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Tales of Phantasia
From left to right: SNES, PSX, GBA
Tales of Phantasia is a jRPG game originally released for the Super Nintendo. It's a story of time travel and revenge, taking place in three time periods across the world. The game was quite advanced for the time, containing a fully-voiced intro song, an active battle system (opposed to the pseudo-turn-based ones of the day), and a long storyline with many optional sidequests and some optional dungeons. The characters have their pasts and motives fleshed out, providing backstory and plot twists, even up through the ending. The graphics are well-done, the music is memorable, and overall it's a very good RPG.
However, being the first game in the Tales series but not getting an official english release for over 10 years, it's a relatively-unknown entry. Originally released in 1995, it was remade for the Playstation three years later with an updated engine and included many enhancements. Later it was remade for the GBA with many of the PSX's enhancements, though in the graphical style of the SNES version.
• The SNES version was only released in Japan, but has been fan-translated into many languages. This is the original version, but that doesn't mean it's the best. Although it was technically-advanced for the time and the first to use a 48Mbit cart, it was still limited in some cases by the capabilities of the SNES, which is likely why a remake was made for the PSX only three years later.
• The PSX version was remade with a different engine, and includes such enhancements as FMVs, a 3D world map, and many additions to the gameplay including a new playable character and a couple more cutscenes and quests. Some of the core mechanics of the game have been changed (such as removing the food bag system in favor of cooking), and the battle system has been fleshed out a bit, with some characters gaining abilities and additional controls for characters being added. Overall it's quite a well-done remake.
• The GBA version retains many of the story, gameplay, and balance improvements from the PSX version, but uses the 2D maps and world graphics from the SNES version due to hardware limitations. Unfortunately the FMVs and intro song have been removed, though voice acting for character spells and attacks is retained, with english voices for the localized copies. While this version does have a lot of things from the PSX one cut, it is very close to the original and still retains many of the improvements so it's worth considering, especially since it's likely the easiest to get ahold of.
Type: Retail Release
Release Date: December 15, 1995 / December 23, 1998 / March 6, 2006
Published by: Namco
System: SNES / PSX / GBA
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