Altelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland (PS3,PS Vita) Box Art(http://www.ateliergames.eu/roronaplus/)  Rated T for Teen by ESRB. Altelier Rorona was originally released in late 2010 and was the first Altelier game to utilize 3D models instead of 2D sprites on the Playstation 3. Since it was the first Altelier title using 3D models, it obviously wasn’t as polished as some of the Altelier games that came later. Thus, Gust released a remake, titled Altelier Rorona Plus for the Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita.

 

Altelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland (PS3,PS Vita) Box ArtAltelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland (PS3,PS Vita) Logo(http://www.ateliergames.eu/roronaplus/)  Rated T for Teen by ESRB. Altelier Rorona was originally released in late 2010 and was the first Altelier game to utilize 3D models instead of 2D sprites on the Playstation 3. Since it was the first Altelier title using 3D models, it obviously wasn’t as polished as some of the Altelier games that came later. Thus, Gust released a remake, titled Altelier Rorona Plus for the Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita.



 

Gameplay:
This isn’t a cross-play game, but does have cross save enabled. If you happen to purchase both the vita version and the PS3, you can upload your saves to the PS3 or download your PS3 save to your vita. The gameplay is unchanged since the last time Altelier Rorona was released, but if you’re unfamiliar with this series and type of game I’ll briefly describe it. In Altelier Rorona, you play as Rorona, who has recently been put in charge of her master’s alchemy workshop. The shop’s life is in jeopardy when the king began doubting the usefulness of alchemy after the rise of machines. In order to prove alchemy’s worthiness, Rorona has been given a task to complete every few months, and the tasks involve synthesizing items together from different ingredients using alchemy. These ingredients are obtained from the wild, defeating monsters, or simply found by trade or purchase through shops in town. The game runs on a day to day calendar. There’s no set amount of hours in a day, but travelling between the town, the world map, and other outside areas does consume days. Also, synthesizing items and battle monsters consumes MP and HP respectively, which can only be restored through potions, or sleeping a certain number of days. Synthesizing items can consume days as well! As you can see, time builds up quick, and you’ll have to strategize and plan out our days as the quests get more complex and the ingredients become more difficult to find. The story isn’t too enticing, and the characters are fairly decent, but the gameplay is friendly and easy to learn, which makes Altelier Rorona a great introduction to the series, but it’s not the best game in the series.

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Graphics/Visuals:
The re-done visuals of Altelier Rorona Plus look much better as compared to the original PS3 release. If you look up a youtube video showing the comparison, you will definitely be impressed with the re-worked visuals. Even the graphics on the Vita version look nearly as crisp and vibrant. My only complaint is that the Vita version of the game can hug at times when there are many monsters or towns people on the screen at once, but other than that it runs very smoothly. 

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Conclusion
For fans of the original release of Altelier Rorona, then Altelier Rorona plus is not to be missed. The Plus version does add in some new dungeons and other gameplay items to give players something fresh from the original game. Also, being able to purchase a Vita version of the game for on the go play was my favorite version. Altelier Rorona is an easy pick up and play game, so having it on the Vita was an ideal choice for me. Rorona Plus isn’t the best altelier game out there, but it is very accessible and easy to play, which makes it a great starting game for newcomers of the series. I enjoyed Altelier Rorona Plus on both the Vita and PS3, and which version you choose depends on if you prefer to game on the go, or at home. Either way, Altelier Rorona Plus looks beautiful this second time around on both consoles.

 

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