Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology Exclusive Update

We dive deeper into Namco's cool PSP action role-playing game.

Though we just had a peek at Namco's upcoming Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology for the PSP, we had to spend some more time with it to get our cooking on. The game offers an engaging, somewhat streamlined RPG experience that is shaping up to be a good fit for the PSP. We dove a little deeper into a near final build of the game to see just what all there is to discover.

The Tales series soldiers on with a fresh new PSP installment, Radiant Mythology.

Once we got through the standard story stuff and made our character, we started picking up quests at the local guild. Though the action in the game is pretty basic as far as Tales games go, the crafting system is still in full effect and as addictive as it ever was. The process of crafting items, cooking, and enhancing your gear works well and should be familiar to longtime fans. The system might be a bit daunting at first to newcomers, but it's pretty easy once you get the hang of it--at which point you'll be foraging for raw materials to level your skills and make cool stuff.

Aside from crafting, the relationship system in the game--another element from the Tales series being tapped for Radiant Mythology--is amusing and very "Japanese RPG." The various potential party members you'll meet in the game will all have very distinct opinions of you, not all of which are positive, requiring you to find ways to get in their good graces. Once folks take a shine to you, they'll be open to grouping with you for quests, which is essential as you pick up tougher guild quests. You'll pick up quests individually, which keeps your chores from getting too overwhelming. An in-game journal also helps you keep up on what you're doing, which makes it easy to play the game in short bursts if you choose.

You can tailor your adventurer to your liking, as long as you like spikey hair.

The visuals in Radiant Mythology are clean and sport that almost-as-good-as-PS2 sheen that the better PSP games have. Your custom character model features clean detail, as do all the characters you'll interact with. The environments we played through offered a solid amount of variety, although the areas outside of town were heavy on the dungeon theme. Spell effects and the like were handled nicely. As with all the Tales games, Radiant Mythology features some sharp anime cutscenes and nicely done 2D character portraits for conversations. Audio in the game is the standard mix we've heard in the previous Tales games. You'll get English voice, assorted sound effects, and the obligatory rad guitar music that somehow suits anime footage of flying cats.

Based on our time with the game, Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology is shaping up to be a cool entry in the Tales series and a much needed dose of role-playing in the PSP library. Tales fans should appreciate all the familiar faces while newcomers looking for an accessible RPG should be pleased by the game's flexible gameplay systems. Given the drought of strong titles on the PSP right now, folks hungering for a tasty offering should keep an eye out for Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology when it ships next month.

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Discussion

48 comments
reign1975
reign1975

I just wanna know if this game is long enough for me to enjoy. Great RPGs have longevity,depth and fun. I expect this but just want a game for my psp that is long.

nature-elf
nature-elf

I think that this game will be a sharper and better game than valhalla knights,valhalla knights was a serious disappointment for me, i hope this game will have the elements i wish valhalla knights had.I have high hopes for this game and this as much more customisation as seen from the screens

Zeppolie
Zeppolie

Hey as long as it turns out better than legends of Heroes that i'm all for it

barksim
barksim

This game looks like it'll be pretty good. I hope it turns out better than some of the other rpgs for this handheld.

ithebigc
ithebigc

Well, obviously, we would want Japanese voices just cuz they fit more, Chester950. So, don't you just love it when ppl complain about ppl liking the Japanese voices better than the English dubs? Shut up! =D

FstBrk342
FstBrk342

still havent gotten an RPG for the psp i need one X|

pulu1
pulu1

I must have this game

JussCaca
JussCaca

wow i cant wait for this one

Dark_Link142
Dark_Link142

Wait... you mean I can play as Lloyd and Luke in the same game? I could get a PSP alone just for this.

Chester950
Chester950

don't you love it when people says "i like the JP voicing a lot better" or "i hope they keep the JP lyrics in the intro" lol .......SHUT UP!!!!

Osashimaru
Osashimaru

lolz man this game is cool, it might be too late to complain but i hope they keep the jap lyrics in the intro. i for one like the jap voicing a lot better XP

icarus212001
icarus212001

the psp is starting to get some pretty good games

Jebril
Jebril

Wow this.....is really something that got me intrested in the PSP I still won't buy one though. I'll just borrow my friend's and buy this game.

freakykidd
freakykidd

Wait... a crossover Tales game? I'm sold already...

NearlyPrescient
NearlyPrescient

Archaicstigma: They also made English PAL versions for release in the UK and what not...since the PSP is regionfree, you can easily get an english version, assuming you don't mind the difficulties of importing.

yummyCnC
yummyCnC

I................want...................this.................game.................now...................ribbit..........................moo

Archaicstigma
Archaicstigma

They made Tales of Phantasia and Tales of Eternia for PSP but those r in Japanese. I wish this one was ad-hoc multiplayer tho >

sonictank
sonictank

this is lookin better then any rpg i've played for the psp

ssh83
ssh83

Note: Tales of the World is an offshoot series of the main Tales series, but they are NOT the same series. (Like how RE:Outbreak doesn't count as part of main Resident Evil series) It works like Kingdom Heart where it has its own story but takes characters from other games and throw them in for fun. There have been plenty of Tales of the World games on GBA. They just did not get ported to the states for more or less the same reasons Star ocean and Tales of Fantasia didn't make it to US SNES.

Tycerion
Tycerion

Sweet...that was exactly what I was hoping to hear! Ch-ching...pre-order taken care of!

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Looks interesting, I really like the art direction too.

dmf_pokerman
dmf_pokerman

This is definately going to be in my collection when it comes out. I Love the Tales games. They have a certain thing to them that many rpgs don't have.

fibitosan
fibitosan

it seem like one of the greaters games, specially rpgs for the psp

nukunukuneko
nukunukuneko

wow, I'm surprised this actually is on the top of the most wanted list for psp! I just love the series. I had to buy Eternia online because it was never released in the US >.

VanGriffin
VanGriffin

A great game!! In English! Why they never released Eternia in the States in beyond my. You can get that one from the UK... a year ago ;) Then you have the only two English versions. A great series though, and a definite addition for my collection .

ERoBB
ERoBB

PSP is going after the RPG genre, and I'm loving it!

mcxps3
mcxps3

Man i want this and Jean D Arc so badly.

therealapowers
therealapowers

WOO HOO! i loved tales of eternia, but it was, you know... like, not quite as good as the rest of the tales series. im so happy that they're making one with this good of graphics and customization! :)

siryami
siryami

I'm just glad they're releasing it in north America. And it looks pretty good, for the psp

waleywu_basic
waleywu_basic

>Can it be the best rpg game for the PSP or will it suck we will see hmmm, no offense, even if it will be the best RPG for PSP, the title will only last about 1 months or two, Just wait until Sept 12 and we get our hand on Crisis Core. drools. This is going to turn out to be a good year for PSP owners who loves RPG genre.

Josh848
Josh848

The customization and character animations look amazing!

vainfuman
vainfuman

Can it be the best rpg game for the PSP or will it suck we will see

Gin_Tama
Gin_Tama

This is gunna be a loooooooong month. T_T

bin-hiding
bin-hiding

finally a good RPG is coming to the PSP, the other Tale games are great and for what i'm reading this is shaping up into another great installment for the series, can't wait to get it just like FF tactics

danlatsmash
danlatsmash

Cant F***ing wait. Lloyd fans rejoice

CamisadoBlue
CamisadoBlue

Looking awesome, can't wait for this game!

PerfectParadox1
PerfectParadox1

looks awsome and has a very similar view to dark cronicle

volcus
volcus

Looks pretty solid so far not to mention possibly one of the best psp rpgs

params7
params7

Its looking beautiful.

Belegorm
Belegorm

Gosh, finally a Tales of the World game come to our shores, and it's this? Narikiri Dungeon 3 is very excellent, but this looks pretty bad. Not that I don't care for being able to roam the dungeons like in a classic Tales game, but I must say I miss having practically every Tales character! They've taken out several MAIN characters from the game! Cless (Tales of Phantasia, the first Tales game), and from what I've gathered, Rid (Tales of Eternia, the third game). And also, many others that you'd expect, like Mint and Klarth (ToP). Of course, it's nice to have Lloyd (obviously, he's always the most popular Tales character in the States), but in Narikiri Dungeon 3, I could play with him, Cless, and so many others (not to mention that the main characters for ND3 weren't quite as generic). And of course, they have to switch to 3D graphics (likely a reason it's actually making it here). 3D just doesn't seem as memorable in a Tales game (particularly a TotW game). Still, it's a Tales game, and so it'll probably be alright after a fashion.

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Hope this turns out to be the best RPG for the PSP. 8)

AnFangs_Endes
AnFangs_Endes

WHOOO!!! finally one of the Tales compilation games is coming over!

kemar7856
kemar7856

i;m been looking 4 a good rpg for psp when does this come out in english