If you’ve loved the Atelier series—like us here at Honey’s Anime—then you know one of the best trilogy of games comes from the Dusk series. Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk, Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky and Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea were three of the best titles from developer GUST and we have long waited for their DX updates to release like the last Arland series. Finally, in 2020 we have all three Atelier Dusk titles in one impressive package. Is this revamped trilogy worth the high price of admission or should you just buy each game individually? We find out in our full review of Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack for the Nintendo Switch!
What to Expect
Like the Atelier Arland Trilogy Deluxe Pack, Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack contains the entirety of the Dusk series with the three original titles revamped for the newer era of console. Containing Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk DX, Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky DX and Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea DX, this triple pack is like getting three games for a reduced price. Once more step into the Dusk franchise of the Atelier series as you try to save a dying world with the help of several alchemists and their powerful skills! Can you guide these future alchemists and aid them in saving the world? Better get ready to synthesize, fight and create in this epic trilogy pack!
Back in 2012, Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk released starting the newest Atelier franchise, Dusk! Now in 2020, fans will be happy to hear that you can re-journey through the land of Dusk with this triple pack of games! The Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack contains three titles for a reduced price with some welcome enhancements. Join Ayesha as she tries to save her younger sister or follow the trails of two new alchemist Escha and Logy! Then follow Shallie as she tries to stop the withering of Dusk using her alchemist skills. Think you’re ready to become a master alchemist? Well then we just have one thing to say to you! Welcome back to the world Atelier Dusk!
Three games…one large collection piece. That is what you should expect the minute you boot up Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack and realize that what awaits you is hundreds of hours of gameplay. Rather than talk about each game individually—as that would take us hundreds of hours to do—we decided to break down each title so you know what you’re getting and how the entire package ends up being either worth it…or not. Get ready folks, this review will dive into Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack and that isn’t a small feat.
Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk is the first entry in the Dusk trilogy and it is easily the most impressive even after 8 years. Players assume control of Ayesha Altugle who longs to find her sister Nio who has vanished. Ayesha ends up meeting several rather bizarre companions and with their help, decides to scour the land in search of Nio! While not as impressive graphically as it once was, Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk still looks great and plays quite well. Like the other Atelier games, Ayesha’s title is still turn based but quite liberating thanks to the assist system—where allies can help characters they are assigned too—and the ever pressing synthesis time limits that make you focus on what tasks should be focused on or skipped.
Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky is the biggest change in the franchise with players choosing between two alchemists that play quite differently. Escha Mailer is your traditional alchemist who uses an atelier to make her recipes while male lead Logix Fiscario is more modern and thus can’t use an atelier. The two alchemists must gain resources to build a powerful airship capable of flying to a usually unreachable location as well as help their town deal with various problems. While Escha’s gameplay is more akin to the original titles, Logy focuses more on combat/story. In our opinions, Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky is the best of the bunch with the dual protagonist concept that makes replaying a must for fans!
The last entry in the Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack comes in the form of Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea. Like the previous game, players can choose between two characters—Shallistera and Shallotte Elminus—but unlike before their gameplay doesn’t change much. What does change is the mass amount of story you can get from both characters as they scour the world together trying to restore life to the now dying Dusk. In terms of gameplay, Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea is the biggest departure with no fixed time limit for item creation and a feel more akin to Persona games. Combat still remains the same and there are still tons of endings to obtain making this a pretty lengthy title.
Now as a whole all three games included in the Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack are pretty amazing RPGs. Combat plays the same in almost each game but that isn’t a bad thing. The Atelier series has always had excellent turn based combat that makes players use their characters smartly and efficiently. Exploration also is quite fun regardless of the entry as exploring the land of Dusk in different settings never gets old. Playing through each game allows you to see how they interlock with one another and even how characters old and new have influenced the world as a whole!
The only issue with playing all three Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack titles back to back is the feeling of déjà vu. Each title feels basically like the last and while gameplay formats improve overtime—there’s a big difference in the latter two games—the entire package feels quite familiar. You will really want to play each game apart from one another to avoid getting Atelier burnout like we almost did.
Lastly, one element that makes this collection so perfect is the sheer amount of content! Each game is given the entirety of the DLCs to be found meaning you’re getting tons of outfits, characters and extra story per game. Add to this updated speed up systems that allow you to navigate through battles/exploration faster and you have what feels like a truly upgraded triple package! We truly advise getting Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack together as all three games alone can cost you $120!
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack is basically getting three games for the price of two and in our minds, it is very worth it. Each game has been enhanced for richer flowing exploration/combat and each title includes all the DLC which is a nice touch! While each game has its own minor problems, the Atelier Dusk Trilogy was one of our favorite parts of the franchise and we doubt many would disagree. Yes, it might be hard to pay upfront $89.99 but if you want three incredibly long—but well done—games then you know this price of admission is well worth it.
Three games for an extremely reduced price
Each game has all of the DLC released which means you get a slew of content per game
The updated speed up functions included in each title is handy to avoid slower paced elements
Three wonderful stories that truly feel linked together
Might be a bit hard to pony up $89.99 in one sitting for some
Each game can feel a bit familiar if you try to play them all back to back
Honey's Final Verdict:
The Atelier series has always had a special place in our hearts here at Honey’s Anime and the Dusk trilogy has definitely been one of our favorite parts of this amazing franchise. Playing through each one again with updated visuals and gameplay systems felt fun and exciting but did feel a bit tiring when playing all of them back to back. Needless to say, this combo pack is best played with some downtime in between but getting the complete Dusk trilogy for $89.99 is a steal. What was—or is—your favorite Atelier game? Let us know in the comments down below! Even more video game reviews and anime goodies await those who stick to us here at Honey’s Anime!
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