"With a host of improvements which both streamline and simplify gameplay elements, Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland is a game ordained to please both franchise veterans as well as casual JRPG fans. Featuring an onslaught of opportunities for gathering, synthesizing, fighting, and building, the game’s stirred sense of urgency and engaging mechanics are capable of cultivating marathon sessions."IGN
, 6.0http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/05/24/ ... and-review
"this latest entry makes changes to the overall structure that obscure the game's best elements instead of accentuating them, and the lack of any central conflict left me completely uninterested in the story and characters. All that's left is an occasionally fun grind to finish your chores and an overall aesthetic that you will either love or hate."EGM
, 7.5http://www.egmnow.com/articles/reviews/ ... of-arland/
Though the Atelier series might not be the epitome of Japan’s RPG industry, I’ve always had a soft spot for its various chapters. Atelier Meruru isn’t “epic,” “intense,” or “exhilarating”—it’s charming, friendly, and fun, and it’s not ashamed of it.TechnologyTell
, 9.5http://www.technologytell.com/gaming/91 ... d-for-ps3/
"Atelier Meruru is a fantastic way to wrap up the Arland segment of the Atelier story while also providing gamers with proof that it is still possible to have an engaging, well made JRPG in this console generation. It encourages collection, creation, battling and relationship building, while also requiring players to maintain a careful balance of each to ensure a fantastic ending is achieved."