The Atelier series is a niche game within a niche genre, although JRPGs have become so popular in the last couple of years that it would be inaccurate to call these games niche. What I’m trying to say is that Atelier games are unique even for the JRPG genre due to the alchemy system that it heavily relies on.

For those of us who adore playing this type of game, studios like Gust are a treasure to behold. These guys have been pumping out Atelier games like there’s no tomorrow. On paper, that might seem overkill, but as a fan of the series, I’m content to be able to play one Atelier game per year.

Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy continues the story of Reisalin Stout (aka Ryza) and her friends in a different location. Ryza’s circle of friends is no longer confined within the premises of Kurken Island. The sequel to Atelier Ryza has a standalone story, which means you don’t have to have played the original to understand what’s happening in Atelier Ryza … (read more)