Rated 10 out of 10 by Goose Great
I purchased this game as an after thought, grabbing it with something I had been waiting for, for some time. Tales certainly didn't get much advertising, it needed it. A great game! A solid RPG all the way, from the beginning scenes played out before the game even starts you want to know more. Some of the most inventive, unique, and endearing anime characters you will ever come across. The game itself is challenging, in the perfect way, you will not avoid death but you will feel accomplished when victorious. The storyline sucks you in, you want to know why, how, and what. The voice acting is perfection, you believe them. The real time combat system is not your usual button mashing, it is interactive and requires a sound knowledge of strategy. My only grip is some of the character AI is a bit off at times, bringing interface from a solid ten to an eight. All in all I do not regret by buy at all, the game I had waited for turned out to be a dud but this gem is definitely well worth the money.
Rated 10 out of 10 by BHeaggans The 360's first great JRPG!!!
Ok Tales of Vesperia is a very good start to the slew of brand new RPG's to hit the 360 this year. And it will be a tough act to follow. The graphics are on par if not better then eternal sonata. The colors are very bright while the actually art work is detail with contrasts of light and shadow effects. It feels like you are in anime, which brings us to the story. It starts off at a fast but confusing pace. It builds up slower then the older games in the series but it becomes very entertaing as it does. Also it throw in alot of humor along the way. All of the tale of series hand me downs are here, from the arte names to item names to some of the enemies all make a very bold return. The Controls are top notch. The feel very natural on the 360 controller. The battles are in 60 fps and are very fluid in execution. No breaks in animation, or in game slow down occur while the battles happen. Overall its the best game in the series to date, and people should give it a try!!
Rated 10 out of 10 by ehh A very good and long game
I bought this game the day it came out and I admit, this game blew me away!! This is the first Tales game I have played and this was not what I had expected. It exceeded my expectations and got me addicted after a couple of hours into the game. The graphics are great, sounds are awesome, character dialogues has the same quality of an anime show. I just have to say that this game is one of the RPG's I have played. The length of the game is also nice. This is not a game that a person can beat in 1 to 2 days. I have read that this game was approximately 50 hours. I'm just 15 hours into it and I can't stop playing. A disappointment of the game is the camera angles during battle. I had hoped that the camera angle can be controlled but it's on automatic. I sometimes find myself wanting to go up toward an enemy but my character tends to jump up instead of walk up. That's my only complaint, other than that the game is awesome and I will look forward to the next installment.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Saito743 A loss for words.
Flat-out 10 for all.
Tales of Vesperia is very rich in story, and while there's some suggestive themes, it's usually backed up with amazing comical reliefs. I thought the gameplays/battles were absolutely amazing and while the graphics isn't anything like Modern Warfare, Halo, etc., the game itself is a JRPG and it falls within the wing of Anime since there are cut-scene conversations from time to time that makes it look like you're actually watching an anime.
I thought the voice actors did a splendid job for their respective characters. Honestly, I thought there was an option to change over to Japanese like Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 since I usually watch a lot of anime, but the english dubs were not horrible AT ALL.
I enjoyed Tales of Symphonia 1 & 2, but Vesperia became my most favorite. There's more I'd want to say, but I'd be writing an essay if I continued. All in all, I highly recommend this game for any players out there who are into RPGs (or JRPGs) with great adventure, action, and comical relief.
Rated 8 out of 10 by Tehmpest My thoughts...
I'm not sure why the 360 is becoming the system for RPGs, but it is. Or at least it is for the initial releases. For those who haven't played a Tales game yet, let me let you know what to expect: real time combat for battles and lots of RPG trophs. For the combat, you link skills to cardinal directions, then use them in battle. When you use items, the battle pauses. Rushing through menus to try and find the item to heal your buddy is a bit frustrating, so I'm glad that this isn't under some sort of active time battle system or something. The difficulty is not that hard. Keeping it in real time lets it not be boring. The music is very nice. The voice acting has improved greatly, though I still miss the Japanese voiceovers for battles. I wish there was an option for that. Was .hack// the only game that came out here that did? The visuals are shiny. The Xbox360 provided a wonderful tool for this Tales game to be created on. All the rendering is crisp and clean.
Rated 9 out of 10 by Nadesico A more entertaining RPG.
TOV has great character designs and more entertaining battle sequences then most RPGs. I always shun english audio tracks in most RPGs when given a choice because the voice acting is poor or unbelievable. The voice acting in TOV is very good. At first I was PO'd because I couldn't find a setting to switch to Japanese dialog but after I got into the game I was glad the English track was a real treat, the voice acting was good, the dialog is whitty. All the sequences between characters triggered by the back button made me look forward to more. The 3d battle environment is a great break from turn based stuff and a lot more entertaining. Tons of features and weapons. I wish the skills system offered a little more. The graphics and sound are top notch. The battle system itself is very entertaining, but the controls could be a little better. The only disappointment was the character Zagi, who looked like a reject Jpop star. I would recommend this to any fan of RPGS.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Nibenon Another Tales Masterpiece
The "Tales" series has had--in my opinion-- nothing but success since I first heard of it while purchasing Tales of Symphonia. This series mixes excellent characters with amazing storyline. The battle system is fluid and almost flawless. Instead of singing all of the praises I can about this game, I am instead just going to name the few things that I find irritating and annoying. The first of these is all the different kinds of artes. There is not only the basic artes, but Tales of Vesperia contains arcane artes and altered artes, not to mention all the special artes one can use while in "Overdrive." There really isn't much problem with these except that it makes linking and combo-ing very hectic, and difficult. The special artes only usable in overdrive have controls that are somewhat difficult to remember and to master. All in all, I absolutely love this game. The storyline starts off slow, but as you get deeper into the plot it begins to drag you into it.
Rated 8 out of 10 by lights08 Now we're hooked
I never play a Tales game before but the co-op capability is what caught my interest. My best friend and I like to play game together and this game fit the bill. We both not big RPG fan yet we couldn't put this one down. I found the artistry in the game amazing especially with my interest in anime (never play a jap-RPG before). The game play just flow and the amount of combos and powers you can obtain really impressed me. I found the storyline fun and especially the little conversations they have which really make you feel like you’re watching a show/movie not just playing game. Also the unlock features were really cool and intricate; my favorite was the change of costumes and the different weaponry. My favorite aspect of the game even after playing it is the same reason why I bought it in the first play and that co-op. After such a great experience with ToV I honestly wish all RPG were Co-op. If more worth I would defiantly be a hardcore fan.
Rated 8 out of 10 by TheSpaniard A very well made Action-RPG
Tales of Vesperia does an excellent job of bringing the gamer in early on, instead of forcing them to grind for many hours without seeing any real progress in the storyline. Character design and development lends to a believable cast that creates a cliche (but fun nonetheless) storyline. Graphics are very crisp cell-shade type anime, which I don't particularly care for usually but it works out well for Vesperia. The music is a little bland, in some instances like something you'd hear while waiting in an elevator. Voice overs were done excellent, although some characters are skinny little bags of bones with the voice of a Goliath (Duke, who looks more like he should have been a female character), which I thought was a tad-bit off. Gameplay/controls were spot-on and helped bring (Both Newbie and experienced) players in without frustrating them with a harsh learning curve. The storyline was satisfying and well worth the time invested. This is definitely and RPG you should invest some time in if you're interested in the genre at all.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Rolling Thunder AWESOME!!!!
Tales of Vesperia is the best rpg game i have ever played and i have played a whole lot of them. It took me a week to beat and it kept me interested the whole time. The character designs are great and the soundtracks for it are great. I loved the way you fight in the game where you get to move around freely and attack and use items as you please. The world wasn't to big or to small it was the perfect size and i didn't have to do any backtracking through the game. There is a descent amount of characters that you get and i leveled them all up to level 50 because it was so much fun. The story had me hooked through the whole game with all of its plot twists and i enjoyed it the whole time i played it. The game isn't extremely long which is good because extremely long games are not my style and for any player it should take them 40+ hours to beat it so i hope you have a lot of time to kill because it will have you playing all night. I recommend this game to everyone because it is fantastic so when you pick up a copy be ready to get hooked.