The Tales of Zestiria site updated with all the recent info.
The Spec page finally opened. There's not really any info on the game yet though, so not much to see there.
The Story page added the recent info on the Mabinogio Ruins as well as info on the Divine People (I'm seriously considering translating that differently).
Slay and Alicia's pages updated with a bit more info and another voice clip. Speaking of which, Slay actually has an official spelling now, so he really is Slay. Edit: lol, they removed it. Mikulio's page was also added with some screens and voice clips.
...I half admit this post was rushed so I could play ToS.
If you got the Collector's Edition of Tales of Symphonia Chronicles, you may have seen the download code on the art booklet, which was supposed to give you a theme for your PS3. You also may have noticed said code doesn't work.
I don't know the cause, but Namco Bandai is aware of the issue and says the code should start working on March 5.
It's now the release day of Tales of Symphonia Chronicles in North America. For those who don't know, the game is a rerelease of both Tales of Symphonia and Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World on the PS3. Prepare yourself for a long post. Blame your fate.
Tales of Symphonia Chronicles
Console: PlayStation 3
Character Designer: Kosuke Fujishima (Symphonia), Daisuke Okumura (Dawn of the New World)
Theme Songs: "Starry Heavens ver.2013" by day after tomorrow (Tales of Symphonia), "Soshite Boku ni Dekiru Koto ver.2013" by day after tomorrow (Tales of Symphonia), "Ninin Sankyaku ver.2013" by misono (Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World)
Anime Cutscenes: Production I.G (Art in top banner by ufotable)
Tales of Symphonia
Two worlds exist, unaware of each other. Mana, or life force, is shared by both worlds and while one world thrives, the other suffers.
Lloyd Irving lives on Sylvarant, a dying world where nothing is as it seems - a fact he hasn't yet realized. With a strong set of justice, incredible bravery, and a particular loyalty to his friends, he joins them in a very important quest: a journey to save their world.
Lloyd's close friend, Colette Brunel, is the Chosen One, destined to save the dying world as a descendant of the Mana bloodline. At the age of 16, the weight of the world hangs on her shoulders.
Genis Sage, the village intellectual, is a talented magician.
Together, they set on this dangerous journey together - to unlock the seals of the world and bring the balance back to their dying town on Sylvarant.
*All English VAs listed for ToS characters are for the first game.
Name: Lloyd Irving
Weapon: Twin swords
English Voice: Scott Menville
Japanese Voice: Katsuyuki Konishi
Found abandoned in a forest while he was an infant, Lloyd has been raised by his adoptive father, a dwarf. Thanks to this he is extremely handy, and possesses craftsmanship ability equal to that of most dwarves. With a tendency to show off, he tries to be as cool as possible, but he’s actually a kind spirit who puts his heart into what he does.
He is respected by all for his agile mind and skill at making quick decisions, but his grades in school leave much to be desired. For that reason, he is being tutored by his close childhood friends, Colette and Genis.
Once he realizes the impossible contradiction inherent in accepting a peace for which others have to be sacrificed, he arms himself with his youthful ideals and single-mindedness, and sets out to change the world.
Name: Colette Brunel
English Voice: Heather Hogan
Japanese Voice: Nana Mizuki
Lloyd's childhood friend. Though she is dignified and graceful during her ceremonies as the Chosen, she is normally a clumsy, absent-minded and easygoing girl. But she has a strong inner will, and is definitely no sheltered little girl. Rather, in emergencies she acts boldly, and bravely works to help her friends.
A member of the Mana Lineage, descendants of which are said to be the ones to save the world as it heads towards destruction, Colette accepts her divine inheritance and sets out on a journey to regenerate the world. She carries the Cruxis Crystal, proof that she is a member of the Mana Lineage.
Name: Kratos Aurion
English Voice: Cam Clarke
Japanese Voice: Fumihiko Tachiki
A mysterious swordsman who identifies himself as a mercenary. His skill with a sword is topnotch, and he joins the journey of world regeneration to act as a bodyguard for Colette. He has sharp, penetrating eyes, perhaps because of the countless battles he has had to face in his lifetime.
Name: Genis Sage
English Voice: Colleen O'Shaughnessey
Japanese Voice: Ai Orikasa
Lloyd's childhood friend. The best at his studies in the entire village, Genis is also an excellent mage. Perhaps because he is so clever, he is also quick to determine what he's capable of and what he's not, and is quick to give up when something seems beyond him.
For such a young boy, he is like an adult in many ways, and deftly balances both childlike and grown-up personality traits. Although everyone else concerns themselves too much with treating him either as an adult or as a child, Lloyd recognizes Genis for his personality, which makes Genis extremely fond of Lloyd as a person.
Name: Raine Sage
English Voice: Kari Wahlgren
Japanese Voice: Yumi Touma
Lloyd and Colette's teacher and Genis’ older sister. She goes along with the others on the journey of world regeneration, and her considerable knowledgeable about archaeology and magitechnology are a boon for her companions. She is a cool, composed lady, but prefers comfortable clothing and tends to wear clothes that are more masculine.
She is well-liked among fellow villagers and her students for her beauty and her fresh personality. Raine is normally cool and collected, but the sight of any sort of ruins can cause her personality to undergo an abrupt metamorphosis, changing her demeanor and way of speaking entirely.
Name: Sheena Fujibayashi
English Voice: Jennifer Hale
Japanese Voice: Akemi Okamura
An assassin sworn to kill Colette. However, Sheena is quite clumsy for an assassin, and fails at her task time and time again. Her personality is direct and upright in all things, and she is very frank about her own emotions. It seems that she has a very complex reason for wanting to kill Colette. She is a summoner, and uses cards to fight.
Name: Zelos Wilder
English Voice: Shiloh Strong
Japanese Voice: Masaya Onosaka
A playboy and constant wanderer with no fixed job. An unparalleled flirt with a smooth tongue, he can often be found hitting on girls, but his advances are always taken with a grain of salt. However, despite his easygoing attitude, it seems that he is shouldering a great responsibility...
Name: Presea Combatir
English Voice: Tara Strong
Japanese Voice: Houko Kuwashima
When Presea wanted to do wood chopping for her sick father, she started wearing an Exsphere, unaware of its negative effects on her body. She was originally a bright-eyed, carefree girl, but the Exsphere has caused her to lose her humanity and become cold and withdrawn.
Name: Regal Bryant
English Voice: Crispin Freeman
Japanese Voice: Akio Ohtsuka
A prisoner serving in prison for murder. He never takes off his handcuffs, proof of himself as a sinner, in order to remember his past sins forever. He is always tight-mouthed and shows a shadow on his face but has broad knowledge, bright in history and culture.
Tales of Symphonia uses a battle system called the Multi Line Linear Motion Battle System (ML-LMBS) in which you take control of your character in real time. Normal attacks are used by pressing the X button while Techs are used with the O button and use up Technical Points (TP). Basically, it has "Multi Line" in its name because while the battle field is 3D, you can only run on a line with the enemy you're targeting and can only get off that line by targeting another enemy. You can change targets by pressing R1 and characters by pressing △ and then Start while the battle menu is up.
Techs can be used in a combo if you use them in order of tiers: Lv. 1->Lv. 2->Lv. 3.
Characters have powerful hidden Techs that are known as a Lv.3 Special Attack, localized as Mystic Arte in later games, that have various means of triggering.
And as a reminder, battles can be played with up to four players.
At a certain point fairly early in the story, you'll unlock Unison Attacks. You set up Techs for each character in the menu, and once you execute a U-Attack by pressing R3 next to an enemy while the gauge is full, press the four face buttons+direction for whichever artes you want to use in the combo chain. If you use the correct two Techs together, a more powerful attack will be triggered at the end.
Early in the game, you'll unlock the ability to equip skills that affect your character on the field or in battle. Each character has four slots, which can be filled with four different levels of EX Gems, each level having their own skills you can choose from. Combinations of certain EX Skills can result in gaining a Compound EX Skill. Experiment to get the skills that suit you best.
During your travels, you will most likely run across the Wonder Chef hiding in various objects. If you talk to him, he will teach you a recipe. With the proper ingredients in your inventory, go to the Cooking menu and choose which person will cook and which dish they should make. You then have the option of either cooking from the menu or cooking at the end of battle. Different dishes will have different effects, such as healing, temporarily raising stats, or curing status ailments.
Ingredients can be bought or obtained from defeating enemies.
In each town, there will be shops that will allow you to customize equipment. In order to do so, you must give the owner the required piece of equipment and materials found from monsters.
In the first dungeon, you will obtain an item called the Sorcerer's Ring. This item is used with the □ button and will have different effects on stuff around you depending on what it's charged with. You will have to use this item in order to proceed at points.
Over the course of the game, prompts for skits will appear on the bottom left of the screen. Press the Select button in order to watch it. Skits are side conversations between characters where they discuss events in the game or just goof off.
Titles and Costumes
Along the way, your characters will obtain Titles from certain story points, minigames, subevents, and battle achievements. Titles affect how the characters' stats develop when they level up so check what they do before you equip them. Certain Titles grant costume changes and can be gotten during certain subevents.
Being a Tales with a traditional World Map, this game has several forms of transportation that can be used in order to traverse it more quickly. The first will be Lloyd's large green dog, Noishe, whose back you can ride once you unlock Long-Range Mode in a given area. Later you will obtain others that travel over water and fly.
Two years after the world's rebirth, in a corner of the now-united world ruled by chaos, the actions of the resistance group called the Sylvarant Liberation Front, The Vanguard, caused a massive retaliation known as "The Blood Purge." The town where this tragedy occurred, Palmacosta, was consumed in flames, and many innocent lives were lost. The man who carried out this tragic deed was Lloyd, of the Church of Martel.
The Blood Purge left one boy with an incurable wound on his heart. His name is Emil. Having lost both his parents and his hometown, all he has left is his hatred for Lloyd.
Emil remained alone, opening his heart to no one, until one day, he heard a mysterious howl. Guided by the howl, Emil doesn't realize that this is his first step towards a destiny that will lead him to the ends of the world.
Name: Emil Castagnier
English Voice: Johnny Yong Bosch
Japanese Voice: Hiro Shimono
He lost his parents in the Blood Purge that occurred in the town of Palmacosta. He has a straightforward personality, and an innocence that leads him to believe anything he is told. Generally a coward, he's not successful in anything that requires a great force of will.
Name: Marta Lualdi
English Voice: Laura Bailey
Japanese Voice: Rie Kugimiya
Marta lost her mother when the Giant Tree rampaged throughout the world. Determined and unafraid to make her voice known, she is not satisfied unless she can think of things in absolutes. She hates Colette for killing her mother and Lloyd for attacking Palmacosta.
Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World uses the Flex Range: Element Enhanced Linear Motion Battle System (FR:EE-LMBS) which allows you to take control of your character in real time. Normal attacks are used by pressing the X button while Artes are used with the O button and use up Technical Points (TP). The battle field is 3D and you can run around freely on it by using the Free Run ability.
To be used in a combo, Artes must be used in order of tiers: Base Arte->Arcane Arte.
At the bottom left there is an icon, called the Elemental Grid, showing what the field element is. This is affected by which Artes you use and will affect things such as Unison Attacks and Monster Pacts.
Characters can be changed midbattle if need be.
In battle, if you have the main field elements match the minor field elements and defeat a monster, Spellbind will occur. After the battle, the game will give you a chance to attempt to make a pact with the Monster and let it join you. Other Monsters will sometimes be able to help your chances.
Monsters come in ten types: Plant, Insect, Aquatic, Demon, Ghost, Beast, Bird, Free Form, Dragon, and Magical Being. They also will be associated with an element: Fire, Water, Lightning, Earth, Wind, Ice, Light, and Dark.
At certain levels, Monsters will be able to evolve. Feed them at the Katz Guild in order to let them do so. To get recipes for dishes to feed your Monsters, look for the Wonder Chef hiding in objects around towns.
Tales of Symphonia Characters
In addition to Monsters, throughout the story you will meet the party members from Tales of Symphonia and they will join you for certain story arcs. They'll come and go, so don't get used to having them around too long.
Each city has a Katz Guild that you can go to in order to do a few things. They give you the option of leaving or picking up a Monster, cooking for your Monsters, or taking a quest. Quests come in different Ranks according to difficulty: D->C->B->A->S, with S being the hardest.
Unison Attacks and Mystic Artes
Connected to the Elemental Grid is the Unison Attack Gauge. When at least half full, a Unison Attack can be executed by pressing the proper button. When it is full, you also have the option of using a Mystic Arte.
As your party members and Monsters level up, they will learn Skills. Skills give you battle abilities and must be equipped with Skill Points (SP).
In Shops, you have the option to Synthesize equipment and items. Just give up the necessary materials along with a fee and you're good to go.
Near the beginning, you will obtain the Sorcerer's Ring. Follow the game's instructions on how to use it.
Throughout the game, skit prompts will appear at the bottom of the screen. Press the button to activate the conversation between characters.
Unlike the first game, which used a traditional World Map, Dawn of the New World uses a list of towns and dungeons for you to choose from. Just pick whichever location you wish to go to and you'll automatically show up there.
A Tales costume for each party member in Tales of Symphonia.
Lloyd: Guy Cecil (Tales of the Abyss)
Genis: Luke fon Fabre (Tales of the Abyss)
Colette: Rita (Tales of Vesperia)
Sheena: Judith (Tales of Vesperia)
Zelos: Alvin (Tales of Xillia)
Presea: Elize Lutus (Tales of Xillia)
Kratos: Ludger Kresnik (Tales of Xillia 2)
Raine: Pascal (Tales of Graces)
Regal: Malik Caesar (Tales of Graces)
Full color cut-ins in Tales of Symphonia to replace the monochrome ones from the original release.
Tales of Symphonia will include extras that were previously exclusive to the Japanese only PlayStation 2 release.
Dawn of the New World will include the skit/illustration galleries and head attachments that were previously only in the PAL release.
For the first time in the series, both games include the English and Japanese voice tracks as an option.
A Collector's Edition of the game was also released, costing $99.99 and limited to 18,000 copies. This edition includes:
Box illustrated by animation studio, ufotable. Each box is individually numbered.
Chibi Kyun Chara figures of Lloyd, Colette, Emil, Marta and Tenebrae