Tales of Phantasia Game Boy Advance
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  • Summary: For young swordsman Cress Albane, it wasn't a typical day out hunting in the nearby woods. He had no hint of the tragedy unfolding back home. Battle in real time: The Linear Motion Battle System puts the emphasis on action as you attack your enemies without the use of menus. New game events, dialogue sequences, and other features enhance the adventure. Crack open the Monster Dictionary to view the strengths and weaknesses of the enemies you've met in battle. Players will want to collect data on them all. Use the innovative Cooking System to collect ingredients and recipes to brew up meals that restore your health and magic. Expand
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Tales shows that smart, solid elements add up to that elusive experience untarnished by time that defines a classic.
  2. While many of the game's components have become stereotypes over the years, here they are carefully constructed and fit together perfectly, creating something larger than the sum of its parts.
  3. It's true that Tales of Phantasia isn't the huge RPG that it was back in the SNES era, or even the shadow of newer RPGs from last generation, but it is still a warm, heart-filling experience that anyone who can overcome hours of tough, continuous battling will enjoy.
  4. Despite its dated gameplay style and way-too-numerous battles, Tales of Phantasia is an enjoyable role-playing game fans of the genre will certainly enjoy.
  5. 75
    Worth a look for anyone who simply craves a quality RPG for the GBA.
  6. While not spectacular by today's standards, Tales of Phantasia still has charm and an uncommon style of gameplay.
  7. 60
    Tales of Phantasia ends up looking like a fossil -- and not one of the cool ones with spikes and sharp teeth. More like a fern or insect, existing mostly to study the past and gauge evolution. RPGs have evolved far beyond this port.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Anda
    Oct 4, 2006
    The best game ever played I don't know y the ppl think it has bad controls this game is only for pros man.
  2. LeoO.
    Jul 1, 2006
    Phantasia is an exciting challenge and a different step from the direction of a lot of other RPGS take, while not the most recognized it definately gets points for originality! Collapse
  3. ......
    May 13, 2007
    Okay, first of all, ToP is a GREAT game. It's a challenge and fun for RPG gamers. The storyline's good too, so nobody can insult that!
  4. Stoo
    Aug 18, 2007
    Even after playing Tales of Symphonia first, I found that this game more than stood up. Enjoyable for almost every one of the 50-odd hours it took me to finish it properly. Expand
  5. JohnnyD.
    Apr 26, 2006
    once a classik now nohting moore than a descent rpg with bad controlls.