Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky Review
Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky Box Art
System: PS3
Dev: Gust
Pub: Tecmo Koei
Release: March 11, 2014
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Fantasy Violence, Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol

All of this takes place in a sunset-tinged world brought to life by Gust's talented artists. The game's character designs are beautifully elaborate, and the characters' faces are now animated during discussions. There's an appropriate hint of melancholy to the world design, along with some very menacing boss monsters to battle. The only real issue is that many monster models are recycled from Atelier Ayesha, and veterans of that game are sure to sigh when they learn that they will once again be slogging through slags for a good portion of the mid-game.

Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky Screenshot

Gust continues to improve its sound design as well, and I was particularly fond of the soft jazz soundtrack that has replaced the usual overly bubbly in-town tracks. As always, it's possible to customize the background music, so most players should be able to find a workshop tune that they'll enjoy listening to while crafting. The voice acting, while not on par with the best casts out there, is largely (with the exception of one poor cowboy caricature) easy to listen to. For otaku purists, the Japanese voice track is also available.

With multiple endings depending on the player's actions throughout the game, Escha & Logy is meant to be replayable. It's somewhat unfortunate that the game is so similar whether you choose Escha or Logy as your character, but even a single play through offers a lot of value to gamers. It's one of those “one more turn” games in which you find yourself compelled to move from activity to activity, always looking towards meeting the next goal as hours of gaming drift pleasantly by. Whether you're exploring new territory, working to revitalize the land, chasing dangerous foes, becoming closer with the many loveable characters, or grinning because you found a new way to manipulate the alchemy system, you'll find this is a game that's easy to love and difficult to put down.

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There are so many gamers out there who would love the Atelier games, but simply don't know about them. People who like the gathering and crafting in Minecraft, the planning involved in games like FarmVille, the turn-manipulation combat in Bravely Default... all of them would do well to check out Atelier Escha & Logy. Give it a try and spread the word if you like it, because this is an excellent title that deserves far more exposure than it has received.

By
Becky Cunningham
Contributing Writer
Date: March 14, 2014

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
Gorgeously atmospheric with excellent character design—dragged down only be recycled monster models.
4.5
Control
Intelligently designed, compelling RPG systems that shine throughout the game's various activities.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Great music tracks that enhance the melancholy yet hopeful atmosphere and largely decent voice acting.
5.0
Play Value
Impressively balanced in a way that makes the game difficult to put down.
4.5
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Choose between two main characters for different events and outcomes!
  • Characters' expressions are more animated and articulate than ever before.
  • Have up to 6 people in your party for heated and exciting battles.
  • A more user-friendly yet engaging Synthesis System.

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