Review by xAzureKitsunex
Tales of Vesperia is a MUST HAVE game~
Game: Tales of Vesperia~
"A must have game in the Tales series"
Ah where to begin? Tales of Vesperia(c) for the Xbox 360(c) is a MUST HAVE GAME. This game is the tenth mothership title in the "Tales" series. The story is about a young man named Yuri Lowell who lives in what one would call the "lower" class of society known simply as the "Lower Quarter," in the the vast kingdom of Zaphias. As a former Knight in the royal knights of zaphias; Yuri's dream was to change how people were treated and how justice was issued out in the world. The story begins as Yuri chases down a stolen stone called the "Aqua Blastia" which provided the lower quarter there only flow and supply of fresh, easy water. Little does he know what he's about to get himself involved in. Overall the story is excellent and always ties up loose ends and has so many twists and turns you'll love every step of the ride.
This tales game adds quite a few new elements into the traditional game play of a Tales game. Combat is free roaming and action based, meaning thier's no taking turns like a generic RPG (thought I'm sure a Tales fan doesn't need a reminder). This time around if an enemy is hurt enough they will display a nice pattern around them, indicating they can be finished off with a deadly move called "Fatal Strike." Fatal Strikes allow players who target a specific area out of 3: Aerial, Middle, or Ground to be killed with a quick press of the Right Trigger resulting in a instant K.O for normal enemies (bosses are only damaged at higher rates). Don't be fooled this does not in any way dumb down the combat or difficulty of the game. Most areas need to be targeted quite a lot to actually be able to initiate a fatal strike, the only downfall is by the time you can use a fatal strike, your foe is most likely already near death. In addition to Fatal Strikes "Overlimits" are also a nice touch. Your over limit gauge on the left side of the screen will gradually fill up as you fight and can be used with a press of the directional arrows on the controller. This makes whatever character you are using stronger, faster, and able to link special attacks in so many different ways and styles you'll be amazed at how far a combo can go.
"Oh don't get me started" The characters in Tales of Vesperia(c) are so vibrant and "awesome", that if any complaints are made towards the game these characters can make you forget about them completely. Voice acting is a plus, ESPECIALLY for characters like Yuri, Raven, and Rita. Of course there are some moments when dialogue feels really tonedeaf and boring, though this is VERY rare. Each character is unique in how they act and how they stand to different situations such as death or during the more relaxed parts of the game. You'll fall in love with all the characters gauranteed. I know I did.
Tales of Vesperia(c) is about roughly 60+ hours. From training and nabbing skills, to questing and crafting, this takes game is well worth its price-tag and will keep you playing well into the late nights. Not to mention the secrets and cameo appearances from past tales games, as well as the option to carry over save data into a new game and play with your old stuff in a whole new adventure. this tales games is a must have game in the tales series or just in general.
Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Product Release: Tales of Vesperia (US, 08/26/08)
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