Atelier Iris 2: Azoth of Destiny

May 3, 2006 · Print This Article

Atelier Iris 2 : Azoth DestinyIf you enjoy the fun a quirky RPG (role playing game) Atelier Iris then you may enjoy the next in the series, Atelier Iris 2:  Azoth of Destiny.  This second installment features a brand new story on a completely different planet, Eden.  Eden is a land where the inhabitants coexist peacefully and use a magic known as Mana.  They can wield the Mana with the help of alchemists. 

You play with 2 main characters, orphans named Felt and Viese.  One day, earthquakes devastate the world of Eden.  It is up to the orphans to figure out what is wrong and save Eden before it is too late.  Felt gets a hold of a mythical sword called “The Azure Azoth.”  Felt is then called “the Chosen One” and sent to an alternate world called Belkhyde that seems to have some influence on the problems of Eden.  Viese stays on Eden and tries desperately to save it.

During Atelier Iris 2, you alternate between both characters on both worlds.  One is good with the sword while the other is good at synthesizing items.  Both characters have a single item pool so that you can share items between them.  If Felt needs to upgrade his sword, Viese merely needs the materials and instructions to synthesis the items needed and pass it on to Felt.  You no longer need to visit a shop in order to do this, unlike the first Atelier Iris.  This is a very nice change.  Item synthesis is needed to upgrade weapons, create equipment, make potent healing potions, and more.  Travel on both worlds is also nice.  You merely click a point on the map and you are there.

The battle system is different than in the previous edition of Atelier Iris.  Atelier Iris 2 features the new Action Cost Time Battle System.  Here, there is a gauge on the screen.  The closer your character is to the right side on the gauge, the sooner he gets to attack.  Attacks include:  charge attacks, devastating combos, break attacks, and special skills that are executed when the skill gauge rises.

The graphics of Atelier Iris 2 are simple yet colorful. The character models are highly detailed and look quite a bit like anime or cartoons!  The music is different, yet catchy.  Lastly, the controls are easy to master.

Atelier Iris 2 is available for Playstation 2.  It has an ESRB rating of E-10.  This means the game is suitable for any one ages 10 and up.  This is because the game features fantasy violence, mild language, mild suggestive themes, use of alcohol, and use of tobacco.  A strategy guide is available for those of you who want to see all that the game has to offer.


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