|Dev: Namco Tales Studio|
|Pub: NAMCO Bandai|
|Release: February 14, 2012|
|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.
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.
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.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
Senior Contributing Writer
Date: February 21, 2012