Alrighty, finally got my hands on the game itself. Ar Tonelico Qoga is vastly different from its predecessors, in terms of graphics, battle system and…er…age rating. 😀
Read on to discover a little more~
If you felt that the innuendo is over-the-top in the previous iterations, then this game will redefine it for you. The battle system has been revamped, and instead of the turn-based battles you instead get a more real-time system closer to that of the Star Ocean series.
The story also caught onto me quickly. It is genuinely humorous at the appropriate points, and there’s plenty of character development to be had for the two main ladies, who are much more than your typical stereotype than you may think. 😉
I’m late into phase 2, and believe me, when it’s time for you to make the decision, I won’t be surprised if you have difficulty choosing. Who would you choose, Saki or Finnel?
This is shaping up to be one of the better jRPGs I had the opportunity to play on the PS3, after all the other sub-par series that have been released. Localization is spot-on this time, the folks at NISAmerica finally put in some much-needed effort in the Ar Tonelico series.
Although the only disappointment is still the old problem of the game being randomly voiced – so you get some audio that can drop off halfway through a conversation, or suddenly have voices halfway through an initially unvoiced scene. And as usual, the English voice acting is laughable, so stick with the Japanese track. 🙂
Back to the game then, I’ll get a comprehensive review up sometime in the future. 😉