Game: Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings
Publisher: Koei Tecmo
Console: Playstation 4, Switch, PC
Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings represents the last chapter in the Mysterious series, and it also marks the first to be published by Koei Tecmo. KT purchased Gust just about a year ago, so any further Atelier game will be published by them.
The game starts off in a city that is under a threat of a legendary creature who is closing in with its mind set on destroying it. The townsfolk do not really know about the threat and the kingdom has decided to instill an Alchemist Rank system that will benefit Alchemists to bring them to the city. The prince and princess know that Alchemists are the key to beating the creature and this is how the game brings in a lot of the characters from the Mysterious series to the city where our new pair of alchemists; Lydie and Suelle (aka. Sue). After you complete the “main task” of defeating the legendary creature, you will continue hoping into Mysterious Paintings to explore and find what secrets they hide within, as this really is the main focus of the game.
As with the recent Atelier changes, the time limits have been semi-done with and you will be working on gathering, crafting, defeating monsters, and completing quests. This will make the game more accepting to people who have not played on of the games in the series, and the only hard part is crafting the right item for the Ambition/Rank you need to complete. What new people have to understand is that the game is a mix between JRPG and a hefty Crafting game, just do not let that detract you as the game is still really fun.
The game is an RPG and you will have up to 6 people in your party, 3 attackers and 3 supporters. The attackers will do exactly what it sounds like, and the support characters will come in to link an attack or buff the character they are supporting. You can change this at any time in the menu system, and swap between a position’s attacker and support during combat.
There is plenty of DLC available for the game already, with one of the most expensive “Season Pass” I have seen, running $80! When you look at the $50 game, you have to question why the DLC is going to be so expensive. Koei Tecmo has proven that they do not understand how a Season Pass should work or cost, as some of the content that you can buy separately seems to be seriously inflated. Before KT purchased Gust, DLC was reasonable and some of the stuff that is in the new Season Pass plan would have been given away for Free.
The game also suffers from being the first game in a long series, to not have any English Voice Acting. The whole game is in Japanese with English subtitles. This is a huge shift and Gust took a lot of heat for this decision, even though it was probably due to KT pushing this game out as it was also releasing the latest Dynasty Warriors. I personally hope that they will release an English VO patch later, but these drastic changes may be slowly spelling disaster for a 20-year-old series of games.
Review Note: The reviewer of this title purchased a copy of the Playstation 4 version at their own expense. This does not affect the content of the review or its final grade.
Not an average.