While the graphics couldn’t compare to PS3 Final Fantasy standards, the game quickly drew me in with its quirky characters and interesting world. It was a fun journey despite the story lacking in drive and a couple of narrative pitfalls. Jude’s story is about a 15-yr old medical student who ends up accompanying Milla Maxwell, the lord of the spirits, on a journey to save both mankind and spiritkind from the dangers of a device known as the Lance of Kresnik. Jude and Milla were like opposite sides of a coin, one a reluctant and shy boy and the other a stubborn, strong-willed woman. If you play along, you’ll see the characters grow and mature.
The skits were entertaining, though it’s anime-style humor could get rather cliche’d. I didn’t like the character Alvin at all–until maybe the last chapter that explained why he does what he does–a narrative wrap-up that’s not so neat given the inconsistent storyline.
If you’re thinking of getting this game, be advised: this game can get pretty long. I spent around 70 hours just to complete Jude’s story, albeit I tried to complete as many side quests and skits as I could. Honestly, however, I stopped playing this game for 2-3 months right after the “twist” – which I consider an awkward turn from the original plot. During chapter 3, I was assuming that the game would be over and the quest would end upon defeating X and Y. When Z happened, and I looked up there’s another abc..I took a break and played Ni No Kuni. When I managed to come back to Tales, I didn’t have a problem getting back into it, and I played until completion.
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