Tales series is a game franchise started with Tales of Phantasia in 1995 for the Super Famicom. Until today, the Tales series spans into sixteen main titles, with several spin-off games including manga and anime series. Among the many main titles, there are some who are more superior to the other, story wise. So without further ado, here are the top 7 Tales series games with the best storyline you must play.
7. Tales of Phantasia (iOS, Game Boy Advance, SNES, PlayStation, PlayStation Portable)
Tales of Phantasia is the first installment of the Tales series which was released in 1995. Firstly made for SNES, Tales of Phantasia successfully caught the attention of gamer. Not long after its release, Tales of Phantasia became popular and was known for a unique kind of RPG which can push the classic console to the limit. The popularity made the developer of this game decided to re-port it in later console.
The story begins with a battle of the four heroes with the evil Dhaos. They actually won the battle, but unfortunately Dhaos has succeeded to escape through time. Then another four unknown heroes succeeded to seal Dhaos using mysterious pendants. Cress Albane and his companions are the next heroes who bear the burden to defeat Dhaos once again.
6. Tales of Graces F (Wii, PlayStation 3)
Tales of Graces is a Japanese RPG released for the Wii on December 10, 2009 in Japan. This game was a core product of the Tales series and was developed by Namco Tales Studio. On December 2, 2010 Tales of Graces was ported (under the title of Tales of Graces F) to PlayStation 3 in Japan. Tales of Graces is the twelfth mothership title in the Tales series.
Tales of Graces takes place in a world known as Ephinea and follow Asbel Lhant, the main protagonist. During his childhood, Asbel befriend with an amnesiac girl and unfortunately witness her death. Surprisingly, seven years later he reunited with the girl who retains her amnesia. Together with his companions, Asbel become a hero who will save the world and his kingdom from destruction.
5. Tales of Xillia (PlayStation 3)
Tales of Xillia is a Japanese RPG released exclusively for the PlayStation 3 in 2011. Tales of Xillia is the core product of the Tales series and developed by Namco Tales Studio with Namco Bandai Games as the publisher. Tales of Xillia is the thirteenth mothership title in the Tales series. The game’s musics are still composed by Motoi Sakuraba, as well as in some other Tales series.
Tales of Xillia takes place in a fictional world called Rieze Maxia where humans and ethereal spirits live in harmony. The game begins with the choice of following either Jude Mathis or Milla Maxwell, who elude government official after sabotaging a weapon of mass destruction known as the Lance of Kresnik. Together with their companions, they fought to bring peace back to the world.
4. Tales of Symphonia (GameCube, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PC)
Tales of Symphonia is a Japanese RPG released for Nintendo GameCube on August 29, 2003 in Japan. Published by Namco, this game has become the core product of the Tales series and the fifth main game of the series (eleventh game released in total). Tales of Symphonia is also the third game to be released in North America.
Tales of Symphonia follows the adventures of Lloyd Irving as he and his friends work to help Colette Brunel regenerate the world. This title brought the Tales series a new battle system in 3D, in which the player-controlled character moves on a 2D plane, except when physically attacking an enemy located off the plane. It is also the first title in the Tales series to feature alternate costumes for the main protagonists.
3. Tales of Vesperia (Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC)
Tales of Vesperia is another Namco Tales Studio’s Japanese RPG which was originally released for Xbox 360 in 2008. This game is the tenth mothership title in the Tales series and features a new version of the series’ trademark action-based Linear Motion Battle System, while also introducing another new element such as online scoring boards.
Tales of Vesperia is set in the world of Terca Lumireis, which uses an energy source called blastia for all its needs, including creating protective barriers around its cities. The story focuses on Yuri Lowell, a former Imperial Soldier who forms a guild called Brave Vesperia to aid Estelle, a noble woman he encounters on a mission. As they explore the world, Yuri is forced to confront his friend and former comrade Flynn.
2. Tales of the Abyss (3DS, PlayStation 2)
Tales of the Abyss is another Japanese RPG from Namco Tales Studio and published by Namco in Japan, December 2005 (October 2006 in North America). This game was originally made for PlayStation 2, but later it is also released for 3DS. Tales of the Abyss is the eighth mosthership title in the Tales series and the tenth anniversary title. The game features musics by Motoi Sakuraba.
Tales of the Abyss focuses on Luke fon Fabre, a young swordsman whose pampered life turns upside down when he becomes the target of the military-religious organization known as the Order of Lorelei. Together with his companions, he attempts to discover the truth and significance of his own birth, as well as unravel the mystery of The Score, the prophecy that bounds humanity for thousand of years.
1. Tales of Berseria (PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC)
Tales of Berseria is a Japanese RPG developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. Released in 2016, this game was made for Tales series’ fans who owned PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows. Tales of Berseria is the sixteenth mothership title in the Tales series and also a prequel of Tales of Zestiria. The game revolves around the conflict between emotion and reason.
Tales of Berseria takes place in a world called Desolation, specifically in the Holy Midgand Empire, a powerful country that rules over Desolation’s archipelago of a continent (the game’s world is shared with Tales of Zestiria). Throughout the empire, a disease known as Daemonblight causes humans to turn into a monster. The hero, Velvet Crowe has the task to save the world with her possessed arm.
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We have to admit that the Tales series is on the same level and popularity as the other famous franchise such as Final Fantasy series and Dragon Quest series. Each of the game has its own unique storyline and protagonist, but I think Tales of Berseria is worth to be the best so far, with all of its superiority: characters, characters development, storyline, and of course, gameplay.
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