Tin Salamunic: Developer Gust has an obsession with complicated alchemy and item-crafting systems. The entire Atelier series relishes in complex gameplay mechanics while its narrative serves as nothing more than background noise. But what Atelier lacks in storytelling, it makes up for in personality. With Ar nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star, Gust hopes to deliver a more engaging storyline while maintaining their unique gameplay style. Unfortunately, taking risks doesn’t always pay off. Gust’s inexperience with anything but Atelier is immediately evident. Ar nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star has convoluted combat and a dreadful plot. Atelier’s charisma and charm occasionally surface here and there, but the game does little to captivate its audience. Die-hard JRPG fans may tolerate the shallow plot and cringeworthy dialogue, but the derivative grinding is harder to overlook. Ar nosurge’s most praiseworthy quality is the presentation, but even with Gust’s gorgeous signature anime aesthetic, Ar nosurge doesn't offer enough to warrant a playthrough.