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The best RPG for the 3DS at the moment

posted by DanNaruto1 (CHANNAHON, IL) Feb 22, 2012

Member since Aug 2010

3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

There are some good RPGs for the 3DS, but this game blows them away. Fun to play, never gets boring, story keeps you interested the whole way through, battle system is simple to understand but hard to master espicially the bosses which make you rethink and change your strategy. Love the story better then Vesperia but Vesperia still has a better group of characters in my opinion.

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Very Good

Tales rises above the Abyss of mediocrity

posted by Hongo999 (DENVER, CO) Jun 5, 2013

Member since Aug 2007

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

Story: While the story follows the typical RPG format, a hero who has to “discover” himself, a world in danger, and myriad complicated relationships and ideologies, it is convincing and easy to follow. There are times when the game drags on, especially with periods of running back and forth from town to town to get a short dialogue that generally provides very little to the core experience. (7/10)

Voice acting: The voice acting is a mixed bag with about half of the primary cast rendering rather good performances, one character sticks out as exceptional to me, and the other half ranging from annoying to downright rage worthy—the protagonist is among the worst of the lot. There are also a number of skits in the game, but they fall flat without voice acting to carry them. (6/10)

Characters/World: The cast is largely forgettable, only a few really stick out in any sense, but they all compliment each other well and carry the story well enough. The main antagonist is pretty cool, and his minions are well thought out and have varying personalities. The world itself is a little bland, but does allow for open world exploration and has varied locals and towns. (7/10)

Graphics: The graphics aren’t atrocious, but they certainly aren’t pushing the 3DS’s capabilities considering titles like the new Resident Evil. The world has a certain Tales flair to it that is nice to look at, but it is marred by considerably dated graphics. (7/10)

Game length/Replayability: The game is very lengthy, approximately 60-80 hours, probably 40 or so if you stick just to the main story, with long story segments and few save opportunities unless you’re on the world map. You’ll find save points at the end of lengthy dungeons, before bosses, but it often takes 30 minutes or more to get there. Boss fights can also be quite lengthy. The game touts a new game plus with additional difficulty levels and enhancements you can purchase to enhance subsequent experiences. (10/10)

Overall: 7.8/10

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posted by Pockysticks (RANCHO CORDOVA, CA) Feb 21, 2012

Member since Jan 2012

8 out of 9 gamers (89%) found this review helpful

When I first saw the reviews on it, I thought this game was going to be mundane and similar to other games that I have played. My expectations of the game were not significantly high and I thought to be returning it the next day.

To my surprise the game play itself wasn't the only thing that kept me going, but the story-line was perplexing. The predictions I made ahead of time of what would happen were dashed as it unfolded bringing new ideas into my head.
The graphics weren't amazing, but with the 3D effect it brought it up to a level that I enjoyed.
The style of fighting is repetitive, but with the add on of new skills and items made it refreshed as my characters grew in level!
I hope many would consider to trying out this game and also experience the same joy I have received.

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