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May 27th, 2022, 12:51
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The Tales Series: Where to Start?

As one of the longest-running RPG franchises, the Tales series has had an amazing evolution over the years. When Tales of Phantasia released in Japan in 1995, no one knew it would become as influential as it has, and enjoy longstanding growth for over 27 years. As of 2022, the mothership series has spanned seventeen games that have constantly kept it fresh, while a number of spin-offs and mobile titles - generally designated as "escort" games - have given fans plenty of additional content to enjoy. On top of the game releases, there have been anime, manga, and CD dramas, as well as frequent character polls to keep the franchise well within the public eye.

The Tales series has a few distinct trappings that keep people coming back. By and large, every game features a delightful cast of characters and villains, characters have great chemistry, and action combat slaps. While not every game is equal in these elements, they are the core of what gives the Tales series so much impact. The base Linear Motion Battle System (LMBS) transforms with each game, and over the years there's certainly been some unique experimentation. The core themes the series likes to explore include coexistence between different races, parallel worlds, racism, and even classism. Although high fantasy has been the primary backdrop for many of the games, the series has created numerous worlds and considered technological advances to allow the writers to truly explore these themes to their fullest.

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May 27th, 2022, 12:57
Used to be my favorite RPG's with Final Fantasy on the PS1 and PS2. Sadly I got older and my tastes for JRPGs faded a little. Might give Arise a try based on watcher opinions.
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May 27th, 2022, 13:33
With a better series?
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May 27th, 2022, 22:24
I really wish some of the older games would make the transition over to the computer side. GoG, Steam, do your thing!

I think Symphonia will always remain my favorite in the series. And I'm probably due to replay it again soon!
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May 27th, 2022, 22:47
I've played several, but I can only think of one I might choose to play in 2022: Tales of Vesperia.
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