Review: Atelier Ryza 2 – Lost Legends and The Secret Fairy

Nice and big but extremely beautiful and sometimes downright confusing.

Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends and the Secret Fairy is a sequel to the game Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & The Secret Hideout and takes place three years after the events of the first game. We take control again Ryza and visit new, cool places where we meet both new and old friends in search of an invaluable treasure.

Press photo: Koei Tecmo - Gust Co.  Ltd.  copyright 2021 - Ryza by a tree
Press photo: Koei Tecmo – Gust Co. Ltd.

The first thing I turn off when I start Atelier Ryza 2 Lost Legends and the Secret Fairy is that the charging times are quite long. It takes an awful long time before it all starts. Once you get into the game, it’s time for everything exposition needed for you to keep up with what the adventure is about. This is a extremely fun game and there is a lot of pressure Xbutton to advance. Then I realized that there is an auto-play button that means you do not have to click the next dialog. I did not watch, but it feels like there is at least ten minutes of talk before you can even start playing.

Once you get control of Ryza, you can start exploring the world. It’s an open world, but at first there’s not much you can do. You’re pretty much in control of where you go. When you meet an enemy, you enter a turn-based combat system that feels very tough and awkward. Once you’ve done with your first enemy, it’s time to meet your friends and, surprise – more talkative.

Press photo: Koei Tecmo - Gust Co.  Ltd.  copyright 2021 - Ryza in city
Press photo: Koei Tecmo – Gust Co. Ltd.

The dialogue is in Japanese and subtitled in English. I like that in and of itself, as I have always digged Japanese anime but it is a bit weird sometimes when Ryza exclaims something while she is running that is not translated. The actors are good, but it gets a little annoying sometimes when all the emotional expressions are so extremely exaggerated. It ends up being pretty silly.

The graphics are nice, well made and have a nice anime feel. Sound and music tie the knot and overall is Atelier Ryza 2 Lost Legends and the Secret Fairy a skillfully designed adventure game, with many upgrade options and places to explore.

In summary, feel Atelier Ryza 2 Lost Legends and the Secret Fairy really not like everyone’s cup of tea. If you’m a big fan of Japanese role-playing games (JRPG) then I absolutely think you’ll love this game. But for those of you who are like me – who do not really understand the greatness of long, boring conversations and minimal gambling – the rating unfortunately does not reach a recommendation.