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Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland - Playstation 3

by NIS America
PlayStation 3
Teen
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews) 3 answered questions 66 / 100

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  • Develop your kingdom! - Develop and transform the landscape right before your eyes!
  • Synthesize items! - Gather and synthesize items to use in battle or turn in for huge rewards!
  • Explore the world! - More dungeons and fields to explore than ever before!
  • Brand new skills! - Special character-specific skills with exceptional effects!
  • Returning characters! - Catch up with old friends as they return in an all-new adventure!
  • Awesome DLC! - Extend the game by downloading additional dungeons characters and music!
  • Improved graphics! - Revel in the stunning cel-shaded art style!
  • Multiple endings! - Over 10 different endings! Try to unlock them all!
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  • ASIN: B007H44U1W
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches ; 6.4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: May 31, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,156 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland is the third and final Atelier game set within the Arland world and it continues the series' emphasis on adventure and item synthesis. This latest installment is the direct sequel to Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland and Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland. Atelier Meruru adopts a mission-based game system wherein you must develop and enhance your kingdom within three years. There are a variety of quests ranging from synthesizing and delivering items to taking on ferocious beasts and how you accomplish these missions will contribute to the progress and storyline of the game. Completing quests will reward you with points that can be used to perform different tasks on a national level such as creating new facilities and leveling up your kingdom which in turn will allow you access to different areas to develop and explore.

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Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland is the third and final Atelier game set within the Arland world, and it continues the series' emphasis on adventure and item synthesis. This latest installment is the direct sequel to Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland and Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland.


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This item includes Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland for the PlayStation®3 and a free bonus art book!

Atelier Meruru adopts a mission-based game system wherein you must develop and enhance your kingdom within three years. There are a variety of quests, ranging from synthesizing and delivering items to taking on ferocious beasts, and how you accomplish these missions will contribute to the progress and storyline of the game. Completing quests will reward you with points that can be used to perform different tasks on a national level, such as creating new facilities and leveling up your kingdom, which in turn will allow you access to different areas to develop and explore.


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Game Features

  • Develop your kingdom! - Develop and transform the landscape right before your eyes!
  • Synthesize items! - Gather and synthesize items to use in battle or turn in for huge rewards!
  • Explore the world! - More dungeons and fields to explore than ever before!
  • Brand new skills! - Special character-specific skills with exceptional effects!
  • Returning characters! - Catch up with old friends as they return in an all-new adventure!
  • Improved graphics! - Revel in the stunning cel-shaded art style!
  • Multiple endings! - Over 10 different endings! Try to unlock them all!
  • Awesome DLC! - Extend the game by downloading additional dungeons, characters, and costumes!

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Same great formula with some slight improvements. June 15, 2012
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I'm going to assume you have played at least one of the previous games (this is the 3rd and final installment of the Arland series). If you haven't you can probably learn more from reading a review of the other games, since they are fairly similiar. There are some improvements in this installment however which i'll go over.

1.) More goal-oriented questing. If you played Totori, you might have been like myself picking up the random quests/gathering stuff and just building adventurer points without really understanding the importance of time management (in that game, my first play through i got the normal/bad ending because i ran out of time). Here however, there are more obvious short-term goals; your main focus is to improve your kingdom (which works though doing requests for others). By doing this you gain more tangible results: statistical bonuses, more shop variety, etc. There's also aesthetic changes; area's change in appearance, have different gathering materials as they change, and more NPC's show up as you improve the kingdom and the population increases. It gives the feeling of an the nation evolving and that your actions are actually making changes in the game world.

2.) Less time pressure. Kind of. There are more requests to do. Instead of just the typical gathering/killing stuff quests in totori, theres slightly more variety. You can still get these normal quests (for money/friendship points) in the tavern, but you also have your development quests that are done to improve the kingdom. You can easily be overwhelemed by the number of quests to do, but at the same time i feel less time pressure than the previous games. That might be because i'm a vet of the series however.

All the tried and true stuff remains the same.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
So this review is going to start out really random, but bear with me. If you've ever played Fable 1 or 2 and Fable 3, you will have found that the overall goals of the game transitioned from RPG to kingdom sim. In Fable 1 and 2, your goal was to build a strong character and go on a quest to kill a strong enemy. In Fable 3 however, your goal was to kill enemies, upgrade your kingdom's infrastructure, and ultimately meet the infrastructure goals (with money and development targets) before the end of the game.

Atelier Meruru is the same with respect to Totori and Rorona before it. In Totori and Rorona, you goals were more or less to do some exploration, some alchemy, and build up your inventory/characters until they were strong enough to explore the end targets or synthesize whatever you needed. In Meruru, the primary storyline revolves around building up infrastructure in your kingdom, very similar to Fable 3, to meet development targets by the end of the game. The way you do this is complete quests. Some of them involve synthesizing items for infrastructure to develop farms, outposts, etc... Other quests involve going to a dungeon and killing a big enemy.

Overall the game plays out very similarly to Totori. You explore areas and kill mobs/gather ingredients. Then you return to town and synthesize items for combat or for infrastructure. However, the one major change in Meruru that has made it instantly my favorite game of the 3 (Rorona, Totori, Meruru) is that there is no sudden bad end when you do not meet a time limited goal. Yes, you can theoretically get a bad end in Meruru, but you have to blindly try to go for it. Ultimately you will get one of a few very different endings depending on what goal within the game you set out to do.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun game where you do more than just fight monsters August 26, 2012
By CF
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I won't go into the specific gameplay, since the other reviewers have done that (you may also find it useful to look at the reviews of the prequels: Atelier Rorona and Atelier Totori), but I wanted to write this review for people who are on the fence about this game and who aren't sure if they'll like it.

Since modern games these days (first person shooters/single-person [no party] RPGs) don't appeal to me, in the past few years I've turned to Japanese games to fill the gaming niche in my life. I think this game is very similar in spirit to Rune Factory (and less tedious/more exciting than Harvest Moon), so if you liked those you might like the Atelier games too.

The Atelier series gives you something to do beyond just fighting monsters: this game combines dungeon-crawling with the creation of items that either help you fight, develop your kingdom, or be friends with other characters. Since the items are made from the resources that you collect from the dungeons and you choose the characteristics of the items you make, you get to exercise your time and resource management skills. The art is fun and the dialogue is mostly amusing, but I do think there are too many cutscenes (so minus one star for fun-ness): they mostly happen as you level up your friendship with the other characters. (But the cutscenes are brief and you can just keep pressing X to skip the dialogue...)

Atelier Meruru is a little easier than its predecessors, with no time limits on quests, and you can achieve the storyline goals without any stress. Even so, if you're a trophy collector you'll probably be referring to a walkthrough quite a bit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 19 days ago by Kevin Villatoroo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game!
This was a pretty good installment of the Atelier series. I loved the story, the characters, and the new building your kingdom part of it. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Rachelle Peterson
3.0 out of 5 stars The tutorials are pretty good, though even with them and some...
So, I've sampled some earlier games from Gust: Atelier Iris, Atelier Iris 2, Mana Khemia 2, and played through all of Mana Khemia. Read more
Published 2 months ago by DeltaPeng
4.0 out of 5 stars Multiple runs for trophies, lot of sidequests
Atelier Meruru is a nice RPG with loads of side quests, trophies, alchemy and and the usual time limit. While it is pretty solid, some of the time it got worn out. Read more
Published 6 months ago by R. West
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this game
this game is both fun and challenging. Though i may not go PS4. I am a RPG player, so i naturally would enjoy this game. I would recommend this to an RPG or Anime player. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sean Goetz
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Atelier Game
I loved Meruru. It had fun goals of building up the kingdom and the alchemy was a lot more user friendly. Read more
Published 7 months ago by S. Dawson
3.0 out of 5 stars Great gameplay; very unfortunate limitations.
As a crafting nut, this game appealed to me immediately, and I wasn't disappointed. If you're into that sort of thing, you're likely to enjoy at least part of this game quite a... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Trepidation
4.0 out of 5 stars Good gift :)
I bought it as a Gift. It came in a box, in perfect condition and functionality. no complaints about the product.
Published 9 months ago by Jackeline
1.0 out of 5 stars Nitendo DS too
I would give it 5 stars if it was for nitendo DS cause I only have that version of a portable system!
Published 10 months ago by missoperaghost
3.0 out of 5 stars EHHH..
I gave this game a 3 cause ..ehhh lol

12/14/13
I got this game excited to play it so the graphics arnt great but they arnt bad in my opinion. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Neoluxi
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