"Tales of" Fans can fairly rate this the penultima
posted by Xetelian (STANWOOD, WA) May 3, 2013
Member since May 2012
You have Manual, Semi-Auto and Automatic battle settings and strategies for each character.
For those of us that know "Tales of" (think similar to fans of Final Fantasy) you have to know what you're getting into. I was able to talk my non-gamer friend into playing it and she liked it but not enough to take it on and beat it. However as a fan I can only feel this was the best incarnation yet, story was fairly background noise in the middle as the narrative gets pulled along painstakingly by "Spoiler" Jar Jar Binks'd "End Spoiler" some miracle and the combat is nice and the crafting too.
So I set it on hard a the start and have been playing on Chaos since.
Easy / Normal / Moderate / Hard / Evil / Chaos difficulties unlocked on my first run through 100 hours played and 40+ titles on all my characters maxed. Still haven't beat the game 1800 encounters most on auto battle while waiting for DoTA matches to load. Don't know how it ends yet, don't really care, it serves as a time killer with a controller.
posted by agarfinkel (CANYON COUNTRY, CA) Jan 10, 2013
Member since Jan 2013
The game was really awesome. This was the first Tales game I played in four years (the last two being Tales of Vesperia and Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World). All of the voice actors fit their characters perfectly. This is a game worth renting.
posted by Heavymetalhead (SAINT CHARLES, MO) Dec 5, 2012
Member since Dec 2012
This is my first game from the series, and i was quite curious of how it would be. At first i was let down because of the fact that you start out as an eleven year old kid in a quiet town fighting small monsters and complaining about petty problems adhering to childhood. But even as a kid the combat was very intuitive and easy to understand, and after a few short chapters you skip to being an adult and the story becomes brilliant and extremely in-depth. No spoilers here but there are so many twists and the plot is always thickening. The main story is enough to keep anyone holding on to this anime style RPG, and the small details you can uncover make it all the better.
The entire gameplay style is linear, which to some can come as a disappointment, but the world is rather large and you can always go back to already discovered locations later to extend on the plot or find secrets previously hidden or unavailable. Even being a linear game, you can easily spend 50+ hours trying to complete the story, and that is an understatement. I am on the final chapter now, and have put in 86 hours, so it will definitely keep you busy. The combat is pretty unique, and you can have up to 4 people in your party who are controlled by very intelligent AI, while you can choose from around 8 different fighting styles from your characters to manually control yourself. with over 300 monsters, around 100 weapons, the ability to combine 100's of items to make new rare ones, and countless secrets to enhance your gameplay, including secret costumes, this game is a must have for any gamer. The cutscenes can come often at times though, and they are usually long, but it can be good at times as it enhances the story. There are so many things to talk about on this game and i may sound random about it, but it is very deep and full of good characters with a plot based on the power of friendship and abilities to overcome anything with help from the most unlikely people.