Japan: 3D Tales of Hearts Do Not Want

2D vs 3D CG – Tales of Hearts

The unusual decision to release the latest Tales RPG “Tales of Hearts” in two versions with drastically differing visual styles in the movies and packaging, one based on 3D computer graphics ala Final Fantasy, the other on classic Tales anime visuals, turned heads when it first came to light, particularly given the dubious choice of character designs in the 3D version.

Turned heads, much as a grisly traffic accident does. It does not seem the 3D version is selling well in Japan; second-hand sales reveal the 2D version is selling for 30% more than the 3D version. Some take this as a sign of the ill-advised nature of the  scheme…

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  • Azure Xuchilbara commented on May 9, 2010 04:20

    They should bloody fix the 3D loli witch so she would ACTUALLY look loli like in the 2D version...... More

  • Azure Xuchilbara commented on May 9, 2010 04:19

    2D Loli FTW!! 3D loli version is just bleh...... More


Tails of Fail

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Famitsu seem to have it in for the Tales series – whilst they have frequently featured the games on their covers, the artist they retain to provide these illustrations leaves much to be desired in a number of areas…

Their new Tales of Hearts cover is but the latest in a long line of such covers:

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  • raijinz commented on September 30, 2010 06:19

    I'd expect that kind of crap from the US... ...wait, the artist is JAPANESE?! H-H-How can that be? Its...its IMPOSSIBLE!! *Face begins to melt*... More

  • Kira_Sakuya commented on July 13, 2009 00:36

    Since their infamous 40/40 en Nintendogs, Famitsu fails at life whenever they do anything.... More


Top 10 Games to Move You to Tears

Top 10 Games to Move You to Tears - Clannad places rather well

This recent survey, asking of Japanese gamers “Which games moved you to tears?”, presents some interesting results.

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  • Anonymous commented on September 6, 2011 05:30

    The only games that have moved me to tears have been visual novels. Clannad, saya no uta, utawarerumono and ever 17 to be precise.... More

  • Anonymous commented on September 2, 2011 15:14

    I played Metal Gear 3 and enjoyed it! It didn't make me cry though... That one electrified guy (can't remember his name) was a bitch to kill though. Fighting him almost brought me to tears...... More


Tales of Nights

Tales of Nights - Tales of the Abyss Character Montage

A must for Tales RPG fans, Tales of Nights is the latest Night of Nights MAD, and in this version it has been given an appropriate video mix to accompany the music, incorporating scenes from what looks to be nearly all the games.

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  • Anonymous commented on July 6, 2009 11:22

    touhou remix ftw... More

  • Momotaros commented on May 24, 2009 12:48

    T_T uh... I really don't hear Suzumura Kenichi/Senel Coolidge's voice...... More


Tales of the Abyss Anime Sublime

Tales of the Abyss Anime Sublime

It was with pleasant surprise that I formed my initial, highly favourable, impressions of the Tales of the Abyss anime adaptation, and now after seeing three such episodes of superb quality, I’d like to take the opportunity to recommend the anime unreservedly.

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  • LunarSD commented on April 16, 2009 01:49

    2nd'ing recommendation of the Undub version. I played this game last year, but all the japanese voices still come readily to mind. Very professional job. Also, remembering how fun this game was was the only thing... More

  • Anonymous commented on January 3, 2009 02:17

    Couldn't put up with Luke and the deplorably plain animation. Who do they think they're fooling with all that block colour? Boring.... More


Tales of the Abyss Anime Astounds

Tales of the Abyss Anime Astounds

Being a huge fan of the PS2 science fantasy RPG upon which this anime is based, I was apprehensive about the Tales of the Abyss adaptation, thinking it could well suffer a mediocre remake. However, I am delighted to say the anime is already shaping up to be one of astonishing quality.

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  • George Lopez commented on April 2, 2009 02:42

    Where can I watch this anime?... More

  • Anonymous commented on February 25, 2009 21:54

    I missed this post unfortunately. I'm going to start watching it right away. After watching "World Destruction", I was hesitant, but this looks excellent.... More


2D vs 3D CG – Tales of Hearts

2D vs 3D CG – Tales of Hearts

The upcoming Tales of Hearts, for the DS this winter, is set to have two different versions, one with cutscenes in the anime style the Tales series has traditionally used to great effect, and another in a Final Fantasy style CG style; all of this is very puzzling, but what is even more puzzling is how the two will look.

As you can see, the 3D version comes of looking like “a gang of cosplayers”, and there is little doubt which version will be selling, in Japan at least.

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  • Anonymous commented on January 20, 2011 19:56

    Looks too much like Final Fantasy? Soul Blade's intro make this intro look butt ugly, and I'm comparing it to a PSX game!!!!... More

  • hide1000 commented on March 1, 2010 13:52

    3D doesn't have any lolism.... More


Vesperia: Buy Levels, Gold on Marketplace

Vesperia: Buy Levels, Gold on Marketplace

It has emerged that Microsoft’s saviour RPG, Tales of Vesperia, incorporates downloadable content in a heretofore unseen manner: in fact you can simply eschew playing the game entirely and shell out points/yen on Marketplace to obtain the money and gold, in a brazen imitation of classic MMORPG gold farming, except without the Chinese or eBay.

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  • Anonymous commented on May 27, 2011 22:44

    I like it. You know, people with time can spend it grinding. People with money (generally those without time) can buy the levels and zip through the game, enjoying the other aspects. ... More

  • Joe commented on July 9, 2009 10:48

    Honestly, what the crap... If you don't have time to kill some monsters for gold and EXP, why are you buying this game? Those tasks are all part of the enjoyment in an RPG, I... More


Xbox 360 Sells Out in Japan

Xbox 360 Sells Out in Japan - Tales of Vesperia to blame

From the official Microsoft Xbox Japan page:

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  • Anonymous commented on January 22, 2010 14:32

    rofl, welcome to 2010 anyomous. Oops, wrong!... More

  • fatimmortal commented on June 6, 2009 11:07

    Microsoft just fails to deliver. Sure, they have lots of pretty good games. But how the hell do we play them games if the consoles just screw up too much.... More


Tales Digest (Games & Anime)

Some actual screens of the Tales of the Abyss anime have emerged, and on the PSP there is Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2, and on the DS Tales of Hearts, due in the winter.

Some actual screens of the Tales of the Abyss anime have emerged, and information on the next two Tales game titles also emerges, though as both are for portables you will have to forgive a lack of enthusiasm on my part. Tales of Hearts will be released on the Nintendo DS in the winter, and on the PSP there is Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2, also due in the winter.

See below for the most ill advised character art in recent memory – Tales of Hearts truly has a do not want ambience to it.

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  • Anonymous commented on November 21, 2010 20:16

    Unthinking_able!?!... More

  • Anonymous commented on October 23, 2009 04:59

    I would just like to revisit this post and acknowledge the complete accuracy.... More


Tales of the Abyss Anime Airing Confirmed

Tales of the Abyss - Tear Grants / ティア・グランツ

Fanatical Tales of the Abyss fans, such as myself, can rejoice with the knowledge that the anime is not far off; the Sunrise handled production will air in October.

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  • Anonymous commented on January 4, 2011 03:35

    Am I the only one who noticed the "for adult onry" Engrish in the pictures... O_o... More

  • Anonymous commented on November 21, 2010 20:18

    The sankaku first with little comment!... More


Tales of Vesperia New Character Details

Tales of Vesperia - Judith

With the release of Tales of Vesperia imminent in August, for the Xbox360 at least, and the demo version already available for download, more details have emerged: Famitsu has a large number of gorgeous screenshots (the content is gorgeous at least, the screens themselves are the usual pathetically low res and over compressed little things we have come to expect from Famitsu) showing off new elfy character Judith, above, looking very appealing indeed.

The official site has also been updated with her info. All looking very promising.

I will omit the usual grumbling about the PS3 version not being announced yet. When?


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