Rated 9 out of 10
by PhoenixFlare AWESOME GAME FOR FANS OF TOS but can be annoying
i have played the gamescube version (part 1) and this one. it can be VERY VERY ANNNOYYING!!! due to the very long long cutscenes. but overall its a very good game. gameplay is awesome. graphics is great but not as great as Final fantasy i can assure you. storyline is AMAZING! best for those who lovesss role-play games with love n drama. just one bad thing bout is, is the gameplay of it is very short unless u wanna play the added quest they have but the quest only takes a few mins. so no point.IF U HAVE PATIENCE! I SAY PLAY IT BUT FIRST PLAY THE GAMECUBE VERSION TO UNDERSTAND. ITLL GET CONFUSION ON WHAT THEY SAY !!!
Rated 10 out of 10 by Brian14 Amazing
I was definitely long anticipating this game coming out. As soon as I started the game, I was impressed with it. The character was kind of soft at the beginning. However, I got over this, as soon as he got an amazing upgrade. The music was pretty good to. Yes, a lot of it was remixed from the old game, but it is still pretty good and the music doesn't affect the game play right? The story is pretty good too. The animal taming portion of this game is nice also. Yes it does remind some of us of Pokemon, but nonetheless, this feature has a nice effect on the battle system. I also think the Artes(magic) have improved greatly. For original ToS players, Emil will seem like another Lloyd in the beginning. However, as you progress in the game, Emil gets a few magical toys himself. Also, for people who have never played the original game can still enjoy this installment in the series because of the recap this game gives you. Overall, I would definitely suggest this to any RPG fan out there.
Rated 0 out of 10 by Keira Must grab it!
This game is a must have, no doubt. The original game was so beautifully done, the battle system completely unique and entirely effective. I have never fought on such a clever battle system, as proudly done by the Tales series. Dawn of the New World is also a much better title than the original Japanese "Knight of Ratatosk". Anybody remotely familiar with Norse mythology (which a lot of the first game was based off of) will know that Ratatosk is a useless squirrel that sits on the tree Yggdrassil. The end. Incorporating it as a summoning spirit in this game is great though, if somewhat humourous. The new characters are awesome, people will fall in love with them as they did the original cast. Not to mention the fact that great storytelling is the very soul of the game, making this an epic RPG with so much inner conflict and character development that it will become an instant classic. Nintendo was lucky to snatch this one. Of all the games to get, this one should be on the top of your list.
Rated 10 out of 10 by gnookergi Fantastic!
Bought this at a local Gamestop this morning and have been playing all day long. I love the story and the characters -- maybe even more so than the original Symphonia cast. The main character does tend to get on your nerves at the beginning, but he eventually grows out of it -- more or less -- when the game really begins to unfold. Game play is very similar to the first Symphonia, but they added the ability to tame monsters who can fight, level, and evolve beside you in battle -- and no, they're not Pokemon. The Wii motion controls work well, and while they aren't used so much in the battles, the game makes good use of during dungeons and other mini game type of scenarios. I was a bit worried about what the voice acting would be like based on other reviews, but I have found it to be quite enjoyable. There are some parts where the voice pitch doesn't go with the atmosphere of the conversion, but it's seldom and barely noticeable. This game passes all my expectations and then some. 10 out of 10.
Rated 8 out of 10 by Galcion Good, but...
I will not deny that this was a good game. However, for those of you who played the the original may be disappointed. The story was good and clever enough, the new characters worked well with the story and the returning characters were great to see. However. It pales in comparison to the first. The first took me probably 80 some hours on my first play through. This took me 36. I beat the game in less than a week. There really could be a lot more substance for the game. They also took the fun of travelling away. I know that when you travel and have to fight all the time it can get annoying, but thats where you level up between stages. Granted it really didn't matter that much, but there we times when I had a hard time because I felt unprepared because I was a such a low level for where I am in the game. All in all it was a decent game and a good game to show fans of the first one whats been happening after you beat the first game. So I recommend playing the first and then this as a sort of epilogue.
Rated 4 out of 10 Could have been alot better
First off, I am a tales fan and i was saddened by this game. This is because the game wasn't complete and the story made me want to throw it out the window. Emil and Marta were basically the whole game in a nut shell, everything surrounded them and their "relationship". Marta was very annoying and I felt bad for Emil because i feel he was forced into the relationship just to get her to be quiet. Most tales games don't really go into depth of a characters relationship with another, and i like that fact. Tales of Vesperia had no romance in it and i was very happy because it was just about friendship and not having a girlfriend in the end. The gameplay was great for the game, the graphics weren't so bad though it could have been better and the sound was alright too. It was just the story line and how you can't use other tales characters and the fact you can't have costumes and the last battle against ratatosk just wasn't epic. Namco could have done better but chose not to, i hope they learn from this game like sega did with Sonic 06.
Rated 5 out of 10 by HmmCheese big disapointment
to me this game was absolutely boring, the only 2 things that went on my mind during the game was (1- who is emil, 2- when will i get to play as lloyed) Gameplay: to me the battle system felt like a combination from tales of the abyss and pokemon. i cant say its bad, but i was greatly disappointed with it. ///////////// Graphics:: was very nice... thts all i like about the game,/////////////////////////// Story line:: i seriously wanted to kill my self, aside from being too short, it was very.....not thought through. if there was an ending where i can pick to kill off the 2 main characters, i would. They are like an even whinier version of luke from toa/////////// Truthfully, if you are a tales fan do not get this game, the only reason i would recommend this to a tales fan is if they wanted to know what happens after tales of symphonia 1 . As for new people who are trying out the tales serious. DO not get this game as your first tales game.
Rated 10 out of 10 by TOS fan best game for the wii
This game is a very exciting and fun wii rpg. The story line is good, there is some comedy, there are great action sequences. It is also very fun to watch emil and Marta with their relationship problems and flirting. The story line is fun, but can get a bit confusing. There are also many hard "puzzles" and some secret details that aren't in the guidebook. It also takes a while to level up to the max, but that is what makes a great game. Because you can take the time in trying to beat it and leveling up. There are also 200 monsters making the game a lot more interesting than Tales of Symphonia. all of the characters are back including some new ones such as Alice and Decus. As well as some new villains such as Richter Albend, Alice, Decus, and the Vanguard. There are 3 endings one where emil and Marta stay together as a couple and everything is happy, one where they never see each other again, and one where emil dies. There is also a big twist. Emil thinks he is a human, but he is actually the great tree's summon spirit Ratatosk. all and all it is a great game! Buy it!
Rated 10 out of 10 by lightfang953 Underated
Personally, unlike many people I actually enjoyed the second Tales of Symphonia more than the first. Yes, I understand the first one was highly impressive, and I would give it a 10 out of 10. But, this game topped that I thought. I would say they are equal on most level however, the first was lacking in multiplayer camera, and it just got repetitive a lot. Sure this game has overdone humor, but it didn't seem to draw on and on like the first towards the ending. This game got me interested right away. The camera and fighting system made it perfect for multiplayer, and the monster diversity was great for when you didn't have a full party. I wish you could level up the characters from the first game, but it didn't really bother me towards the end of the game where all the levels are about the same. Also, the background music in the second didn't get boring within the first 10 minutes. Both, games had great features, but I would say the improvements in this one just topped the first. For those who enjoy a long, and rare, multiplayer I reccomend both games, and certainly Dawn of a New World as well.
Rated 7 out of 10 by Izzy02 Great game, may dissapoint some...
I will admit that this game is a pretty good game. The graphics are well done, it has a pretty good storyline, and very funny moments. However, some Tales fans may be dissapointed. If this is your first Tales game, you may think that this is a really good game, but keep in mind that this is a sequel to Tales of Symphonia. I honestly liked the first game better, but this was a pretty good game too. I did have several pet peeves about this game:
-the voices actors werent the same as they were in the first game
-some of the funny moments were too cheesy
-why the heck does Emil have to stutter alot?
-Ginnungagap was a really stupid name...
-Emil and Marta are the only ones that can level up (apart from the monsters) in your party, and you cant change anything about the others, like their titles, weapons, armor, etc.
Other than all that, there were some things that were helpful. I liked how when you're in battle, you can move around rather than you can only move front to back. Over all, this is a pretty good game, but to all fans of the first Tales of Symphonia, I feel your frustrations toward this game..