Tales of the Abyss was released in North America for the Nintendo 3DS yesterday. Being a big fan of the original PlayStation 2 game, I went out and bought it at the first opportunity I had.
Was it worth it? My answer is a definite yes, but I can’t speak for everyone.
When considering whether or not to buy this game, it is important to note that this port is exactly the same as the version originally released in 2006. No extra bells and whistles were added for the 3DS release. Those who still have the game for the PS2 most likely won’t get anything new out of it. In my case, I still have a copy of the original game, but lacking a PS2 in the dorm makes it a little hard to play. Therefore, I bought the 3DS version for its convenience and to encourage Namco Bandai to localize more games of the Tales series.
As for how well Tales of the Abyss runs on the 3DS, I’d say the game transitioned fairly well. True, the 3D isn’t about to put that of other 3DS games to shame, but it isn’t terrible, considering this is for the port of a game that takes a minimum of 48 hours to finish. The graphics, although not absolutely perfect, do the game justice, even adding more details to the characters’ designs, such as giving their hands noticeable fingers. The infuriatingly long loading screens are considerably shorter, and party members’ artes (or spells, in layman’s terms) can easily be assigned to the touch screen. The best part is, the gameplay doesn’t suffer in the slightest. The battles run just as smoothly as they do on the PS2 version, if not smoother. The only thing that discourages me about the port is that the multiplayer option is gone, but the AI is pretty good to begin with. Just don’t buy the 3DS version expecting to have a wild RPG night with your friends.
For those of you who don’t have this game already and are looking for a good RPG title for the 3DS, I recommend Tales of the Abyss for its excellent gameplay, fascinating story, deep characters, and numerous sidequests. I can’t really say any more than anyone else has said regarding those subjects, and Google will produce many helpful in-depth reviews of the game.
For fellow Tales fans who already have Tales of the Abyss for the PS2, I recommend buying the 3DS port if it is more convenient for you to play games on the 3DS.
Just have your charger on hand in case the red light comes on during a boss battle.
Tales of the Abyss © Namco Bandai.
Artwork created by Holly A. Wolfe.