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Game of the Month March 2013: Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk
Sorry to disappoint, but our favorite game this month does not feature an amnesiac hero on a world-spanning quest to defeat the source of all evil. In fact, the titular character in Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk isn't a heroine in the typical sense — instead, she's an ordinary girl in search of her missing sister. What makes Ayesha's story so charming is the notable absence of overwrought melodrama. Conversations about freshly-baked bread and the pleasant feeling of a midday breeze are par for the course in Atelier Ayesha, a game with a laid-back sensibility that we found to be a refreshing change of pace. Tweaked battle and synthesis systems, ten possible endings to pursue, and an all-new setting make this the most streamlined, accessible Atelier title yet. If you've yet to try your hand at alchemy, and don't mind a story more idyllic than epic, we recommend picking up Ayesha's virtual cauldron and giving it a "swirl."

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November 2013: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds October 2013: Pokémon X & Y September 2013: Valdis Story: Abyssal City August 2013: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn July 2013: Shin Megami Tensei IV June 2013: Muramasa Rebirth May 2013: The Night of the Rabbit April 2013: Soul Sacrifice March 2013: Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk February 2013: Fire Emblem: Awakening January 2013: Ni no Kuni December 2012: Crimson Shroud November 2012: Persona 4 Golden October 2012: Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward September 2012: Borderlands 2 August 2012: Guild Wars 2 July 2012: Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] June 2012: The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinov May 2012: Diablo III April 2012: Xenoblade Chronicles March 2012: Mass Effect 3 February 2012: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning January 2012: Final Fantasy XIII-2 December 2011: Star Wars: The Old Republic November 2011: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword October 2011: Dark Souls

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