下手の横好き世界5 by William Van Hecke

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(Cross-posted ex post facto from Soft Landing Developers’ Diary)

Ar-tonelico continues to pile on the smiles. The combat is based on maintaining harmony with your Revetail, the singer who accompanies you into battle, as something of a mage-bard. That’s cool, but get this: when you craft a new item using the game’s cute little alchemy system, your current Reveteil suggests a cute name for it. Each Reveteil has her own preferences about item names, and her own way of convincing you to use her item names. You can agree with her suggestion or stick with your own name for the item. This means craftable items have several different possible names: one for each Revetail who might suggest a name, in addition to the standard name. As far as I can tell, this has no effect on the gameplay; it’s just the kind of touch that makes a solid game into an enthralling one. Ar-to 3 Ar-to 2 Ar-to 1