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Overview

Ar tonelico II was created by Japanese game developer Gust for the PlayStation 2 console and combines RPG along with dating sim/visual novel gameplay styles as seen in the first game. The game features a new battle system alongside other new additions such as the Dualstall and Replakia systems.

The game also has an option to select the voice over language between either English or Japanese. However some Japanese voice over tracks had to be removed to accommodate the English voice overs.

Story

The story for Ar tonelico II is set in the same world as the original on planet Sol Ciel which is inhabited by two races Humans and Reyvateils, with Reyvateils having the ability to use song magic. The player takes control of Croix who is a knight of the Grand Bell Church of Pastlia that is tasked with subduing Reyvateils that have contracted I.P.D. (Infel Phira Dependency) which can make the infected lose control and attack people.

Characters

Croix Bartel

Voiced by: Kouji Yusa (Japanese)

The Main character of the game. He is a rookie soldier of the Grand Bell, The government that controls the world.

He lost his parents as a child and was raised by Luca's mother ever since. As he grew, he developed admiration towards the ideals of Metafalica and joined the Grand Bell knights.

He was the only knight that never required a Rayvateil partner. At first he was very hopeful about the army, but facing a harsh reality, he lost his hope in the Grand Bell and the world. His only joy in life is Cocona, a girl that was orphaned because of an IPD outbreak, and got adopted by Croix.

Croix is supposed to be Lucas boyfriend, but they haven't seen each other since he joined the Grand Bell Knights.

Luca Trulyworth

Voiced by: Laura Bailey (English), Ami Koshimizu (Japanese)

Luca is Croix childhood friend and they lived together until he moved to Pastalia to become one of the Grand Bell knights.

She works as a Dive Therapist in Rakshek using her abilities as a Rayvateil and she has plenty of knowledge when it comes to Diving and Dive Therapy.

Luca is also know for her bad cooking skills and Croix often, indirectly, calls her a bad cook.

Even though Luca hasn't seen Croix since he moved to Pastalia, she sees Croix as her boyfriend.

Cloche Leythal Pastalia

Voiced by: Kate Higgins (English), Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese)

She is one of the main heroines of Ar Tonelico II. The Holy Maiden of the Grand Bell organization. Like Luca, she is also a Reyvateil. She's been raised in Pastalia Castle and has not gone out much due to the strict rules, so she is socially ignorant and acts very harsh and demanding to the others at first. She is against Lucas line of work, Dive Therapy and says it's against the law. But then later on sees that it's pretty usefull. She adores the stuffed animal called "Gergo". The little girl Sasha is one of few people who actually treats Cloche as a normal person and not as a celebrity.

Gameplay

Battle System

Battles in Ar Tonelico II are turn based with some time based elements, there are two phases that take place in battle, an attack phase and a defend phase.

The attack phase consists of selecting magic to be used by Reyvateils, building up magic, releasing magic and several normal attacks that can help boost the magic that is being readied.

The defense phase has the player guard the Reyvateils with timed button presses that can negate attacks or inflict less/full damage depending on when the attack and button press is landed/executed.

Dive System

Dive into Reyvateils !

The Dive system is used by Croix to aid Reyvateils in learning new magic by diving into Reyvateils mind, this section of the game takes the form of a visual novel with the player progressing through a story and using up Dive Points (DP) gained in battle.

Dualstall

The Dualstall system allows one or more Reyvateils to take a bath with special Dualithnode crystals, these crystals can also be placed in certain positions to aid the effect of the crystals which in turn boost levels and stats. Additional accessory's and powders can be added in the bath that effect these stats alongside events that can occur when two Reyvateils bathe together opening up a visual novel style interaction.

Localization

The localisation for Ar Tonelico II has been criticized by some fans of the game due to grammatical errors and misspellings. The US version also included a bug that causes the game to freeze on a certain boss battle if certain requirements are met, which causes the PlayStation 2 to run out of memory.

Another issue that was found is the gender mix up of a female character called Jean (Jeanne) Ishikawa, the character in game has a female voice over actor in the Japanese voice setting and after her attack in battle also covers herself up after slicing the enemy and her clothes off at the same time.

A fan-community relocalization project is in the works to fix all of the numerous problems in the official localization.

Soundtrack

No.Track NameLength
1Hill of Celebration ~Harmonics Frelia~2:29
2Legend of Ar tonelico II ~The 2nd Tower~4:55
3Start Up1:32
4Town of the Heaven2:29
5A Spot of Sun2:07
6Passageway3:11
7Verna2:03
8Lightning0:39
9Assault1:49
10Going at My Own Pace1:29
11Emotion2:42
12Praying Voices2:53
13Boy in the Crowd3:05
14A Promise Left Behind2:16
15Waltz of Gears2:51
16Overflow2:08
17Escaping the Battle2:44
18Rustling Throb ~Luca~2:44
19Like the Sunny Sky2:08
20Rustling Throb ~Cloche~2:40
21The Second Tower3:03
22Evil on the Moon2:49
23Goddess' Footsteps2:16
24EXEC_WITH.METHOD_METAFALICA7:23

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