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The critically acclaimed tale series finally made its way over to the ps3 after quite a number of years. originally released for the wii this game has roughly 10 extra hours worth of gameplay as it continues after the original story concludes (I think the f in the title stands for future?)
Im a sucker for jrpg's and their story lines. Generally to me they are much better than western story lines. To alot of people they may not like the story line. It is all about the power of friendship basically. A group of friends discover a mysterious girl, Sophie, who has complete amnesia. They meet prince Richard and quickly become friends and swear they will always be. Eventually however Sophie dies and the main hero, Asbel, blames himself and swears to become a knight. Several years pass and he somehow meets Sophie again. They have other journeys until Richard turns on them and becomes evil and corrupt, and it is up to you to stop him! Bit of a cheesy story line but in my opinion is very effective. You really feel for the characters (I personally loved Pascal who is the super over energetic girl) 8/10 :) Also this will take you a long time to complete!
If the tales game can do one thing right it is the gameplay and the fighting system. You will see enemies walking about and you will decide if you want to bump into them and fight. Once you enter a fight you can move about within the fighting arena which is circle with a pretty large diameter. The battles are real time so it is not like oldschool final fantasy battle system where you take turns to attack. Instead each button corresponds to a certain attack which you would have preset and you go in time dodges correctly and try to kill that monster! Even feautres co op which is quite good fun.
This game does feature co-op but only in battles. Whilst moving through the world it is only one player but once you enter a battle your friends can join in (although personally my friends sucked compared to the AI :p) The battles are the exact same as on one player, but still a neat little feature.
Just like virtually all jrpg's there are lots of things to do aside from the main story line. There are obviously side missions which mostly revolving around getting things for people or killing certain monsters etc. If you are a completionist you can alsways be super brave and try to dualise everything! Dualising is basically combining items you have to make new ones and is how you make the strongest weapons. Whilst initially confusing it becomes incredibly addictive trying to make the best possible sword.
If you enjoy jrpg's and are looking for a long and entertaining story than this is more than worth the money. If you do not have the patience for 40+ hours than you should probably avoid this game.