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  • Summary: The debut of the Tales series on the Xbox 360, Tales of Vesperia launches the series to new heights of interactive narrative and engrossing gameplay with anime-style graphics, a captivating storyline and characters as well as an upgraded battle system. Set in a world reliant on a mysterious ancient technology known as "blastia," the game follows former knight Yuri as he delves into a shadowy plot to use these magical devices to control civilization, or destroy it. A bold new interpretation of the elements that made the Tales series a hit with gamers around the world, Tales of Vesperia promises a standard-setting RPG experience on the Xbox 360. Using an all-new graphics engine and character designs by the renowned Kosuke Fujishima (Ah! My Goddess, Sakura Taisen), the game delivers high-quality HD character models and environments that are indistinguishable from traditional cel-based anime. The game also makes significant additions to the series' trademark real-time combat system, allowing players to do battle in massive battlefields and learn new special attacks that are tied to individual weapons. New finishing blows allow players to take down enemies in a single hit with correctly timed button combinations, while mission-based battles increase the variety of each encounter as players gain unique items by fulfilling various battle objectives. Players can also use materials collected by successfully executing finishing moves to craft rare and unique equipment for their characters. [Namco Bandai Games] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 67
  2. Negative: 0 out of 67
  1. Tales of Vesperia may not be a perfect title or receive a perfect score, but it’s fun, engaging and everything I really want in an RPG.
  2. Truly, Tales of Vesperia is more akin to an interactive cartoon than it is to a traditional JRPG. This is one of the reasons players will enjoy this title so much. It is an engaging gaming experience that somehow capably balances storyline, combat, in and out of engine cutscenes, power leveling, and main and side mission quests.
  3. For all those who are on the fence, Tales of Vesperia is a beautifully rendered experience that is worth a rental at the least. If you are a fan of Japanese styled role-playing games then you'll need to head down to your local game store and hope they have a copy of Tales behind the cash, it will be worth the drive.
  4. 80
    Action-based combat controls aside, Tales of Vesperia is a perfect example of why the Japanese RPG is so venerated. The game deals with serious issues like corrupt government, tyranny, crime, honor, friendship, and other familiar elements, yet seldom bogs itself down in overdone drama.
  5. Its characters may initially seem to be lazy stereotypes, but they soon blossom into something deeper, thanks to intelligent writing and uncommonly naturalistic acting. [Dec 2008, p.97]
  6. 80
    Tales of Vesperia succeeds in providing a great and enjoyable action JRPG experience for the Xbox 360, but could have shaken off a few of the older, peskier genre conventions.
  7. The bones are here for a stunning adventure, but the imagination simply isn't. Our disappointment is palpable. [Sept 2009, p.116]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 46
  2. Negative: 3 out of 46
  1. RyanD
    Sep 7, 2008
    10
    A stunning experience. The environments are beautiful, the soundtrack is excellent, the story is astounding, and most of all, as you progress further and further through the game, you'll find that you care about your party members more than many, many people in your own life. Voice acting is superb; it is near-impossible to outdo the job they've done here. When you check into an inn and everybody is sitting in their own place in contemplation, one cannot help but be moved by the soft serenade in the background as you walk around, talking and ultimately building relationships with everybody and feeling like you really know them as a friend. This game had me convinced for sure. Expand
  2. Adam
    Sep 3, 2008
    10
    Everything about this game is great. The battles, which are extremely fun, the voice acting, the beautiful graphics, the great story, and the many hours of entertainment it will give you. Expand
  3. SY
    Sep 13, 2008
    10
    A classic JRPG with solid presentation and little to no bog-down such as loads that were common in PS2 games. A lot of the reviews shown here will make a huge issue about 'cliches' in the system, to which I must point out, since when did JRPGs NOT follow familiar cliches to a point? To say that Final Fantasy is original because you get airships and Tales cliched because you get an airship is absolutely ridiculous. Everything is made to be as user-friendly as possible (for example if you're no good with the action battles you can ramp down the difficulty, or increase it if it's too easy for you) and allows you to concentrate on enjoying the game. Expand
  4. Feb 14, 2013
    9
    Tales of Vesperia is the best Japanese Role Playing Game on the current generation of consoles. Full Review Here http://alloyseven.com/articles/game/item/62-tales-of-vesperia-review Expand
  5. KevinR
    Sep 10, 2008
    9
    Another great entry to the best running series of RPGs (yes, better than the highly overrated Final Fantasy). The combat is better than ever, with more emphasis on combos and team coordination than in any other entry. The story, while not ground-breaking (but what is these days...) is well crafted, with a cast of incredibly interesting and lovable characters. The graphics and soundtrack are top-notch, which is to be expected on the more powerful Xbox 360. It all makes for one of the better RPGs of the new console generation. Expand
  6. Oct 6, 2013
    7
    Beautiful visuals, but I just couldn't get into this game. Played a good amount of hours, but it was more of a chore than fun to play. Plot was pretty slow and boring. And the constant enemy encounters really got on my nerves. Expand
  7. DERHYUSAVALON
    Jun 25, 2009
    0
    Es indignante que tras 1 año de espera con respecto a los japoneses y yankis nos llegue a ESPAÑA un juego sin doblar ni traducir al ESPAÑOL...

    INDIGNANTE... MUY MAL por NAMCO-BANDAI y la distribuidora ATARI. 1 AÑO localizando el juego para europa y se olvidan del tercer idioma más hablado del mundo. 1 Año para sólo sacarlo en Inglés, francés y Alemán... ¡Desde luego se han tocado bien los huevos!
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