I wouldn’t call myself a big gamer, but I do enjoy the time I have with my PS3 and farting around in World of Warcraft on my computer pretty much every day. And I seriously miss being able to play any of the Final Fantasy series on my PS2 (it’s kinda old and feeble and can’t even spin a disk anymore).
But I got myself a brand new pink 3DS for Christmas this past year and I absolutely love it. It’s so much better than my DS Lite (also pink). For one the screens are bigger, it’s 3D (which isn’t really true it’s more like a hologram with depth) but the kicker is it can play 3DS and non-3DS games! I absolutely love backwards compatibility~
So with all this awesomeness happening, I went out and bought a few games for it. I’m an RPG fan and when I saw Tales of the Abyss sitting on the shelf, it was a must have! I’ve played the Tales games before and loved them, so there was no doubt about this one. All mine!!
Now this game is actually a port to the 3DS from the PS2 (interesting) which means that I basically played only the important parts of the game and possibly missed all the juicy bits in between. It’s all good though. It was a hell of a lot easier to get through on the DS than it would have been on the console, especially with no codes (’cause I’m a cheater like that).
For being on a smaller pocket console the graphics in the game were amazing. One would expect something like that to diminish with a port to that size, but they kept the quality. It wasn’t crystal clear but I thought it was good enough. And the cut scenes were stunning as well. It was like you were actually watching an anime. So cool~ I also liked the fact that I didn’t really have to sit there and read anything. Most of time the characters actually spoke, so I could watch what was going on instead of missing out due to scrolling text.
The story though, to be honest, could have used a little more info. That’s probably just me, but I felt there were too many secrets and riddles to figure out and one or two things didn’t really get explained (or maybe I wasn’t paying attention…). I’ll use Jade for example. He was full of “hmm” and “ahh” and “I wonder” and “I’ll explain when I’m absolutely sure”. But why? It never told you. Which probably means even he never figured it out… Seriously? Kinda lame if you ask me. But if I’m missing something, please, tell me!!
One of the major things I love about the Tales games that I’ve played (Abyss & Graces) is the free roam/attack battle system, something no other game I’ve played has actually accomplished. Damn slacker developers…
This system allows you to move freely around the battle field and attack your target(s) as you wish. You can get behind them to cast your spells, knock them down to interrupt theirs. It made the final boss battle a lot easier. You don’t have to sit there and wait your turn while you take damage and waste your items trying to keep your party alive. You can avoid attacks as well as block incoming damage. So I hereby demand the Final Fantasy series adopt this system because it would make our gaming lives so much easier!
So to end, I can’t really say anything bad about this game. Some hardcore gamer’s might find something to bitch about (as usual) but I really enjoyed playing it. I don’t think I’ll be picking it up again any time soon due to the fact that it was a long game and the second time around it makes you play on a harder level unless you start a brand new game. Yes, it has many play-through’s. I recommend it highly to any RPG fan if you haven’t played it yet.
Disclaimer: I did not review this for anyone, I am simply sharing my opinion on something I bought and paid for myself because I really wanted to play it~