Bandai Namco’s Tales series of Japanese role playing games has been around as long as genre juggernauts Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest but never seems to get as much attention or acclaim. Tales of Symphonia on the GameCube is arguably the most popular entry in the series, with a decent storyline, memorable characters, and excellent combat. If you missed out on playing the game back in 2004, Tales of Symphonia Chronicles on the PS3 gives you a second chance complete with updated HD visuals and some added content. For better or worse the Wii sequel Dawn of the New World is included in the package as well.
I wasn’t able to play the original release of Tales of Symphonia on the GameCube, and I likewise haven’t played the Wii sequel either. So getting both here for a great price was a no brainer. On top of that, Symphonia holds up really well. It was entertaining and a fun RPG, which is extra special considering it was the RPG to follow up Bravely Default in my play schedule.