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|Brendan2k5 Reviews Tales of the Abyss; About Time, Too|
|Topic Started: Feb 16 2012, 07:45 AM (32 Views)|
|Brendan2k5||Feb 16 2012, 07:45 AM Post #1|
...I've been waiting EIGHT MONTHS for this game. EIGHT MONTHS! If It convinces Namco Bandai to localize more games from the Tales of Series then the wait was well worth it. I am also going to get Tales of Graces f as well so...yeah
Until yesterday, it was the least-known Tales game post Symphonia. It's a surprise considering Abyss was the game that introduced two features that would be staple in almost every Tales game that followed: Free Run and AD Skills. Originally released for the Playstation 2 in October 2006 (In North America), the game spawned an Anime series recently localized for North American audiences. The music from the opening AMV, "Karma" by Bump The Chicken has been covered by dozens of fans on You Tube. It is my pleasure to review the 3DS release of Tales of the Abyss.
The story follows the aristicrat Luke von Fabre, who lives a sheltered life after being kidnapped 7 years earlier. An assassination attempt on his master's life introduces Luke to the world outside his manor for the first time since the kidnapping. On his journey of self-discovery Luke is joined by Tear Grants, Guy Cecil, Jade Curtiss, Anise Tatlin, Natalia L.K. Lanveldear and the Cheagle Mieu. One of the biggest mysteries of the game slightly spoiled for you on the 3DS box is Asch the Bloody, one of the Six God-Generals. Who is he? Why does he and Luke have the same face? What's his connection to Van? The shocking truth (which I won't spoil) raises alot of real-life ethical questions the world was facing at the time the game was first released. I'd tell you what they are but to do so would spoil the game and I'd rather not do that.
Unlike the PS2 version you're working with two screens. When you get the World Map it's displayed on the Touch Screen. Aside from that everything happens on the other screen. The conversion from console to handheld was expertly done from what I can tell. Unlike the PS2 version you only get 4 Save slots but honestly that's more than enough to use.
The controls are easy to get used to for those who've played the PS2 version. By default the control stick is used to move around, etc. But that can be adjusted or changed.
I do have one gripe in regards to sound: It's louder without headphones. Not sure why that is but I tested it with two other games to confirm. It's louder without headphones and that's a bit of a disappointment. All of the VAs are there as well. If you expected the Skits to be voiced then you never played the PS2 version! For those who never peeked in the Anime section of the forums or the main site, Guy is voiced by Johnny Bosch Young of Power Rangers and Bleach fame.
Hey, they tried. Having played the PS2 version I admit I had some expectations. Nearly all were met. The game can be played in 3D or 2D of course. The screen looks crowded during battles and it's easy to forget character stats on the bottom of the screen. I think they should have moved the health bars to the touch screen but it's not that big a deal.
Compared to the PS2 Version...
I still have the PS2 version and took my PS2 out of the closet to compare it with the 3DS verison. I started a new file and played up to the party's first trip to Choral Castle. Here are my findings:
1. The biggest difference is load time obviously. The PS2 version is on a Single-Layer DVD and but the 3DS version is on a Game Card. There are black load screens but they're barely noticable. There are no load times when the game creates a random battle and after, either.
2. Since this is a game card, the Asch Glitch doesn't work in the 3DS version. To those who don't know, you could glitch the game at a certain point to make Asch permanently join the party instead of Luke (though all of the scenes involving Luke happen as if's still there). I've never been able to do it myself so I won't tell you how to do it.
3. Another obvious difference is the 3DS version is portable and thus can be played anywhere, anytime and uninterrupted. Always a major plus!
Overall, I'll say I like the 3DS version a bit more simply because I just bought it and I'm playing it obviously. The PS2 version is the same game otherwise though.
No complaints. Actually I take that back. My only complaint is Bamco being lazy/stubborn/cheap about releasing the Tales of Games in North America. As a show of good will, I will buy Tekken 3DS and Tales of Graces f for the PS3.
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If you liked this game...
Try some of the other Tales of Games: Symphonia (Gamecube), Dawn fo the New World (Wii), Vesperia (Xbox 360), Radiant Mythology (PSP), Phantasia (Game Boy Advance) and the recently released Tales of Graces f (PS3). And yes, I know that's prettymuch ALL of the current-gen systems. Looks like you've got some money to save up to enjoy them all =D
Edited by Brendan2k5, Feb 17 2012, 01:02 PM.
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