Excerpt: Tales of Eternia was first released on the PlayStation in 2001. An action RPG, it became a popular anime series. Now it returns to feature on the PSP. Seen as a masterpiece by many, the Namco game will receive a warm welcome from both old aficionados and newcomers. The game begins when the peaceful lives of two friends are changed forever by a little girl who falls from the sky. Reid and Farah live together in a small town.
Excerpt: Fans of Namco's Tales games can rejoice that they can finally play one of the series' classic titles on the go. It's essentially the same game released on the original Playstation back in 2001 as Tales of Destiny II , but ironically it plays much better on the PSP. Everything still holds up fairly well. Tales of Eternia is definitely a great addition to the PSP's lacking RPG library.
Conclusion: The gameplay of Tales of Eternia is simply not known at this point. All that was available on the playable demo was the core town and a few sections around the town. The main character could interact with the other characters in small chats, but no battles were featured within the demo. There was a lengthy animated cutscene that showed far more of what the game has to offer but since it was not a playable part of the game, there is not much to report on.
Conclusion: As it stands, Tales of Eternia isn't the prettiest game to grace the PSP. But it does its job well enough to push you through the game (though in some areas, even the GBA's Golden Sun series outdoes this visually), and with full voice-acting throughout as well as practically no load times, this is one RPG well worth your time.
Pros: Deep story full of plot twists and great characters, Lengthy play period that can last up to 60 hours, No load times, Real-time battles
Cons: Dated visuals, Can take a while to get into the game, Controls are a little finicky
Summary: Despite hosting a convoy of racing games since launch, there still isn’t a decent PSP adventure game to swallow the hours wasted on public transport. But even though it’s not the killer RPG that gamers-on-the-go are hungry for, Namco’s Tales Of Eternia is still a deep and rewarding distraction while you wait for something of Zelda-like proportions to arrive.
Pros: - grandioser Umfang, - Preis/Leistung stimmt, - tolle Grafik, - schlichtes, aber effektives Kampfystem, - Guter Sound...
Cons: - 'Tales of Destiny II' reloaded, - zu linearer Storyablauf, - monotones Gameplay ( bei Dungeons ), - keine neuen Spielelemente, - Schwierigkeitsgrad schwankt zu stark, - ... nervt aber ab und zu, - komplett in Englisch