Role-playing fans had to wait a year for Eternal Sonata to make its way from the Xbox 360 to the PlayStation 3, and we certainly have to wait again for Tales of Vesperia . But in both cases, the wait is most definitely worth it.

The PS3 version of this solid RPG will feature some exclusive never-before-seen-content, and according to a recent Famitsu article (as found by ScrawlFX ), this includes a new playable character, more opportunities to step into the shoes of Flynn, more Artes and skills, and a redone set of voice-overs. Recently, more info has been added: we've got a new Giganto monster, a new dungeon called "Inner Sanctum of the Ester," and oh yes, connectivity news concerning the upcoming Tales of Vs. for the PSP. As it turns out, the latter will be "connectible" with Tales of Vesperia ; it will unlock fresh challenges, skits and costumes, so there's plenty of incentive to own both games. Vesperia should release some time later this year for the PS3 and we don't yet have an estimated release date for Tales of Vs. , but we're hoping for some information on that soon. RPG fans can finally look forward to a number of great titles that should launch within the next year, and that also features the likes of Resonance of Fate , Last Rebellion , and Final Fantasy XIV .

And that whole connectivity thing certainly promotes ownership of both the PS3 and PSP (or PSP Go when it becomes available). You can probably expect more of this in the future…

Related Game(s): Tales of Vesperia , Tales of Vs.

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WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Well can, anyone weigh in on the combat system? I love me some RPGs but I never finished the previous Tales titles because it was basically just a weak fighting masher with a story. So is it the same?

Mr Bitey
Mr Bitey
11 years ago

I actually played the demo for the 360 version at my girlfriend's house… that was pretty much the impression that I got from it.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Someone please tell me why a RPG with a combat system that's basically a button mashing fest is inherently better or more advanced than a traditional turn based system. Anyone?

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

I can't help you. Never could figure that out myself.

Turn-based >>>>>>> real-time mashing of buttons

DarthNemesis
DarthNemesis
11 years ago

Real time is much better.You actually have control over the character.I was never a fan of taking turns in battles.Seriously,who thought that was a good battle system to begin with? Let me have the ability to block and dodge attacks like you are suppose to …oh and the ability to jump.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

@DarthNemesis

Dude, you've never played an RPG with dice, a character sheet and pencil have you? RPGs are not live-action cosplay events, a good old traditional RPG is played with dice, character sheets and your imagination. Instead of dressing up and looking like a fool waving a plastic sword around, you get together around a table and use your minds.

I think this is kind of the divide in turn based vs real time combat in RPG games on consoles. Some people want to be in real time command of their character, some even want to handle things in first person, these are the folks that belong in funky costumes, running around waving toy swords at each other. Others though want to have combat determined by the stats, abilities, equipment choices and attacks selected. These are the folks rolling dice and using their imaginations.

They are two different ways of playing, that appeal to different people, neither is better than the other. I just don't understand why so many game developers think that the folks who liked turn based RPG games are going to evolve into folks that like action based combat in their RPGs. That's not going to happen.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

Tales of Symphonia = masterpiece!
The sequel to it is great too

Should be fun to see how this one turns out.

The Tales series has some really good games. Not EPIC like FFs, but GOOD nonetheless.

Definitely not a series rpg enthusiasts should pass up.

Can't wait to get my screenshots/trailers for this.

Oh yeah! Tales of Legendia was really good too, it had some good comedy going for it.


Last edited by Scarecrow on 6/23/2009 12:30:27 AM

fundando
fundando
11 years ago

Symphonia was the only Tales I played and I loved it. I'll probably try this out.

Warukyure
Warukyure
11 years ago

Here's hoping they both come to North America…

Let us not forget the last Tales that was ported from 1 console to another.. (Symphonia was originally on GC then ported to PS2, but never made it to america)

And so far Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2 hasn't made it over either.

Though, I am excited, I probably won't hold my breath or anything waiting

Masterofallz
Masterofallz
11 years ago

HAHA! I love this. I love how xbox 360 gets the buggy and outdated version. And then the developers learn from their mistakes there and start making it better for us Playstation 3 owners. 😀 (Ninja Gaiden 2, for example.)


Last edited by Masterofallz on 6/23/2009 1:12:27 AM

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

Really excited 'bout the extra characters!

orangpelupa
orangpelupa
11 years ago

im sorry, but i have plaed Vesperia on Xbox 360 and its NOT buggy. It never freeze and the loading almost non-existent.

i just glad NBGI bring Vesperia to PS3, more gamer can enjoy this good RPG. (but i still prefer Tales of the abyss >_< )

kratos17
kratos17
11 years ago

a highly doubt vesperia was a planned exclusive for the 360 in the first place
i think microsoft wrote them a fat check

Jed
Jed
11 years ago

I will definitely be checking this one out.

Late night Ben?

Kevadu
Kevadu
11 years ago

As I understand it the PS3 version of Tales of Vesperia is supposed to be out in Japan this fall, but I haven't heard *anything* about a US release of the PS3 version. It might be coming, but nobody seems to know anything.

I really would like to know what its status is…

kratos17
kratos17
11 years ago

i heard the ps3 is getting star ocean 4, can anyone here confirm this rumor for sure

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Don't think so, but it's one case in which they better fix the game first.

mastiffchild
mastiffchild
11 years ago

No reason to think that SO4 will ever come to PS3 let alone come to PS3 with western localisation and the games nowhere near as good as previous series games anyway. In fact I'm pretty sure they even said it def isn't coming to PS3.Played it on my mates chipped 360(US copy) a while ago and it hasd a few tech issues and was pretty boring outside of the combat system-which won't suit turn based people but was easily the best part of SO4.

Hate to double the bad news but I can't, for the life of me, see Tales.. coming to the west on PS3 either so the best we can ever hope for is a Chinese/Asian vesion with English subs.It's sales on 360 would suggest that bringin it to the west again is a waste of money.

Havng finished the pair of Persona's on PS2(well on my 60gig)last year I really don';t think anyuthing that's real current gen has been as good. Avery series seems to have gotten worse and the new IP have failed to excite much either-I finally got round to LO and IU on 360 the other week and, tbh, doubt I'll even finish them-I only just managed to get through Disgaea3(PS3) too!

VC apart I really haven't found anything that good this gen and the fact that Persona3 and 4 outshine them on last gen hardware says much. I'm looking forward to DS, mind, but I';m of the opinion that WKC will be no better than the 360 jrpgs this gen.

FF13 isn't going to be the best it could have been now either(no fanboyism it's purely that multis are inferior to exclusives on EITHER platfrom this generation)so I'm waiting for VS to be really wowed(esp as we don't seem to be getting KH3 either!).

I increasingly play jrpgs on the handhelds where games like TWEWY have been ignored among the slew of FF7 spin offs(which have been ok-I really like CC actually)but at least there's some quality there.

I'm going on again, I know, so sorry, but I really think that we haven't been getting the quality we deserve this gen on the Hd consoles let alone the way we PS3 gamers have been starved.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

@Worlds

Of all the games that SE has published on 'next Gen' SO4 is probably the most logical candidate for a PS3 version. Consider how many players of SO games there are on the other Sony platform, the one with over 140 million customers. From a business point of view, a PS3 port of SO4 makes far more sense than porting TLR.


Last edited by TheHighlander on 6/23/2009 10:29:30 AM

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

@mastiffchild

RPG sales on the 360 are not indicative of RPG sales in the western markets. PlayStation owners as a group are typically far more likely to purchase RPGs than owners of Xbox and Xbox360 consoles. It was true during the life of the original Xbox, and it's continued to be true today. Sales of RPGs on the PSP and PS2 show that there is an appetite in the west for JRPGs. The 360 does not necessarily represent those gamers. Making a decision on porting an RPG to PS3 in the west based on the dismal Xbox360 RPG sales is simply pointless.


Last edited by TheHighlander on 6/23/2009 10:35:11 AM

orangpelupa
orangpelupa
11 years ago

@kevadu

yeah there still no news about the english version. but maybe the Japanese PS3 vesperia will already contain English localization?

PS3 have that big blu-ray disc. im sure it can handle both english and japanese on one disc.

Oxvial
Oxvial
11 years ago

I wonder what happened with that other rpg…The Last Renmant?? is cancelled?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

pretty much yeah

Acehiroku
Acehiroku
11 years ago

Umm….excuse me Ben, when will this be released ? I know no solid date has been announced, but could you tell me the estimation ? Fall or winter ? This is the only RPG that makes me almost buy a 360, really looking forward to it, I have every Tales RPG, yes even Symphonia 2 on Wii

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

I'm sorry, I don't know. Nobody does at this point.

I think we're all just hoping for fall.

kratos17
kratos17
11 years ago

my guess is this october


Last edited by kratos17 on 6/23/2009 3:21:19 PM

Lotusflow3r
Lotusflow3r
11 years ago

excellent news!

will definitely be getting.

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

I'm playing Tales Of Symphonia: Dawn Of The New World on the Wii and it's a pretty good game, albeit a step backwards from the prequel. However, the game I really want to play is Vesperia. Hopefully, we'll see it on the PS3 this fall like we saw with Eternal Sonata.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

I've been looking forward to this one for a while now. I hope that the combat system isn't as poor as some suggest. Then again I wasn't a fan of the combat in Eternal Sonata either, it's just not turn based enough for me.

Ah well, perhaps JRPGs are going through a difficult phase…

Arvis
Arvis
11 years ago

@ Mastiffchild:

Have you tried Crimson Gem Saga on the PSP? I'd be interested to know what you think of it…

-Arvis

LowKii
LowKii
11 years ago

I'm a fan of both real time, and turn based. Real time on Star Ocean Till the End of Time was an incredible game, I guess even though It's SE now I would have to say its my one of my fav games of all time. It required alot of stratehy and you could switch control between Characters, On the Other Side Shadow hearts Covenant and From the New World had a great turn based battle system from the likes of which I've never recovered. so If the battle system is done really well then I don't see a problem with real time, unless like you only get to control 1 character and the rest are just there for story purposes *cough Radiata Stories Cough*

Arvis
Arvis
11 years ago

I actually really liked Radiata Stories. Admittedly, the battle system was the weakest part of the game, but it was beautiful to play and gave me a warm, happy feeling. 🙂

-Arvis

AceTatsujin
AceTatsujin
11 years ago

OMFG IS IT COMING TO USA OR NOT?! GOD FLIPPING SNAG IT! ;[ I'm EXTREMELY sad. I want THIS GAME! There is NO confirmation yet. I'm gonna go cry in a corner.

Edit — I want the Japanese voices too, please. >_>;;


Last edited by AceTatsujin on 6/23/2009 6:25:03 PM

LowKey
LowKey
11 years ago

Ohhhhhhh, mastiffchild, you are my new best friend, Im so glad you see FF13 the way I see it. Buut 1 thing is, SO4 won't be coming to PS3 I emailed SE-J about it last year and they told me no. But I would believe you are correct, I'll bet SO4 isn't even half as good as SO:TEoT(397 hrs and still wasnt completely finnished the game Sorry to brag again lol) I think that SO3 was the longest RPG ive ever played and thats what i look for in an RPG Length and Gameplay, as well as Story, Theres only 2 games I can think of that even comes close to SO3's length and thats Legend of Legaia and Legend of Dragoon, I do belive you are right also about not having the quality of RPGs we used to get on the PS1. I first notice this several years ago on the PS2, only 8 or 9 RPGs really caught my attention, the rest were pretty "meh", I said the exact same thing as you did about PS3, think of what it is now and what it could have been if it were made for the PS3 not necissarily exclusively, but if it were made for the PS3 first.


Last edited by LowKey on 6/24/2009 1:26:37 AM