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.
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...
Summary: The Tales RPGs started out with Nintendo, with Tales of Phantasia launching as one of the most impressive Super Nintendo RPGs of that time, out-classing many early PSone efforts. The game was so big that it was unfortunately never (officially) translated for the West.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.