Tales of Abyss 3D Review?
Posted 17 June 2012 - 10:41 AM
anyone that played it, can you like describe it or give it a review on how it is. What were the
pros..........the cons?? Is it like KH or Dragon Quest??? Thanx in advance!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted 17 June 2012 - 11:35 AM
Posted 17 June 2012 - 11:39 AM
Posted 17 June 2012 - 04:32 PM
Posted 17 June 2012 - 05:48 PM
Definitely worth picking up though, and if you are, you'd better hurry, Tales games tend to have very short shelf life, which makes them hard to find after a while...
Posted 17 June 2012 - 09:00 PM
- An amazing cast of characters. There are plenty of protagonists and antagonists, and they are all great.
- Huge amounts of character development. Some characters get more than others, but by the end, all of the protagonists and many of the antagonists will have developed into multidimensional, fully fleshed out characters.
- The story is great, and enjoyable. Indeed, my only regret after beating the game was that I couldn't erase it all from my mind and experience it again.
- Battles are fun and fast. There are many attacks (called Artes in game) to learn, and using them in combat is fun and easy.
- Boss fights are fun, and depending on your skill and level, can range from moderately difficult, to quite challenging.
- There are plenty of side-quests, many of which supplement the story or further develop the characters.
- The game can be quite long. On my first play-through, my final time was 46 hours. That was doing nothing but the story, no side quests, no grinding. On my second play-through, I am about 80 hours in, doing all side quests as they become available. I still have the bonus dungeon and the final boss to clear.
- There is plenty of incentive to play through the game more than once. After you beat the game, you gain access to what is called the grade* shop. In the grade shop, you can buy bonuses such as 2x EXP, 2x Gald (gald is the in-game currency), and many other things. *Grade is earned at the end of every battle.* Also, there are some things exclusive to second play-throughs and further. This includes the bonus dungeon that I mentioned earlier.
- You can get different costumes for your party characters by completing various side-quests. These range from cool looking to pure fanservice.
- Skits, which are kind of like cutscenes, appear throughout the game. They are often humorous, and can both help your understanding of the story and help you figure out where to go next. These are completely optional.
- There are plenty of mini-games, which are almost all optional. The only mini-game I can think of that is required, can be by passed if you are unable to complete it.
- The art style is great.
- The most important scenes will take place in Anime style cutscenes, rather than using the in-game graphics.
- The game has it own made up Physics. They remain incredibly consistent throughout the story, becoming almost believable. If this doesn't make sense to you, then you will quickly understand what I'm talking about when you begin playing. They become integral to the story.
- The 3D is not very good. There are some places where it looks nice, but for the must part it isn't very noticeable.
- There are some messy pixels here and there, and a couple of strange graphical glitches. The pixels you can get used to, while the glitches have no effect on gameplay, and only happen in very specific places.
- Skits are not voice acted in the any versions of the games other than the Japanese version. It can be a bit jarring, as Skits basically consist of (somewhat Manga like) head shots of the characters. Annoying, as you cannot manually advance the text in the Skits.
- Many of the side-quests have time frames in which they can be done. Before and after these time frames, you cannot do the side quests. In addition, some quests require the completion of other quests. I would recommend just focusing on the main story during your first play-through, and then use a guide on a second play-through to get the side quests and avoid spoilers.
- There is a point in the game where the main character becomes an unbearable jerk/idiot. Just keep going, as this doesn't last for long, and leads to the part where the story really heats up.
- Some of the gameplay mechanics can be confusing at first.
- The Physics that I mentioned earlier can be confusing. Characters will frequently make references to the subject, even before it is all explained to you. It will be confusing at first, but eventually it will fall into place.
So yep, I think that was a good, basic overview. The game is completely worth buying, and despite some flaws, has become my favorite game.
Posted 18 June 2012 - 10:45 PM
Anyway I started not to like this game. The characters weren't special, the storyline didn't draw me in, and the fighting wasn't the same (once again comparing it to Symphonia). I nearly gave up on the game and I couldn't understand what made it so great in the first place. As I kept going, it grew on me. Now its pretty cool and I'm getting more into it.
There is a point in the game where the main character becomes an unbearable jerk/idiot. Just keep going, as this doesn't last for long, and leads to the part where the story really heats up.
So true, definite game changer right here.
If this is your first Tales of... game then it may not be your last. I would recommend it because its one of the best (only?) RPG's on the system right now. (If you have a wii or gamecube and have a gamecube controller(s) and memory card then play Tales of Symphonia too!!!)
Posted 27 July 2012 - 06:10 PM