Game Review: Tales of the Abyss


Namco Bandai finally brought up something for Tales fans in the West as they were waiting quite a while for the next title in the series and were disappointed after seeing another Tales title release only in Japan. This, Tales of the Abyss is actually a remake of the one that originally appeared on PlayStation 2 in 2006. But some alterations have certainly been made. This is going to give different experience to those who were with the original one but also might be a bit too hard to swallow for die hard fans of the original.

A young prince named Luke Fon Fabre with his life behind the walls of a massive mansion features the story of Abyss. This leaves him unknown about the real outside world also making him fairly spoil. After an incident within the mansion, Luke finds himself in a foreign land following the footsteps of a mysterious woman named Tear. Along the way he meets plenty of new friends and enemies who not only take him further and further from his home, but also further from the spoilt prince he once was.

There are plenty of twists and turns within this tale which makes it a very exciting one to follow and Luke’s growth as a character is a fascinating one. Unfortunately though, it takes fairly long for people unfamiliar with Abyss to warm up to Luke as his personality is extremely unpleasant. So, if you can get past his lewd behavior, you may find yourself 30 hours in wondering what the heck is going to happen next.

This is all the review I can provide you. For further more checkout the game from store and why not try yourself. But there are further more information that I would like to share with you regarding gameplay.

Abyss makes a few changes compared to the previous Tales titles of its time. By earning titles, a character’s growth is not affected. Instead, titles can help earn you special offers like a free night’s stay at the local inn or health regen boosts. Certain titles are given out after certain cut scenes, but there are a bunch which are hidden and can only really be found by using a guide of some sort. Since they don’t offer much as far as leveling up is concerned, there doesn’t seem to be much of a reason to really go and get them unless you are a completist.

Rest I leave for you. Enjoy the Tale.