Excerpt: THE STORY Most of the world was covered with a raging ocean. Senel Coolidge, a young man and master of a special power known as eres, and his younger sister Shirley, found themselves adrift in a sea of standing fog. Just as they had run out of food and were at the limits of their strength, an island emerged through the fog. The island approached them with amazing speed, their small boat caught in powerful waves. When they awoke, they found themselves washed ashore.
Excerpt: Tales Of Legendia starts with Senel and Shirley at sea, sailing the stormy deep blue of a neo-materialised ocean of prosperous adventure. What with the simple ethics of the game opening with lush, dreamy events, even the monstrous attack of the titles preliminary enemy cannot retract from the original sense of freedom and charisma from the main characters.
Excerpt: For the first time in the U.S., Namco’s Tales series has made its way to the PlayStation 2 console. Tales of Legendia is an action-packed ride that Tales fans won’t want to miss! Tales of Legendia opens with a young man, named Senel Coolidge, and his younger sister, Shirley, sailing in an attempt to hide from their enemies. However, after a short battle with a creature, a large mysterious light appears and their boat comes crashing into a large area of land.
Excerpt: The game starts off with the main character Senel and his little sister Shirley riding out a storm in the middle of the ocean. Eventually the two are shipwrecked and Senel wakes up to find his sister in a weakened state. At this point, a local townsperson, Will, discovers the pair, and at Senel’s request, leads them to a pond of fresh water. To Will’s shock, Senel submerges his own sister in the pond – an act which he believes would kill the girl.
Excerpt: Namco caught my eye last year with some solid role-playing games, such as the ambitiously space-operatic Xenosaga and the innovative, card-utilizing Baten Kaitos. I found Tales of Symphonia to be a particular standout, so I was eager to see what this year's Tales of Legendia had to offer.
Conclusion: of back and forth between the characters that makes the whole thing more enjoyable. However, after a while the story just drags on, and on. What makes the whole thing particularly weird is that there is one ending for the game at about the 30-hour mark, but after that the game continues again. The way this is done feels like an attempt by the developers to add another 40 hours or so to the game, but not taking the time to do it seamlessly.
Excerpt: The long running Tales series from Namco is well known around the world for its creative universes and its fast paced battle system. Releasing various games on older platforms such as Sonyâ€™s Playstation and Nintendoâ€™s Gamecube, Namco has finally released a full three dimension game for the Playstation 2. But how does it stack up against the previous games or other role playing games out at the moment?