Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. 90
    Tales of the Abyss holds up surprisingly well on the 3DS, despite being a relatively conservative port of the original. And with the 3DS's small selection of RPGs, it's a must have, and a great entry point in the Tales series.
  2. Jan 14, 2012
    90
    A gorgeous title. [Christmas 2011, p.65]
  3. Dec 16, 2011
    90
    A simply excellent title that will draw you into its alluring world and keep you there. [Jan 2012, p.86]
  4. Feb 23, 2012
    88
    Tales of the Abyss is a completely straight port to the 3DS, with limited 3D included in a haphazard manner and no additions to the base game. However, when the base game is one of the best the series has to offer minus the technical problems that bogged it down during its initial release, it's hard to make too many complaints.
  5. Feb 13, 2012
    84
    The world of Luke and his friends seems to be small at first. But it offers a lot of secrets and adventures. Most of the dialogues convince and progress the story, and the likeable characters know how to entertain.
  6. Jun 20, 2012
    82
    While the story and characters are somewhat lacking, Tales of the Abyss stands tall due to its superb battle system. [June 2012]
  7. Jun 27, 2012
    80
    For Tales of the Abyss, what we're left with is a bad port of an old, polarizing game that is mediocre at best and dangerous at worst. Given all of its flaws, there's really not much of a reason for this port to exist, outside of it being The First Pretty RPG for the 3DS. If that's enough for you, then by all means, grab this on the cheap and play it in 2-D mode. Otherwise, you're better off waiting for games made expressly for the system.
  8. Dec 22, 2011
    80
    Tales of the Abyss is a great addition to the series with a good story and excellent additions to gameplay. Fans of RPGs and especially fans of the Tales series will love the game, but so will newcomers; it's a great start to what may be a long line of excellent 3DS RPGs.
  9. Dec 21, 2011
    80
    Tales Of The Abyss is a title definitely recommended to all holders of a 3DS.
  10. Dec 20, 2011
    80
    Tales of the Abyss is a very worthwhile addition to gamers' collections, and more than welcome on the 3DS' library. The removal of the technical issues is much appreciated and gives players the opportunity to experience the game at much closer to its full potential, where it easily earns the right to be spoken out in the same breaths as the more beloved entries in the series. Tales of the Abyss 3D is a very solid game all round, and the handling of characters' growth throughout the story should stick in one's memory for a good while.
  11. Dec 14, 2011
    80
    Charming and witty.
  12. Dec 11, 2011
    80
    The 3DS doesn't yet offer much choice for those who favour lengthy adventures over quick-fix pick-up-and-play games. However, if you are such a person, Tales of the Abyss should quench your thirst.
  13. Dec 10, 2011
    80
    Although not benefitting much from the added 3D effect, Tales of the Abyss has aged incredibly well as it's still one of the best entries in the series and an overall excellent jRPG. This 3DS porting is basically an improved PlayStation 2 version with shorter loading times, crispy and colorful visuals and an amazing amount of content. Sadly, nothing has been added to encourage owners of the original version into buying it again.
  14. Dec 7, 2011
    80
    The expanded cast and the tactical battles more than make up for the few visual mishaps. Tales of The Abyss is a joy to play.
  15. Nov 25, 2011
    80
    Tales of the Abyss 3DS takes the original release and betters it, with great RPG action on-the-go.
  16. Enjoyable Japanese RPG that, despite the graphical overhaul, is showing its age.
  17. Dec 12, 2011
    78
    Tales of the Abyss is a classic JRPG tha fans of the genre will like, despite some techical and gameplay issues.
  18. Dec 16, 2011
    75
    Very good news for classic roleplaying games fans, especially does who follow this series. A fun and enjoyable game that lasts for hours thanks to its dynamic combats, charming characters and flexibility to set up fighting strategies for our party. Its only flaw is its irregular 3D effect.
  19. Nov 30, 2011
    75
    European players didn't have the chance of playing Tales of the Abyss in the past, but now they can. Although it's a trimmed game, with an awful 3D effect, in the end it's a great J-RPG in a handheld system, with many items and surprises. And, of course, it's the same game we've seen several years ago on PlayStation 2.
  20. Feb 29, 2012
    74
    Tales of the Abyss is JRPG through and through, something which may be appreciated by a 3DS audience which doesn't yet have a lot of other choices of this variety. It arrives with many of the caveats that come with the territory, and its age is unfortunately visually evident. But the strength of its real-time battle system and a progressively interesting story can keep you hooked if you trudge through the less-thrilling opening hours.
  21. Feb 21, 2012
    72
    There's tons of content to play though here if you've never experienced Tales of the Abyss. If you have, though, skip it, because there's not so much as a single word of dialogue added to this release.
  22. Mar 5, 2012
    70
    A broad comprehensive battle system makes each fight worthwhile, if a bit repetitive. The story is told at the right pace and will keep you interested throughout the entirety of the game. But the experience isn't entirely perfect, with some odd sound issues, a knack for getting you lost, and 3D visuals that should never be used.
  23. Feb 14, 2012
    70
    Despite the various quibbles with the port quality, Tales of the Abyss is still a superb RPG. It's got excellent combat, a secret-packed world to explore, and a wonderful cast of characters you'll come to love adventuring with.
  24. Jan 9, 2012
    70
    It's impressive that Namco-Bandai has managed to port a full-sized, voice-acted Japanese RPG to the 3DS without sacrificing any of the content from the PlayStation 2 version. But it's also a six-year-old game that hasn't aged well in all respects, and if you're a North American Tales fan, it's likely to be one you've played before.
  25. Jan 4, 2012
    70
    It's ultimately interesting enough to keep you playing until the end. [Jan/Feb 2012, p.88]
  26. Dec 13, 2011
    70
    Tales of the Abyss is not a great remake because of the poor 3D effect, but it's still a pretty decent RPG. The deep story, interesting characters and great combat system make it worthwhile, though the annoying character Luke and necessary grinding might wear you down.
  27. Dec 6, 2011
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  28. Dec 5, 2011
    70
    A bad port, but still a great J-RPG. It has worse graphics than the PS2 version and 3D effect is not brilliant, but its unique gameplay and huge length will attract "Tales of" fans that couldn't play the original game.
  29. Nov 28, 2011
    70
    Tales of the Abyss is still an entertaining role-playing game, but poor 3D makes this handheld version slightly disappointing.
  30. Mar 8, 2012
    68
    There isn't a huge selection of RPGs on the 3DS, and Tales of the Abyss will definitely appeal to the handheld gamer that wants to take this particular genre on the go. It hits all the beats of your typical JRPG, for better or worse.
  31. Dec 16, 2011
    60
    A PlayStation 2 success coming to the 3DS, Tales of the Abyss is a modest but polished adventure. A riche heir, a quest, and all of a sudden, the truth. A "lost in time" episode that comes back from 2006, with dated 3D graphics, without the in-your-face attitude from today, nor an open-world extravaganza with weird looking characters ; only to tell a good story that already proved itself as such. It's a classic, smooth, JRPG experience for 2011.
  32. 60
    A good script and fun characters can't save an otherwise workmanlike Japanese role-player, in this unconvincing 3D remake.
  33. Feb 22, 2012
    33
    From its soulless and utterly unendearing cast of characters to its needless backtracking and convulted story, Tales of the Abyss has very little to offer even die-hard JRPG enthusiasts.
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 133 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Feb 14, 2012
    10
    Tales of the Abyss, the first game in the series to make use of the free run system for its 3d battles, is probably the best entry in the franchise so far and has aged very well. The world of Auldrant is extremely well portrayed, and the plot is convincing, deep and enthralling till the ending credits, with a solid, likeable cast that will often surprise you with their interactions and they way they develop during the game's events.

    The game is also filled to the brim with optional scenes that will make a lot of difference if you want to fully understand what's going on, and the Tales series' skits are a nice way to have a constant feedback from your party members. All those features make the game extremely lengthy, too: with all the side material this game can last even more than 100 hours.

    The battle system is also great, and makes use of the 3d arena by allowing you to freely move your characters and build up combos of skills and magics in extremely fast paced action battles. The PS2 version had some issues, like the unnerving loading times and glitched world map, but this 3DS port completely solved them, making this the definitive way to enjoy this game.
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  2. Feb 14, 2012
    10
    Back in the days I learned about the Tales series with Symphonia, and when I learned another Tales game was hitting the States I was elated. It turned out to be the right reaction, since Tales of the Abyss is one of the greatest Japanese RPGs I have ever played.

    Vesperia (and Graces F, when it will be out next month) could have made its combat system obsolete, but it's still funny as hell and more modern, deep and enjoyable than most rpgs out there.

    Also, the characters are fantastic. You will probably hate Luke at the beginning, but during the game each hero and heroine manages to shine, and by the end you will hope the game lasts forever (it happened to me). Since this game was made for the series' anniversary it was a bit rushed from a technical standpoint (long loading times before the fights being the worst offenders), but the 3DS version happily has none of those problems, and is a must have for any RPG fan and Tales fan out there.
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  3. Feb 15, 2012
    10
    Fans of the "Tales of" series are obviously going to be very pleased with the first (and hopefully not last) entry on the 3DS. There is a staggering amount of material in this game, especially for being a cart portable game. The game is gorgeous, fun, and engaging.

    Story - Easily the strongest part of the game, the story is very engaging and it is amazing to watch the character development. The main protagonist can be a bit annoying in the beginning of the game, but the maturing that he does in the 40 - 60 hours of your game-time will be well worth the annoyances early on. The main plot is full of twists and turns, and does not fill up your time with 20 minute cutscenes.

    Presentation - Essentially a port from the PS2 title of the same name, Tales of the Abyss has near-identical appearance from it's original release. That is not to say that they are bad at all! The art style has made this game age very well and the graphics are actually a bit impressive for a handheld RPG title. The menus are easy to use and there's plenty of customization available.

    Sound - The sound is what you would expect from an RPG. There are sweeping scores, fast-tempo rock battle music, and sometimes-annoying menu sound effects. The English voice-acting is very well done and fits the game perfectly.

    Overall - This game is worth any RPG fan's time. If you've been pining away for that engaging title that you could sink your teeth into on the 3DS, this is the game for you! Don't wait too long, though, because NAMCO is notorious for releases the Tales of games in limited production runs. Get it from your local retailer now, before it is only available on EBay for $90.
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