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Actually, it was supposed to be much windier last night, but I didn't notice anything. XD

I was nervous about losing power last night, so I temporarily abandoned my PS2 in favor of my Nintendo DS. I don't have a lot of the games for the DS--for an import gamer, the PSP is a much better console!--but I had picked up a Japanese copy of Atelier Annie around Christmas. I am a huge fan of the series, and had been looking forward to trying it...

I'm not having the gut bad reaction I had from Judie...but so far I'm a little disappointed in this title. Okay, maybe a lot? All the bare-bones aspects of the traditional Atelier games are here, but honestly, even Atelier Marie, which was the first in the series and originally for the PSX (or was it the Saturn?) felt like a more complete game. The art used in Annie is extremely ugly. I don't know if it's because the game was targeted towards children and anime fans, while the earlier games were cute niche games with a subdued charm, but the characters in Annie are all gag characters. Every interaction with them is a gag scene with stupid sound effects. =_=

It's not bad to play, but there's none of the sense of wonder I got when playing the older games. There's no European flair,there are hardly any places to visit, and I'm finding myself avoiding all the side characters because they really are that annoying! I still enjoy the satisfaction from making items and earning money, but I'm not scouring every bit of town like I did in Marie-Violet to trigger events with characters.

I hope that Rorona isn't this disappointing. I know that Annie was farmed out to a third-party company, which is probably why it feels like "Atelier Lite for Anime Fans Who Love Slapstick." I hope that they don't plan on localizing Atelier Judie for the PSP when it comes out. That would really ruin the reputation of the series outside Japan! I wish they had done Lilie, or Violet. Or even Elie, for crying out loud.

The game is tolerable because of the traditional Atelier elements. I just can't believe they couldn't have done better with this game. The Atelier series is not supposed to be a stupid anime series...=_=


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Mar. 15th, 2010 01:08 pm (UTC)
The same thing happened to the Suikoden series with that DS game, it was almost like they were trying really hard to do for the otaku. I was not really pleased with what I saw of it in YouTube. It is a good thing I don't have the resolve to own any portable systems!
Mar. 15th, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
I also had a bad reaction to the scans of the Suikoden DS game. I never bought that one. I guess it makes sense...game companies have to make money and the best way for them to do that is hire a less-prestigious (lousy! :O)artist and try to market it for anime fans ages 8-15. They are completely forgetting that anyone who has been following the series since its release has to be at least 20! I guess they only want to attract light fans... heh heh heh...
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