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Girl Gamers UK (Mar 25, 2015)
Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea is the most approachable Atelier JRPG to date, with the ability to appeal to both fans of the series and newcomers alike. The game can be slow to move forward at times, but the new found freedom and other changes to the Atelier formula result in an incredibly enjoyable game. Atelier Shallie is highly recommended for any player wanting to indulge in a JRPG on PS3, and bodes well for whatever Gust bring to the current generation of consoles.
RPG Site (Mar 14, 2015)
While there will be people who feel differently about the questionable removal of a rigid time structure, it is an important step towards making the series more approachable to a wider audience. Now they just need to work on the localization.
39 (Mar 16, 2015)
Eigentlich ist Alchemists of the Dusk Sea ja die bisher beste Atelier-Episode einer insgesamt eher schwachen PS3-Ära. Endlich kein nerviger Zeitdruck mehr, der einen bestimmten Spielstil vorschreibt, sowie zwei auch getrennt voneinander agierende Protagonistinnen. Selbst Grafik und Leveldesign haben nochmals leicht zulegen können, während die Trophäen auch wieder ohne Japanischkenntnisse zu entziffern sind. Ideale Voraussetzungen also auch für Neueinsteiger. Doch die extrem holprige Bildrate sorgt im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes für Kopfschmerzen. Hinzu kommt ein schwerwiegender Freeze-Bug, der nicht nur das Dateisystem der Konsole beschädigen kann, sondern einen nicht unermesslichen Teil der Charakterentwicklung komplett blockiert und somit auch spielerisch einen erheblichen Mangel darstellt, der natürlich eine entsprechende Wertung verlangt.
Diehard GameFan (Mar 17, 2015)
Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea brings a close to the Dusk trilogy of Atelier games. There’s far more going on plot-wise than the previous title, but it still brings with it all of the enhancements made to the combat and then some. The alchemy system is still enjoyable and now players don’t have to contend with a time limit while they’re out exploring the map and completing quests. However, they do have to put up with a crippling bug that renders late game character customization impossible until a patch is in place, plus chapters that are gated off from each other with pointless busy work. That being said, Atelier Shallie never failed to lure me back in, bringing a satisfying close to a series of tales I’d spent the last couple of years following.