16-Bit Plot: Review of “Tales Of Phantasia”

September 14, 2009

Title Screen

Title Screen of Tales of Phantasia

Tales of Phantasia for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System is an immersive RPG that has addicting gameplay with a fantastic story that will keep you hooked. Originally released for the SNES in 1995, this was the first of the Tales RPG Series and was later remade into three different systems.

The plots concept is simple: A group of people heads out to explore the world to and destroy an evil man with unstoppable magic powers. You control a fresh-faced swordsman named Cress Albane whose parents and entire village are murdered by a mysterious man in black. Simple, right? As you advance along the storyline you meet up with other characters, these range from your best buddy to a female Half-Elf with a broom.

Battle Time!

Battle Time!

Like  most RPGs, all battles are random encounters, so be prepared to feel a little frustrated when you can’t walk two steps without bumping into a roving gang of monsters. The battles are easy to get into, the A Button attacks, B uses a skill you’ve equipped, and the X Button brings up your battle menu. A couple of problems is are that sometimes you feel like there’s some sort of delay which allows you to get hit repeatedly. Also, if you happen to become unconscious, you have a brief moment of time to revive yourself before your team literally falls apart and loses the entire battle. Even if you managed to revive yourself, it still takes an agonizingly long time to get you back into the game.

You can’t really expect much from an SNES game, but the graphics are on par with any RPG out there. For Sound, things are truly different; there is are actual voices in this game, which unfortunately due to the SNES’s technical limitations, sound like a garbled Japanese mess. However you CAN turn off the voices and just make your own commentary.

Since ToP was a Japan-only title, it was only a matter of time before fans would make an English translation, and this was done by none other than DeJap. Their translation work is nothing short of fantastic, and it really brings to light a couple of things about Japan-only games: They curse a lot.Now, we’re not talking about the occasional “Damn” here and there, we’re talking about using the words “Fuck” in many ways. Aside from the potty-mouthing, it is a great translation and it’s no wonder that DeJap is widely known for their translation efforts.

Overall, this makes a great game to play if you’ve got some free time or if you’re an avid RPG lover. Even if you’re not really into translated games, I highly recommend this to anyone to try this out.

Score: 4/5


One comment

  1. This one is actually sitting on my PSP! Love 16-bit sprites!

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