gamrReview's Karl Koebke: "This was a fairly harsh write-up, but I don’t want readers to think that I didn’t enjoy my time with Atelier Shallie, rather I just didn’t enjoy it as much as previous iterations. However, if you’re new to the series and have been wanting to check it out this might be a good time to jump on board. It lacks challenge as an RPG, but it’s one of the few games in the genre that focuses on more personal storylines, which can be incredibly endearing. As a new player, if you enjoy Atelier Shallie and think you can muster the courage to play with a deadline then I highly recommend Atelier Totori, which I still consider the pinnacle of the series. Fans of the series, on the other hand, have almost certainly already bought the game and so have their own opinions on where it ranks in the series as a whole."