Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Alchemist returns with right formula for a perfect sequel.

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Positive Messages

Expanding on themes of the first game, play focuses on things like friendship and teamwork, and helping others in need. Strong theme of curiosity and learning, focusing on hard work and trial and error that can come with learning new skills, and excitement and growth that come with new knowledge. 

Positive Role Models

Ryza has matured since the first game, taking on role of teacher to kids of her village. She's still enthusiastic about seeking out new knowledge, making new discoveries. Ryza's friends and allies have also grown, while still maintaining bonds with each other. Characters also share common goal of protecting the ones close to them, helping those in need.

Ease of Play

Gameplay mechanics have been tweaked from the previous game. Combat still has players queue up a series of actions, but now players can chain attack, skill, or item moves together in one fluid action. The crafting mechanic has been expanded as well, offering more product creation options with some extra layers of complexity.

Violence

Players fight against human and humanlike enemies, as well as monsters, animals, and fantasy creatures using combination of medieval weapons and magical spells. No blood or gore; attacks appear on-screen as flashy effects. Defeated enemies simply disappear from screen.

Sex

Some female characters are shown with low-cut cleavage or high-cut skirts occasionally highlighted by game's camera.

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Consumerism

The game is a continuation of the Atelier series and a direct sequel to the previous Atelier Ryza game. Supports purchase of additional downloadable content (DLC) in the form of new skins, maps, and stories.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Game's dialogue makes several references to drinking alcohol, including one character appearing drunk.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy is a fantasy role-playing game available on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows-based PCs. A direct sequel to 2019's Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout, the game revisits and further expands on the young alchemist Ryza and her friends as they set out on a new adventure involving mysteries of the past hidden in ancient ruins. It also reflects on how those events tie into present events and the appearance of a strange, magical creature. The game features running themes of friendship and teamwork, as well as positive enthusiasm for exploration and knowledge. Combat happens frequently, with players fighting against enemies with an arsenal of medieval weapons, magical abilities, and special items. There's no blood or gore, with damage reflected instead via flashy on-screen effects. Some female characters are portrayed with lots of cleavage or high-cut skirts shown, and there are occasional in-game references to drinking alcohol.

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What's it about?

In ATELIER RYZA 2: LOST LEGENDS & THE SECRET FAIRY, Ryza's tale picks up three years after the events of Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout. After staying behind to continue her path as an alchemist, Ryza has started teaching other potential young talents. Her life changes again when she gets an invitation from her old friend Tao to explore some ancient ruins that may have ties to alchemy. At the same time, Ryza is asked to investigate the origins of a strange glowing stone. What follows is an epic fantasy adventure, reuniting Ryza with old friends and new allies as they work together to unlock the secrets of the past to help save their future.

Is it any good?

This is the first time that this popular franchise gets a direct sequel, and it builds on the strengths of the original game in every way. Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy doesn't reinvent the wheel, recognizing the things that gamers loved in the original and giving them more depth. It's an almost textbook example of the right way to create a sequel. For returning fans, this is an opportunity to revisit Ryza and her friends to catch up on how their lives have progressed. For newcomers, the game serves as a captivating introduction to a world of whimsy and wonder, of magic and mystery, and of fantasy and friendship.

Right from the start, it's easy to see improvements made for this sequel. While the first game had gorgeous visuals, Atelier Ryza 2 goes even further, looking like a cross between a hand-painted work of art and an anime. Admittedly, the dialogue is still a bit cheesy, but that's almost to be expected in this style of game. Combat has been somewhat streamlined, adding a new chain mechanic that lets players put together a series of abilities for as long as they have action points, with each link in the chain being stronger than the last. The game's crafting mechanic has been expanded as well, with many recipes from the original game returning, as well as a slew of brand-new items waiting to be crafted. There's an extra slot available in crafting that makes use of a newly discovered material to alter the elemental component of many recipes. There's even a new technique that allows players to combine two of the same item in an alchemical ritual that can boost the stats of that item or sometimes create something completely new from the process. Finally, the plot and the cast of characters are much deeper and richer than in the original game. All of this guarantees that players get in plenty of gameplay to become invested in the mystery and leave satisfied with everything Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy has to offer.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how women are portrayed in entertainment. How has the role of female characters evolved over the years? What are some examples of games that feature women as positive role models?

  • What are some of the qualities that fans look for in sequels? Do you prefer more of the same, or something completely different?

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