IGN: Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of New World Review

The real-time battle system is fun, but slogging through hours and hours of awkward dialogue in an on-rails undertaking isn't. Dawn's visuals are sufficient, but don't look like anything that couldn't have been done on the GameCube. Being the only RPG on the Wii's horizon, this doesn't feel like a relief -- it feels rather depressing.

Presentation - 6.5
Graphics - 7.0
Sound - 5.5
Gameplay - 6.5
Lasting Appeal - 7.0
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infamous_273683d ago

but this game was my only reason to play my Wii again... well, i'm still gonna buy it!

PistolPumptMonk3683d ago

Man I really enjoyed the first one on the cube... its a shame this one just looks like a quick cash in on a great RPG series...

Captain_Sony3683d ago

It looks better than the first one. What you have to look at is that not only did this guy not play the first one, he does not like Jrpg's in general.

TruthbeTold3683d ago (Edited 3683d ago )

This game was made for those who played the original, and those who read the story after the fact. Since the reviewer never played the original, it says alot about how the game fits in quality-wise in the grand scheme of things, but on the flip side of the coin, he could never understand much of the allusion to the original that plays such a huge role. If you loved the first one, you'll like this one. Though everyone will have their individual issues regarding little things here and there that have been changed. It's no original ToS, but it's what you've been waiting for in most of the ways that matter. That's my opinion anyway.

Mahr3683d ago

"The long-running "Tales" series of Japanese role-playing games (JRPG) has a rabid fanbase – but for newcomers to the series, it's hard to see why. Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World is a run of the mill, standard JRPG without a single original idea in its head. Sullen country boy with a bad haircut destined to save the world? Check. An awkwardly translated, incomprehensible story? Check. Monster hunting? Check. This entire package -- from the story to the gameplay to the visuals -- feels like a relic we should have grown out of by now."

The reviewer and I must be of different tastes, because that's pretty much exactly how I like my RPGs.

tippygip3683d ago

Thats nice that you guys are going to play it, still doesn't change the fact that it's not a high quality game. I haven't played it but I' thinking this game probably got the score it deserved since we've seen a million other rpgs with the same problems.

Mahr3683d ago

Like I said, what you call problems, I call a good time. Cheesy music? No random encounters? Requisite of having played other games in the series? All of those are pluses in my eyes. Convoluted, nearly incomprehensible story? Excellent. The way I see it, the more convoluted a story is, the better.

ChickeyCantor3682d ago (Edited 3682d ago )

"An awkwardly translated, incomprehensible story?"

Actually GT thinks its a well written story...

"still doesn't change the fact that it's not a high quality game"

You are so full of it.
Would your mindset towards this be any different if this wasn't the IGN but the GT review? since they gave it a 7.8?

GT already said that the story is actually written very well.
And by the looks of it it has better animations and a cleaner look to it.

While is still uses the base elements of the first series, i really don't see how this is not "quality".
Why don't you go play the series first?

tippygip3683d ago (Edited 3683d ago )

And thats fine.

You can like it but you've still got to look at it from a proper perspective and realize that just because you like it that doesn't make it a high quality game. Thats being ignorant not to acknowledge it's faults.

I had a blast playing Bad boys on the Gamecube and that game is pure garbage. While TOS2 obviously isn't as bad as that I know it probably won't be a great game either. As long as you realize that, more power to you.

Captain_Sony3683d ago

Sounds like you're the one with the issue. One bad review does not mean a game lacks quality.

Mahr3683d ago

Well, whether or not it's a great game isn't really that much of a concern to me, since greatness only means that other people recognize it as such. I don't really have the time or the money to spend on great games so much as I do for games which appeal to my tastes.

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