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Tales of Phantasia

by Namco
Game Boy Advance
Everyone 10+
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews) 76 / 100

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  • Unique Linear Motion Battle System allows player to battle in real time and attack enemies, without the use of menus
  • Crack open the Monster Dictionary to view the strengths and weaknesses of the enemies you've met in battle
  • New game events, dialogue sequences and other features that enhance the adventure
  • Innovative Cooking System allows you to collect ingredients and recipes to brew up meals that restore your health and magic

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000CNESHQ
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 1.2 inches ; 2.6 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: September 8, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,795 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Tales Of Phantasia is a classic-style RPG with a real-time battle system, for a new kind of action. When young swordsman Cress Albane finds his home village destroyed and his parents killed, Cress sets off on an adventure to find those responsible. In his efforts to uncover those behind this evil deed, Cress soon finds himself on a mission that will take him back and forth through time.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Tale to Tell March 6, 2006
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The Tales series began with Tales of Phantasia. Unfortunately, it didn't make it over to the United States when it should've back in 1995, and that's rather sad because it is a good game. Those who played the smash hit Tales of Symphonia, will instantly notice a parallel and that the Tales series carries on themes just as Final Fantasy does.

The game begins with Cress and his best friend, Chester, going on a hunting trip. Things start off great, but when they get home it's been destroyed, and Cress's family dies taking a secret about him with them. Cress now has to leave the village before the same forces come back. And he does so. His quest soon escalades into anything beyond his wildest dreams when he discovers the true secret of his parents and his own past. Ultimately he will go on to save the world. Your quest is also full of loveable and likeable characters. Something the Tales series has always been good at.

The game gets off to a rocky start, but it gets better as time goes on. The battle system is what's unique about Tales of Phantasia. An action/fighting style look at it, rather than the same old turn based strategy we've seen before. It's fun to battle because it's different than most RPGs at the time were. You play as Cress, of course, and you'll be able to select whether you want to control him manually or let the game control him. The surprising thing about Tales of Phantasia (and the Tales series in general) is that the AI is actually good. Unlike other games where the AI of your characters is rather dumb (say... Sword of Mana?), Tales of Phantasia has characters that may actually stay alive and look after themselves. There is also an array of special moves you an do. These moves can also be linked to your attacks.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Definite Classic February 5, 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
To start I would like to remind everyone reading this that a lot of companies are taking advantage of the GBA to re-release some of their older line-up. These games don't have all of the flashy graphics that newer GBA games have but more often than not make up for it in gameplay. But it gives those of us who grew up in that generation of gaming history a chance to re-live the classics in a more modern form. Besides, how many us still have an original NES that we need to blow on or jam something on top of the game itself to get it to work? I know I'm tired of messing with it...

Anyway, this game IS one of those classics, so don't expect great graphics. And the voice-acting, yes voice-acting, isn't that great. This game originally came out for the Super Famicom and never made it stateside. But you may know of the other titles in this series. Tales of Destiny (PS1), Tales of Destiny 2 (PS1), Tales of Legendia (PS2), Tales of Symphonia (GC) and Tales of the Abyss (PS2), this one being the first.

And if you're into role-playing games, than this would be a perfect fit to your collection. This game provides hours of questing, summoning, mini-quests and even cooking! While not as extravagant as Star Ocean, the cooking element adds a nice twist to the healing aspect of the game. Plus the main character Cress, can earn moves while leveling up and then in turn level up those skills simply by using them in combat. Once you have mastered some skills, you will be able to use combo skills from books that are found throughout the game.

Some of the dungeons are easy to get lost in, but for the most part it moved at a good pace. The battle sequences are side-scrolling in real-time, but you can issue commands when you want while the battle pauses, also similar to Star Ocean.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tales of Phantasia: A Tale of Time Travel & Revenge July 23, 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Reviewed for Big Boss Games By: TRC

Tales of Phantasia is a tale of the past, present and the future.

For the first time in the USA, Tales of Phantasia is gracing our shores with a quest of revenge and time travel. This is the first installment of the "Tales of ..." series from Namco.

You start out as Cress, a young boy, and his friend go on a hunting trip, only to find that when they get back that their town is in ruins and everyone is dead.

This game has been the most fun I have ever had with GBA system. Tales of Phantasia has enough action and adventure to keep you glued to your GBA for 70+ hours.

The battle system takes some getting used to. You must assign your special attacks to certain button combinations, for instance: up, down, left or right plus B or B by itself will perform the special attack that you have assigned.

You can assign the same move to all the button combos if you want to. For standard attacks you will press up, down, left or right plus the A button or the A button by itself.

You can stop the action in the middle of an attack to give your team orders. Like you notice that you are almost dead, so you stop the action to tell your healer to cast a spell that heals your wounds.

Scores:
Graphics - They are great for the GBA, 8/10.

Sound and Music - The voice acting in the beginning of the game hooked me in for the long haul 70+ hours of musical bliss, 8/10.

Gameplay ? Battle system is perfect. Puzzles were tough enough for you to rejoice after you figured them out, 10/10.

Overall ? The most enjoyable game to grace my GBA, 10/10. Perfect score! Run don?t walk to get this game.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game. Must have beat it a 100 times ...
Great Game. Must have beat it a 100 times or so, It really just boils down to the main story line. now i liked the battle system, the characters, items and free roaming the map,... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Daniel Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars Tales of Phantasia
Phantasia Phantasia Phantasia. The game that started it all for the Tales of RPG series. It's never been my favorite of the games in the series, but it's not my least favorite... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ligia Ecchavarria
4.0 out of 5 stars item came as described
This is a good game goddammit and is often overlooked. came in new packaging and was superb to play i wish i could erase my memory and play it again
Published 15 months ago by gerald lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome game
There is a million other people on here that can give a way better review and in greater detail for why Tales of Phantasia is a great game, there is also the same amount of people... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Thandronen
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice game but has it's flaws
The storyline is decent and the characters are fairly interesting for the most part. The music is awesome and the graphics are nice in a retro sort of way This is a port of a what... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Elec
3.0 out of 5 stars Try the ps1 version
This version is not nearly as good as the ps1 version. The graphics are inferior, they cut out some of the optional boss fights. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Kory
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a really good game
This game is so fun. I'm a big fan of the Tales of series so this is a welcome addition to my collection this game has cool controls were you have free movement during battles and... Read more
Published on March 2, 2013 by SamP
2.0 out of 5 stars Serious let-down
I have to be honest: I love Tales of Phantasia, but the Game Boy Advance iteration of the game was a major disappointment. Read more
Published on December 17, 2012 by Eric Pavlik
2.0 out of 5 stars The Worst Version of A Great Game
"Tales of Phantasia" is the first game in the celebrated "Tales" series, and retrospectively this game shows that the series already had a lot of character going for it. Read more
Published on June 6, 2012 by USA LeonHeart
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Start to the Tales Series
I played this game after I played Tales of Symphonia for GC.
And it is a great game on it's own. Read more
Published on January 7, 2012 by Julia
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