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Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness and the Secret Hideout Review (PS4)

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Atelier Ryza isn’t just another entry in the Atelier series, it paves the way forwards. It hasn’t only changed mechanisms for the series but switched the game engine to one that feels a lot more modern and visually more pretty than its predecessor. Most make it an ideal candidate to introduce for beginners, particularly people who are seeking to get in the show but keep getting confused by the different iterations.

There are a whole lot of Atelier games so that it is hard to monitor which is the very accessible for novices introduced in recent times. Following the launching of Atelier Ryza, it’s not difficult to recommend it for everyone who would like to get a flavor of what the Atelier series may offer, and it isn’t just alchemy recipes. Every Atelier game has unforgettable characters and a cast and this has lasted with Atelier Ryza accountable for directing the string into a new direction.

Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness and the Secret Hideout Review (PS4)

It is from this point that alchemy gets introduced in the game. This mysterious man and woman turn up as renowned alchemists and this tickles the imagination of Ryza, who wants to start her Alchemy practice. The game continues to offer sufficient character development for its main cast even though the overall story tone feels rather light, there are some serious moments as well. It is not the story that is exciting but rather how it is told and characters being an important part of any story, they are given their due attention here.

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Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness and the Secret Hideout Review (PS4)

Combat in Atelier Ryza has been revamped to make it more dynamic.

All the party members along with enemies now have to wait for their turn as time passes in real-time during a battle.

If no action is taken by the user, the battle continues. Party members can be given a limited set of commands while the player can freely switch between the different characters.

This won’t be an Atelier game without gathering materials and for this purpose, tools are required to harvest for resources.

You can also learn new recipes by using more Alchemy so there is less headache to deal with here compared to the past games.

Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness and the Secret Hideout Review (PS4)

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Atelier Ryza uses a brand new game engine which means it has some limitations when it comes to open-world exploration. It feels like a step back from some of the past games. Maps feel linear and the story limits how far you can explore a location, which means the game doesn’t offer much freedom to discover on your own. While running around locations is fine in the beginning, fast travel is available from the start that lets you easily explore different locations as needed in the story.

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