Tales of Vesperia
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.
Play this game
This is by far the greatest rpg I've played on the Xbox 360 and everyone should try it. The Story is very good and the charaters are some of my favorites. The graphics are very colorful and polished. I think the game's best feature is it's combat system. When you find and enemy you fight it in an arena type battlefield (Similar to Star Ocean). You can freely move around and fight the enemies as you please. Every character has a specific fighting class. Swordsman, Archer, mage, etc. Another great combat feature is the use of artes. Artes are basically special moves and magic. You get a lot of artes throughout the game, way more than you'd think. You can alter artes to make new more powerful artes too. Also the weapons and armor quantity is amazing. You can get a new weapon in every town, in treasure chest, and by doing side quest. This jrpg takes everything a people want to see in an adventure game and gives it to you x10!
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.
An overall well made game.
Tales of Vesperia is a very sought after game and for good reason. The game includes many classic and new game play tactics that you can work with. The storyline is new and fun while it stays in hand with a very classic theme. It starts with one hero, who in this case is known as Yuri Lowell, who meets another hero, Estelle. They go off on an adventure and meet up with other hero's and in the end save the entire world as they know it. As with most Jrpg it is quite lengthy and has many side quests to fill dull spots. Though in saying that there are really no dull spots. The storyline keeps you focused and wanting to know more. The characters are well developed as well. Not only do you get to see the development of the world but you also get to sit back and watch the relationships of the characters build. As usual with Jrpg the soundtrack is absolutely beautiful. It can be peaceful and cheery or dark and creepy. No matter what part of the game you're in the music always sets the mood. The voice acting however left me wanting more. The voice acting itself was good, but it was more or less the script. Sometimes they just say dumb things that make me shake my head in disappointment, though those usually only happen after battles. One thing that I understood but still was disappointed that was left out was character customization. I mean yeah, you can give them different equipment, but none of it shows up other then weapons. Everything else only helps their stats, I just wish that they could look cool and give them better stats. Though there is still some customization. You can get titles through doing different things that I won't reveal and some of them will change the way you look. Some of them look really cool and dark while others look funny and happy. The last thing that I'm going to cover is the battle system. I love it. It keeps me going with different skills and magic that I can learn I never get bored of playing it. It gives you two ways that you can play. You can play as the default and run lit a static scroller or if you hold the left trigger you can run around like a regular action game. There are three different modes that you can play on in the beginning, easy, medium, and hard. If you play through the game on medium the game never gets to challenging that you want to quit though in saying that you may still have to grind a bit. (Grinding, if you didn't know is when you battle monsters to level up so that you can fight the boss.) Overall the game was well made and tons of fun. It kept me going for hours and had me play over and over until I achieved 100%. With graphics that made me smile along with a great soundtrack and well driven story I would advise any gamer, that doesn't mind playing a game for countless days, to get this game and at least play through act 1 by that time you will be completely hooked and not want to stop for anything.
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!!
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.
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.
BEST GAME FOR XBOX360
most addictive storyline ever, you want to keep going i beat this game in 3 days 70 hours how much i was into it im just disappointed i finished it so fast... definately one of the only games i actually liked and played out till the end... even if u suck at rgps and just want to follow the storyline, honestly the 2nd boss was the hardest out of all of them if you actually fight all the monsters and get really good items other games you usually get stuck and stop playing if yoru not into it this makes you glued to your television for hours without even knowing it.. this game has to be the best so far that i've played on xbox360 and i would recommend this game to everyone that is a rpg lover.... it has that oldschool final fantasy 7 storyline/ graphics/ game play (graphics in the character models and stuff idk how to really explain it) with a new fighting style that isn't difficult for you to pick up.. overall great game
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.
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.