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The Top 5 Best Tales of Games (English Released Games in Europe Only)
The Tales Series has got some localization problems in the West but when in the most recent years the series has got some enjoyment from longtime RPG fans. I already talked about the 5 Worst games in the series but however it's time to talk the best that the series has offered. I'm going to go with games that are released in English but mainly ones that are released in Europe. Sorry guys no Tales of Destiny on either PS1 or PS2 or any of the Japan only games made the cut this time. Like in my worst 5 list there isn't enough games to make a possible ten so this list limits the selection to five. So which Tales of Games made the list? Be warned some may not agree with my choices.
5: Tales of Eternia
Platform: PlayStation Portable
Well Tales of Eternia didn't get released in Europe until 2006 on the PSP, the game stood out well from the sprite based roots of the series and perfected the side scrolling battle system. While it's storyline wasn't one of the series best or worst in anyone's opinion but other features like levelling up the attributes of the characters made Eternia one of the finest of old school instalments.
4: Tales of the Abyss
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Sure the main character Luke is spoiled and doesn't improve until about a few hours into the story but any RPG player would not deny the excellence of Tales of the Abyss. It came to Europe when the series was on it's knee till English speaking fans just wanted some Tales. Tales of the Abyss introduced the series to being able to freely move about on the battle arena but also included Fields of Fonons which allowed characters to pull of devastating magic fused artes can tackle even the toughest of enemies you challenged in the game. Even with the Nintendo 3DS technology the presentation was impressive and the game could hold it's own in 3D, making the game one of those games that still hold well today.
3: Tales of Xillia
Platform: PlayStation 3
What got RPG fans to rekindle their interest in the series was arguably Tales of Xillia alongside it's sequel that is currently out in Japan and will see release in the West in August this year. Xillia had two leading characters where you can experience events exclusive either of the two alongside it's improvements from the sidequests from Tales of Graces. The new battle system allowed two of four party members to be able to link together and pull of Unison Attacks and each character has their own unique skills that are helpful such as Jude being able to snap behind an enemy or heal a knocked down character, Milla being able to Bind a opponent as well as summon her 4 great spirits and so on. I do get some get some great laughs over some of the most hilarious scenes and skit sequences ever in an J-RPG and there's plenty of depth and replay value to be had with Xillia. I expect better results for the squeal.
2: Tales of Vesperia
Platform: XBox 360
Out of the many JRPG's that have been released on High Definition systems the choice easily goes to Tales of Vesperia for the XBox 360. The game took on the pluses of past Tales of Games but perfect them with new features like Fatal Strikes, Burst Artes and an excellent storyline and characters Yuri Lowell, Flynn Scifo and Judith. The Cel shaded graphics were outstanding and it's surprising to see any future instalment not have graphics as good as Vesperia.
Honorable Mention: Tales of Graces F
Platform: PlayStation 3
Tales of Graces is held back by the sidequests that were sometimes annoying and required dualizing, Many people can complain about how bad the voice acting is making some of the lines either dry or sometimes laughable, but however the title is saved by it's excellent battle system and interesting character development.
1: Tales of Symphonia
Platform: Nintendo GameCube
When it comes down to it Tales of Symphonia isn't just one of the best games in the series but ranks up as one of the best games for the GameCube. It helped popularize the Tales franchise by it's storyline and plenty of fan favourite characters. These were aided by a number of features such as firstly introducing 4 player co-op during battles without requirements, numerous ways of customizing the heroes that allow you to whatever techniques or skills you want, great environments and a awesome soundtrack. Thanks to the result of the games popularity it helped unleash a level of fanfiction, a sequal and an Anime series in Japan making it the top pick for the best Tales of Game of all time.
Do you agree with this list? What were some of your favourite Tales games you enjoyed back then?
Written By Anthony Hayball (AQWBlaZer91)
Happy Gaming to you all and please remember to stay away from the bad games!