Mine is coming from Amazon and should be there when I get home from work so I'm interested in seeing if anyone has played it yet. I'm a pretty big Tales fan so there isn't much the game could do wrong for me to not like it, but I'm still interested in what the masses think. So far, the only review I've found online is from Game Informer and they gave it a solid 78.
Anyone pick it up yet?
I can't buy it since I just bought the ME3 collector's edition, have Xenoblade Chronicles on pre-order, and I need to send my Xbox in for repair(it recently red ringed....again). However, I am renting it from Gamefly...it should be here later this week(maybe Thursday).
How is the english voicework, if there's one thing I can't stand in a jrpg its awful vo's like with star ocean lost hope or whatever. I'm also not interested in listening to the japanese vo's so I don't care if thats good.
I was watching a livestream a few hours back and the voice acting seems up to snuff. Definitely not anywhere near the levels of the most recent Star Ocean game, I can assure you.
@Turambar: How are the graphics and art design in general. From what i've seen I don't really like the character design near as much as Vesperia. Having not played this game this is my only way to judge it.
I'm with you, actually. I find all of the character designs really off-putting. Some, like Sophie's (the pig-tailed girl, just to clarify) are just downright ugly. They're nearly equal with Legendia's in unpleasant outlandishness.
Though I've played most of the NA released Tales games, I'm going to be skipping this one. My aversion has less to do with JRPG weariness in general and more with the inexplicable sense that I really wouldn't enjoy this game. I dunno what it is about it, as all evidence points to this being not too far away from the other Tales games, which I enjoyed to varying degrees...but the bad vibes I'm getting are strong and I can't shake them off.
Also, I don't think I have what it takes to suffer through that really corny childhood arc that I glimpsed in the stream. @ PollySMPS Is right. The anime cliches are as shameless as they are numerous. Perhaps even more so than the average Tales game usually offers up. Then again, it's been awhile since I've played one and I didn't see too much of this game before the streamer went offline, so maybe I'm not remembering things right.
In any event, I guess now I'll wait for a US release of Xillia.
@Grillbar: Well the story is kinda cliche and the characters are little anime stereotypical. However, the characters develop pretty well over the course of the game and the story is paced well enough to make it work. Combat is one of the best since you are encourage to evade attacks and charge up to increase your attack bar, allowing you to pull off some crazy moves.
I got it and it's exactly what I'm looking for in a tales game. The story is cliche but the characters are fun and lively. Combat is better and more complex than it has ever been. Although it's a strange compliment, the menus are some of the best I've ever seen.
I've clocked 27 hours into it already. The battle system is definitely the most strategic in the series. You have to hold off because of the capacity. Of course there's still a shit load of button mashing but positioning seems to play a larger role than ever before.
About 15 hours in at this point and am definitely liking it, esp the battle system. The one glaring issue is that the localization isn't nearly as good as vesperia's. Vesperia kept the awkward dialogue to a minimum, but graces seems to have cringe worthy writing every other line.
Somewhere around 13 hours in. I like the changes they've made -- it's still the Tales I know and love, but it has enough of its own business going on that it's not just a rehash.
I went ahead and set the difficulty up to Hard for this run, and it's a lot of fun. If you're looking to do more than mashing buttons, then I recommend it. Enemies can rough you up if you're not on your game. I'm looking forward to playing through it again on even higher settings.
From what I played of the Japanese version, it's a Tales ass Tales game. Though I wonder why they limited the multi-player to two people.
Wait, my case says it's 1-4 players. As someone who frequently plays these games co-op with a group, are you sure you're right on this? I'd check, but I haven't gotten my group together to play yet, so I don't have a file to test it with...
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