Tales of the Abyss is only one of the many entries of the "Tales" series of Japanese style role playing games. In this world Oracles give prophecies that shape the world by giving glimpses into the future.
Tales of the Abyss was originally released in the year 2005, but it has finally made its way onto the 3DS. Produced by Namco, Tales of the Abyss is only one of the many entries of the "Tales" series of Japanese style role playing games. In this world Oracles give prophecies that shape the world by giving glimpses into the future. Players step into the shoes of the main character Luke von Fabre, the scion of a noble family who was kidnapped. Luke returns to his family with no memory of what happened after he was taken seven years ago, and is almost immediately thrust into the plans of the Order of Lorelei and the Oracle Knights. Luke is going to have to use everything he knows and feels to try and get through what's happening, making new friends and learning the real meaning of sacrifice to come out on the other side of this adventure.
Tales of the Abyss on 3DS is essentially no different from the version that was originally released, mechanically speaking. This version of the game is available with 3D effects, true, and it still provides players the ability to go anywhere on the field during combat (a revolutionary addition to the "Tales" game series in and of itself), but there were no major changes made. Players that have enjoyed the original release will likely enjoy this version, provided they have no objection to playing the same game over again.
Just Another JRPG?
Tales of the Abyss bears a familial resemblance to the rest of the "Tales" series, and it is similar to other classic JRPGs like the Final Fantasy series. On the other hand, Tales of the Abyss does boast a unique story line and world that allows it to stand apart from other games in the genre, even if it does bear a passing resemblance. With unique characterization and a storyline that can suck players in, Tales of the Abyss is not a casual game, even if the Nintendo 3DS does make it a portable one.
It's important for parents and players alike to keep in mind that Tales of the Abyss also has a Teen rating. There's the usual fantasy violence (after all, it's practically required in JRPGs for players to swing a sword as a means of problem solving), but there's also simulated gambling, suggestive themes and alcohol use that go into the rating mix.
Did it Need the 3DS?
On the one hand, being able to play Tales of the Abyss in 3D is a fun upgrade to the gameplay. With all of the unique features the game brought to the fore, especially its battlefield positioning, the 3D effects don't go to waste. On the other hand, if a player has already gone through Tales of the Abyss as it was, the 3D gimmick might not be enough to persuade him, or her, to re-buy the game and play it all over again just for a slightly different role-playing experience.