Tales of Symphonia: Chronicles

A fine HD reissue of the classic early 2000s RPG - and its deeply disappointing sequel.

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Tales of Symphonia: Chronicles review

Typically, I don't get on with Japanese RPGs. I don't like the melodrama, the stilted writing, the often turn-based menu-battles - and I don't like that I seem to spend more time watching the game than playing it. I can't ever shake the feeling that my participation is incidental to the story that the writers want for me.

Almost 10 years ago, some friends sat me down and made me play what was probably the first JRPG outside of Pokémon that I actually enjoyed - Tales of Symphonia, now available in an HD reissue for PlayStation 3 which also includes its spin-off sequel Dawn of the New World. I've been struggling for years to explain why this game, above all of the Final Fantasies, Star Oceans and Lost Odysseys, shirked my hatred. Now I've come back to the twin worlds of Sylverant and Tethe'alla, finding a truly remarkable experience partially hidden by camp and wholly fuelled by layers of mutually-reinforcing design choices.

The story is one we've all heard before - there's some world-ending thing and a small group of chosen people must go on some epic quest to keep the world-ending thing from happening. And on the face of it, Tales of Symphonia is just like every other major JRPG. Most of the characters are kids, the number of belts on display is positively ridiculous and the melodrama dial has been set to 'High School Shakespeare production'.

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Tales of Symphonia Chronicles release date, Collector's Edition confirmed for Europe

10th Anniversary re-release Tales of Symphonia Chronicles will launch in Europe for PlayStation 3 on 28th February 2014, publisher Namco Bandai has announced.

The compilation contains GameCube classic Tales of Symphonia and its follow-up Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, now with refreshed HD graphics and the original Japanese voice-overs.

The game's goodie-laden Collector's Edition will also reach these shores, although will be limited to 10,000 copies across Europe and Australasia.

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PlayStation 3-exclusive Tales of Xillia 2 gets 2014 Europe launch

PlayStation 3-exclusive Tales of Xillia 2 gets 2014 Europe launch

The original Tales of Xillia isn't even out until next month.

Namco Bandai's PS3-exclusive Tales of Xillia doesn't launch in Europe until next month, but that hasn't stopped the company confirming we'll see its sequel.

The imaginatively-titled Tales of Xillia 2 will also arrive exclusively for PlayStation 3, and is due sometime next year.

Namco has also already promised its HD remake of the excellent Tales of Symphonia for Europe next year, too. Re-named as Tales of Symphonia: Chronicles, the remastered edition will include sequel Dawn of the New World.

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