Tales of Phantasia

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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,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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Score distribution:
  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: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. ......
    May 13, 2007
    10
    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!
  2. Mar 31, 2018
    10
    The first game of the Tales of series is absolutely a masterpiece on my opinion !!
    The graphics style is beautiful as it has never been befer
    The first game of the Tales of series is absolutely a masterpiece on my opinion !!
    The graphics style is beautiful as it has never been befer at the year when the game was published on the markets (and stay beautifull to my eyes today too)
    The musics are really in theme with all the universe and are really rythmic with those HURGHGoihive@"c# Bass =w= , and can be really pushing you heart on the summum of WOWness (figthing of the spirit, Midgard theme,, Tor theme, lone valley, Mystic forest, AND SO MANY MORE !!)
    the figth system is really great and it's a real pleasure to figth with this gameplay hoo all the attack you can do, ith all other character too and whoo
    The storry is really well done and take a bundle of myth and create an original world with some hidden inspirations woah !! All the vagaries you are not exceted to come see in front of you, all the interest you can find you in this world and huuu If you like fantasy go ahead and play it with roomstation XD
    And the characters are soooo captivating, we can't say something wrong about them they are so original and cool, the relationShip between them is interesting, maybe it's a pity that there is an "optional" character, but it doesn't disturbed me anymore !!
    And all the RPG thing you found in there, the évolutions of character, with new abilities, weapons, and skills hu it's a joy to have this well done here
    Well, my heart have this game engraved in, Go play it if you love original universe as fantasy, if you are not disturbed by old games and are a RPG/JRPG lover, well you're humanity will thank this games to exist !! ;D
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  3. Anda
    Oct 4, 2006
    10
    The best game ever played I don't know y the ppl think it has bad controls this game is only for pros man.
  4. Stoo
    Aug 18, 2007
    9
    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 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. Mar 19, 2017
    8
    If you like JRPG do not hesitate to play this great experience.
    As it is widely accepted that this game is quite similar with Chrono Trigger.
    If you like JRPG do not hesitate to play this great experience.
    As it is widely accepted that this game is quite similar with Chrono Trigger. However, whenever I play this game I feel different experience.

    And there is certain difference from CT which is monster spawn. As far as I remember there is no spawn in CT.
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  6. Feb 14, 2017
    8
    Dieses Spiel ist der Ursprung der Tales Reihe und trotz des Alters ein durchaus spaßiges Spiel. Grundsätzlich findet man hier alles was TalesDieses Spiel ist der Ursprung der Tales Reihe und trotz des Alters ein durchaus spaßiges Spiel. Grundsätzlich findet man hier alles was Tales noch immer ausmacht.

    - Ein Echtzeitkampfsystem (wenn auch in 2D)
    - Artes (einige findet man sogar noch in heutigen Ablegern wieder)
    - Skits (wenn auch recht statisch)
    - Charaktere mit Profil

    Alles in allem ein wirklich gut gealteter Klassiker!
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  7. JohnnyD.
    Apr 26, 2006
    0
    once a classik now nohting moore than a descent rpg with bad controlls.

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#4 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2006
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#3 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2006