Ten years ago, Namco released Tales of Vesperia in America, on the XBox 360. XBox has never been a strong brand in Namco’s native Japan, so it was also released on the Playstation 3 as a Director’s Cut with tons of extra content. That version, sadly, was never ported over…until now.
After a decade of tardiness, the superior version of Tales of Vesperia is about to show up in the West, on all current consoles: Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, XBox One and PC. You’ll get new characters, events and costumes, all at a higher screen resolution than the original had….plus two additional party members: frenemy Flynn Scifo and amnesiac pirate Patty Fleur.
TALES OF VESPERIA: Definitive Edition uses a specialised iteration of the ‘TALES OF’ series’ Linear Motion Battle System for combat. Players control a single party member in real-time combat while other party members are controlled by a customised set of A.I. commands. Players can swap between any of the four characters at any time during battles and can perform physical attacks, Magic Artes or even powerful Mystic Artes.
The Tales series consists of over a dozen games, but Vesperia is often cited near the top of the list. If you’ve never played it, you’re in for some fun. The only thing you could complain about here is that the game is coming out one week before Kingdom Hearts 3. Go figure. Hopefully you can find time to play them both!