Essentially a direct port of the excellent PS2 version, but without the load times.
22 January 2015
Summary: My first thought on playing this game was how strange that this game got a rerelease on the 3DS. Technically, the PS2 version had higher screen resolution, and the way the graphics translated to the 3DS screen makes the 3D effect barely worth using. Usually when Namco rereleases Tales games, they're superior versions with more content and better graphics. This is not so here.
Summary: EDIT: It turns out the reason for my audio troubles was that my headphones were filtering out the voices and only the voices. I have no idea what could be causing such a specific problem (I just used the same exact setup to play Theatrhythm with perfect sound quality) but when I turned the game back on to demonstrate the audio problems to my husband, the game sounded perfectly fine. I tried a different pair of headphones and it also sounded perfectly fine.
Summary: Having played the PS2 source version, I guess I assumed the game would transfer to the 3DS better. It's certainly competent; the graphics are at least on par with the PS2, and the 3D effects are okay... but largely this is the only difference between the two versions, and honestly... it feels small. I feel confined playing this on a small screen with small speakers, and the system isn't conducive to a long play-through like this.
Summary: North American gamers don’t quite know Namco’s Tales series as much as they do, say, the Final Fantasy franchise, although their North American branch has lately given a little more love to the franchise than in the past, with the company localizing the Nintendo 3DS version of the PlayStation 2 title Tales of the Abyss, one of the 3-D portable system’s first role-playing game releases.
Summary: Tales of the Abyss is a game in a large series of JRPGs. The series is recognized with its title preface which always starts with "Tales of" If this series does not already have more games than Final Fantasy, it is a close second. The series is most known for its battle system, a side-scrolling beat em up with no turn-based combat. The games in the series are also very rich in story, and most of the time are easily upwards of +70 hours.