Review by Sintaku

"Tales of Eternia + PSP = Hours of fun!"

Introduction
Reid Hershel, Farah Oersted, and a mysterious girl must go on a journey that will decide the fate of the world.

Tales of Eternia is essentially the remake of the Tales of Destiny II game with a few modifications, which was the sequel to Tales of Destiny. There is no prequel for the Tales of Eternia, and I doubt Tales of Destiny will come out to the PSP.

Gameplay
You have control of one character with up to 3 other characters automatically fighting. You can set strategies and formations for the characters, and optimising those to best suite your characters is one part to winning the battles.

The games is very enjoyable, and there is a lot to do. The battles aren't turn based and are real time so you have to be on your toes as the enemy won't wait for you to attack. There are many types of enemies, some with long range weapons, some with melee and even some with magic.

The games isn't very hard to start playing, but as you go through the game it does get harder and harder up a steep slope, which makes it great as you enjoy it more as it is more challenging to play.

Story
The story is very good, and many things can be learnt about the story from talking to NPCs (non-player characters). The story starts of with you helping a mysterious girl, then you go on to find out you have to save the world, and much more. I won't tell more of the story or it will spoil it for you.

Graphics
The graphics is good, but not the best possible. Since it is a remake of an older game, the potential graphics of the PSP were not utilised properly. In battles there is not much detail on the characters as there is on the Statistics screen. But the towns and items have more detail in them. I feel only the battles were the major letdown in the graphics area, although the enemies were detailed wonderfully and the moves and combos looked really good when done.

Sound
All the main scenes had voices for all the characters, so you could listen and read what they were each saying. But the sound is a bit repetitive, and when you are doing the same move over and over again you do get annoyed since the character says the name of the move nearly each and every time you do it. But the quality of the sound was great.

Play Time
This was short, it took me only 40 hours to complete the game once with most of the side quests done. Although I could have continued to level up, and that would take much more time since each level takes longer to reach than its preceding level.

Replayability
Although the game is short, it can definetly be replayed in New Game + mode where you get access to Neried's Labyrinth Dungeon. Where you can explore and fight to become stronger.

Conclusion
The game is a good RPG for the PSP, although it does not utilize the PSP's full potential. It is definitely a game to buy since you can play it a few times over again.

Scores
Gameplay - 8
Story - 8
Graphics - 7
Sound - 7
Play Time - 8
Replayablity - 8
Enjoyability - 9
Final Score - 8/10


Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 03/30/06


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