About as good as a JRPG can hope to be. Fun and with a lot of interesting characters.

User Rating: 9 | Meruru no Atelier: Arland no Renkinjutsushi 3 PS3
This game is a mixture of exploration and combat, alchemy synthesis and character advancement. All three are quite interesting. The combat is generally not that difficult provided you keep your equipment updated. This is different from more other RPGs since you synthesize the components your equipment is made out of from items you collect so the quality and properties can vary quite a bit. The characters in this game are an interesting bunch - different personalities and different plot lines to follow as the game develops. It might not be for hardcore players, but Atelier Meruru is very entertaining and a lot of fun to play.

The main character of the game is the princess of the kingdom of Arls who has decided to learn to be an alchemist. Her father gives her permission, providing she can help the kingdom develop to be ready to become part of the Arland republic. Meruru has to complete various requests such as combat and item synthesis/delivery in order to earn development points. She can then use these points to build new structures which help both her and the kingdom.

This game is a bit harder than the previous titles. Life Points (LP) are more significant at the start of the game and MP is harder to restore unless you rest or use items. You will need to spend a fair amount of game time creating the items you need to finish the development quests.