Hello message board of the podcast that has helped to entertain me while at work, I was hoping to sneak in a question to some fans of this series. I know people can not speak directly to what I might enjoy, but hopefully some fellow jrpg fans will know where I'm coming from when I ask this.
If I have never had fun with, or gotten happiness out of, the alchemy system in any other rpg, would I be able to enjoy the Atelier series? (unofficially narrowed down the ones I'm interested in trying first to Meruru or Ayesha)
Nothing against the people who might like it, but systems in games such as Odin's Sphere where I have to plant seeds, to grow fruit, to make food, to increase my character's HP... the tedium, the convoluted horror, I simply hate it. I had no interest in the Atelier series at first, but new ones just keep being released in an era where jrpgs aren't seeing many US releases. Is the alchemy simply significantly better than in other games less focused on it? Should I follow my instincts and stay away from games which so clearly display item creation systems? Perhaps worthy of note is everything else about the games look at least somewhat appealing to me.
Thanks in advance for any specific input or just general rambling on the topic should anyone respond.