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Tales of the Abyss





Tales of the Abyss 


Do you remember when the Wii first came out? There were ports from the Playstation 2. As the Nintendo 3DS marches towards its one year anniversary we are noticing some PS2 ports. Tales of the Abyss is the latest from Namco Bandai. What makes this so impressive is Tales of the Abyss is a previous home console generation game which is now on the hand held.

Tales of the Abyss is one of the role playing games that reveals itself slowly. Players are given bits of information here and there. Things are hinted at, but not completely revealed. The characters have diverse and sometimes strange backgrounds. They have different agendas that the player must unearth and embrace or reject.

The 3D in Tales of the Abyss is not what was expected. There are some neat spots, like the anime movies. But there are also spots where the dialogue is on top of the characters. The background shows depth better in some areas than others. Keeping Tales of the Abyss in 2D means less charges needed for the little hand held.

Tales of the Abyss includes some bad language and choice words. There are also characters with horrible attitudes. It is neat to see the arrogance of the main character slowly stripped away. His personal growth throughout Tales of the Abyss is very apparent. It also fits the story, which is like a classic novel. The music is fantastic in almost every area of Tales of the Abyss.

Family Friendly Gaming was provided a copy of Tales of the Abyss on the Nintendo 3DS for this review. There are easily forty hours of game play in this hand held role playing game. The length of Tales of the Abyss is one of the reasons most role playing gamers will feel this game is worth the price of admission. The various hidden items, and side quests can bring the game time easily to fifty or sixty hours.

The game play in Tales of the Abyss is one of the areas this reviewer feels is lacking. Players pick an enemy to attack. You and that enemy get on the same line. Attack it until you defeat it, or switch to another enemy. There are a few different attacks, and many skills that can be learned. There is little point in learning the system since running in and hacking away generally produces a victory. Stepping aside to use a few items was required on a couple of the bosses. Leveling up is what is done to make fights in Tales of the Abyss easier. Grind for a few levels, and then take on that boss character.

Tales of the Abyss has a few oddities to it. Players fight off god general characters. They are certainly not god, so it must be some quirky title they were given. There is also some goddess worship in Tales of the Abyss. A few of the female characters could have covered up better. What is interesting is Tales of the Abyss is not as bad as was expected. The storyline contains some interesting plot twists that make this a fun game to spend time with.
- RPG Master


Graphics: 62%
Sound: 59%
Replay/Extras: 80%
Gameplay: 61%
Family Friendly Factor: 62%
System: Nintendo 3DS
Publisher: Namco Bandai
‘T’- Teen
{Alcohol Reference, Fantasy Violence, Language, Simulated Gambling, Suggestive Themes}

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