TGS '07: Ar tonelico II Impressions

We sneak a peak at this upcoming RPG's tantalizing trailer.

TOKYO--We recently caught a glimpse of the eye-catching trailer for Namco Bandai's upcoming role-playing game, Ar tonelico II. If you're new to Ar tonelico, the RPG series centers on maidens known as Reyvatiels who sing powerful songs of magical destruction.

In the original Ar Tonelico game, your character Lyner was always in the foreground to protect the Reyvatiels from monsters while the ladies belted out tunes. However, the male character in the Ar tonelico II trailer is barely featured at all. Whereas Ar tonelico focused on the interplay between Lyner and the girls, it looks as if the sequel will focus more on the relationships between the girls themselves.

If you think that sounds naughty, you're right, because Ar tonelico is famous for its out-of-control sexual innuendo. For instance, in the original, if Lyner helped out a Reyvatiel, she'd come to his room to talk at night while he was resting. If you built up a good repartee with a particular girl, she'd eventually let you "dive" into her. That's the game's terminology, not ours. Of course, it was only innuendo, because "diving in" actually meant entering the psyche of the Reyvatiel to help her clear out some psychic baggage.

In Ar tonelico II, the main characters appear to be two girls: a voluptuous blonde and a skinny brunette. As the trailer flashes between scenes, it repeatedly comes back to them holding hands, about to kiss. When their lips eventually meet, the trailer switches to an image of a flowering rose that sprays white pollen into the air. That's right, flower porn.

But Ar tonelico II isn't just fodder for randy roses, it's a Japanese RPG with turn-based combat, colorful characters, devastating attacks, and a menace that threatens existence. We believe this might be in the form of a giant double helix made of metal, though we suspect there's also a humanoid villain behind the doomsday DNA. Combat in Ar tonelico II appears to be turn-based, and the bit we saw seemed to feature one band of adventurers fighting another, something you don't see often.

Of course, all this was gleaned from a very brief glimpse, which has certainly created more questions than answers. But if this game is half as unusual and memorable as its trailer, you--and flowers everywhere--should be very excited.

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17 comments
danwarecritic
danwarecritic

The original was fantastic. Everything about it. I can't wait for this one.

kenshin0304
kenshin0304

@ Rihochan, I agree and disagree. Luke was whiny for far too long, but once he gets over it, he's very likeable. The fact that the other characters didn't put up with it, particularly Tear and Jade, made it much more bearable. Jade is my favorite Tales char, though Klarth makes a close second. The fact that Tear and possibly Jade were treated almost as main chars made up for Luke's whininess as well IMO.

Rihochan
Rihochan

I'm looking forward to it with intensity. The first one was one of those games you either love or you hate. And I have to say that Luke is the worst Tales game protagonist ever. Or at least the most annoying. The game would have been so much better if he hadn't been in it. Ergo, Abyss doesn't get anywhere near it's predecessors in the series.

rizalariff
rizalariff

"That's right, flower porn." I lold so hard at these words..:lol:

BSEE10
BSEE10

Yeah but makes sure that this one is not as sleepy than the last time. I mean come on!!! Ar Tonelico was not that entertaining even with it's sexual something.

xTSUKAIMAx
xTSUKAIMAx

big fan of this series i nthink it a new story on a new tower so i want to see this one to the end as well

vss3rd
vss3rd

sexual tension or not..anyone who played the 1st game will get this one too the 1st had an emotional 'save the world' story that really pulled you in,male and female alike could enjoy it the music is the -best- of any game i have EVER played solid combat system,interesting but light character stat developement **hoping for more more stuff to do** do NOT be fooled just because it -looks- girlie..it is a 'real' -game- ,spend some time with it and you will like it *if you like rpgs naturally* just remember..its ok to cry..sometimes

danwarecritic
danwarecritic

Weird and adult. I like japanese games though. That's why the PS2 is still going strong. It has japanese games of all kinds.

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

i am patiently waiting for this to come out, and is it me or did Gamespot take this preview a little 'sexual'?

Zeus-Guy
Zeus-Guy

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3KindgomsRandy
3KindgomsRandy

I'd be down for a sequel. The first was pretty fun!

tatinhawk
tatinhawk

The first one Ar Tonelico was great!! I hope we could have Ar tonelico II here in the US!!

Mobel
Mobel

Yeah i hope we can get it too.I have played Ar Tonelico I and it was really awesome.

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

LordAndrew, i'd say the chances are actually good, after reading the last sentence or 2.

wjc04c
wjc04c

playing the first one now. very unique. please bring this stateside!

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

What are the chances of us actually getting this game here?