Tales of the Abyss Review
Tales of the Abyss Box Art
System: 3DS
Dev: Namco Tales Studio
Pub: NAMCO Bandai
Release: February 14, 2012
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: N/A Alcohol Reference, Fantasy Violence, Language, Simulated Gambling, Suggestive Themes

In addition to customizing your character, you can also customize some of your party members' attributes as well. The NPC A.I. in the game is relatively good, and you won't have to worry about characters attacking enemies that are already dead or healing you after you've only taken one hit. Even if you set a character to be a healer, they seem to have a little bit of common sense programmed in, which is definitely a relief for those of us that have been burned in the past with terrible RPG A.I.

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About the only thing I can really find to complain about with Tales of the Abyss is the 3D conversion. It's just not very good. The depth of field is often muddled at times, and character's don't really pop against the background. Converting an old PS2 game to include 3D visuals is probably a tricky thing to do, and it just doesn't work here. If this game was truly intended to be a flagship JRPG on the 3DS, then the visuals should have been completely re-done (a la Ocarina of Time) to fully take advantage of the 3DS hardware. As it is, however, the 3D is superfluous at best, and I didn't leave it on for very long.

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Tales of the Abyss is a great game on the 3DS, and if you are a JRPG fan who hasn't already played it, you will definitely enjoy it. There's plenty of story content (though not all of it is 100% coherent), a fantastic battle system, and a generous open world to poke around in and explore. However, the game feels like a shrunken down PS2 game, and if you are expecting any cool 3DS features, you'll be sadly disappointed. It still holds up surprisingly well after six years, but in this age of remakes, re-releases, and re-imaginings, Tales of the Abyss needs something to set it apart on the 3DS from its PS2 predecessor. Unfortunately, it didn't quite get the treatment it deserved before getting shuffled off to release.

By
Amanda L. Kondolojy
Senior Contributing Writer
Date: February 21, 2012

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.4
Graphics
Visuals look almost exactly as they did on the PS2, which is good in 2D mode, but terrible for 3D fans.
4.1
Control
Controls work well, both in the menu system and in battle.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Full English voiceover sounds great, and music is nicely varied.
3.0
Play Value
There's tons of content to play though here if you've never experienced Tales of the Abyss. If you have, though, skip it, because there's not so much as a single word of dialogue added to this release.
3.6
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Experience gameplay in a way only possible with the Nintendo 3DS - Battle in a whole new dimension! Fight against your enemies, unleash devastating Mystic Artes, and explore the expansive World Map in 3D.
  • Captivating story and depth that is the hallmark of the Tales of series - Explore the story through more than 40 hours of riveting gameplay and fully voiced anime cutscenes.
  • Stunning Visuals - Lush, colorful graphics bring attention to the detailed anime art style of artist Kosuke Fujishima. Sprawling landscapes and beautiful towns populate the world of Auldrant and bring it to life!
  • Dynamic Real Time Battles - Command the "Flex Range - Linear Motion Battle System" for unparalleled tactical control over characters' movements and attacks. Hone characters' skills using the "Field of Fonons" and evolve their fighting techniques to more powerful forms.

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