Tales of Phantasia

Information:

  • Review Date: June 29, 2021
  • Release Date: December 15, 1995
  • Platform: SNES
  • Publisher: Namco
  • Developer: Namco
  • Genre: RPG

Description: Taken straight from tvtropes.org: The story begins when best friends Cress Albane and Chester Burklight return from a hunting trip to find that┬átheir entire village has been destroyed, and their families slaughtered. That’s as far as I got. I’ve barely scratched the surface of this game.

Positives: The battle screen has a bit of a spatial component to it. Cress can run up to enemies and slash them, sometimes even hitting two at once. Cress also moves quickly on the map screen.

The game does a good job of guiding me where I need to go. I didn’t feel lost, but I did feel that the open field to the north of the first town may have done that.

Negatives: Nothing exciting happened while I played. Maybe the game picks up later on, but I never felt anything that made me want to keep playing.

Screenshots:

??? had a tough time here, but so did ???.
Wait, what?
I assume these are the statues?
That works for me. I won’t go near anyone under 30.
The reflection in the water is a nice touch.

Final Opinion: The gameplay had a decent concept, but absolutely nothing really drew me in.

Progress: Early on, first town just got attacked

Grade: C

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