There's always going to be games that appeal more to certain people than others. I understand that. Despite being a niche game, Ar tonelico has a very strong fanbase. That's awesome. As a reviewer, though, I can't reward games that don't do much particularly well. For me, the story had its ups and downs, but the characters came forth to make the experience better. The gameplay, however, was short by a long-shot of utilizing its full potential. It did a lot of things quite generically without stepping up to be a solid system. Out of all the games, I found the second one to be the best in terms of gameplay. although the first stands to be my favorite. I appreciate that you're able to admit that you know the game was lacking on certain levels. To be honest, I found the third game to be the one that just didn't measure up. But in the end, if you're a fan, there's no ands, ifs, buts, you're going to give the third game a spin.