Wilbell? Katla? Escha? They are my least favorite characters in the game, yet they're the ones being brought to Shallie. I can't help but feel this might have something to do with the more anime-styled push, which was clearly intentional if you read the developer notes.
So Logy might not make it into Shallie because he's not moe enough...? D:
Poor fella. I was really put out that they opted for a child Rorona than an adult one in Meruru... Bah, why show a character mature through the titles? No one wants that!
That is the opposite direction of where they should go imo. Escha and Logy already felt like there was barely any events to it. Cutting that in half would make the game a wasteland with nothing going on.
I feel like there's a lot of plot potential in these titles though. I just became surprised with how much is said in these games without...anything[!!]...really being said at all. I have no problem with the series' gameplay:plot balance being what it is or how... I'm just surprised how uninteresting it is to follow.
I kinda hate how they churn out these games every year when, like I said, they could use that time to polish the game and really make it shine. But they're just kind of awkward, wooden, and as much as I love the ideas put into the alchemy system, its got a few issues too. I hate that it takes DAYS to pluck a few weeds, and the lands you explore really aren't too fun to canvas around anyways (or they are, but they have no plot relevance beyond eye candy). And I hate for how 'dumbed down' in-game conversations are, you get like this MASSIVE alchemy system that is all BUT simple and straightforward.
I meant no offence by the comment... but they're just not doing the one thing the game does a lot of very well, and if that's the case, I'd almost rather not see it much at all.
I dunno....maybe beyond the pretty art direction and fancy music the series might not be for me. I'm actually super-duper annoyed with a lot of these cutesy, anime, slice-of-life everyday haps where adorable little girls
have adorable little problems
that are solved through adorable little conversations
New Shallie gameplayhttp://youtu.be/iSpVg2Lirrg
Escha (who's new wardrobe is the same as last time but bigger/longer)http://abload.de/img/0061g0so3.jpg
I hate Willbell too, but I've loved her outfits over the years...
Battles, music, and graphics look really nice (and holy hell if there's a "most improved" award, the Atelier series would probably snatch it up)