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Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel

by NIS America
PlayStation 3
Mature
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews) 61 / 100

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  • Form a party to explore the world, visit towns, and enter dungeons
  • Earn dive points in combat to enter a character's subconscious mind
  • Interaction: In this game, you can alter the story and the stats of a character by interacting with them like in a sim game.
  • Multi Ending : The game is incredibly open-ended with many different endings. Depending on how you interact with the various characters your story will change.
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  • ASIN: B004HVKABW
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 8.7 x 1.2 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 15, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,956 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Japan's Ar Tonelico role-playing series makes its first appearance on PlayStation 3 after two consecutive releases on PlayStation 2. The storyline follows a young man named Aoto in his quest to save a girl from being abducted by a mysterious organization. Aoto will be able to form a party with those he meets in his travels, which will take him to various towns and dungeons.

Ar Tonelico Qoga
Use songs to enhance your party
Use songs to enhance your party
visually stunning action RPG
Visually stunning action RPG
Explore the world of Ar tonelico Qoga
Explore the world of
Ar tonelico Qoga

Synopsis

Ar Ciel, a planet that was once lush with many prosperous inhabitants.

The humans of this planet created a new species with the power to convert songs into various energies, Reyvateils, and boasted about their highly advanced civilation.

However, a foolish release of immense energy triggered a global catastrophe that changed the world. The planet was shrouded by deadly clouds, called the Sea of Death. With the loss of the land, only three artificial Towers were left for the people to reside on.

The world of the Third Tower, Sol Clister, is practically controlled by Reyvateils.
The State of Reyvateils who reside in the upper part of the Tower, Clustania, exert their authority over most other nations from the top of the world.

Clustania aims to establish a society that consists only of Reyvateils and "Purified" human slaves.
To acheive that goal, they carry out genocidal campaigns, called Cleansing, upon the human communities that dare to defy them. They literally annihilate cities and towns, turning them to ruins.



Key Features:

  • Form a party to explore the world, visit towns, and enter dungeons
  • Earn dive points in combat to enter a character's subconscious mind

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The battle system is real-time based, similar to those of the Star Ocean games. Only one Reyvateil can be present in battle. The player controls one of the three Vanguard (support/attacking) members, and the AI controls the other two, though the player can change the character he/she is controlling at any time in battle. The Purge system is a key element, as it allows Reyvateils to use their high-level song magic. However, 'purging' also has importance for the Vanguard characters, as it allows them to use their best attacks.

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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Though the name doesn't explicitly mention it, this is actually the third game in the Ar Tonelico series, with installments 1 and 2 on the PS2. A good deal of effort seems to have been taken to make this game accessible to all players, however, regardless of any experience with the first two. This is extremely welcomed in a genre usually loaded long-running jokes, recycled battle systems and the like. There are a handful of references and loose NPC associations to the past games, but I want to be clear up-front in saying that most anyone could walk in here fresh and not feel at all disadvantaged. If some topics, terms and story elements do still end up confusing, data in the game 'Encyclopedia' can get people up to speed.

Standing out most to a lot of RPG players (and particularly those of Gust titles) will be the graphic and audio presentations. Exploration areas are in a tastefully rendered 3D, as well as all character movements in live scenes and battles. Textures and backgrounds are very obviously reused, but for a low-budget game I was impressed to see that at no point did an area feel truly dead or dull from past exposure. The soundtrack, as the series was already renowned for, is again top-notch and outdoes itself. An outstanding balance between familiar melodies and dynamic battle music has been found, which greatly enhances the music-based nature of the game universe and "song magic" driving combat. All this is above any beyond what one would typically expect within the genre.

In the review title I say "well-polished" in that, though by the sort of standard you might expect to see a top-rate action game, gameplay and combat are innovative and there's obvious attention to detail everywhere you might look.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our Song to the People March 24, 2011
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
With Ar tonelico Qoga, Gust delivers the exciting conclusion to the Ar tonelico saga that began with Ar tonelico: Melody of Elemia and continued in Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica. While this series may not be as familiar to gamers as popular franchises like Final Fantasy or Kingdom Hearts, Ar tonelico Qoga is a wonderful gem that should not be missed by JRPG fans.

The first question that is probably on everyone's mind is whether or not it is required to play first two games before Diving (yes, pun intended...more on that later) into Qoga. In general, you shouldn't be too lost if you haven't played the other games, though certain events may have less of an effect on you -- in particular, several of the characters from previous games return in this title and there are occasionally references to previous events. It might be fair to compare this to watching the Lord of the Rings films without having read "The Hobbit" -- a few things here and there may feel less significant, but in general you should still find it to be enjoyable. Even so, the game includes an Encyclopedia that will allow players to brush up on the history and lore of the world if they so choose to.

The story is quite well crafted, though it may take a little while to get going. At first, the story simply feels like a classic setup: boy meets girl, boy protects girl, boy fights against evil empire. However, as the story goes along, the lines between good and evil become somewhat blurry -- villains and heroes both may not be what they always seem.
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26 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST rpg's ive played in awhile March 17, 2011
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I'm a RPGer, and there has been a serious drought in good quality RPGs lately. Ar Tonelico Qoga has been a welcome game. The Music is awesome, the intro is well done, the gameplay is fun and story is cool. I personally like the voice acting for both audio selections. I highly recommend if your a lover of both anime and RPGs to pick up this awesome game
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gust does it again August 1, 2011
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
If you enjoyed the Ar Tonelico series, you're sure to enjoy this one. Granted that there are a few bugs, luckily no game breaking bug this time around, but this is still a solid game.

Gameplay:4/5
The fighting mechanism used this time around is a semi free action hack and slash, very similar to the Tales series, though less responsive. Fighting can be frustrating because of the overall clunky-ness of the controls, and extremely time consuming unless you choose to skip all battle scene CG, which I recommend against since it's absolutely ridiculous. Everything else is the exact same as all the other Ar tonelico games out there. Cosmospheres still work like they do, but now instead of costumes, it's alternate personae. Overall, the game is not hard, even with the weird controls.

Story:4/5
Expect the same old story from the previous games, which can be a good or a bad thing. If you liked the storyline in the previous games, this does not sell short, in fact I enjoyed it just as much, if not more than the previous two. But if it's a new innovative story you're looking for, then you're not exactly going to find it here. Another thing people may not like about this game, is that the story does sort of depend on you playing the previous two games to fully understand. In fact one of the usable characters is a usable character from Ar tonelico 2 (No spoilers), and they do not explain a lot of terms they use at all. Although it doesn't detract from the story overall, it's still like being on the outside looking in on inside joke.

Music:5/5
Same great music, with awesome new hymns. "EXEC_EP=NOVA/." will be stuck in your head before the day is through (most ridiculous song there is).
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not terrible, but forgettable...
I bought this game used for $25 a few months ago and I played it for maybe a few hours. Months later, I had completely forgotten about it until I saw it as a recommendation. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mali
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great Game!
I gave it this rateing due to these facts:

2 Stars for it being my favorite Genre (RPG), 1 Star for the Music, 1 Star for game play, and the final for the story... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Fred
5.0 out of 5 stars cool game
i am loving this game and i would suggest to other rpg fans who wana try something new and fun, give this game a serious try.
Published 8 months ago by Travis L. Sechman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun
I bought this as a gift for a friend, it was in great shape and is a pretty good game. They were very happy with it.
Published 11 months ago by Paige
3.0 out of 5 stars A dating sim where you carry a sword
Going into this i was looking for anohter rpg to occupy my time being a fan of anyhting with nis america on it i might have been suckered into this. Read more
Published 11 months ago by brandon w.
5.0 out of 5 stars Derpy but fun
This was an odd game, good but odd. If your a fan of anime and JRPG's you will like this game.
Published 12 months ago by Chris Z. Samaripa
5.0 out of 5 stars Es justo lo que esperaba y Mas - I love It
Its better than Ar tonelico I y II - Es mejor que los anteriores

Cumple con todo lo que esperaba

Thanks,

Bye
Published 13 months ago by Cristian Roberto Mene
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome game
this game is awesome in every aspect the only thing i found unpleasing is the art its not bad but not good , too bad a great game

like this didn't have good art.
Published 13 months ago by rakan
3.0 out of 5 stars Ar Tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel - PS3 Video Game
The game looks great and is a good game after you play awhile and get some experience. But the beginning learning curve is a little too dificult for my taste. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Larry Nolan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great xmas gift
Got here fast and no problems! Ended up making an awesome x mas gift. The recipient ended up being very happy.
Published 15 months ago by berto82259
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