I know the game is old but recently I decided to get Mana Khemia from the PS store fro the Vita. I knew beforehand the port didn't run well on the PSP but I read somewhere it ran pretty good on the Vita and I can confirm it does.
It does take a while the get used to the muddy backgrounds but the game is great. It starts slow but the characters, the battle, the level up system, the alchemy, it all works so well and they all make the game so much fun.
I became a fan of the Atelier series during the PS3 era so I didn't play any of the previous ones. I didn't have much expectations for this game but I can safely say it surpassed them already and I'm only about 12 hours in.
If anyone here is like me and started playing the Atelier series recently and didn't play the old games, I can already recommend this game. From what I've seen playing it on a PS2 should be much better since it has better visual, loadings (although the Vita loads it instantly) and dual audio which the PSP version doesn't have.
I bought this game while waiting for my copy of Escha & Logy to arrive from mail and now it is still closed while I play this game.
So, anyone else have played this or the sequel, Mana Khemia 2?
Mana Khemia is one of my favorite games from Gust (and probably somewhere in my top 20 games). The characters and plot are great in MK. MK2....it isn't bad, but it is nowhere near as good as MK. In addition to MK2 having more annoying characters overall, the two major plots in it were forgettable (literally as I can't remember how they ended despite still remembering the major plot ending and most of the character endings from MK1).