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Tales of the Abyss

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Nintendo 3DS
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Tales of the Abyss is the story of Luke fon Fabre's unintentional journey outside of his mansion, which he has been locked inside of for the last several years, since he was found in an abandoned castle after an kidnapping attempt, with no recollection of his past. Luke soon uncovers a plot to destroy the world as he knows it, and he and his ever expanding party of comrades (including a fire spewing mouse-thing named Mieu) must help to unite two kingdoms, and settle on the matter of his own identity before the world comes to an end.

ToA uses the same basic combat engine as its predecessors. The battles takes place on a pseudo-2D fighting ground that resembles the surrounding wilderness. You can set your party members to an AI controlled setting or give commands to each one by cycling through them in battle. This style can be somewhat of a hassle for those RPG fans who are used to the Final Fantasy style of combat, and it takes some getting used to even for Tales series veterans.

The way the rest of the game plays is similar to that of traditional RPGS: you and your party go through many different towns, explore lots of dungeons, and explore. The exploration is done via the World Map screen, which is an isometric view that follows your character around as you move.


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Alternate Titles

  • "テイルズ オブ ジ アビス" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says Nintendo 3DS Jan 04, 2012 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
HonestGamers PlayStation 2 Dec 02, 2011 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Oct 10, 2006 7.9 out of 10 79
Official Nintendo Magazine Nintendo 3DS Nov 25, 2011 79 out of 100 79
Jeux Vidéo Network Nintendo 3DS Jan 09, 2012 15 out of 20 75
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Nintendo 3DS Sep 11, 2011 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Nintendo 3DS Nov 28, 2011 7 out of 10 70
IGN Nintendo 3DS Jan 09, 2012 7 out of 10 70
RPG Site Nintendo 3DS Jan 18, 2012 7 out of 10 70
God is a Geek Nintendo 3DS Dec 06, 2011 7 out of 10 70


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