Great Moments In Gaming Humour: There, It's In All The Way

In Ar Tonelico: Melody of Elemia, young knight Lyner Barsett must insert his life-extending crystal into the back of Aurica Nestmile, an artificially created being known as a Reyvateil. It's his first time but don't worry, he'll be gentle.

Another triumph of localisation, the North America version of Ar Tonelico and its two sequels were just as raunchy an inappropriate as the Japanese originals.

The series plays on the relationships between humans and the Reyvateil, artificial beings with the ability to channel sound into magic. In order to do so they must form strong bonds with their human users. This is accomplished through conversation to an extent, but more effectively through either sliding crystals into the Reyvateil's installer ports, or diving into their subconscious — entering them — and helping them craft more powerful songs by working through the twisted maze of their psyche.

The latter is actually a rather interesting concept. Each Reyvateil's consciousness is a multi-leveled stand-alone adventure, a game within the game. Helping these artificial women overcome their issues leads the player deeper into her mind. It's a highly entertaining form of character development.

And one ripe with opportunities to make voice actors moan inappropriately.


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    Lol that cant just be a result of localisation.. that had to be intentional!!!

      It's absolutely intentional. The whole series was built around amusing innuendo.

    http://i.imgur.com/hw4Js.jpg

    Ar Tonelico is well known for it's constant obvious and rarely not so obvious innuendo.

    As this kind of thing occurs in all three games I doubt it's just a localisation misstep. :P

    Something like this happens in every Ar Tonelico although it was toned down quite a bit in the second one. It's kind of a tie between one and three as to which one had the most overt scene although this one probably wins.

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