Atelier Rorona 1/3

Atelier Rorona

Earlier this month, I finally splurged and bought myself a PS3. While I mainly wanted it to watch my Blu-Ray orders *coughmadokacough*, I’ll admit it’s also almost 40% because I have been dying to play the Alchemist of Arland games and since then I’ve been spending any time not working, watching anime or reading the news playing Rorona.

While there’s so much one can read from reviews, nothing really beats actually sitting down and playing the game itself. To be honest, Rorona really plays like Recettear, mainly due to the time limit system that kinda does force one to plan ahead properly on time… or use a walkthrough. Yes, guilty as accused here. :P

But, the cool thing about games like these are that walkthroughs can’t essentially destroy the experience of actually watching the character interaction events and conveying Rorona’s cuteness. I’m so happy that Rorona isn’t as big a ditz as some friends describe her, and she’s just all around a really good girl who’s earnest at her work although a little oblivious towards things. Kadowaki Mai’s voice really suits her quite well in that aspect. I definitely enjoyed the events where her friends and the characters made fun of her airheadedness, most notably when Astrid goes “Oh you’ll never find such a talented idiot like Rorona in a hundred years!” … while she is just a few paces away doing her work saving Astrid’s Atelier. And everytime Rorona has an event with Hagel… it never fails to be funny. Drunk Tiffani was unforgettable too XD.

Even the gameplay starts to get quite engrossing after a while, since the alchemy system is, while quite simple, starts becoming pretty addictive as I tried to mix the right ingredients with the right traits and quality to get the final item I wanted. Thankfully, it’s not super hard to get good items… although hitting the basket limit during gathering sessions started to get a bit annoying lol. Overall though, it’s a fun system to play about with, just to get the right outputs from it.

Anyways, I just finished the first year of the game, which means I’ve still got about 2/3rds of the game to go through. Hopefully the second year will go as smooth as my first year, and there’s still a few more characters to meet yet!


  1. Silver Said,

    July 14, 2011 @ 3:51 am

    Sweet!! I’m the same with you and waiting to save up money to buy the PS3 system. I actually bought all the games that I wanted already so that I could get their preorder goods and the reason is that I have always played games from Gust which includes Arland series (Rorona, Totori, Meryl), the Atelier Iris Series (1, 2, 3), Ar Tonelico Series, and also the Mana Khemia series. Therefore I trusted the games released for the PS3 would be really good (from reviews they are), so I preorder all my games!

    Yeah… it does sound kind of stupid that I did that but I really love preorder goods.

  2. Di Gi Kazune Said,

    July 14, 2011 @ 9:43 am

    Time to watch your HD lolipr0n eh?
    I never found a console to be a justifiable expense as it only plays games (and now pr0n)

  3. cryskolt Said,

    July 14, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

    Just a random guess, Hagel’s the name of the shopkeeper/blacksmith right? If I’m correct, then that means I’m too familiar with the Atelier games haha. xP

  4. Liberator Said,

    July 14, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

    Look like I’m the same as you, brought a PS3 (during a store’s special offer) just so I can enjoy this amazing game (and also to plays Tales of Grace f when it is release). What I found is that unlike many RPG that tries to force an epic story, Atelier Rorona’s overall gameplay and Rorona’s innocence really help me relax and enjoy the game to the fullest.

  5. Raichuko Said,

    July 14, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

    Totori & Rorona are (quite) my reason to want a ps3. (I probably can’t get one though seeing as my parents don’t want one in the house) Time limits sound like a really annoying aspect of the gameplay though. It’s good to see youre reviewing them.

  6. Shin Said,

    July 15, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

    Be sure to get platinum

  7. pedobearmatt Said,

    July 15, 2011 @ 11:39 pm

    I hope they release this game and its predecessor in PS Vita, to obtain all games make by Gust.

  8. YTK Said,

    July 16, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    lol, after I saw this post, I went and bought the game…limited edition…

  9. kureejii Said,

    July 18, 2011 @ 11:27 am

    are these in Japanese?

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