I forgot how much I loved the cliched style of tales games. The music, graphics, and dialogue. The combat is as good as any other tales game so far. Playing this definitely brings back memories of playing tales of symphonia nearly 7 years ago!
@kgtennispro how does this game compare to symphonia length wise? What about symphonia two? Those are the only tales games I beat and I looooooved them. I'm just trying to get an idea of the scope of this game.
Yup. We picked 2 copies on tuesday & played about an hour of it. You can already tell it's a great game. Just like @Scrawnton said, everthing about this franchise is just adorable. Can't wait to actually have the time to play it more. Probably this summer.
In terms of comparing it to Tales of Symphonia...if you've only ever played the GC version, then you will be very happy to know that TotA isn't gimped like that one. Oh don't get me wrong, I loved ToS, but it sucked knowing that only Lloyd, Collette, and Genus were the only ones with high-oghis (probably spelled that wrong) unlike the PS2 Japanese version that had EVERYONE equipped with specials. Abyss gives every character a special Mystic Arte and play through the game a second time and everyone gets a second, even more powerful Mystic Arte along with the originals.
In terms of length...I'd say Abyss is a bit longer than Symphonia over all, though all of the sidequests will make it even longer than Symphonia, especially if it's your first time through and you want to do absolutely everything...well, as much as possible the first playthrough.
I only played a tiny bit tonight. I did a 10 hour xenoblade marathon with a break today to finally beat it so I guess I was burnt out on gaming today. Tomorrow I have two hockey games in a row so I bet I'll be sore and lying around all day playing this tomorrow. Right now I'm in the village of engeve trying to stay at the inn.
I apologize, the "hamlet" of engeve
On a more mechanical note, I like how the main characters, lukes, being sheltered gives a narrative reason for explaining simple things to the player lol. I laughed when he didn't know how to pay for an apple.
Oh yes, I liked how they did that in the beginning of the game. And wait until you fully meet Jade Curtis - The Necromancer and said character joins your party. Most badass, hilarious character in the game...you'll have plenty of amusing times with what the character says, and the character's past (if you delve into it a bit in the game) is actually quite interesting, too.
I played it for a bit before going to the gym and I'm still just amazed for being able to play a game like this on 3ds. I love ps2 era RPGs as much as I love snes and psx a RPGs. I hope some day they port symphonia to the 3ds because I'd love a portable version of that as well.
I just got done with the forest and I'm about 2.5 hours in to the game. The combat is still great, as is the visuals, music, and dialogue. I really appreciate how this game does not assume I'm an idiot. It doesn't spend a lot of time explaining things to me at all and I appreciate how quick the game is moving so far. This game is single handedly making the 3ds my most favorite hand held of all time so far!!
I'm only an hour in but hearing the score done by Motoi Sakuraba melted me like butter. I'm familiar of him through the Eternal Sonata score which ended up being one of my favorite soundtracks of all time.
I'm waiting till it releases at Toys R Us... in Canada..but I think that's a waste of time.. I'm not sure why our stores here don't have it. We carried other Tales games in the past. Either I wait for that..or a price drop at the other stores like Walmart etc.f I'll be playing Xenoblade first though so I guess when I'm finished with that, then I will search for this game.
I love the Tales series. Glad to see that people are enjoying it.
@Smerd I feel bad that you can't find it; however, on the flip side, choosing to play xenoblade is an amazing choice. That game is just brilliant. I'm only 4 hours in to Abkyss right now and I don't like it as much as Symphonia, but it is still a strong jrpg in its own right. I feel like this game lacks the polish that symphonia had, though.