First Impressions - Tales of Symphonia Chronicles

Tales of Symphonia Chronicles - Sony PS3

First Impression
One of my favorite JRPGs of all time has finally gotten a remake. Tales of Symphonia and Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, they both are collected on one disk and both get the HD treatment. Well in all actuality is just an upscaling, which isn't all that bad.  Just remember that Tales of Symphonia did come out originally in 2004 and this is pretty much the same game. They did make a few changes that I like; one being that they added the original opening to the game. Tales of games take an anime approach to story telling and most of their cutscenes are anime inspired. In the original game many of the anime cutscenes were left out of the finished game. I have already seen one that was put back in to the game. Also the full move list for all the characters plus their Mystic Artes (Hi-Ougi's) are supposedly back in this game. For the Tales fans, if you have a save file from Tales of Graces F and Tales of Xillia there is a costume set that is available at the start of the game.The game also has English as well as Japanese voices. I may use the Japanese voices on Tales of Symphonia Dawn of the New World as I didn't like the voice acting in that game. I have not started the Dawn of the New World game yet as I want to go back through Symphonia first, that's just how I am when it comes to RPGs. However, you do have the choice of which game you would like to start off with when you first load up your game. I am not going to lie to you I am not the biggest fan of Dawn of the New World as I felt that it was rushed when it was originally released, but I am willing to give it a chance now that it has been a few years since I have played that particular game.

The music is still amazing and now thanks to the upscaling is clear. I have always liked the Tales of soundtracks as I am a huge anime fan as well and thought that the music matched the spirit of the series well. All in all I would say its okay and I am glad that Namco Bandai was thoughtful enough to do this for fans of the series. I do have to warn people though if you go in expecting Legend of Zelda Windwaker HD you will be disappointed. That is not what they were going for, but it is a decent port and I am enjoying myself so far.

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