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RPGFan (Feb 23, 2012)
A portable version of one of the best Tales games? You'd be foolish to pass this up.
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4Players.de (Dec 15, 2011)
Tales of the Abyss ist auch auf dem 3DS ein klasse Rollenspiel in typischer Tales-Tradition, das seit seinem PS2-Debüt vor sechs Jahren kaum an Faszination eingebüßt hat - und das trotz gestrichener Koop-Funktion, fragwürdigen 3D-Effekts und fehlender Lokalisierung. Aber allein schon, dass man während des epischen Abenteuers mehrere Stunden weniger vor schwarzen Ladebildschirmen verbringt, stimmt versöhnlich. Wer das Original kennt, kann sich die inhaltsgleiche Handheld-Adaption natürlich sparen, aber alle anderen freuen sich auf eine packende Story voller Tragik, Komik und Überraschungen in einer Welt voller Geheimnisse. Klar hätte man sich für das Comeback ein paar Extras wie zusätzliche Anime-Sequenzen, vertonte Gruppendialoge, ein Schlachtfeldradar à la Star Ocean oder eine Kartenfunktion in Dungeons gewünscht, aber auch ohne jegliche Überarbeitung kann dieses Abenteuer wochenlang bestens unterhalten - und das nicht nur mangels Konkurrenz.
80
Nintendo-Online.de (Dec 05, 2011)
Nur die wenigsten Serienfans in Deutschland dürften „Tales of the Abyss“ bereits gespielt haben, weshalb die 3DS-Umsetzung gerade recht kommt. Wer sich an der englischen Sprache und zum Teil wirklich durchwachsenen Technik nicht stört, wird ein wundervolles Rollenspiel mit einem Umfang weit jenseits der 30 Stunden vorfinden. Gerade an den Ladezeiten wurde für den Nintendo 3DS deutlich geschraubt, weshalb wir euch ganz klar die Handheldfassung des Spiels empfehlen.
80
Console Obsession (Jun 26, 2012)
Tales of the Abyss may have many of the foibles of the franchise, but it nevertheless serves as a great introduction to the 3DS for the genre and is at the same time a delightful look back at the legendary JRPG series, featuring a cast of personality laden characters that rank amongst the genres best and gameplay mechanics that will be familiar to anyone that has previously embarked on a Tales adventure and for the long time fans there will be comfort in that familiarity, whilst for everyone else, it’s as good a place to start as any.
80
Jeuxpo.com (Nov 25, 2011)
Tales of the Abyss s'impose comme l'un des meilleurs volets de la série, et donc comme un très bon jeu de rôles, genre encore peu représenté sur Nintendo 3DS. Ce titre signé Namco devrait donc satisfaire les amateurs du genre, même si on pourra regretter l'absence d'une traduction française.
80
N-Europe (Dec 07, 2011)
Clocking in at more than 40 hours worth of game time, Abyss is certainly by no means going to take a short time to complete and with Grade collected throughout the first play it can be used to modify the way you play it a second time. Abyss is a perfect example of how the traditional RPG can be changed and still maintain its original charm. The free-run battle system feels more natural and the interface feels so comfortable in your hands. It offers a far more richer and immersive experience than simply flicking through a menu like you would in turn based combat and with the obvious effort that has been put in to breathe life into what on first appearances would seem to be your generic RPG characters. Abyss is a recommendation for RPG fans who fancy a change and any newcomers to the genre who can ease themselves in who are also fans of the action-adventure genre, as Abyss flawlessly integrates the two.
80
Nintendo Life (Dec 11, 2011)
The 3DS doesn’t yet offer much choice for those who favour lengthy adventures over quick-fix pick-up-and-play games. However, if you are such a person, Tales of the Abyss should quench your thirst. It might not make the best use of the 3DS’ unique visual capabilities and certain omissions might be cause for minor grumbling, but this is still a shining example of a great JRPG and one that any fans of the genre would be foolish to pass up on.
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Jeuxvideo.com (Nov 30, 2011)
En attendant de pouvoir un jour profiter d'un épisode de la saga Tales of véritablement inédit sur 3DS et spécialement développé pour cette console, ne boudons pas notre plaisir de découvrir ce Tales of the Abyss qui n'était jamais sorti en Europe dans sa version d'origine sur PS2. Certes, on regrette beaucoup que le soft n'ait pas bénéficié d'une traduction en français et que les voix anglaises soient imposées, mais il s'agit clairement d'un des volets les plus marquants de la série.
80
Pocket Gamer UK (Nov 25, 2011)
Tales of the Abyss 3DS takes the original release and betters it, with great RPG action on-the-go.
79
Enjoyable Japanese RPG that, despite the graphical overhaul, is showing its age.
75
Jeux Vidéo Network (Jan 09, 2012)
Tales of the Abyss nous embarque dans un univers solide, mais surtout il a donné naissance à des personnages. En fournissant un travail d’écriture absolument colossal, Namco Tales Studio a injecté du caractère à des protagonistes tous plus attachants les uns que les autres. Si le système de combat date un peu et si le couple réalisation/mise en scène accuse lui aussi le poids des ans, le développement de ses personnages et la richesse de leur arbre relationnel reste une référence du genre.
75
JeuxActu (Dec 06, 2011)
Coincé entre classicisme, nostalgie et sursauts de modernité plus ou moins pertinents, Tales of the Abyss version 3DS conserve ses qualités originelles et se montre même encore surprenant d'efficacité, ainsi que très agréable à parcourir. Mais certains de ses aspects vieillots et son côté « remake de la honte » risquent de le couper d'un public habitué à un peu plus de confort et de finition ; sans parler de ceux qui ont terminé la version originelle sur PlayStation 2. Bandai Namco Games a visé un peu faux dans le choix des nouveautés à apporter à une copie pourtant équilibrée. Une erreur dommageable tant il est agréable d'avoir un bon petit RPG à faire sous la couette. Tout le monde n'a pas la classe du remake de Tactics Ogre : Let Us Cling Together.
75
Meristation (Nov 30, 2011)
El maravilloso viaje de Luke fon Fabre no se nos contó en las PS2 europeas. Namco Bandai recupera Tales of the Abyss y lo acerca a 3DS con un port recortado, totalmente en inglés y con un efecto 3D meramente anecdótico. Eso sí, detrás hay un enorme J-RPG, una historia inolvidable y diversión a raudales.
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RPG Site (Jan 18, 2012)
Tales of the Abyss marks the first truly major 'proper' RPG release for the Nintendo 3DS, and whilst this is a very basic and bare-bones port of a PS2 title this sets the system's RPG library off on a good footing. Tales of the Abyss wasn't perfect back in 2005 and it's even less so now when compared to some modern gameplay titles, but it's still a fine game with charm, wit and unique ideas that make it stand out aesthetically - even if in other areas it's aged less gracefully.
70
IGN (Jan 09, 2012)
It’s impressive that Namco-Bandai has managed to port a full-sized, voice-acted Japanese RPG to the 3DS without sacrificing any of the content from the PlayStation 2 version. But it’s also a six-year-old game that hasn’t aged well in all respects, and if you’re a North American Tales fan, it’s likely to be one you’ve played before. Like all the Tales games, this is a charmer, but it probably won’t be long before it’s outdone by a game that’s actually been made for the platform.
70
God is a Geek (Dec 06, 2011)
Tales of the Abyss is a game that’s very easy to play for long periods of time without a problem. Players can wander around the world completing quests or just exploring and going back to the main storyline whenever they want to. If you’re a fan of J-RPG’s then Tales of the Abyss is one that you should be checking out for sure, the story can seem a little bit convoluted at times, and some of the character’s personalities can get a little grating, but if you manage to stick with it then you’re sure to find the experience quite rewarding.
70
Gargantuan role-player that will gain much in translation. Unless you're fluent in Japanese, hold on for its UK debut in a few months' time.
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GameSpot (Nov 28, 2011)
Despite being a rather disappointing port, Tales of the Abyss is still likable. Not much is lost by simply switching the game to 2D and appreciating it for what it is: an enjoyable handheld version of a very good Tales game that we've not seen in this region before. But for those who have already played the game on the PS2, it's harder to recommend a repeat purchase when the central new feature actively makes the game worse. Nonetheless, it's an enjoyable, engrossing RPG with plenty of content and is worth a look if you've never played it before.