Tales of Symphonia GameCube

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  • Summary: In a dying village on Sylvarant, legend has it that a Chosen One will one day appear from among the people, and the land will be reborn. Now, you must enter a cel-shaded world in which you command real-time battles. Execute and combine hundreds of special attacks, magic spells, and combos.In a dying village on Sylvarant, legend has it that a Chosen One will one day appear from among the people, and the land will be reborn. Now, you must enter a cel-shaded world in which you command real-time battles. Execute and combine hundreds of special attacks, magic spells, and combos. Each character grows to suit your fighting style, and the storyline changes based on the characters' relationships. The line between good and evil blurs in this immersive adventure where the fate of two interlocked worlds hangs in the balance. Expand
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  1. Positive: 58 out of 60
  2. Negative: 0 out of 60
  1. This game, while not perfect, will even attract and hold non-RPG fans with its unique battle system, and interesting story. The game is a great, interesting, and fun experience.
  2. The 3D real-time combat sets this game apart from anything else in the genre and takes the edge off what is typically a grueling leveling-up grind of endless encounters and combat.
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    90
    It's through the amount of details, distractions and other additions to the more obvious elements that Symphonia builds itself up from what starts as an above-average RPG into one that'll stand as a benchmark in future. [Oct 2004, p.102]
  4. The devil is really in the details. I was obsessed with collecting recipes all over the world, by seeking out the elusive Wonder Chef, whose dishes provide various healing effects after fights.
  5. A fantastic looking title with a pleasant mixture of traditional and non-traditional RPG elements to create a refreshingly new gaming experience.
  6. Perhaps the only questionable aspect might be the length, but given the game's pacing and the gradual addition of new elements, characters and locations to the gameplay, this never becomes a drudge.
  7. 70
    Continuing a short but respected series, the game does little to broaden the genre, but at least it performs with style and solid mechanics.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 69
  2. Negative: 3 out of 69
  1. DragonKnightofFinalFantasy
    Sep 5, 2004
    10
    I love this game it has beautiful attractive cel-shaded graphics, wonderful characters (or the ones I've seen anyway I haven't I love this game it has beautiful attractive cel-shaded graphics, wonderful characters (or the ones I've seen anyway I haven't beaten it yet), wonderful battle system, I like anime so those anime clips are SWEET, I like the story, skits annoy me though, and what is up with the black jello monsters and leveling up all the times pisses me off after a while. I reccomend this game 100% go out and buy it now! Expand
  2. JoeG.
    Jul 8, 2004
    10
    This game owns!!!!
  3. Steven
    Jul 25, 2009
    10
    Closest thing to a perfect game, amazing characters, amazing story, extremely fun battles, everything, the only problem is whan playing with Closest thing to a perfect game, amazing characters, amazing story, extremely fun battles, everything, the only problem is whan playing with multiple people the first player has to be a long range spellcaster othewise the camera will follow first player and leave everyone confused, but if playing with alot of people it isnt really an issue since someone has to be a magic user. Collapse
  4. JacobB.
    May 28, 2005
    10
    This is personally my favorite game ever, closely followed by Zelda OoT. Even though this game has sub-par graphics and audio, it more than This is personally my favorite game ever, closely followed by Zelda OoT. Even though this game has sub-par graphics and audio, it more than makes up for it by having execellent voice acting and an incredible real-time battle engine. This game is incredablly addictive ( I couldn't put the game down until my 4th time through the game). Factor in customizable character growth, tons of sidequests, and unlickable rewards for beating the game and Tales of Symphonia has almost unlimited replay value. Expand
  5. Mar 15, 2015
    10
    One of the first games I played with my sister and THE BEST GAME I have ever played.

    We were both engrossed in the story and I remember
    One of the first games I played with my sister and THE BEST GAME I have ever played.

    We were both engrossed in the story and I remember being so excited to come home from school so I could play this game. Even now, I still feel sympathetic for some of the characters. The game is just extremely likeable - the combat is 'real time' ( LOL I don't remember the actual name for it) which I prefer over turn-based combat, and the storyline is just amazing. Maybe I hyped it up because I played it last when I was about 12, but I love it.
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  6. StevenF.
    May 6, 2004
    10
    Best game of all time.
  7. Dec 9, 2013
    0
    einfach nur Scheiße,
    einfallsloser japan Quatsch
    den kein Mensch braucht solche Spiele gehören auf den Index, da sowas unsere Kinder
    einfach nur Scheiße,
    einfallsloser japan Quatsch
    den kein Mensch braucht solche Spiele gehören auf den Index,
    da sowas unsere Kinder wirklich versaut!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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#4 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2004
#5 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2004