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Tales of Symphonia

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GF Rating
8.8

2088 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
9

Excellent

Very Entertaining and Fun

posted by Cowbell329 (HAMBURG, AR) Apr 5, 2009

Member since Mar 2009

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Tales of Symphonia has to be one of the best RPG I've played, right up there with the Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy franchises. The story is very inventive and leaves you guessing at every turn.

Pros: beautiful cel shade graphics, unique and fun battle system with limitless amount of combos, the battle system makes random monster encounters actually very entertaining, characters are funny and have their own unique personalities, boss fights are breathtaking.

Cons: not much to say complain about with this game. The world map traveling from area to area is a little boring(not as free roaming as I like) and the appearances don't change when new armor is equipped(that's just my personal taste though)

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

Longest game I've ever played, but worth it!

posted by Cleotas (TUCSON, AZ) Jan 15, 2009

Member since Nov 2008

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Before I got Tales of Symphonia, I always heard from my friends how awesome a game it was. Not really regarding it with much interest, I rented it with my Game fly account, just to see what all the commotion was about.
I expected your run-of-the-mill JRPG, with random monster encounters, turned based combat, and a plot line that follows a standard save-the-world scenario. What I got was a 45 hour emotional roller-coaster ride, with witty anime-style humor, intriguing subplots, and one of the best game play styles I'd ever seen in an RPG.
It's earns points for me right from the start, when I find that the monster encounters are not random, but apear on the map in groups, so you can avoid them if you want. The combat is real-time, so strategy is key. This game is also riddled with cut scenes and skits, but not so much that they overwhelm the game play. It was all rather balanced, with characters that you will love, then hate, then love again. Nothing is ever as it seems, and just when you think the end is near, you find that it still has a few tricks up it's sleeve.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this game. It was a relieving change from the hardcore violence and action of most games today, and it allowed me to escape into an enchanting world where heroes fought alongside elves and sorcerers to battle against the evil plaguing their land. It might be a bit much for those who are not a fan of story-based games, but I would recommend this game to anyone.
If it's RPG style adventure you seek, look no further than Tales of Symphonia. A 10/10.

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

One of the BEST Games I Have EVER Played

posted by Googleface (BEAVERTON, OR) Dec 12, 2008

Member since Oct 2008

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I received a recommendation from someone no less than a programmer for Nintendo, and I have to say, this was the ultimate RPG experience. I would hardly ever give a game a rating of a perfect 10, but this game did it all. However, I actually didn't get this game from Gamefly. I bought it for myself, since it takes about 40 hours if you just want to skip just about everything. I'm still playing it for another run down! The graphics were a tiny bit iffy, but I'd say that doesn't take much away from the game. The storyline was one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing, and the characters were witty and delightful. The game had a combat system that I could easily get used to, and the villains are actually somewhat smart! All in all, I believe that this game has earned and deserves each and every scrap of credit we can put forth.

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