I played it and liked it. The story has a slow, slow start but it's worth the follow through. I wish that they went into some of the themes with a little more depth, especially about the moral implications of delivering your own justice vs. waiting for the proper channels. They could have done a lot more with that.
I've played quite a few of the 'Tales' games. The Tales of Symphonia sequel for the Wii, while not as strong story-wise, was a LOT of fun to play with the Wiimote and Nunchuck. You could set moves to different motions as well as button combinations. It was perfect for the battle system of the Tales games.
I agree that jrpgs are a fairly hard sell here in North America. They have their weaknesses for sure, but are still my favorite genre.
I have yet to find a favorite on any of the next gen systems to rival my love for my favorites on the PS2. I've got my fingers crossed that the new Final Fantasy will be it.
FWIW, goozex.com is a great resource for finding used games, especially hard to find ones without having to pay an arm and a leg for them. You don't have to trade to get them, you can just buy points and trading credits.
Pop Quiz time! What game caused the Xbox 360 to sell-out in Japan? No, I'm not kidding, this game actually caused the people of Japan to rush to the stores and buy out all the 360's on the shelves.
Next question, what game was given the award, "best game nobody played in 2008"?
Well, if you read the title, you will know I'm referring to Tales of Vesperia. This was released for the 360 last year and about to be released for the PS3 in September.
Sales were not as strong here in the U.S. though. My guess is Americans aren't as fond of JRPG's (Japanese Role Playing Game), especially when the game is cell shaded / anime style. This game sold 33,000 times in 4 days, compared to Halo 3's 3.3 million in 12 days.
However, being a fan of JPRG's, I've searched high and low for a used copy. Found it and love it. The demo on Live doesn't do it justice...for sure. The driving force behind any JPRG is the story, which the demo can't really do. And the story is super.
Keep in mind, while most JPRG games are turn based combat, this is not. Also, while you do have a team of members, you only really control one during combat. You can call upon other member spells to help, but otherwise they are AI driven. At first I thought these would be turn-offs, but it actually plays out nicely.
So, do we have any other JPRG fans out there? Anyone play this? Any other current favorites (any system)?
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