Conclusion: Concept: Tell a story about a magical, fictional world at war – and do it very slowly
Graphics: Abyss looked sharper on the PlayStation 2, but it hasn’t taken much of a hit during its miniaturization
Sound: It’s nothing memorable.
Excerpt: This game was really popular, due to the similarity of its battle system towards its Gamecube counterpart Tales of Symphonia. It's a game that's often debated to be the best with Tales of Symphonia as well.
Excerpt: ' story begins against the backdrop of political turmoil between two nations, Markt and Kimlasca. The two nations are upholding a truce that is barely being held together, and the threat of war is ever looming.
Excerpt: Set in a series that has suffered from some rather bland plots and simple gameplay, Tales of the Abyss manages to bring the series into a level higher than it has reached before. The story of Tales of the Abyss starts off simply enough, with Luke, the sheltered son of a duke, going through another...
Conclusion: Tales of the Abyss is a solid RPG and quite possibly one of the best installments in the Tales franchise. Namco outdid themselves with this title and any RPG fan looking for something to drop over 60 hours on will fall in love.
Excerpt: With the holiday session coming fast upon us, there are a plethora of great games (and systems) coming out for gamers to choose from. Slipping in ahead of the rush, Namco Bandai has released another addition of its Tales franchise, this time being Tales of the Abyss.
Excerpt: risk, Namco, in making your lead character a complete douche. I understand that that idea is that he shows character growth -- more here than you see in most RPGs to be honest -- but did you have to make Luke fon Fabre such a dick right from the start?
Conclusion: Even with the glut of similar role-playing games on the PlayStation 2, Tales of the Abyss is an entertaining experience throughout. The story isn't especially engaging, but the characters are, and the combat is simple but satisfying.
Pros: Interesting characters convey a lot of personality through extensive, funny, and sharply written dialogue, Fast-paced battle system is easy to learn but is still involved and rewarding, The lengthy story and numerous side quests can easily keep you playing for 50 hours or more.
Cons: The graphics have some noticeable rough spots, The non-boss battles tend to rely too heavily on frenzied button mashing.
Conclusion: The game is also enhanced by solid voice work that stays consistent throughout the title—and there is a staggering amount of spoken lines throughout the story. Characters are appropriately brought to life and feel a little more human.
Summary: Zum Jubiläum der Tales-Reihe erschienen in Nordamerika im Jahr 2006 gleich zwei neue Tales of Titel innerhalb kurzer Zeit. Während wir eines in unserem Tales of Legendia Review bereits unter die Lupe nahmen, stellt sich mit Tales of the Abyss der nächste Ableger in den Weg.
Pros: Starker Hauptcharakter, Zahlreiche Sidequests, Intelligente Neuerungen
Cons: Lange Ladezeiten, Kampfarenen lieblos designt, Nur als US-Import