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NIS America's sci-fi/fantasy RPG Ar Tonelico returns with another dose of its own unique blend of turn-based battles, harmonic magic, and light dating-sim elements in Melody of Metafalica. The Reyvateils, an artificial race whose "Song Magic" can be used for attacks and recovery, have been plagued by an epidemic of the deadly and extremely contagious virus known as Infel Pira Dependency. Gamers step into the world as Croix, a young knight sent to help prevent the disease from spreading. Players will face numerous challenges as they travel around the world of Ar Ciel, with the eventual goal of uncovering a magic hymn that will create a green utopia to replace the artificial landmass known as Metafalss. As in the original game, Ar Tonelico II lets gamers synthesize hundreds of weapons and items for custom use with the game's eight playable characters. Developer Gust promises four distinct endings and a storyline designed to offer more than 100 hours of gameplay. ~ Christopher Brown, All Game Guide