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  • Summary: Set two years after the events of the award-winning Tales of Symphonia for the Nintendo GameCube, Dawn of the New World follows the journey of two new young heroes, Emil Castagnier and Marta Lualdi, as they seek to uncover the mystery of why their world has fallen into ruin. In their quest,Set two years after the events of the award-winning Tales of Symphonia for the Nintendo GameCube, Dawn of the New World follows the journey of two new young heroes, Emil Castagnier and Marta Lualdi, as they seek to uncover the mystery of why their world has fallen into ruin. In their quest, their paths will cross with the original cast of Tales of Symphonia including Lloyd and Colette, as well as a summon spirit known as Ratatosk who claims to be the lord of all monsters. Advancing the combination of story, characters and real-time battles of Tales of Symphonia, Dawn of the New World introduces a new monster recruitment feature in which players can capture more than 200 unique enemies and train them to actively participate in battle. Players can then feed these monsters to make them more effective, and even evolve them into several new fearsome forms. The game also features an updated real-time battle system that lets players move freely in all directions around the battlefield, execute powerful unison attacks and take advantage of a new elemental alignment system for even more strategic depth. Dawn of the New World gives players complete control over a full roster of Tales of Symphonia characters and ally monsters, letting them customize their adventure party into hundreds of unique combinations. [Namco Bandai Games] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 46
  2. Negative: 3 out of 46
  1. If a player can look past the occasionally spotty visuals, the unusually long load times, and a complicated narrative, they can find an excellent RPG experience for the Wii.
  2. Maybe it is not as good as the first one, specially by some unpolished aspects, but it's also true that has improved a lot in certain areas.
  3. Games Master UK
    78
    A decent Wii-friendly RPG, let down by too many concessions to casual gamers. [Feb 2009, p.80]
  4. 70
    Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World is a pretty good RPG for the Wii. It takes many elements from the previous Symphonia game, but there are some flaws. It also feels like this game isn't a direct sequel to the previous game. However if you are a real ToS-fan, you can add one point to the score.
  5. Dawn of the New World is a sequel that fails to establish itself as anything more than fan fare.
  6. 60
    Tales of Symphonia 2: Dawn of the New World has a great battle system, voice-acting, and nice new elements like the monster gathering. Unfortunately, the linear story, dull characters, lack of exploration and mediocre graphics hold back the experience.
  7. Even committed fans are likely to be disappointed by this lazy and largely unnecessary rehash.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 20
  2. Negative: 5 out of 20
  1. Mar 17, 2011
    10
    While I'm a little disappointed that they took away the free-roaming world that's present from the first game, (and in other games such asWhile I'm a little disappointed that they took away the free-roaming world that's present from the first game, (and in other games such as Tales of Vesperia), I'm overall rather impressed. They did a good job of fan service for those who played the first game in the series--hopefully this will inspire them to make future sequels to take us back to some pretty good prior stories. Expand
  2. May 17, 2013
    10
    This game stands out as one of my personal favorites. For not only having a great compelling storyline, but for having great game play asThis game stands out as one of my personal favorites. For not only having a great compelling storyline, but for having great game play as well. Sadly there was no free roaming and the graphics were dated, but better than some games of that time "cough" Sonic 06 "cough". I have never played the original Tales of Symphonia and if what people say is true. Tales of Symphonia will blow my mind since this game was nearly perfect and is a must have. Expand
  3. Mar 10, 2016
    10
    In some ways, Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World reminds me a lot of Kingdom Hearts. That's not a bad thing. The game's definitely notIn some ways, Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World reminds me a lot of Kingdom Hearts. That's not a bad thing. The game's definitely not for everyone, but it was for me, and I quickly got engrossed in it's story, it's characters, and the game. Perhaps it's because I didn't play the predecessor before this one, but certainly don't see what's so bad about this game. Hell, I'd even consider it the better between the two. Expand
  4. Oct 27, 2012
    6
    This is one of those games that you just wish was never made. Not because it was that bad, but simply because it was a disgrace to it'sThis is one of those games that you just wish was never made. Not because it was that bad, but simply because it was a disgrace to it's predecessor. The game it self isn't bad, the combat system is pretty good and the story is also fine, though it's not nearly as epic as the original games story was. But what really bothers me about this game is two things:

    1. The game is too short.

    2. It messes up with the personallity of the original character, ruining a fantastic game universe.

    But in it itself the game is still pretty good and if it hadn't been a successor to the original game and just a game in itself, it would have been pretty nice. So therefore i give it a 6/10 even though it a disgrace to the original game.
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  5. Oct 1, 2011
    6
    I was a huge fan of Tales of Symphonia on the GC so I was very excited for this sequel. But unfortunately, this game lacks everything thatI was a huge fan of Tales of Symphonia on the GC so I was very excited for this sequel. But unfortunately, this game lacks everything that made its predecessor great. First and foremost, a lot of assets from the previous game are re-used here so you'll see/hear many things from the last game. The two new stars of the game spend nearly the entirety of the story game whining nonstop, taking away from an otherwise good story. The battle system is intact but replacing characters with a Pokemon-esque monster catching/developing system simply makes most fights frustrating than fun. You can use the returning characters but in limit form as they'll join and leave your party as the story progresses and their levels/equipment are static. The game is also severely unbalanced so be ready to died, sit through un-skippable cutscenes and grind a lot. This game is basically a poorly made sequel to milk the original. If you really enjoyed its predecessor than Dawn of the New World is worth trying but honestly, your time would be better spent re-playing the original Tales of Symphonia. Expand
  6. Nov 8, 2013
    5
    Not great. I was really looking forward to play this sequel, but it was not at all something I could compare with it's predecessor in termsNot great. I was really looking forward to play this sequel, but it was not at all something I could compare with it's predecessor in terms of fun. The game was sometimes messy and harder in combat, capturing monsters felt useless to me since why would i want to use a random x monster instead of a party member? Oh well, this is one fo those games I am anxiously waiting to end so i could play something else, it also made me feel like not wanting to play Tales Games anymore, but I will. Expand
  7. Feb 27, 2016
    1
    After playing every other Tales game up to Xillia 2, this is by far the worst, especially after playing Symphonia. I could barely stand MartaAfter playing every other Tales game up to Xillia 2, this is by far the worst, especially after playing Symphonia. I could barely stand Marta and her obsessive lovey-dovey scenes, with most of the skits being about how much she loves Emil to the point of mania. Other than that, only 2 main party members with every other character being only temporary and unable to level up/ change equipment and the whole monster capture thing did not appeal to me as a whole. The worst part was the characters though, it's the only Tales where I found the dialogue and skits to be too cringy to listen to that I couldn't bring myself to do a New game plus. Expand

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