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Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition is Now on Xbox Game Pass

Screenshot From Tales of Vesperia of a long-haired man raising his arms up while yelling, ready to attack.

Xbox Game Pass is one of the best available services in the industry right now. For $10 USD a month, folks gain access to an ever-growing slate of video games not just through Xbox consoles but via PC as well. With Microsoft’s recent purchase of Bethesda Game Studios, WRPG fans have a lot to look forward to with Game Pass in the years to come. But what about JRPG fans? Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition and Nier: Automata are in there, but pickings are fairly slim otherwise. That’s why it’s such a breath of fresh air to see the excellent Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition joining the ranks this week.

A character makes a remark in Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition.

If you have Game Pass and you’ve not yet played Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition, you’re in for a real treat. The expanded remaster packs in plenty of Japan-only PS3 content, letting Western fans experience it all for the first time. And if you’ve never even played the original Tales of Vesperia, seriously, don’t even finish this article; fix that posthaste! It centers on Yuri Lowell, one of the greatest JRPG heroes around. The plot’s pretty solid and the characters are mostly outstanding. (Look, I tried to like Karol. I really did.) It rocks one of Motoi Sakuraba’s best soundtracks and the battle system is addictive as heck. And did I mention one of the party members is a dog? Yeah, Tales of Vesperia is that good.

I’m happy to see Xbox Game Pass slowly but surely adding a slew of iconic JRPGs to its arsenal. For people like yours truly, that’s always worth celebrating. In her review of Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition, RPGFan’s Alana Hagues noted a few missteps but gushed that the remaster “lives up to its namesake and is still among the best Tales of games ever.” I’m with her 100% on this one.

Stay tuned to RPGFan for more coverage of the Tales of series!

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Quinton O'Connor

Quinton O'Connor

Quinton cut their chops on the games journalism thing in 2020 right here at RPGFan. They left the site for about five months in 2022, but you know what they say. You can take the RPG out of the Fan, but you can't take the... Fan out of the RPG? Anyway, they're back.

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