Tales series started with Tales of Phantasia in 1995 for the Super Famicom. Since then the franchise grows rapidly and spans into sixteen main titles. It is surprising that the series released steadily in North America, although Western fans have to deal with larger release gaps and even missing games altogether. So in this list are the 7 Tales series games that we missed due to the exclusive release for Japan only.
1. Tales of Destiny 2 (PlayStation Portable, PlayStation, PlayStation 2)
Tales of Destiny 2 (the name also used for translated version of Tales of Eternia) is the fourth mothership title in the Tales series. This Japanese RPG was co-developed by Wolfteam and Telenet Japan in 2001 for PlayStation 2. Tales of Destiny 2 is the sequel of Tales of Destiny that was released in PlayStation few years back. And as usual, Tales of Destiny 2 adapts the Linear Motion Battle system.
The story begins with Kyle, the main protagonist and son of the hero of the previous game embarking on a journey to save the orphanage that his parents run from financial ruin. During his quest, he finds a giant Lens, from which a mysterious girl named Reala emerges and said to be in search of a hero. Knowing his heroic bloodline from his parents, Kyle helps Reala to prove his capability.
2. Tales of Rebirth (PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2)
Tales of Rebirth is a Japanese RPG released for the PlayStation 2 on December 16, 2004 in Japan. This game is the sixth main entry of the Tales series which was developed by Namco Tales Studio and published by Namco Games. The game was re-released on PlayStation Portable on March 19, 2008.
Tales of Rebirth set in a world populated by humans (Huma) and beast people (Gajuma), follows the adventures of Veigue Lungberg, a human whose friend Claire Bennett is kidnapped by agents of Agarte, heir to the throne of the kingdom of Karegia. Setting out to rescue Claire, Veigue and those who join him becomes entangled in escalating racial conflicts consuming the land.
3. Tales of the Tempest (DS)
Tales of the Tempest is an action RPG developed by Dimps and Namco Tales Studio, and published by Bandai Namco Games for the Nintendo DS exclusive in Japan. The game is a spin-off “escort” title of the Tales series and was released on October 26, 2006. The game makes use of the Tales series’ recurring Linear Motion Battle System with the characters and actions controlled by the DS screen.
The game follows Caius Qualls, a Leymon (race of werewolf-like shape-shifters who are persecuted for previous disastrous abuse of their advanced technology) who also have a human blood. With his guardian and parents taken prisoner by the church authorities, he sets out on a quest with other outcasts to save them and overthrow the church’s oppressive regime.
4. Tales of Innocence (DS, PlayStation Vita)
Tales of Innocence is an action RPG developed and released for Nintendo DS and PlayStation Vita in December 2007. The game is the ninth main installment in the Tales series, and was developed by Alfa System and published by Bandai Namco Games. A remake for the PlayStation Vita developed by 7th Chord, Tales of Innocence R was released in January 2012.
The game focus on Luca, a merchant’s son who encounters a fugitive named Illia. In rescuing her, he discovers that he has inherited supernatural powers from his past life. He teams up with Illia and multiple others who have gained similar powers from the past life. The group becomes involved in the wars consuming the world, along with events pertaining with their past lives and the world’s future.
5. Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2 (PlayStation Portable)
Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2 is the fifth entry in the Tales of the World series and the second entry in Radiant Mythology series. Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2’s characteristic genre name is RPG for Your Sake. Like other games in the series, it features a group of characters from previous Tales games. The game was released exclusively in Japan on January 29, 2009.
6. Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 3 (PlayStation Portable)
Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2 is the sixth entry in the Tales of the World series and the third entry in Radiant Mythology series. Like most of the Tales series games, the game is only available in Japanese and like other games in the series it features a group of characters from various Tales games.
7. Tales of the Heroes: Twin Brave (PlayStation Portable)
Tales of the Heroes: Twin Brave is an action game in the Tales series which was published by Bandai Namco Games and released for the PlayStation Portable in Japan on February 23, 2012. The game is considered a spin-off and plays similarly to the Dynasty Warriors series. The premise of the games is to control characters from past Tales series games, and use them to fight large waves of enemies.
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Tales series games are always fun to play and interesting in terms of the battle system. The reccuring Linear Motion Battle System is the main selling point and the team keeps trying to improve it from time to time. Unfortunately, those games above are not available outside Japan so you will never have the English translation. But still, I want to try playing Tales of Destiny 2 for all its charms.
Which one is your favorite Tales series game from the list? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.