Wolf Team / Namco Tales Studio Tales of Phantasia

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This version of Tales of Phantasia is a mix of both SNES and PSX versions. There are many features from both the PSX version in the SNES graphic package!

Overall

The music is amazingly rich for a GBA game and the graphics are above par. The characters are diverse and add a bit of comic relief to the story.

Gameplay

The two different versions have influenced the gameplay as Klarth can summon both Chameleon and Pluto, the character sprites. These skills are taken from the PSX version. The game also includes side quests that didn't appear in previous versions.

The character list grows as you unravel the complex story. Tales of Phantasia is a lot like the older Final Fantasy games as you walk around the map very quickly. Most towns are within easy reach and this keeps the story moving at a reasonable clip.

Throughout your quest, you will accumulate a diverse team including a summoner, ninja, mage, and archer.

Controls

The controls are a bit hard to master but the intuitive real-time aspect is different from most GBA games. Because of the control pad, the player has to firmly press a direction to make sure that they will execute the proper move. However, the skill selection is easy to set and has been a staple of "Tales" games.

Character Equipment

Character equipment is another important aspect of the game. As the player advances throughout the journey, weapons, armor, shields, wands, books, and about everything else can be bought. This is simplified with a green or red arrow on each character's picture. When it is green, the item is better than what they are currently using. If it is red, then you shouldn't buy it. You can develop very different characters by your gameplay in real-time battles, as this will effect which weapons you will buy.

Final Comments

Bottom line, the game is a lot of fun and will keep you playing until the end. Cress (a young swordsman) and the gang supply a different and entertaining installment to the "Tales" series.

Official website can be found at http://www.fantasyanime.com/legacy/top.htm.
Keywords: heroic battle, warriors, tales, swordsman, revenge, villager
Sound & Graphics Excellent
Entertainment Value Very Good
Approx. Retail Price $25 to $35
Genre (e.g. Action, Adventure) Adventure, RPG
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