Tuesday, December 9, 2008

A slightly late review and a bonus!

Tales of Vesperia is a role-playing game and was developed by Namco Tales Studios. It was published by Namco Bandai games and retails for $59.99-$49.99 depending on the retailer you choose to shop at.

Presentation: Everything looks coherent 90% of the time except for a few bland areas and scenes. The characters have good personalities as well as interaction with each other. The voices sound the way they should in my opinion. It's fairly easy to navigate the city's and towns to find work to go to next. It conveys the anime style very well. (8of9 Tails. A good presentation of this series in my opinion and enjoyable.)

Graphics: I found this style of graphics to be quite enjoyable and they look absolutely beautiful most of the time . Sometimes they look a little bland in a few places but generally it looks like a comic book/manga. The character designs are excellent and look marvelous in my opinion. There are usually a lot of special effects going on on the screen and generally looks good to the eyes. They could have maybe put a little more effort into the overworld map in my opinion to make the game look even better. (8of9 Tails. Although not perfect in some areas this is a beautiful game to enjoy and if you are an anime lover you will enjoy this even more.)

Sound: The opening music is very well done by a singer known as Bonnie Pink/Kaori Asada and tries to set the tone for the game. The music is quite enjoyable and the sound effects are generally decent enough. The voices are excellent for the most part and do not hurt your ears like I have found most English voice acting does to me as of late. Only complaint I have is a little bit of the text is not voice acted when you're running around towns. This is no big deal at all just slightly nitpicking. (9of9 Tails. Excellent sound and enjoyable music.)

Replayability: There are a few secret missions to do, extra costumes to give her the characters and other bonuses for you to unlock. After you beat the game for the first time you unlock a special mode to replay again. You will get your money's worth just flying through it once but if you want to see everything and get every little item there is a lot of replayability to the game. (7of9 Tails. Could use a little more incentive for playing through it once.)

Controls: The controls are good but can get a little bit repetitive in the battles. The attacks look nice and are decently varied but maybe come repetitive to any newcomers to the role-playing game genre. (7of9 Tails. Very good and fluid controls but slightly repetitive. Don't get me wrong it is a great control scheme but a little monotonous sometimes.)

Closing comments: This is probably the best game in the series and any fan of role-playing games would be doing a great disservice not to play this game. Everything about it is wonderful and enjoyable with a great presentation. You definitely should not miss this gem of a game if you own an Xbox 360. (8of9 Tails. This is a great role-playing game and definitely worth checking out.)


Resident evil 5 JP Demo was released December 5th in japan and is downloadable to EU,USA on the net. The graphics have improved ten fold and look amazing on my 1080p television. Great lighting and enviroment.

There are four control schemes A,B,C and D. A is identical to re4 controls. B&C mix new &old.
D is the new setup. I found D to be HORRIBLE, strafe=left analog turn=right. I'll stick with old A style.

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