Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana

Cult Classics: PlayStation 2

Part 1: Games you really should try!

It's been a while since we've done one of these and, since each new console generation usually results in older hardware being passed on and great software going cheap, it seems like a good excuse to have another dig around in the archives for some of the PS2 games that never really got a fair deal. The games that were maybe too innovative to stand out in an industry increasingly devoted to predictable franchise-building. The games that were deemed too weird, or were sunk by poor marketing. This, then, is not a list of the greatest PS2 games ever made, even though several here certainly deserve that praise. Many more are solid 7/10 efforts that fell by the wayside. All are recommended for adventurous souls with a taste for the eclectic.

Atelier Iris 3 for Europe

Koei slaps July date on it.

Koei has confirmed this afternoon that the third game in the Atelier Iris series, Grand Phantasm, will be coming to Europe in July.

Atelier Iris gets Euro date

KOEI sorts us out.

KOEI's confirmed that it'll be bringing Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana to Europe this March 17th. Good news for PS2-owning fans of traditional Japanese RPGs.

Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana

Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana

Nippon Ichi loves to cook.

How often have you sat in the fuzzy white cathode warmth of your television, PS2 whirring lazily beneath, poring over your item inventory list for 45 minutes straight?

Truth be known, most RPGs encourage you to be a sticky-handed, vulgar thief.

You're made to rush around their worlds, clicking X on every chest and smashing every brown barrel, with scant regard for the virtual owners that stored their goods there in the first place. You greedily sling the fruits of your unstoppable hunger deep into an infinite backpack - often without a second look.

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Atelier Iris Europe-bound

Koei uses marketing bravery +5.

It's turning into a good day for European versions of big Japanese games, as Koei has just stepped up to publish strategy RPG, Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana, in Europe.