Atelier Ryza 2: Misplaced Legends & the Secret Fairy Assessment (PS5)


Simply two years after her first recreation, Reisalin “Ryza” Stout is again with Atelier Ryza 2: Misplaced Legends & the Secret Fairy. This time, she’s on an journey from her residence of Kurken Island and has travelled to Asha-Am-Baird to research mysteries surrounding some ruins whereas reuniting with some acquainted faces.

Atelier Ryza 2 hits the bottom working, straight into the thick of issues with its thriller heavy plot and into the dungeon exploration the sequence is beloved for. It’s not strictly essential to have performed Ryza’s first outing to make sense of this providing, however actually those that have will get a kick out of seeing returning characters and referenced occasions.

New options are welcome additions to the sequence. Ryza is now in a position to work together with environment in much more methods, together with swimming underwater, swinging throughout gaps, and climbing partitions. It makes the entire expertise really feel much more fluid and intuitive, and provides an additional layer to dungeons, usually presenting them as puzzles Ryza must traverse to achieve sure factors in dungeons. It’s nice to see the environments as interactive, moderately than simply background photographs, and makes the JRPG components really feel much more polished.

Exploring dungeons will finally result in Ryza having to make use of the Compass of Recollection to assemble the reminiscences of those that have come earlier than, amassing clues to resolve the dungeon’s thriller. It’s a extremely enjoyable and distinctive side of the sport, as when you’ve collected them, you then must match the clues to an outline to fill out a stamp ebook, which then tells you the story of that dungeon and the way it pertains to the broader plot of the sport.

Controlling one character out of a celebration, battles are carried out in actual time, ready for a bar to fill earlier than the character can take an motion. Having crafted sure gadgets, it’s doable you can find yourself giving your self a time penalty on use, having to attend longer to your subsequent flip. Fight feels fluid, if slightly chaotic when a number of enemies are within the fray. It’s more durable to inform what’s occurring as a result of UI being so busy, in flip making it tougher to see when you have to be timing dodges. Fight is a tactical affair, as supporting celebration members will shout out standards that can award them with a bonus motion. These could possibly be something from “Use a magic assault!” to “decrease the enemy’s stats!”. Timing is essential; these alternatives gained’t stick round perpetually, and having a personality pop up instantly after you’ve simply attacked can usually imply you’ve missed that likelihood, which looks like an actual blow in a pinch.

As soon as the celebration hits sufficient members to have help, you’ll additionally be capable of swap the fourth character with the energetic celebration member. Switching the character provides them a bonus assault on their entry into battle, they usually begin with their time bar full, that means they’re able to assault once more right away. An ideal factor if used appropriately, however there are additionally loads of possibilities for cursing in case you hit the unsuitable button and use it at an inopportune time.

The sport does really feel prefer it hits an enormous problem spike partway via, with enemies in dungeons out of the blue 10+ ranges increased than the celebration and rather more formidable than their predecessors. Grinding ranges can really feel like a little bit of a chore, but in addition presents an excellent alternative to get provides for alchemy and get your techniques so as. There are celebration duties to finish for every character — do X transfer a quantity or instances, or defeat Y variety of a sure enemy, for instance — which on completion will grant the characters with a brand new transfer or passive enhance to learn them in battle.

Clearly as an alchemist, Ryza spends loads of her time studying new recipes for alchemy and synthesising them in her titular atelier. The recipes is usually a bit overwhelming, with the power so as to add in bonus substances to spice up stats or give sure perks to the gadgets you are crafting. After all, the choice is there to have the recipe auto-complete itself and take any of the guesswork out of the crafting levels, which can be extra preferable to newcomers. Finishing and modifying recipes results in unlocking new ones, and generally this could really feel unending. There’s such an array of things you possibly can create, however this implies there’s an merchandise for just about each eventuality in battle.

It did really feel at instances like the sport could possibly be extra useful in guiding you to the place you can discover sure gadgets wanted for synthesis. The atelier will inform you which substances are wanted for sure recipes, however except you’ve found these gadgets earlier than, the guidebook gained’t inform you the place they’re. This will result in loads of wasted time revisiting previous dungeons to attempt to discover what it’s essential progress the plot, as some recipes are required to be accomplished earlier than you possibly can go forward. It’s greater than slightly irritating, particularly when it seems it could possibly be purchased in a store, however this side feels glossed over (our solely trace could be to be sure to’re upgrading the retailers).

At a sure level the plot did appear to stall, with extra facet tales from supporting characters being provided up than progressing the principle narrative. Whereas it’s enjoyable to see all of this stuff and study extra about your companions, whenever you’re actually deep into the sport’s compelling thriller, the very last thing you need is stalling.


Atelier Ryza 2 is a good addition to the Atelier sequence, certain to please long-time followers and hook in newcomers. That includes a vibrant solid of characters, an attention-grabbing thriller to unfold, and enjoyable crafting options, it’s a pleasure to sink hour upon hour into. Whereas it does have its shortcomings, they’re simply forgiven by how entrancing the remainder of the sport is.

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