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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.


Tales of the Abyss PlayStation 2 It's so dark
Tales of the Abyss PlayStation 2 Ah! Uh! Eh!
Tales of the Abyss PlayStation 2 It's so green
Tales of the Abyss PlayStation 2 So many trees, tehee

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews PlayStation 2 Sep 25, 2008 91 out of 100 91 Nintendo 3DS Dec 15, 2011 87 out of 100 87 Nintendo 3DS Nov 30, 2011 16 out of 20 80 Nintendo 3DS Nov 25, 2011 8 out of 10 80
HonestGamers PlayStation 2 Dec 02, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Official Nintendo Magazine Nintendo 3DS Nov 25, 2011 79 out of 100 79
JeuxActu Nintendo 3DS Dec 06, 2011 15 out of 20 75
Meristation Nintendo 3DS Nov 30, 2011 7.5 out of 10 75
Worth Playing PlayStation 2 Oct 16, 2006 7.2 out of 10 72
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Nov, 2006 7.25 out of 10 72


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