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GF Rating
8.4

1332 ratings

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

A step up.

posted by Kancer (RIVERVIEW, FL) Oct 19, 2006

Member since Aug 2006

18 out of 20 gamers (90%) found this review helpful

If you have played any games from the Tales series you should have a good idea of how this game plays.
Amazing character interactions, a very tight real-time combat system that shows off some amazing special attack and magic animations, and a great story loaded with humor, drama, and intrigue. I would have given this game a perfect 10 but I found the world map to be bland and covered in a sort of yellow haze. If you haven't played any games from the Tales series I would higly reccomend this one for your first go.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Tales... one of the best Action RPG

posted by sabintz (MOUNTAIN HOME, NC) Jan 7, 2010

Member since Dec 2008

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

like when you were younger...

[++]a hybrid of valkyrie profile, early Final Fantasy, and the Tales style.

[+/-]you can count on Namco for aesthetic and grace, however seems they teamed up with Bandai for some reason. Bandai gives this a very Anime TV Series/manga dialogues, colorlful both in design and in banter (think N64)xx

[+]this Tales story,however, is quite epic, and efficient enough not to embarass the player completely. like other Tales games, the story if of cosmic proportions about mystic artes and the salvation/destruction of worlds / universes. about half of the characters are strange and interesting like those of FF7. the music is mostly old folklore or anime heavy metal.

[++]combat is fantastic, the graphics are fluid and technical. like valkyrie profile 2/FF XII you can control one character fully with auto/semi-auto/ menu commanded party (4 max party).
average battles last about 30 seconds!

[++]SWORDS! and Magic. and Spears. and Bow & Arrows. and Armor.

[-] knowing how to perform combos/ magic most effectively while fighting is kind of a toss up, and can be confusing to orchestrate in real-time.

[-] has the feel of free-roaming world map, although is very directive,
and becomes linear.

[+/-] unlike many RPG's , this game really doesn't have a lot of sidequests or really that many secrets or hidden items (although it seems that they are everywhere)

[+] YOU CAN TURN OFF THE BATTLE VOICES IN THE OPTIONS MENU

i had to quit after 25/40 hours due to the slow fade of the story's content.
may seem like there are more - than +, but that is because these are the only real flaws. i'm 26 and very critical of games. . . and this game fired me up and had me addicted.

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

tales of the abyss rev.

posted by bob052093 (COLORADO SPRINGS, CO) Mar 27, 2009

Member since Sep 2008

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

This game has a spectacular storyline and may extra quests so that you dont have to fallow the storyline just to have fun. The best thing about the game is the battle system. The game has a great free move around battle system. You can also find many items that allow you to do alot more in the game then what you can start with. one item allows you to change the character when roming around freely. after a cupple of minutes youll find yourself hooked to this game.

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