Excerpt: 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.
Excerpt: This 3DS version of Tales of the Abyss marks the first time that the 2006 game has made it to European shores. Whilst we’re on the subject of firsts, it may be the eighth game in the enduring series but it’s also the first JRPG on Nintendo’s handheld system. Tales of the Abyss wasn’t originally designed around 3D, and this version proves that.
Excerpt: Namco’s Tales series is among the most popular RPG franchises in Japan, yet it has an odd on-again, off-again localization history in the West. Tales of the Abyss was one of the games fortunate enough to get the English-language treatment, releasing on the PS2 back in the fall of 2006. Sadly, it found itself caught inside a frenzy of next-gen hype, and fell by the wayside along with several other strong titles released during that period.
Pros: Fast-paced, strategic action combat, Amusing character interactions, Clever dungeon puzzles and hidden secrets
Cons: Muddy textures and jaggy edges, Lack of new features over the original, Mieu in general
Summary: While it hasn’t changed much since its PS2 iteration, Tales of the Abyss remains as one of the better entries in the Tales franchise, and the entire package holds up well even after six years of dormancy. The story is a very coming-of-age tale that manages to weave multi-layered characters into a universe full of unique terms and concepts and the gameplay is very addictive if you enjoy fighting game style action mixed in with your random battles.
Excerpt: Tales of the Abyss was actually the first role playing game I got to play for the 3DS, so I was excited. Before the main menu appeared there was a fairly short opening movie that was really adrenaline-pumping. It showed all the characters I'd be using, without giving away much more than their appearance. When the game started I really enjoyed the smooth crisp graphics. Once I pulled myself from my trance I met the main character, Luke.
Excerpt: We're still in the midst of the 3DS’s first year on the market and, like many systems before it, this first year is filled with ports. Namco Bandai has contributed to the port glut with Tales of the Abyss , an acclaimed PS2 RPG entry to their famous Tales of series. Now, JRPG starved 3DS owners get a chance to play a solid adventure, but is it worth the price of admission for both veterans and newbies alike?
Conclusion: Tales of the Abyss is JRPG through and through, something which may be appreciated by a 3DS audience which doesn’t yet have a lot of other choices of this variety. It arrives with many of the caveats that come with the territory, and its age is unfortunately visually evident. But the strength of its real-time battle system and a progressively interesting story can keep you hooked if you trudge through the less-thrilling opening hours.