Critic & User Reviews
Tales of Phantasia
posted by realkoaboy (HONOLULU, HI) Apr 24, 2006
Member since Sep 2005
16 out of 18 gamers (89%) found this review helpful
What I liked about this game is the places you can go, go anywhere on the over world map,
and all the other RPG elements(buying, weapons, leveling up, learning new skills...). As I said before " random battles", they can slow down the game severely, but the story is excellent and the music is also good but plays the same for almost every battle. Diologe is good, few chuckles, and the characters speak in battles for every move they do. Pros and Cons aside, it's a pretty good game.
Pure RPG Bliss
posted by billsnizzl (NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) Feb 7, 2008
Member since Aug 2006
1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
DISCLAIMER- you need to like RPGS to enjoy this
Graphics-10-Like the RPGs of old. Nothing beats the pixel days! Then again, its up to personal preference. I thought they were good, and to be honest, the look really takes you back to a day where RPGs were a dime-a-dozen...but a good one came rarely. This is one of those.
Gameplay-8-Ah, thank you "Tales Of" games. On the whole, the Tales Of games have a phenomenal combat system. Its all real-time, its all quite fast-paced and action-loaded, the attacks are cool and unique-and they each have strategic values which must be balanced to play effectively. This would earn a 9 (it would be 10 if there was a targeting system) BUT there's still RANDOM BATTLES! AARGH! These things really get old. However, it wouldn't be so retro if it didn't do random battles.
Storyline-10-10-10-10- 10- Very good. Deeply engrossing and emotionally involving. Plot lines flow gloriously, and when a twist comes, it rocks you so hard. I won't lie-my lip was trembling at the big twist... :,-(
Length-9-Most RPGs are long. This was a doooooozy. I mean, honestly. 92:some-odd hours. Thats roughly a month of playing 12 hours a day.
Overall Rating-9.5(which rounds to a 10). Final opinion- DON'T MISS THIS GAME!
A good heritage does not a good game make.
posted by Quartz (ROSSVILLE, TN) Jun 17, 2006
Member since Jun 2006
4 out of 7 gamers (57%) found this review helpful
The graphics were somewhat sub-par to what I'm used to on the GBA. Some of the characters were illustrated very well, but some of the time the animations threw me off. The backgrounds can become repetitive, and some of the monsters are just recolors of others.
The funny part of this is that the game has voiceovers. The bas part is that they sound pretty shoddy. The opening was in voiceovers, and I couldn't understand it. The BGMs are something out of a classical music album, so they lack originality.
This is the worst part of the game. Outside of battle, moving is clumsy, and I once had troubles getting my character to step on a Save Glyph. Movement isn't grid based, so that's a plus. Inside battle, however, this game controls HORRIBLY. Phantasia has real time battles, in which you move around and press A to attack. This is performed clumsily, as they provide you with two options for battle. Semi-auto is where you control the attacks, but your character automatically runs back without giving you chance to guard a counterattack. Auto is when your character fights on its own (VERY poorly). To guard you have to hold down BEFORE you press R, if you hold R and press down, you issue the "Stay" command, which makes your other party members stand around and do nothing. I'm pretty sure that's a pretty bad place to set guard at.
Overall 3/10 - I sent it back the day I got it.
Isn't worth your time.
posted by Zoidburg (FAIRBORN, OH) Jun 30, 2006
Member since Dec 2005
2 out of 4 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
I made it through the first two hours of the game before I decided I didn't like it. VERY generic. I've played a few games with most of these plot elements. You and a friend go out into the woods... kill something, find out your town is in trouble, and BAM, everyone is dead, including your parents, and you want revnge... Then, you find out who does it (in a matter of... 20 minutes), and they summon this evil king character who has amazing powers, and basicly kills everyone, and you escape into the past. Thats as far as I got.
I enjoyed the smooth looking characters and backdrops. Sometime, I'm actually amazed by them. Others... it gets repeditive.
The only points this gets... is from the music. Which is okay. The begining has VOICE OVERS (?!), which are poorly done, and you can't hear them. Then, well, when you cast a spell or something, your character shouts the name of the spell, which is mostly misunderstood, unless you know the name of the spell.
Horrible. The controls aren't grid based, and I had loads of trouble getting on a savepoint a few times. RT battles are slow, and you barely have control over your character.
Aside from the RT standplint, you have strategies your party members can use. Other than that, it is a bunch of button mashing, and even then, you really don't have full control over your character.
I've had some trouble getting this game from GF (they sent me the wrong game, then it took another week or so to get it sorted out...) and come to find out, this game isn't worth it. The other files on the game were only played for ~4 hours. I'll be sending this one back today.
posted by adrian5265 (BAKER, LA) May 13, 2006
Member since Apr 2006
3 out of 13 gamers (23%) found this review helpful
This Game Stinks!
posted by bullape (Santa Cruz, CA) May 4, 2006
Member since Feb 2006
1 out of 17 gamers (6%) found this review helpful
Okay for the first installment
posted by Vegito (SAN ANTONIO, TX) Aug 26, 2010
Member since Jun 2010
Fun, but in teh dust...
posted by Kaichiro (CHICAGO, IL) Mar 17, 2009
Member since Nov 2008
If you haven't played it before, and are looking for a good RPG to play, I'd recommend Tales of Symphonia or Vesperia over this. Especially if you're like me and have lost touch with your roots. sad
Tales of What?
posted by MrLupin (EL CAJON, CA) Apr 26, 2008
Member since Mar 2008
the game start's out well enough but then quickly turns sour. I felt gipped by the poor sound and bad battles. I got maybe 20 minutes into the game before I turned it off and sent it back.
now for tales port this game should have been a lot better. now if you can sit through the random battles and poor controls you might actully enjoy it. but I didn't and that's sad. so to keep it short and simple. don't rent it.
My cat butchers mice more neatly than this
posted by DireStrike (Queens Village, NY) Feb 6, 2008
Member since Jun 2007
Some small measure of the gameplay is still intact beyond that, but it's honestly not worth trying. If a piece of chocolate falls into a pile of dung, you don't wipe the dung off and eat the chocolate.
The translation/localization/- sound people have done a horrible disservice to mankind and have completely destroyed a classic game.