Tales of Symphonia Dawn of the New World in Review
Ligia Ecchavarria, Amazon
24 February 2014
Summary: This game is probably my least favorite in the series. To go from the masterpiece that was the original Symphonia to this was disappointing. Johnny Young Bosch and Laura Bailey do a great job as Emi and Marta but their voice acting is basically where the good things end. All of the old voice actors who came back were clearly not getting paid enough as they put in half the effort for their characters that they did in the first game.
Summary: Bought this game when it just came out. Overall a good game with a few weaknesses that prevent it from becoming something much more. I've always enjoyed playing Tales games. They bring something very unique to a quite typical genre. Good voice acting, long and engaging storyline, high action battles, and numerous side quests are all very typical of a Tales game. This game benefits from all of these. Pros: - Same system as previous Tales games.
Summary: Lets start with the pros: 1. Good graphics. Improve greatly but still kept the original form from its predecessor so fans of the original Tales will be delighted. 2. New concept. Introduction of befriending monsters! (That's right! The very monster you kill you can now befriend and have them join you and level them up like Pokemon!) 3. Very good voice acting.
Summary: I own and have played all the tales games that have been brought over to north america. Now S2 isn't a bad game, not at all and I recommend playing it or giving it a try if you were a fan of Symphonia. That being said you will probably be confused by the opening events of the game and the new battle system is something all in itself to get used to. You will figure it out though and manage through the game.
Summary: While I haven't enjoyed certain parts of the storyline so far I will say that it definitely feels like Tales of Symphonia. The main character is different than in the first game. Anyway you collect monsters by defeating them in battle. You need to have the major element and 4 minor elements match in order for the creatures to be spellbound, which will initiate the pact at the end of the battle.
Summary: Basically if you're a fan of Tales of Symphonia, you'l notice within moments of starting the game that this was made on a very small budget, and does its job in a limited way. Basically this takes place after the events of Tales of Symphonia, and disgards all the main characters and introduces two new ones, Emil and Marta as the protagonists, and some random antagonists you get to know during the game.
Summary: If you like the Tales games and played Tales of Symphonia then you'll probably forgive this game its flaws, but still be a little disappointed. The battle system is great fun. Meeting the old cast is quite entertaining too. The story isn't so bad, but it doesn't really stand up to the previous game, and it kind of makes you wonder why they bothered making a sequel instead of a completely new world.
Summary: I love the original Tales of Symphonia! One of my all time favourite games! So when i heard about a sequal i was excited! I have to admit it took sometime to get into it, the battle system dosnt feal as polished as the original also game does work for people who havnt played the original but feels that its made for people who have played the original. Its also ALOT shorter than the original which was pretty much 100hours plus!
Summary: Being a big fan of the original, I was excited to receive this game for Christmas. I have several irks with the game, which I will outline before I give the good things with it. 1) it's far too short. Far. Too. Short. The gamecube version was spanned over two worlds, Tethe'alla and Sylvarant. And since this is spanned over the same two worlds merged, you'd expect it to be big? Wrong. 20 hours into the game and I'm on the last 'quest' of chapter 7 of 8 chapters.