I’d always been interested in the Atelier series for its pretty art style, but there seems to be more to Atelier Lydie and Suelle than its pretty paintings. Atelier Lydie and Suelle’s delightful looking world contains plenty to collect and find to synthesise and make items with, with the charming and well-designed characters backed by interesting alchemy systems. While the Japanese PS4 demo was a mostly visual experience for me, the world and alchemy systems of Lydie and Suelle have kept me curious about this new addition to the Atelier series.
With the language barrier in place, the things that stood out to me from the characters of Atelier Lydie and Suelle were often their character designs and demeanours, with each character bringing their own feeling to the story. One thing I noticed in it was how light and fun the portrayal is, with humourous dialogue sprinkled throughout and little conversations before the girls go to sleep or in its towns and areas really giving it that Slice of Life feel that Atelier games promise. I played for a generous three hours that featured three chapters in its Japanese demo and while the plot spent a lot time in big conversations with characters than I couldn’t understand, a fun tone was carried across throughout the experience and with a good localisation I can see these characters being very enjoyable to spend time with in this alchemy journey.
its visuals and I feel like I got one of the best visual experiences by playing it on PS4. I found Atelier Lydie and Suelle to be very gorgeous with its painterly art style with plenty of colour in both its towns and magical painted worlds, all featuring beautiful, vibrant colours. Since I also had access to the Switch version, I had to check it out too after seeing some difference between it and the PS4 version in screenshots from it in a Siliconera article months ago and sure enough, the textures used on the Switch version are not as sharp and detailed as the ones on PS4. While I haven’t played the PC version, having played predominantly the PS4 version and seeing how sharp and nice it looks, that seems to be the one of the best versions of Atelier Lydie and Suelle for those trying to decide between the PS4 and Nintendo Switch version of the experience and while I love the portability of my Switch, I was happier with the smooth, vivid visuals the PS4 version had.
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