posted by Ryantehossim (CENTRALIA, WA) Feb 28, 2013
Member since Feb 2013
For a while, I've considered Tales of Symphonia my favorite RPG. I loved the story, the characters, the combat, the design, everything about that game was pure awesome.
However, after playing Xenoblade Chronicles, I'm starting to second-guess my high opinion of Symphonia. I could tell after the first major battle in Xenoblade that I was going to fall in love with this game.
The story is very well paced and you feel an emotional connection with each of the characters. Its not just a war they're fighting, its a battle for survival, a subject matter that most games nowadays do not follow unless its some alien force or undead horde being the antagonist.
The combat in this game is very reminiscent of Final Fantasy 12, but done right. I did not light FF12's combat system because the game pretty much played itself, and I hate it when games do that. But this one is active, engaging, and fun.
The world you explore in this game is nothing short of a visual spectacle. Despite the fact that the Wii is significantly less powerful versus the 360 and PS3, its still a darned good looking game. The environments are huge, and the world is gorgeous. The vibrancy, colors and scale really bring the Bionis husk to life. I consider it the best looking game on the Wii.
If you can manage to get your hands on this game, do it. Sure, it will cost a fair amount for a game released in limited quantities, but the amount of depth, story, scale, and gameplay really make for the best game on the Wii, and, in my opinion, the best RPG ever, and one of the best game ever made.
posted by jdsampsonite (APACHE JUNCTION, AZ) Jan 26, 2013
Member since Dec 2012
This game is great. I am currently about 25 hours in and I have barely scratched the surface. The landscapes are vast and amazing. The voice acting is done by British voice actors so they use a lot of British terminology but I find that amusing. I don't think it distracts from the game at all, and think it is pretty well done. The story in the game is engrossing and epic in size. The battle system is different than a traditional RPG but I like it. It allows you to move around and attack in the battles from different angles. Making a little bit more of a strategy to the system. You don't control all of the characters in the battles, you are in charge of whoever is the leader of the group at the time. You can occasional go and command them to take a certain action but for the most part they operate on there own. I think this is really worth the rent or purchase. Now that Nintendo has announced a sequel for the franchise on Wii U I am super excited for that as well.