IGN:Atelier Ayesha feels like a middling compromise between what fans want, and what the masses need. It doesn't do nearly enough wrong to alienate its loyal, niche fan-base, but as an RPG it's a lesser game than Rorona and Totori. Item synthesis continues to be a big draw, but many other elements have either been simplified or removed, resulting in a game that's admittedly less tedious, but also less challenging. If you play this franchise exclusively for the crafting, you'll have just as good a time here as any of the previous games. But if you're looking for the demanding resource management and memorable charm of the Arland Trilogy, then this isn't the alchemist you're looking for.