#Alchemist of the Finish & the Secret Key

Alchemist of the Finish & the Secret Key

Large, large world of crafting

It’s time for my fourth annual evaluation of certainly one of Koei Tecmo’s Atelier video games, and I’ve fallen a bit behind. I handed the 20-hour mark in Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the Finish & the Secret Key, which has confirmed inadequate for conjuring a last opinion.

Atelier Ryza 3 (I’m by no means going to recollect the subtitle, so why fake?) is a mixture of previous requirements and new experiments. It’s so unusual. It wears an outfit comprised of assorted poorly becoming clothes, and I’m preventing with myself to find whether or not I believe that’s an general good or unhealthy factor.

Atelier Ryza 3 CG shot
Screenshot by Destructoid

Bubble bubble…

The principle change for Atelier Ryza 3 is that its world is magnitudes larger than anything within the collection. To start with, you’re in the identical space the place Atelier Ryza takes place. Just about the whole lot from the primary recreation is represented – copied wholesale – with one main distinction: there aren’t any loading screens. The entire space is introduced as one massive steady space. It’s nonetheless made up of nodes and pathways, however there’s no stoppage in between.

The story entails the sudden look of a gaggle of islands which are rapidly known as the “Kark Isles.” I’m guessing this identify sounds sinister to the Japanese ear, however as an anglophone, it’s extra just like the sound somebody makes when a Junebug flies down their windpipe at excessive velocity. Within the weirdly real looking twist for an Atelier plot, the sudden look of islands has had devastating penalties for the marine atmosphere. Since Reiselin “Ryza” Stout is the one competent particular person on Kurken Island, she is requested to research.

However that’s solely the start. Not lengthy after you first begin poking across the Kark Isles, Ryza and her squad get sidetracked by a plot that’s solely tangentially associated to the principle subject. So, they journey to a totally totally different a part of the world, and quite than deal with the issue threatening their house, they get right into a crafting competitors.

And that’s not the final time they’ll change landmass.

All of the instruments

The Cleria area is already a giant chunk of land, and I had come to count on that this was simply the place Atelier Ryza 3 would inform its story, however then Ryza and Co return to Kurken, solely to instantly set out once more to a totally totally different area. It’s a giant, massive recreation, if the inclusion of your entire area from the primary recreation didn’t tip you off. But it surely’s much less that there’s extra Atelier Ryza and extra that the identical quantity of recreation has been unfold throughout a a lot wider space.

That’s not essentially a foul factor. I’m a fan of gigantic worlds, and the change in design has had a number of main impacts that I admire. The primary is that the sport doesn’t take all that lengthy to allow you to off the leash. You basically begin along with your atelier and may begin crafting straight away. Development is instant. If you’re aware of the earlier video games and have already constructed your abilities within the recreation’s mechanics, you can begin placing them to make use of in a short time and construct up your occasion.

There are only a few boundaries to exploration, as effectively. Whilst you can journey to the following area till you’ve progressed sufficient within the story, you’re not shackled to a scarcity of drugs to make your approach round. Issues just like the air drops that permit you to dive underwater might be crafted very early, opening up all of the exploration skills rapidly. Likewise, recipes for gathering tools, such because the axe and hammer, can be found from the beginning, so that you’re not restricted in what you’ll be able to accumulate.

Tao with a baby face
Screenshot by Destructoid

Gilded cage

The place this begins to detract from the sport itself is in the truth that the large world was clearly created in a (comparatively) brief time. There’s so much much less care in its design. At occasions, the conflicting components within the environments and the general feeling of it being thrown collectively make the areas really feel downright ugly. They’re neither lifeless nor empty, however the sporadic enemy and useful resource placements in some areas could make them really feel like they have been created rapidly and by no means polished nor revised.

The world design isn’t an excessive amount of of a departure from earlier video games, both. There are some areas which are extra open, however quite a lot of the time, it’s only a twisted spaghetti nest of corridors. That could be for the perfect, as a result of not quite a lot of effort was made to make the traversal any extra snug. There are mounts and zip traces, however Ryza is so rooted to the bottom that quite a lot of the verticality is misplaced. There are additionally quite a lot of invisible partitions and areas that it seems like it is best to be capable to entry, however can’t.

Atelier Ryza 3 Kark Isles
Screenshot by Destructoid

Combined emotions

I’m perhaps coming throughout too negatively on Atelier Ryza 3’s world design. To be clear, I believe it’s a constructive and helpful step for the collection; I simply need to mood participant expectations. This isn’t a totally reformulated tackle the Atelier collection. You could possibly, maybe, say it’s an open-world method, however I really feel that’s inaccurate. It’s extra of a “massive world” tackle the collection. It’s terribly expansive, however the precise really feel of its design is way the identical.

The ensuing shift, nonetheless, is sufficient to make Atelier Ryza 3 one thing of a large number. Alternatively, it’s a large number that I’m largely having fun with. It’s a large number with character. I’m nonetheless attempting to determine if I believe the painful and abrupt enlargement has left us with the perfect recreation within the collection or only a disappointing experiment. It may actually go both approach. With that mentioned, the adjustments made are not less than value seeing.

[This review in progress is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]


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