Man, after reading the past few pages on peoples opinions on the various games in the series they have played...I have realized I must just have really low standards..or don't really analyze the games I am playing when I do play them. Its usually either I like it, or I don't I never really put thought into it beyond that :P. And so far every Tales game i've played (starting with Destiny which im sure wouldnt hold up if I played it again, but which I loved back when I first played it, which was a little after FF8 came out.) I have really enjoyed. I will say Vesperia for me was the best, I enjoyed the characters and world the most. The other games I maybe had a few nitpicks over, but yeah lol. I will probably be getting the HD collection simply because Ive never played either game, and ToS is considered a favorite among a few good friends of mine. Plus I kinda wanna see what is so terrible about 2.
If you've got low standards then so do I. I've enjoyed each Tales game I've played as well. While I admit some really shine in various respects, more so than others.
Vesperia is what I am currently playing. About 45 hours into it. I won't make any bold statements yet (until I finish it) but this may be shaping up to be not only my favorite tales but one of top games for the generation IMO.
While I still have a bit of catching up to do with the last generation (still present gen in my world, and will be for at least another year or 2), my enjoyment with Vesperia has been comparable to that of Xenoblade and Ni No Kuni. And that my friends, is BIG TIME FUN! LoL
The joy of Vesperia has pretty much boiled down to the cast and environments for me. Both of which are a few notches above the "Tales of" bar so to speak. Subjectively speaking, I feel like this game is tailored to my own particular tastes to an almost eerie degree.
Additionally, the plot and writing are just freakin' stellar. The story is not predictable by any means, but every twist and turn I have encountered thus far has yet to leave me scratching my head or feeling like anything has become incoherent. I can't speak much more about that until I get to and through the final act.
My only complaint is that I feel the world could have been bigger. Not that it is small... but few more continents and with some other kingdoms/tribes/peoples would have been nice.
EDIT!! I forgot to comment on this...
Thanks Klyde. I kinda wanna make a classic RPG revival/nostalgia thread right now... they had that ...jeux ne sais quoi
Eternia is my "unsuspected favorite". The world is especially beautiful, the 2D background art makes every place look cozy and wonderful. The battle system can be fun (magic is particularly well done, I'm sad they never did a Craymel Cage again) and there is a ton of sidequests!
I second the motion to create that thread... In some ways, nostalgia aside I miss older gen RPG's A LOT. I used to once believe it was purely nostalgia but after playing lots of oldies over the last few years with zero nostalgic value, I've come to realize they were just a wee bit of a different breed altogether. While that "other breed" may be outdated and poorly aged I appreciate them for what they are in a unique way.