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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Excerpt: Times were tough for fans of the Tales series for a long time. Namco Bandai seemed determined to pretend its stellar line of RPGs didn’t exist, with the exception of localizations of Tales of Vesperia and a handful of other entries.
Pros: Fantastic 30-40 hour RPG, wonderful storyline, in-game events slightly influence economy, occasional side-skits pop up during the story, can cook to restore health, can customize character’s attacks and the active battle system works really well.
Cons: 3D effects seem tacked on. Skits aren’t voiced. Touchscreen isn’t really used. Cooperative multiplayer for battles has been removed.
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.