Skies of Arcadia vs Tales of Symphonia vs Xenoblade Chronicles
Yeah, that's it. People couldn't possibly have a different opinion than you. They're trolling, duh!
And you're one of those trolls, it seems. Fact is, there's a lot of trolls on this board who hate on Xenoblade. And no, they're not trolls because they have a different opinion and don't like the game. They're trolls because they jump at every single opportunity to claim that the game is "objectively average/bad/terrible".
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iKhanic posted...vermilion99 posted...Tales of Symphonia
I'm not talking about the sidequests. ToS has several opportunities to sequence break throughout the whole game. In Xenoblade, as fun as it is, every main plot point is in a set order, so exploration really isn't a mandatory part of the experience.
In ToS, you are often presented with a wide open area to explore that has multiple mandatory objectives. You may have only been told about one, but if you walk into another location you find you can trigger something might have not had to do until later.
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Flare7 posted...Yeah, that's it. People couldn't possibly have a different opinion than you. They're trolling, duh!
Again, just because someone disagrees with you, it doesn't mean they're trolling. What an absurd level of narcissism.
Wow. Tales of Symphonia was good, but not even close to Skies of Arcadia!!!
Also, it makes me sad to see so many people mention Xenoblade but not Xenosaga as a classic :(
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EndOfDiscOne posted...Xenoblade > Skies of Arcadia >>>>> Tales of Symphonia
I hope you are joking, I'm not denying that there are trolls out there that will bad mouth Xenoblade, but equally there are fanboys that refuse to see it as anything but the second coming. There are probably a similar amount of people that would in theory hate on Symphonia because it was very recently re-released on Sony platforms.
ToS is a great game, no need for anyone to feel butthurt over Xenoblade coming close second to it.
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you have a very short window to do most sidequests.
This is terribly false. The only sidequests that disappear are if you choose one character over another (Which nobody playing the first time will since they don't know about affection yet and therefore would have no reason to choose any option other than Colette boosters) or ones that boost affection for characters. Nearly all sidequests can be done endgame. There's also a skeleton enemy that can be avoided, but it's hard to do that considering he is put in your way for all encounters except the final one.
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I haven't played too much of SoA, but what I played was a ton of fun. Unfortunately, I still think XC comes out slightly ahead. XC was a game that I would play hours on end and not realize it.
The amount of content in XC is mind-numbingly awesome. The fact that I spent my first 10 hours of the game in a single town, and I still wanted to go back to finish more stuff, really speaks for itself. The combat system is fun, fast paced and rewarding. The story is entertaining and I was immediately hooked into it.
Tales of Symphonia has an amazing battle system, but that's about as far as I'll go. I wasn't a huge fan of the story, it felt like it had a little too many JRPG tropes. Some of the storyline quests annoyed me because it required immediate back-tracking. If I remember correctly, there is a point in the story where you have to walk from a town to a mountain, back and fourth, about two-or-three times. I didn't think ToS was bad by any means, but outside of the great combat system, there wasn't much that appealed to me.
Other: Baten Kaitos.
I'm only joking, I choose Skies because I love that game, the most...I still love all 3. But with these three games it reminded me of Baten Kaitos for some reason.
Xenoblade definitely wins. Skies of Arcadia is a solid traditional JRPG, but I'd still take CT over it. Symphonia is nowhere near the best Tales game anymore, its mechanics are significantly bettered by every Tales game after it. Xenoblade is one of the only RPGs I think can compare decently against Chrono Trigger.
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