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Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm (PlayStation 2)

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Description

Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm is a traditional Japanese old-fashioned RPG with a classic turn-based battle system and 2D anime style characters.

The main feature in Atelier Iris 3 is alchemy, just as in previous games in the series. This means players will able to collect all kind of ingredients throughout their quest and make items with the help of their alchemy skills.

Players will take control of three protagonists in Atelier Iris 3:
  • Edge Vanhite - a 19 year old raider and alchemist, who's job is to explore the Alterworlds.

  • Iris Fortner - a 16 year old girl who is Edge's childhood friend and still a novice raider.

  • Nell Ellis - a 15 year old girl, who is an energetic young novice raider from a noble family.
The game's graphics is a mix of 2D images/objects and 3D backgrounds with Gust's usual 2D anime characters. The game also has several anime cut-scene including an introduction video. The game's music and sound was made by Ken Nakagawa known from the earlier Atelier games. The battle system is quite similar to the older Atelier games with (a little bit) improved traditional turn-based combat.

Some of the news to this third Iris game: An all new alchemy level system. Players can practice alchemy to improve their skills and create new items. The Active Cost Card Battle System which shows your exact order in the battle and brings more strategy to the fights. Using the new Enemy Symbol Encounter System, players can know see their enemies on the map, which helps them to plan. Players can also accept mission from an guild and improving their rating by doing so.

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The Press Says

GameZone May 29, 2007 8.1 out of 10 81
Game Shark May 30, 2007 B- 67
Game Informer Magazine Jun, 2007 6.5 out of 10 65
PSX Extreme Jul 12, 2007 6.4 out of 10 64
Digital Entertainment News (den) Jul 10, 2007 6.2 out of 10 62
G4 TV: X-Play Jul, 2007 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Jive Magazine May 29, 2007 3 out of 5 60
Jolt (UK) Aug 28, 2007 5.7 out of 10 57
TotalPlayStation Jun 22, 2007 5 out of 10 50
GameSpy May 30, 2007 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Szabolcs Dudas (272) added Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm (PlayStation 2) on Sep 14, 2008