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1.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth Your Time, 25 Nov. 2007
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology (PSP) (Video Game)
It is a horrible thing being the only reviewer for an item on Amazon. You will only have my opinion, and on that you may well decide whether to buy or not. Personally, I rarely buy anything that has a rating of below 4 stars, such as this game will be.

The Tales of.... series, on the PSP has already provided perhaps the finest game on the console, namely, Tales Of Eternia. So much is promised by the sequel 'Tales Of The Earth, Radiant Mythology'. Unfortunately, it is nothing like its predecessor, nothing at all. And it is so much worse.

As a descender of the world tree, it is the duty of our hero to destroy the devourer, a being which saps mana and destroys world. That is the plot in a nutshell, and all you really need to know. In order to do this, you must complete missions at the 'ad libitum' guild in each city. But these quests are so repetitive, literally the same quests recycled over and over, but with a different beast to kill, or a different material to deliver.

Speaking of repetitive things, lets come to the dungeons. They forbid any sort of free roaming aspect by forcing you to take a path, and go up through the levels of each dungeon with increasingly difficult characters. You will encounter enemies wandering around, and the battle system is refreshing, none of this waiting for your turn nonsense. But again, they get so reptitive.

The graphics are okay, and have moved away from the quaint cartoony to the third dimension. Another thing I would stress, when I talk of cities etc, is that you cannot roam among them, like in its predecessor, all you can do is select a town, then choose from a list of locations, nor can you roam on the world map, apart from going to the dungeons. All these things are major black marks against this game.

The plot contains no twists, and as such is very mundane. There are many characters you can choose (from the inns) to join your party, though often they refuse for some obscure reason. You can also change 'job', from Mage, to Fighter, Thief etc.

But perhaps the most annoying thing (apart from Mormo) is the chitchat between the characters in the towns. You will select, for example, the plaza, and when you walk in will be forced to listen to a discussion, which is supposed to improve the characterisation. But these are tedious and dull, and soon you will find yourself skipping through them completely, such will be your lack of interest, thus missing major parts of the plot. But soon you can only feel apathy for the plot.

The game is a stinker, avoid it. Get Tales Of Eternia, that is a wonderful RPG in the traditional style, which we all know and love. This game is little more than a travesty.
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Initial post: 27 Jan 2008 14:02:04 GMT
POPPY23 says:
Instead of the various books and games that you hate, ever thought of spending that money on a very long holiday to a little island in the middle of the pacific ocean where you can't annoy anyone else with your pointless and petty little comments.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2008 12:47:40 GMT
Mr. P. Walls says:
Agree totally, a bollocks review, i actually found this game to be really good, a pointless review from a guy who cant accept change

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Mar 2008 08:40:11 GMT
I know, I'll just give good reviews to things I don't like, what a fantastic idea!

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2008 14:57:10 GMT
I have to say i feel somewhat ridiculous having to type this, but you should've known this was coming. This is the fifth game in the Tales of the World series and you should've known it was unlike the rest of the tales franchise. As this is a spin-off series of their mothership games designed purely for grinding and item collecting, it was not intended to be anything more. However I will agree that Tales of Eternia is one of the best rpgs on the psp

Posted on 3 Dec 2009 12:45:28 GMT
"But these are tedious and dull, and soon you will find yourself skipping through them completely, such will be your lack of interest, thus missing major parts of the plot."

Ironic, just like this review.
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