Tales of the Abyss

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Tales of the Abyss Review

Talk of Japanese RPGs in Europe tends to be dominated by the obvious big names, the Final Fantasies and Dragon Quests. That's no surprise, given that a great many other series rarely - if ever - make it as far as European shores.

Namco Bandai's Tales is one such series, having clocked up 27 games and spin-offs, not to mention four animated TV shows, without leaving much of a dent in the European gaming consciousness. That may be partly down to the title - sticking "Tales of" in front a game is common enough practice that it makes connecting the dots tricky for anyone not already immersed in the series.

Tales of the Abyss was the eighth game in the series when it appeared on PlayStation 2, and its arrival here on 3DS marks not only its European debut but also the first pure-bred JRPG to arrive on Nintendo's new handheld. With Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest missing in action, it's a good opportunity for this venerable rival to steal some Western fans.

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3DS boosts Namco Bandai software sales

3DS boosts Namco Bandai software sales

Tales, One Piece, Ridge Racer numbers in.

Namco Bandai has reported a solid year-on-year boost in game sales, with Nintendo's 3DS affording the publisher a healthy slice of new business.

During the first quarter of the current fiscal year, software sales rose to 3.38 million compared to 3.15 million during the same period last year.

Of that total, PlayStation 3 titles contributed 657,000 sales, Xbox 360 651,000 and the 3DS 622,000. The DS added 614,000, the PSP 595,000 and the Wii a relatively paltry 199,000.

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3DS Tales of the Abyss release date

3DS Tales of the Abyss release date

PS2 RPG gets bells and whistles.

3DS role-playing game Tales of the Abyss will be released on 10th November in Europe, Namco Bandai has announced.

It's a recreation of the PS2 game of the same name. Abyss 3DS gains dual-screen and 3D support.

Tales of the Abyss follows snooty hero Luke fon Fabre, who soon finds himself on an epic adventure to save the world - as if he'd be doing anything else in an RPG.

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Not long to wait for US ver.

Namco Bandai's latest Tales RPG will be released on 10th October in the USA, exclusively on PlayStation 2.