FIRST TIME ON STEAM – Based on the PlayStation®3 port of the original GameCube game, this RPG classic is finally available for PC.
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Release Date: Feb 1, 2016

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April 27

Tales of Symphonia Patch Notes - April 27th, 2016

Hello Tales of Symphonia players! A new update is live featuring a handful of fixes. See below for the full list. And thank you again for your support of Tales of Symphonia!

Cheers,
-Bandai Namco Community Team

  • Remote Island Ranch did not allow players using Genis to successfully activate the sorcerers ring to change directions during the cart puzzle.
  • Fixed crash at Welgaia when receiving the Chipped Dagger.
  • Fixed game becoming unresponsive if game pad was unplugged during movement.
  • Audio will now save based on the last save slot loaded.
  • Sound Test should now be present on the main menu at all times if the last game a player loaded was NG+
  • Blurriness double checked to ensure there were no left over instances of FXAA. Post texture shaders were updated from linear, back to point.
  • Updated credits.
  • Various localization and corrupt text fixes throughout the game.

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About This Game

THE EPIC BATTLE FOR SURVIVAL

In a dying world, legend has it that a Chosen One will one day rise from amongst the people and the land will be reborn. The line between good and evil blurs in this epic adventure where the fate of two interlocked worlds hangs in the balance.

AN EPIC ADVENTURE – Over 80 hours of gameplay in this epic, emotionally charged storyline.

REAL-TIME 3D BATTLE SYSTEM – Experience the fierce, action-packed battle system. Combine hundreds of special attacks and magic spells.

A CLASSIC ART STYLE LIVES ON – Become absorbed in endearing cel-shaded characters designed by renowned artist Kosuke Fujishima

FIRST TIME ON STEAM – Based on the PlayStation®3 port of the original GameCube game, this RPG classic is finally available for PC.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista 32/64
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+, 2.6GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 8800GT / ATI Radeon HD 4830
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Gamepad support
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 (x64) / Windows 8 (x64)
    • Processor: Intel Core i3-530, 2.93 GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 940, 3.0GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti / AMD Radeon HD 7850
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Gamepad support
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Sayonara..i hate programming
11.0 hrs
Posted: August 30
Great game.
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God Emperor Doom
6.0 hrs
Posted: August 28
The SNES classic comes to Steam, if you liked Battletoads vs Double Dragon, or Mega Man X2 you should definitely get this game.

Pros:

-Action based combat, you can cast spells and attack blobs in top hats in lightning fast real time battles

-Tons of content, after you murder the entire first planet, there is an entire second planet to murder it's like Might and Magic: World of Xeen, but with more waifu and lolis

-Super high intensity thematic cooking system, I have no idea what it actually does but it's there

-Your attacks evolve with use, like if you stab a defenseless bear cub 50 times, your attack will level up and shoot out laser beasts

Cons:

-The best character in the game is Gimli, if Gimli was a loli with pink hair...problem is you don't get Gimli until you are like almost done with the game, which sucks because Gimli is badass.

-This ties into the first con most of the characters are whiny losers with no jobs, shady pasts, or are outright ♥♥♥♥♥s/criminals. There aren't enough wholesome Christian characters in this game aside from a literally ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ angel.

-I found a skeleton in one of the early level dungeons and it destroyed my party so badly that the game uninstalled itself.
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Smucx
131.4 hrs
Posted: August 28
Still holds up after 130 hours of gameplay. And this time to twist things up i played with one of my friends who had never played this game before. I loved to hear him speculate about the story and what was about to happen. It really brought back memories from my first time through.
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Kraegor
6.2 hrs
Posted: August 27
Still fun on the PC
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TR2Rise
77.6 hrs
Posted: August 26
Product received for free
Every bit as classic as advertised

This game has been described in the past using such fine adjectives as "Amazing", "Groundbreaking", "Engaging", "Enthralling" among others and I'm pleased to report that a cool twelve (12) years later, these sentiments still hold true. It's no wonder Tales of Symphonia (TOS) has made the rounds from the Nintendo GameCube circa 2004, to the PlayStation2, PlayStation3 (bundled with Dawn of the New World sequel) and now PC. The latter's launch day state was actually quite atrocious with the nasty DRM that impacted performance negatively regardless of system builds which has since been killed off and blurry visuals that can now be fixed and spruced up using Kaldaien's TSFix Mod (links to which are available on the Steam forums).

This is just as well since TOS' story isn't one to be missed. In a nutshell, you play the unassuming Lloyd Irving, a boy of uncertain parentage who finds himself embroiled in an adventure involving the fate of worlds. Trying really hard here to keep story discussion to a minimum since going any further than that sentence will really mess up certain twists that you really need to experience first-hand. Let's just say that these twists are executed masterfully, the pacing is excellent and by the time you get to the end, the story is given a sense of closure that you do not see often.

If you are familiar with the old-school game-play mechanics from previous Tales games then you should be comfortable with this entry. Combat on a 2D plane that is real-time with special attacks and passive skills thrown in for good measure. In the beginning, these passive skills (referred to as "Compound EX" skills in-game) can be somewhat obtuse in their setup, but when you link them up right to feed into your characters' strengths, their stat boosts can end up being incredibly awesome.... and a lifesaver.

Speaking of characters. TOS has a pretty diverse cast that in some ways epitomizes typical JRPG tropes, but these are offset by the great story. In my play-through, I did manage to unlock every party member possible, but there IS the possibility on missing out on a certain magic user so paying attention to story beats is critical.

Now, audio. Sound effects are run of the mill (might be the age of the game), but the music stands the test of time and is quite frankly appropriate in most scenes.

In conclusion some quick points. First; yes, there is a NewGame+ available using your game completion data, certain side quests that may have been missed can then be completed. Second; a music player will be unlocked at the end of the first play through. Third; due to the combat's fast paced nature and the volume of info shown on the screen, players who are visually impaired may find it difficult to really appreciate this aspect. So, for them, finding a comfortable resolution to play at including enlarging game text would be a big help. The mod comes to its own in this regard opening up more resolution options and cleaning up visuals.

And with that. Go. Get. This. Game. NOW!
PS: If still in doubt at least consider it on the next sale.

Thanks for stopping by.
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I, Potato
0.7 hrs
Posted: August 24
Don't be fooled by my 0.7 hours; I've beaten the original Gamecube version, and I can definitively say that this is my #1 favorite game. From the characters, to the art style, to the music, to the gameplay, to the story, this game gets everything right.

Except controls. Use a controller and JoyToKey, 'cause keyboard controls for this game are wack.

"Favorite game" is completely subjective, so I can't promise you'll like this game, but at least try it for yourself.
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Haro
4.7 hrs
Posted: August 23
A little difficult to get some of the controls down, but overall an awesome adventure. The graphics are a little on the downside, but the story is great. You will literally spend hours playing this game, because of how long the story is, and that's a good thing.
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Suiton
107.3 hrs
Posted: August 22
More jrpgs on steam!

This is a port of the Chronicles version of Tales of Symphonia, which itself is an enhanced version of the PS2 Tales of Symphonia. This means all of the extra content that the Gamecube version didn't have is in this port.

There were a lot of problems when this game first launched on PC, as one can see from the currently "mixed" reviews. A majority of the issues have either gotten official fixes, or are fixed by using mods located on Steam.

Pros;
+A good 100+ hours of content for a decent price.
+An additional change for this version is that some bosses have additional abilities and better AI on harder difficulties, rather than having a simple stat modifier.
+Tales of Symphonia. On Steam!

Cons;
-Having to rely on a mod to fix some basic issues.
-Very, very jank movement.

If you've been on the edge of getting this game because of issues you've heard of from when it launched, get it! They've all been resolved and this game is an absolute steal at $20.
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Awmnosty
482.3 hrs
Posted: August 22
This was my favorite game as a kid and it is just as great as I remember. It has a great story, amazing characters and catchy music. There are differernt endings and tons of replay content. You can also play as a bunch of different characters on your team which keeps it more interesting.

One of the achievements is still bugged which I was bummed out about because it is for my favorite character - but hopefully they will fix it with the next patch.
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Lynnea
30.6 hrs
Posted: August 22
One of my favorite games of all time. For $20, you get well over 100 hours of gameplay. I haven't beaten it yet on the PC, but I've beaten it six times on the Gamecube. The story is really good with lots of unexpected surprises and the soundtrack is pretty good too. I know this review is pretty basic; I hate writing. I couldn't live with myself if I didn't promote this game though.

EDIT: I recommend playing with a controller as the keyboard controls are pretty weird from what I hear.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
For me, from the very start this one worked like a charm. And even tough the game aged a lot it still delivers great story, great characters with decent enough combat mechanics. Also it is rather long kourney. Only downside for me is lack od sequel which was included on PS3
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
73.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
If your willing to do some leg work to fix a few of the issues, Tales of Symphonia remains one of the best games of all time. The battle system is revolutionary in the genre, and makes all the difference by making combat one of the most interesting aspects of the game, even when facing off against weaker monsters. This makes grinding fun, rather than a chore. Add to that an amazing story that uses the art style to present a simple fantasy story, before moving into something far, far darker. Playing with themes like discrimination, as well as multiple worlds, the mythology behing the franchise, subtle nods to other games from it, this is one of the most story-rich games of all time, and it has an insanely great gameplay style, as with all of the Tales games. I still prefer Abyss, but would reccomend Tales of Symphonia as the best starting point in the series, and to move to Abyss and Vesperia from there, both of which offer similar experiences, of differing quality.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Product received for free
I got this for free with Tales Of Zestiria. Yes, the game was buggy at first, but now, it's completely fixed and it looks and plays amazing.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
62.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
Must-play for any fan of JRPG. All is perfect. With me, Tale of Symphonia, Final Fantasy X and Valkyria Chronicles is best JRPG in my life. Don't wait for sale, let buy it, play and feeling. Trust me, period time you sticking with this game will be one of the most wonderful period in your life.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
The story is glacially paced and the combat is clunky and unremarkable, but really you're here for the anime, demon fang, hot springs scenes, and Casio-tastic Motoi Sakuraba soundtrack.

Ymir fruit.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
77.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
Product received for free
Every bit as classic as advertised

This game has been described in the past using such fine adjectives as "Amazing", "Groundbreaking", "Engaging", "Enthralling" among others and I'm pleased to report that a cool twelve (12) years later, these sentiments still hold true. It's no wonder Tales of Symphonia (TOS) has made the rounds from the Nintendo GameCube circa 2004, to the PlayStation2, PlayStation3 (bundled with Dawn of the New World sequel) and now PC. The latter's launch day state was actually quite atrocious with the nasty DRM that impacted performance negatively regardless of system builds which has since been killed off and blurry visuals that can now be fixed and spruced up using Kaldaien's TSFix Mod (links to which are available on the Steam forums).

This is just as well since TOS' story isn't one to be missed. In a nutshell, you play the unassuming Lloyd Irving, a boy of uncertain parentage who finds himself embroiled in an adventure involving the fate of worlds. Trying really hard here to keep story discussion to a minimum since going any further than that sentence will really mess up certain twists that you really need to experience first-hand. Let's just say that these twists are executed masterfully, the pacing is excellent and by the time you get to the end, the story is given a sense of closure that you do not see often.

If you are familiar with the old-school game-play mechanics from previous Tales games then you should be comfortable with this entry. Combat on a 2D plane that is real-time with special attacks and passive skills thrown in for good measure. In the beginning, these passive skills (referred to as "Compound EX" skills in-game) can be somewhat obtuse in their setup, but when you link them up right to feed into your characters' strengths, their stat boosts can end up being incredibly awesome.... and a lifesaver.

Speaking of characters. TOS has a pretty diverse cast that in some ways epitomizes typical JRPG tropes, but these are offset by the great story. In my play-through, I did manage to unlock every party member possible, but there IS the possibility on missing out on a certain magic user so paying attention to story beats is critical.

Now, audio. Sound effects are run of the mill (might be the age of the game), but the music stands the test of time and is quite frankly appropriate in most scenes.

In conclusion some quick points. First; yes, there is a NewGame+ available using your game completion data, certain side quests that may have been missed can then be completed. Second; a music player will be unlocked at the end of the first play through. Third; due to the combat's fast paced nature and the volume of info shown on the screen, players who are visually impaired may find it difficult to really appreciate this aspect. So, for them, finding a comfortable resolution to play at including enlarging game text would be a big help. The mod comes to its own in this regard opening up more resolution options and cleaning up visuals.

And with that. Go. Get. This. Game. NOW!
PS: If still in doubt at least consider it on the next sale.

Thanks for stopping by.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
84.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Teen Titan GO!'s Robin (great voice acting by all) - Yes!

Dark, churning and turning, grisly storyline based on the best and worst of humanity - Yes!

Tons and tons of stuff to do, making you wish you went in with a FAQ on hand at the get-go, but also making you want another playthrough just to see the charm you missed out on - Yes!

Don't let the cute fool you. Behind the charming exterior lies a deep involved and convoluted Tale that only this series can deliver and follows through on everytime.

This game is the dark. Namco/Bandai has proven itself to be my new favorite JRPG storytelling publisher, surpassing even the mighty Square/Enix in my mind. Fearless, they tread where others won't dare. Heck, look at their Dark Souls series and fanbase as proof of fact.

I loved this game. Beat it 2 days ago and it still resonates with me. Halfway through I started peeking at the FAQ and realized I should have went in with it at the start but missing a few scenes and such didn't detract from my experience, although I HIGHLY recommend following a FAQ or guide to help you see and do everything you can.

I have had Zestiria and this sitting in my library for months. My time and responsibilities limit play time but I am so looking forward to this as well:

Tales of Beseria
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EKKW2g1gP0

Can't wait to find time to plow through Zestiria!

9/10 - Would play through again but I have other 'Tales' to attend to.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
110.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
After watching the short anime based on this game, I "fell in love" with the "Tales Of" Series and always wanted to get into the games of that series. Thus, after playing Tales of Zestiria (which I also liked overall), I was SO HAPPY to see this game make it to PC (as I never played the original game due to not owning a GameCube at that time). Thus, after finishing the story mode yesterday, in short:

Pros:
1. Beautiful Soundtracks (definitely the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about this game).
2. Loveable characters, each with his/her own personality and backstory.
3. The fact that you can play as multiple characters (not just stuck with Lloyd).
4. Cool game mechanics (much more simplified than Tales of Zestiria's seemingly "complex" stats/items system).
5. Multiple areas with different landscapes/music to mix things up (so you never get tired of the same place/music).
6. The story itself is very "charming" and the backstories of all other playable characters are very interesting as well.

Cons:
1. 30 FPS. Now, as someone who never played the original game (which played at 60 FPS), I wasn't really "bothered" by playing this game at 30 FPS, but if you are a returning player who played the original games (or someone who really values high settings and playing games at 60 FPS), I can see why being "locked" to 30 FPS can be bothering to some people. But honestly, it wasn't game-breaking and the game still felt "fluid" overall nonetheless.

2. The "illusion" of a choice when answering a question. You see, whether on the world map or during certain parts of the story, you will be asked a question and will have to decide between 2 answers. The sad thing is that, no matter which answer you go for, the RESULT IS SAME with only a slight change to the "dialogue" on the basis of your choice (but nothing affecting the story really). I find that slightly disappointing as, imagine if each choice mattered and that each choice could lead to a different scenario/ending, not only that would let the player feel more responsible and involved in the story, but it would also increase the "replayability" of the game as well. Oh well not a big deal honestly though...

3. As someone who watched the "anime" version of this game, comparing both stories and the different "events" in each story, I feel the anime did a better job in "most" of the areas in which it differed from the game (not all but most parts IMO). That's NOT to say that the story of the game is "bad or inferior", absolutely NOT! I'm just saying that I felt more "engrossed/attached" to the anime's story (which did a better job in making you feel more attached to each character, especially their backstories) as compared to the game's method of handling those backstories and certain events, but still, even then, the game's story was GREAT in the big picture nonetheless.

Final Rating: Despite those 3 Cons, I can confidently say that those cons were "immaterial" to the my enjoyment of this game in the big picture and so, my final score for this game is definitely a 10/10! AMAZING GAME! LOVED IT! :D
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
482.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
This was my favorite game as a kid and it is just as great as I remember. It has a great story, amazing characters and catchy music. There are differernt endings and tons of replay content. You can also play as a bunch of different characters on your team which keeps it more interesting.

One of the achievements is still bugged which I was bummed out about because it is for my favorite character - but hopefully they will fix it with the next patch.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
A little difficult to get some of the controls down, but overall an awesome adventure. The graphics are a little on the downside, but the story is great. You will literally spend hours playing this game, because of how long the story is, and that's a good thing.
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