Excerpt: Tales of Phantasia , which is actually the first of the Tales games, is the latest addition to Namco's popular RPG series to hit the US. While the game was previously released in 1995, it never managed to make it to the states. Now fast forward more than a decade, and Tales of Phantasia is finally being released in the US for Nintendo's GameBoy! So is it worth the wait? Read on and find out.
Excerpt: RPG fans have been waiting patiently for Tales of Phantasia to be localized. Finally, after many other installments of the Tales series have paved the way, the adventures of Cress Albane can finally be played through. After over a decade, Tales of Phantasia appears as a port on the Game Boy Advance, and the long wait certainly shows in many aspects of the game.
Excerpt: The game begins with teenaged hero Cress going out on a hunting trip with his best bud, Chester. While they're away from the village they find the great tree of mana, Yggdrasil - which doesn't look exactly like it's in tip top shape, either. After marveling at the giant tree (or what's left of it, anyway), the two head back to town, only to discover that it's been completely annihilated, all of its inhabitants murdered.
Excerpt: Tales of Phantasia was originally released in Japan for the SNES in 1995. Tales of Phantasia was re-released in 1998 for the Sony PlayStation, also only in Japan. The re-release featured an overhauled graphics engine, 3D world map, as well as several other changes. Until recently, the West had never seen the game without imports or ROMs.
Excerpt: I can easily envision all the hate mail now regarding my distribution of such low scores to one of the best console RPGs of all time. Therefore, I want to preface my review with the disclaimer that I love Tales of Phantasia and consider it one of the most memorable console RPGs I've ever played. If this review were for the Super Famicom original, 12 points would have been added to all the scores.
Excerpt: A breeze drawn from the northwest brings with it a hint of smoke.
Disregarding it, you and your friend continue to stalk your prey: a
gigantic boar that is rumored to be in the western depths of a
purportedly magical forest. This is your playground, having spent a
good portion of your childhood playing and hunting in these very woods.
As you finish up your hunt, you notice an oily column slinking into the
Excerpt: All videogame genres have their own set of clichés, but role-playing games (RPGs) have always been among the worst offenders for me. Pick up any RPG at random, and you'll probably find 1) a young male hero with a funny name who must set out “all alone” on an adventure, 2) magic (and 2a: a female healer who's a lousy fighter), 3) a vaguely medieval setting, 4) teenage sexual tension, and 5) at least two “final boss” battles.