IntroductionA New World is Yours! Let's Play Atelier Ayesha!
Another Atelier game on the PS3?
Sure is. 2012 / 2013's Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk was released a year after the previous Atelier on the PS3, Atelier Meruru. I've covered the previous three Atelier PS3 games here. Atelier Ayesha begins a completely different storyline from the Arland games, known as the Dusk Trilogy, after a recent Gust announcement confirmed Ayesha will have two sequels, one of which was released in Japan this year.
Abandoning the light-hearted and cartoony tone of the Arland Trilogy, the Dusk Trilogy takes a far more serious tone without going too far and being super serious. Ayesha features a completely different art style, introduces new game mechanics, and a completely revamped alchemy system. Mel Kishida, the character designer for the Arland games, is gone, replaced by the character artist Hidari.
How will this thread work?
I'll be delivering most commentary as if it was Ayesha herself talking to the audience. Plain text without a character avatar means I'm speaking as Ayesha, and italics indicate I'm delivering commentary as myself, for moments where commentary is needed but it would be difficult to speak as if Ayesha were experiencing it (read that as mostly gameplay mechanics that are more "this is a game" than story-related).
My Arland thread is a good indication how I'll handle this as a general rule: I'll cover major events and travel decisions, but you won't be seeing a large number of days due to travel time, gathering / battles in gathering areas, and / or unimportant syntheses. Because the way Ayesha is played, it's much more linear than the Arland games in terms of plot progression, but the game advances at the same rate as the player makes progress. There's very rarely any mandatory waiting for important scenes like what happened in Totori or Rorona, and Meruru to a lesser extent.
Same system I had in my last thread: everything not ending-related needs to be in spoiler tags if I haven't gotten to it in the thread. For endings, no discussion of them before they happen, even in spoiler tags. Should be easy to remember.
I'm glad I didn't have to write as much as last thread, that I'll tell you. As before, I earnestly hope you'll join me as we walk a million miles in Ayesha's platform shoes in Let's Play Atelier Ayesha!
Table of Contents
- Part I: Hear the Beginning of a Promise
- Part II: Hear the Calling of a New World
- Part III: Hear the Bustle of a City
- Part IV: Hear the Start of a Friendship
- Part V: Hear the Awakening of an Alchemist
- Bonus Update 1
- Part VI: Hear the Lamentation of a Village
- Part VII: Hear the Power of a Warrior
- Part VIII: Hear the Excitement of a Contest
- Part IX: Hear the Distance of a Sister
- Part X: Hear the Legacy of a Plan
- Bonus Update 2
- Part XI: Hear the Story of a Scholar
- Part XII: Hear the Voice of a Girl
- Part XIII: Hear the Echoes of a Past
- Part XIV: Hear the Desolation of a Desert
- Part XV: Hear the Blooming of a Flower
- Bonus Update 3
- Part XVI: Hear the Warmth of a Touch
- EX Update
- Part XVII: Hear the Rumblings of a Fate
- Part XVIII: Hear the Prelude of a Rescue
- Part XIX: Hear the Origins of a Dusk
- Part XX: Hear the Fulfillment of an Oath
- Bonus Update 4
- Part XXI: Hear the Onset of an Ending
- Part XXII: Hear the Struggle of a Sibling - Part A
- Part XXII: Hear the Struggle of a Sibling - Part B
- Part XXIII: Hear the Future of a Prospector - Part A
- Part XXIII: Hear the Future of a Prospector - Part B
- Part XXXII: Hear the Crisis of an Entrepreneur - Part A
- Part XXXII: Hear the Crisis of an Entrepreneur - Part B
- Part XXXIII: Hear the Mischief of a Bartender - Part A
- Part XXXIII: Hear the Mischief of a Bartender - Part B
- Part XXXIV: Hear the Gentleness of a Herd
- Part XXXV: Hear the Ruins of a Paradise
- EX Update 2
- Bonus Update 5
- Part XXXVI: Hear the Resolution of a Journey
- Part XXXVII: Hear the Footsteps of a Dream - Happily Ever After
- Part XXXVIII: Hear the Footsteps of a Dream - An Apothecary's Job
- Part XXXIX: Hear the Footsteps of a Dream - The Never-Ending Story
- Part XL: Hear the Footsteps of a Dream - Bundles of Joy
- Part XLI: Hear the Footsteps of a Dream - Overflowing Love
- Part XLII: Hear the Footsteps of a Dream - The Hunters and the Hunted
- Part XLIII: Hear the Footsteps of a Dream - Dandelion Among Lilies
- Part XLIV: Hear the Footsteps of a Dream - Ayesha's Fortune
- Part XLV: Hear the Footsteps of a Dream - Meet the Sage
- Part XLVI: Hear the Footsteps of a Dream - Searching for Hope