Tales of Legendia


Computer Platform: PlayStation 2 (Sony)
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Price Range: $21-30
Learning curve time: 31-60 min.
Age level: Teen to Adult
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)

     Reviewed By: Zach Walton (aka Phazon)

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆
Rating: 3 of 5 (average)
Gameplay: 4 of 5 (good)
Violence: 3 of 5 (mild)
Adult Content: 4 of 5 (barely present)

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Tales of Legendia is the PS2 follow up to the critically acclaimed Tales of Symphonia. The series is like Final Fantasy in that they are all part of the same series but the stories are always completely different and take place in different worlds.

The game begins with Senel as he is escaping from some unknown threat aboard a boat with his sister, Shirley. They crash land on an island that is soon to be revealed as a giant ship called “The Legacy.” Shirley is soon kidnapped for she is believed to be the Merines, the selected person from an ancient race of sea worshipers who is rumored to have enormous power. The game is spent as Senel as he searches for his sister. Like in most Tales games, the story is split into two parts with a lesser evil being confronted and defeated. Then after that, a superior evil is revealed as the true enemy of the world.

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The game is a real time action . You enter a random battle on a linear plane where you input buttons to perform various moves. The battle system was developed by the Soul Calibur team so there is more emphasis on hand to hand fighting than previous Tales games. Senel, the main character, fights like this but other characters use everything from swords to a vase.

The violence that is present is not offensive at all. It’s like the visual that appears after hitting a character in a fighting game. Just a flash of white light to show that your attack connected. The enemies disappear in a flash of light after they are defeated as well. Sometimes in the main game, a person is killed with a sword or other weapon but no blood or gore is shown.

Usual T rated RGP fare. The d***, b****** and h*** are all present but not used at a frequent rate. This may be the Tales game with the least amount of language present.

There are certain things implied throughout the course of the game regarding a character that you meet halfway through. The characters are modeled in a very “chibi” non realistic way but the character still struts. A few of the skits that you watch imply some offensive things as well but these are optional and can be skipped.

Characters do use magic. The magic in this game is called eres though and is based mostly on science instead of the supernatural. It’s the art of gathering energy from the air in a mana like way and converting it into an offensive or defensive spell.

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Senel is a great character in the game. The main tagline is “How far would you go for the one you love?” Senel does everything in his power to rescue his sister and is seen as an admirable man for doing so. All the characters have various reasons they came to the Legacy as well, some of them seem quite selfish while others have committed crimes. The beauty of the game for me was that all the characters had extreme flaws that are redeemed as the game goes on. All the flaws that these characters have are never continuous and seen as just a normal thing. They all strive to change themselves and in doing so, change the world itself.

The gameplay is standard fare with dungeon crawling with a boss fight at the end followed by a story segment. It’s in this case that Tales of Legendia is at its worst. It doesn’t do anything to set itself apart from the crowd. The story is phenomenal but the gameplay is just average.

The graphics are subpar but get the job done. It’s not that they’re bad, it’s just that the character models are done in a very chibi way and they look awkward. The full motion animated cutscenes are a sight to behold though. The hand painted backgrounds are also a high point of the presentation.

Tales of Legendia is a good . It’s better than most of the RPGs that I’ve played on various systems over the years mostly due to the fact that the story is fantastic that is presented with fairly good voice acting.

It also has a lot of bang for your buck. The main quest will only take you about 35 hours but after that is the character quests which dive into each characters backgrounds as they work out the flaws mentioned earlier. They are wonderful exposes on the characters that you may (or may not) have liked and are really good just to see the change that they go through. With those character quests, the game easily jumps into the 60-70 hour range. The only downside is that the character quests will be going through the same dungeons again jus with stronger enemies.

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Tales of Legendia is highly recommended to any fan. The game is a tad on the easy side so beginners should have no problem with it but the battle system has enough depth to keep long time player entertained as well.

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Year of Release — 2005

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