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Desc:High-stakes drama in the latest entry in Namco's long-running epic RPG series.
Category:Video Games, Accidents & Explosions
Tags:namco, oh japan, bazongas, vidya games, tales
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EvilHomer - 2013-09-11
Is this real?
RocketBlender - 2013-09-11
Yeah, and it's honestly not the worst of the 'bazongas' skits. It gets even creepier later in the game when you realize the character that keeps talking about them, the creepy doll thing that the little girl carries around, is actually just the mouthpiece for what she's thinking but is too shy to say.

I absolutely love the Tales series, the battle systems play out like an easy to grasp fighting game, like Smash Bros or a good beat-em-up. They're so fun that I put up with a LOT of anime trope bullshit to play them, sentient talking animals/things, overly young characters, etc.

SteamPoweredKleenex - 2013-09-11
Anime dialog. There's nothing else that makes one's ears bleed in quite the same way.

RocketBlender - 2013-09-12
I had the same problem with Valyria Chronicles. God, I fucking love that game, but then you get to chapter 4, and for reasons no one can understand, that sentient pig with the tiny wings shows up. and I almost quit.

Glad I stuck with it though, because that pig basically disappears after that chapter. It's like Sega had a mandatory list of anime tropes they need to stick into their game and just wanted to get that one out of the way.

klingerbgoode - 2013-09-12
I love Tales games, but why do they always have to have these crappy 'cute' characters? Teepo, Mieu, Coda, fuck these guys.

I read a little bit about Teepo before playing the game and thought he could be a promising character, but then I got the game and he opened his mouth for the first time.

klingerbgoode - 2013-09-12
Also thanks for the info on Valkyria Chronicles, I just started playing that for the first time last night. Saddened to hear it falls prey to this trope, but glad to know it gets better.

Nominal - 2013-09-12
The last Tales game I tried was Tales of Symphonia for gamecube. The plot was clicheville and the combat just seemed like a dumbed down 1D version of Star Ocean 2.

Have they improved since then?

Kid Fenris - 2013-09-12
Yes and no. The battle systems get better with each game, and I really like the team-up attacks in Xillia. The level design varies a bit; Xillia, for example, is really light on puzzles compared to Symphonia.

Story-wise, it's about the same. Tales games always were hackneyed (and I say this as someone who likes most of the numbered Final Fantasies), and I think Xillia's a good deal more incoherent than Symphonia was. Fans seem to like 'em for the character interaction more than anything.

But I'm not a huge fan of the series. Tales games are sorta the anime-RPGs of anime-RPGs; not terrible, but never all that involving. I'm trying out Xillia now, and it seems that for every enjoyable element there's something boring to counter it.

RocketBlender - 2013-09-13
I absolutely love the series, despite the fact that I really should hate it for all accounts. It's kind of odd how this series works out for me. The visuals are nice, the game gives you a reason to look up from the minimap and explore, I personally find the battles very fun and a step up from Star Ocean (you have to turn the system to full manual to get the most out of it though), but some of the anime tropes are intolerable. Xillia can be especially painful at times because the goth girl with the bazongas obsessed doll is easily the game's best healer, making it next to impossible to leave her behind.

RocketBlender - 2013-09-13
Klinger, I'm happy to say that fucking pig really does go away rather fast. The thing that really pissed me off about it was that it shows up in what would be one of the darker, more interesting and humanizing parts of the entire game, were it not there. I can only assume Sega did it to 'lighten the mood' for younger audiences or something. Still a great game though.

If you want a tip, scouts and gunners are the way to go, in terms of experience spending. Every class gets an upgrade at a certain point, and those two get some REALLY useful stuff when it hits.

klingerbgoode - 2013-09-13
Go Teepo!
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I must say, Xillia is not the best Tales game, but I'm still getting a real kick out of it. Awesome battle system, for sure.

RocketBlender - 2013-09-13
It's one of the best battle systems in the series, hands down, and I really like the way you can customize and level your characters, and the fact that they have special abilities (Milla's system of having two ways to use each spell makes her very versatile) but yeah, the characters themselves aren't so great.

I think Vesperia was my favorite in terms of story and character. The dog that had a crackpipe was actually halfway cool as far as token sentient animal/thing characters go, the plot was marginally less predictable, and the kid could easily be put on the sidelines the whole game.

And yeah, Elise drove me fucking nuts after a while, the the exact reason you mentioned. Same thing with Leia, she was so useful to have in your party if you want to farm items to level up your merchants (a quick aqua sweep with Jude and stealing was a breeze), but that didn't mean I had to like her.

At least the game has Rowen. He's easily my favorite.

Kid Fenris - 2013-09-12
At first I wondered if "bazongas" was some coincidentally made-up term, since Tales games love to go on about their blast caliber exspheres generating bodhi blastia for those swordian reconst flavo-fives.

But nope!
Vaidency - 2013-09-12
Well, at least there were no obvious translational or grammatical errors.

Anime dialogue is improving!
Caminante Nocturno - 2013-09-12
A man who fears his passions is no man at all.
Nikon - 2013-09-12
Insightful as always, Cam.

StanleyPain - 2013-09-12
Says the man who hates great bazongas.

Nikon - 2013-09-12
I like smaller bazongas.

Caminante Nocturno - 2013-09-12
Flat bazongas are still bazongas, damn it!

Nikon - 2013-09-12
It's really a shame they won't release these with dual audio.
klingerbgoode - 2013-09-13
Next year they're re-releasing Symphonia 1&2 in HD on PS3 with dual audio, so that's a start?

The God of Biscuits - 2013-09-13
Sideburn mustache.
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