Tales of Symphonia Chronicles
Avoid if you value your memories...
This was supposedly an HD remaster but its clearly just a higher resolution port. When I played this as a kid I didn't really remember the voiceless skits but now they stick out like a sore thumb. I find myself skipping over the skits and voiceless cut scenes entirely. It breaks up the flow of the game and honestly should have been done. I'm really wishing I would have not picked up this game. Its kind of like going back and watching the early Voltron dubs. You realize they suck now but as a kid you didn't notice. Same goes for Symphonia I guess...
Best Tales Series!
Symphonia is just perfect. This has the best story and gameplay out of every other Tales games I have played. This is a MUST get and you can't miss it. (づ｡◕‿‿◕｡)づ
A MUST HAVE!
I am an avid RPGamer and I cant help but to go into deep deep detail in judging any game I play. I owned Tales of Symphonia for the GameCube wayyyyy back. I went out on a limb of picking up a pre-owned game I never heard about and holy lordy I was glad I did. Seriously if Nintendo made games similar to this and stopped beating their dead horses they wouldn't be struggling the way they are now. The "Tales of" games have made a transition to PlayStation consoles and they couldn't be better placed. Now before I invested into the PS versions of the Tales of games I was still going through my GC version of Tales of Symphonia! I have done 5! FIVE! F-I-V-E! play throughs! The Tales of games have an incredible replay value! There are so many secrets and techniques and special items and summons you can find that are not needed to complete the game! There are also so many more abilities in this version than the old! The gameplay is something like a 3-D/scrolling action fight, it may be something that not everyone is used to but woo is it fulfilling! It forces you to take charge of the fight unless you want to be crammed against the border trapped in the enemy's arms! The game has such an amazing a deeply tuned RPG system that allows a player to tweak everything about that characters style! But if you don't think you will go in depth as a hardcore gamer and try to fulfill 100% everything like I do, DON'T WORRY! The game takes good care of casual gamers! of course the story will grip you like nothing else before and soon casual gamers will find them selves wanting to be hardcore fans! The graphics were something I wasn't a fan of back in the day, the "cartoon-esk" look, but this game pulls them off as well as the Windwaker did, I love this style now! The game may look less at face value to some but believe me the art in this game is great and the graphics here have been even further improved, its marvelous. Ever be playing a game and find your self humming a tune and being "ugh thats so annoying! I cant get that annoying bland loop out of my head!" guess what that doesnt happen in this game! The only thing I can take away from the sound score is that the voices are rarely out of sync, but hey it was originally Japanese so get over it! But wow every thing sounds crystal clear!
Look this is a game that should not be overlooked it's immense and the story is something that many have never encountered! talk about refreshing! Get this game!
is a great game even till now :) i play this game about four times now and i'm still hooked on great game
A legend retold
Tales of Symphonia holds a lot of sentiment to me. Playing it today, I still love it. The story is basic like every other JRPGs, but with likable characters, compelling villains, and people you would want to save, it takes a new spin. The gameplay may have not been to the standard of the new ones, but it takes some skill and is rewarding when one figures out the mechanics. The Graphics and Sound is dated, but has that charm to fit. Really the one thing that drags it down is the sequel.... Sigh....
As good as you would expect
[My scores are based on when the games originally came out.] If you played the originals and loved them, this is something you must pick up. The addition of the Japanese voice-overs allows you to get rid of the horrendous English ones, which already makes the games way better, as well as adding voices to the skits [Japanese voices only]
Fantastic new HD remake for a great game
I always loved Tales of Symphonia ever since I played it on my Gamecube years ago. This new remake heavily improves the graphics of an already amazing game. If you love JRPGs, definitely give this a shot.
Great for JRPG Owners.
Hands Down All I Have To Say Is JRPGs Are Amazing! I Highly Recommend Something Like FF & Other JRPG
For people who never got to play the Gamecube VER
It may be the ps2 version but i personally don't mind getting free costumes instead of DLC as well as more sidequest is okay in my book.
I believe people who got the chance to play Symphonia should get this
Return of Tales: a Great Buy!
I loved it, and honestly if you haven't played any Tales then I darn well suggest you get your butt in gear and get a copy of ToSC now before the supply runs out, and if this is the point where you laugh at me: Tales of Xillia came out about seven months ago, when I go a game store I only see used copies and only a few of it so if you still got a PS3 buy this immediately. I mean you're getting TWO games for 2/3 the price of getting one new game these days; what's the problem here!?
So the game itself: they're the same games from the originals, might have been clean up and soundtrack might have been redone from the originals, but I didn't play the originals so I wouldn't know. Either way the sound and graphics are classic (old these days) and for classic graphics it's solid and I like it. Someone who is expecting graphics and animation like what you'll see on the PS4, you won't get it so don't buy it then go write a review that's a 1 out of 10 and be like "terrible its broken game play and bad animations make this game bad. ITS A WASTE OF MONEY AND AN INSULT TO THE SERIES" (leondude). It's the originals ported to now play on the PS3 and if you're playing a RPG for the graphics you need to be slapped. Granted there was a small issue where about 10 times total through the games there was a delay in the middle of characters talking to each other, but very minimal (like a second or two lag) and issue that didn't hurt the game. This delay/ lag was the only issue I encountered on my play through of Chronicles and is also the reason it gets a 9 out of 10 rather than a perfect score. The combat is real time which for me has been a personal favorite because it has the excitement and fast pace that turn based doesn't.
Now playing ToS then DotNW might cause a shock. In DotNW you lose the world map traveling like in ToS, but once I got over my shock losing that didn't really hurt DotNW gameplay or story in any way or damper my enjoyment of playing the game. Other than that both games are great and though they are part of the same arc of the series they have great stories and their own identities; it's not like playing the same game twice. So my opinion: ToS is a great game on its own and DotNW is one of the best sequels I've ever played and doesn't take away from the lasting appeal of ToS. So if you're a casual or hardcore or a Tales gamer get Tales of Symphonia Chronicles, it'll be one of the best buys as a gamer you'll ever make. Now if you'll excuse I'm going to go for another play through.
Enjoy my fellow gamers,