8 years ago
Tales of Symphonia, one of the most acclaimed games of all times on the Tales of series if I'm not mistaken.Being a grand Tales of fan I had to try this game out and despite all the horrid reviews that I read about this this game is not as bad as it is described. The battle system is really similar to the original game and it's fairly entertaining with the new "make pacts with monsters and make them fight with you" ability that you can use on this game. The story described in one word would be....umm..."interesting" it is very well done but it's somewhat of a cliche on some parts. The characters of Emil Castagnier and Marta Lualdi are the two new main characters from the story on this sequel, with the previous cast also as supportive characters. One thing that seriously made me facepalm through a good 40 seconds was that the supportive cast CAN'T level up, the only characters that can level up are your monsters and Emil and Marta which was really disappointing to me because on the last boss my Emil and Marta were level 80 my monsters level 90 and all the others characters were level 50 and it was a major let down. The side quests were entertaining up to a certain point and good for grinding if they were your suited levels but after that it got annoying, same maps, same things. For example you went into an abandoned mine and had to find 4 monsters which were in the SAME place every time and all 4 were the EXACT SAME monsters from that level; Chests were also in the exact same place and monsters were lurking in the exact same place. Some challenges were fun and challenging but many were easy and practically you had the answers right in front of you and many were just run around use the sorcerers ring and carry on going. The monsters were fun to battle and the boss battles were perfect, not easy not rage quit, perfect level truly. This was not some of those games which players just say "FOR NARNIA!" Charge at the enemy and attack non stop, no, on this game you can't do that or you'll end dying like the Spartans. You actually need to use tactics for example have your healer and your magic attack dealer, your main attacker and your support to make this out. Even if you think "I got my Mystic Artes, this boss is going to be EASY!" You're WRONG trust me (Personal experience) the bosses are going to surprise you! Why? No answer yet? Dang...well, they have Mystic Artes too! WOOHOO! (Sarcasm) It's also pretty fun because it doesn't kill you but leave you with 1 HP point so you just run away like a little girl and wait until someone uses items or heals you. The monsters are always charging for the attack and some have minor healing spells which is pretty useful too but if your human characters die the game is over even if you have more monsters on your team. The scenarios and music were extremely well done, I've always loved all the Tales of music and this compositions were not let downs. The characters had progression, especially Emil which started off as a little kid who cried over anything to a big boy who still cried a little bit but actually fought! One thing that made me laugh through the whole game was Marta's creepy obsession over Emil which I considered HILARIOUS. The humor was kept on this game and it was refreshing to see some jokes and skits after half an hour of reading all the dialogues on the game. Overall this is an amazing game which is sadly GREATLY under rated but if you really like Tales of, this is sure a must!
yes: I recommend this product