayStation Vita port of the game with additional content. It was released in Japan on March 27, 2014[14]This port includes almost all downloadable content that is available for the PlayStation 3 version of the game, such as costumes and characters, as well as new content, such as a harder difficulty to play the game in, new enemies and costumes[15] and the ability to change the members of the party at any time. [16]

Reception[edit]

The PS3 version of the game received a Famitsu review score of 34/40,[17] whilst the PS Vita version attained a score of 31/40.[18]

Media[edit]

Novel[edit]

A novel by the name アーシャのアトリエ~ある錬金術士の旅の日記より~ was released on March 26, 2013. The novel details events that was not included in the game, in the form of eight short stories. The novel was written by Toru Shizuki, illustrated by Hiroki Haruse, and published by Koei Tecmo. [19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gamer Henshuubu (January 6, 2014). "PS3「アーシャのアトリエ~黄昏の大地の錬金術士~」が6月28日に発売―黄昏の世界で妹との再会を目指すアーシャの旅が始まる". Gamer. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ Yusouf (October 17, 2012). "Atelier Ayesha Headed To Europe In Q1 2013". Siliconera. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ Gamer Henshuubu (April 2, 2012). "PS3「アーシャのアトリエ~黄昏の大地の錬金術士~」が6月28日に発売―黄昏の世界で妹との再会を目指すアーシャの旅が始まる". Gamer. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ Gamer Henshuubu (March 26, 2013). "ゲーム未公開のエピソードも登場する小説「アーシャのアトリエ~ある錬金術士の旅の日記より~」が本日3月26日発売". Gamer. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ Spencer (March 29, 2012). "First Look At Atelier Ayesha's Artwork". Siliconera. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  6. ^ Spencer (April 2, 2012). "Atelier Ayesha Doesn't Put You On The Clock When It Comes To Finding Your Sister". Siliconera. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  7. ^ [1], Atelier-ps3.jp
  8. ^ Gamer Henshuubu (April 2, 2012). "PS3「アーシャのアトリエ~黄昏の大地の錬金術士~」が6月28日に発売―黄昏の世界で妹との再会を目指すアーシャの旅が始まる". Gamer. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ System - 戦闘システム, アーシャのアトリエ Plus ~黄昏の大地の錬金術士~ 公式サイト
  10. ^ これからでも遅くない!ベスト版も発売されるPS3「アーシャのアトリエ~黄昏の大地の錬金術士~」の魅力を再確認!, Gamer
  11. ^ TOKEN (April 26, 2013). "これからでも遅くない!ベスト版も発売されるPS3「アーシャのアトリエ~黄昏の大地の錬金術士~」の魅力を再確認!". Gamer. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Spencer (April 10, 2012). "Atelier Ayesha's Friends Include A Ruin Excavator And A 45 Year Old Alchemist". Siliconera. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b Spencer (April 24, 2012). "Atelier Ayesha's Witch Friend Can't Fly, But She Can Make Meteor Storms". Siliconera. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  14. ^ Gamer Henshuubu (January 6, 2014). "PS Vita「アーシャのアトリエ Plus ~黄昏の大地の錬金術士~」追加コスチュームやパネルアタックなどの新要素を搭載して3月27日に発売!". Gamer. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  15. ^ Gamer Henshuubu (January 6, 2014). "PS Vita「アーシャのアトリエ Plus ~黄昏の大地の錬金術士~」追加コスチュームやパネルアタックなどの新要素を搭載して3月27日に発売!". Gamer. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  16. ^ Gamer Henshuubu (February 17, 2014). "PS Vita「アーシャのアトリエ Plus ~黄昏の大地の錬金術士~」で新たに登場するコスチュームやボスを紹介―多彩なボーナスが魅力の「アルバムミッション」も新収録!". Gamer. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  17. ^ 2012-06-19, Famitsu Review Scores: Issue 1229, Gematsu
  18. ^ 2014-03-18, Famitsu Review Scores: Issue 1320, Gematsu
  19. ^ Gamer Henshuubu (March 26, 2013). "ゲーム未公開のエピソードも登場する小説「アーシャのアトリエ~ある錬金術士の旅の日記より~」が本日3月26日発売". Gamer. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 

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