If you are an avid gamer and play every day, all day, there is no chance that you haven’t heard of the Tales video game series at least once. Also called the Tales of video games series, this franchise has a fairly long history. While many know and prefer to play some other Japanese role-playing games (JRPG), the Tales of series is certainly not to be underestimated.
First of all, Bandai Namco Entertainment is the company that created this popular franchise. The tale of “Tales of” gaming series began more than two decades ago, more precisely in 1995 when the first title called Tales of Phantasia was released. After that, the rise of this series begins. To date, some of the most popular titles have been released which have launched the Tales of series among the most popular from the JRPG genre.
To bring this legendary series of video games closer to you, we decided to create a list of the best titles ever released. So, if you’re ready, let’s get started.
7. Tales Of The World: Radiant Mythology
Tales Of The World: Radiant Mythology is a video game that was released not so long ago, in 2007. An interesting fact about this game is that this is the only one from the Tales Of The World spin-off series that is actually available in English and released for North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. None of the later sequels like Radiant Mythology 2 or Radiant Mythology 3 was available as the first one we’re talking about now.
The gameplay reminiscent of an MMO-RPG, however, there is no online part. The goal was to improve your “fame” which is essentially a level if we use a widespread gaming term. It is also possible to create your own character and modify it. Characters like Luke and Lloyd from some other Tales of video games are also available. When it comes to the platform, Radiant Mythology is only available for the PlayStation Portable.
6. Tales Of Symphonia: Dawn Of The New World
Our tale goes on, and the next Tales of the game on the list is Tales Of Symphonia: Dawn Of The New World. This video game was released just a year after the aforementioned Radiant Mythology, in 2008. The platform on which it was initially available was the Nintendo Wii.
However, five years later, Tales of Symphonia was remastered in HD, now for the PlayStation 3. Bundled along with the remastered Dawn Of The New World as well as the original Tales of Symphonia in HD, it was again available to gamers. However, if we compare the original and Dawn Of The New World sequel, we have to say that the first version is better in terms of gameplay. However, bundled like this, gamers have the opportunity to try both sequels and have fun.
5. Tales Of Phantasia
Is it possible to create a best-of list without including the original? Of course, it is not. The legendary video game from which the whole Tales of series started is Tales Of Phantasia. So, in many ways, this video game is legendary and represents a turning point when it comes to JRPG. First of all, there is a real-time battle system. Then, this game, as the first in Tales of Franchise, is in the hearts of many fans of this series.
What is interesting to mention is that the battle system as well as the characters still looks quite good, even compared to some later releases. The great love for Tales Of Phantasia still makes fans believe that in the years ahead the developer will present a remastered version which would surely be great.
4. Tales Of Destiny
Released just two years after the aforementioned Tales Of Phantasia, Tales Of Destiny was both praised and criticized at the same time. Although the second video game from Tales of franchise, this video game is historically important in one segment when it comes to the popular series. Namely, the 1995 version didn’t have a release for the western market. Unlike its predecessor, Tales Of Destiny is the first with an English version.
What many fans have pointed out as a big plus of this video game is the fast battle system which is very similar, but still improved compared to the original game. However, when it comes to originality and character development, Tales Of Destiny has definitely not wowed fans.
3. Tales Of Xillia
Another game that has brought something new to passionate gamers is Tales of Xillia. This one was released in 2011 for the Japanese market. However, in 2013, fans in North America, Europe, and Australia also got a version of this sequel.
The main thing about this video game is that players could choose between two characters, Jude Mathis and Milla Maxwell. Another thing we have to mention is the story of about 40 hours which is a change and shortening compared to its predecessors. However, the fact that two characters and two different playthroughs are available brings a new experience.
2. Tales Of The Abyss
When it comes to the favorite titles of the Tales of the series among players, Tales Of The Abyss got a special place, primarily due to significant improvements in technology and game terms. First, the combat system and visualization have been raised to a higher level than with the previous releases. The other thing that put this game high on the Tales of the list is the great character development, but also the whole story and playthrough.
The main protagonist is Luke von Fabre, whose character develops very nicely during the game. We must also mention that the 2005 version was for the PlayStation 2 and for Japan and North America, while the 2011 version was also released for Europe and Australia in addition to the two previously mentioned markets. Also, the 2011 version was available on the Nintendo 3DS.
1. Tales Of Vesperia
According to many fans of this franchise, Tales of Vesperia is the best game ever released. While it didn’t seem like that after the first release for the Xbox 360 in 2008 and 2009, later releases for the PS4 and Xbox One actually brought worldwide popularity to this video game.
According to numerous comments and reviews, Tales of Vesperia has one of the most interesting developments of the main character, Yuri Lowell. In addition, world-building is considered top-notch which is really true. Another thing we have to mention at the end is that last year, on January 11, 2019, the world wide definitive edition for Tales of Vesperia was released. By the way, you can try vouchers on UseVoucher to save big if yu are planing on getting any games.