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GF Rating
8.4

1327 ratings

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GF Rating
7

Good

Great Story, some annoying charcaters

posted by Inagasaki (PAHRUMP, NV) Dec 9, 2008

Member since Nov 2008

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

I love that the characters were given facial expressions. They were so cute! In fact, the whole first 3-4 hours of the game was filled with cute-ness. It left me scratching my head a bit, wondering if the developers wanted to see how many times a player would go "Awwww" before quitting the game.

At first, a lot of what was going on wasn't very clear, fonons and seventh fonist resonance made no sense at all to me. But, it didn't make any sense to the main character either, so I didn't feel too bad. The story and character development really draw you in. I actually found myself wondering what was going to happen to Malkuth while I was doing my thanksgiving grocery shopping. Even though I found a couple of the characters down-right annoying, it didn't deter me from enjoying the plot.

Getting around is a different story. I often found myself lost on the world map. Thinking that if only I had a map to pull up and look at I would have an easier time finding things. When I finally got one, it bordered on doing just the opposite. The map was so nondescript and you position marker would often get covered up by the cross hairs marking the city/dungeon you had selected.

After finally getting to wherever you had to go (which for me was after a stop or two at places I wasn't supposed to visit yet) you had to run from screen to screen...to screen...to screen...well, you get the point. It's no wonder Luke has 6-pack abs with all the tedious running he does! The worst of it was you had to wait for a load screen between each different section you ran to.

Battling at first was just mashing the x button. But the new skills you learn keep battles pretty entertaining. Usually towards the end of a game I try to find a way to automate the battles as much as possible since they are so monotonous. As an added bonus, if you feel the fights are too easy, you can always turn the difficulty up, or down, whenever you want.

This is a long game. But well worth the effort you put into it.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Very good, very long, definitely worth it.

posted by lordkor (MANAHAWKIN, NJ) Aug 4, 2008

Member since Mar 2008

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

This is probably one of the longest RPG games I've played in a while. Just when I thought I beat the end boss it keeps on going. There is a lot to do, a lot of places to visit, a variety of equipment. The skits between the characters inject a nice bit of comedy into the game. They also are useful guides on what to do or where to go next. The battle system is real time, meaning you run about the battle field and attack on the fly rather than a turn based system. It isn't difficult and even those that are used to turn based should find it easy to manage. You can pause during battles to figure out a strategy so it's not a frantic system. Encounters aren't random, avatars of enemies show up on screen and you'll battle if you touch them, so you can avoid fighting if you want. There's a somewhat fair variety of monsters, although it would have been nice if there were more. There are multiple side missions apart from the main, so you don't need to stick to the main mission for a good part of the game. Equipment you wear is limited to a weapon, armor, accessory, and headpiece. It would have been nice if you can equip more than one accessory, as there's a number of cool items you find during your travels. There are also a lot of skills called Artes, that you can evoke during battle, think of them as power attacks. There are also other skills that are constant, such as increased combos or defense moves. There are also Capacity Cores that augment your attack and defense abilities. Overall a very enjoyable and long game, definitely worth it.

THE GOOD
Long game.
Lots of places to visit.
Skits and dialog.
Lots of equipment.
Lots of Skills.
Easy battle system.
Storyline.

THE BAD
Nothing notable.

THE UGLY
Nothing notable.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Compelling

posted by RoyalLush (Florissant, MO) Apr 15, 2008

Member since Apr 2008

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

Here's a short review:

If you like RPG's for not only the graphics and game play, but for story as well, you'll enjoy this installment of Tales.

Granted, like most long stories, it starts off slow, but gradually you begin to understand what's going on and will enjoy the twist and movement of the plot. This game has a story that is a little more adult than previous Tales games, but if you enjoyed Tales of Symphonia, you'll like this.

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