To celebrate the decennial of Tales of Vesperia, Bandai Namco is treating us to Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition. This edition comes with upgraded graphics, new music tracks, new characters, and all DLC, in one package. The original Tale of Vesperia released in 2008 in North America exclusively for the Xbox 360. With loads of Xbox 360 and Japanese exclusive content now available for the first time in the West, the Definitive Edition really is a stellar package for newcomers and Vesperia Veterans™.
Seeing as the original came out a decade ago, I will briefly touch on the original parts of the game and focus more on the new content and features of the Definitive Edition.
Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition places you in the shoes of Yuri Lowell. This ex-knight sets out to retrieve an artifact needed to restore the water crisis in his quarter of the capital city. The simple start of the story quickly escalates into a much grander, and more dangerous, adventure. Soon Yuri's quest turns from simply retrieving an artifact to saving his world, doomed to be destroyed. With each party member joining Yuri's posse, the scope of the story grows; this is only one of the aspects that made the original so special. The 50 odd hours of Tales of Vesperia is a memorable journey, even ten years later, it still holds up remarkably well.
The great combat system of the original is still present and feels just as great as it did 10 years ago. Choosing between the three modes provided for combat encounters really boils down to personal preference. Manual Mode gives you full control over your characters and gives you Grade for using it. Semi-Auto Mode is relatively close to Manual Mode, but automates your movements, leaving you to concentrate on attacking.
The great combat system of the original is still present and feels just as great as it did 10 years ago.
...even with the PlayStation 4's power, the frames took a hit on occasion in the over-world.
Kingdom Hearts devotee, From Software fanboy and aspiring Audiophile (the good kind that believes in FLAC files). Vincent enjoys writing about games almost as much as playing them.
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11 January 2019
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