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12:00 PM on 10.27.2013

Namco doesn't have the staff to localize every Tales game

Namco Bandai simply doesn't have the staff to bring every Tales game to Western markets. The publisher prioritizes "flagship titles" like Tales of Xillia when determining what to localize, series producer Hideo Baba told Sili...

Kyle MacGregor

7:30 PM on 10.22.2013

Tales of Symphonia Chronicles heads west in February 2014

Tales of Symphonia Chronicles has set a course to land in North America on February 25, 2014. The PlayStation 3-exclusive HD collection will arrive just a few days later in Europe and Australasia, launching on February 2...

Kyle MacGregor

11:00 PM on 10.17.2013

Dream on: Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Tales crossover

What happens when Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, and Tales producers Yosuke Saito, Shinji Hashimoto, and Hideo Baba share space in Japanese monthly V Jump? JRPG nerds fangasm off into the sunset. A snippet of possible collabora...

Steven Hansen

6:30 PM on 10.16.2013

Tales of Bibliotheca movie about as exciting as a library

I like the Tales series of RPGs, and I think that Namco Bandai's iOS story collection app (so far, Japan-only), Tales of Bibliotheca, is a nice idea. But this new trailer looks like such a drag at first -- fair warning. You ...

Dale North

3:00 AM on 10.16.2013

Tales of Symphonia getting a new Collector's Edition

I've only played one Tales game, and it was Tales of Symphonia for the GameCube. It seemed to have just what I wanted, engaging combat and likeable characters in an appropriately insane JRPG plot. Though really, I d...

Patrick Hancock

11:00 PM on 10.14.2013

Namco reveals tanzalizing new Tales of Xillia 2 trailer

A farm fresh Tales of Xillia 2 trailer emerged from the woodwork today. And it's nothing if not intense. The new video intertwines anime cinematics with in-game footage to set the stage for what looks to be yet another ...

Kyle MacGregor





1:00 AM on 10.10.2013

Namco hates you: Tales of Hearts R is on iOS in Japan

I don't want to break your Tales of Hearts, Tales fans, but I guess it builds character. Tales of Hearts was a DS game that never got localized. It's supposed to be quite good. Namco polished the game, added a new character, ...

Steven Hansen

7:45 PM on 09.30.2013

Tales of Phantasia hits 150,000 downloads in five days

Tales of Phantasia has garnered a pretty sizable following since its debut on the Japanese App Store last week. In its first five days on the market, the classic role-playing game managed to generate upwards of 150,000 downlo...

Kyle MacGregor

2:30 PM on 09.30.2013

New subtitled Tales of Symphonia Chronicles trailer

Here's a nice, long trailer for Tales of Symphonia Chronicles, the upcoming PS3 game, set to launch next year in both North America and Europe. It's in Japanese with subtitles, and contains a lot of hugging, yelling, and swo...

Dale North

11:00 PM on 09.19.2013

Tales of Xillia 2 trailer flashes English voicework

If it seems like Tales of Xillia just came out, well, it kind of did. The outstanding JRPG only launched a few short weeks ago, but that isn't stopping Namco Bandai from promoting the impending sequel. The publisher has star...

Kyle MacGregor



Review: Tales of Xillia photo
Review: Tales of Xillia
by Kyle MacGregor

Some things never really change. Sharks, for example, have existed for millions of years. These creatures have witnessed the birth and extinction of countless species. They endure as time ceaselessly marches forward. A constant in an ever-changing world, they remain the image of ancestors that once patrolled the oceans at a time when dinosaurs walked the earth.

Like sharks, the Japanese role-playing game is essentially a living fossil. The venerable genre has seen others rise from the primordial soup, evolve, wither, and perish. A product of a bygone age, the JRPG still remains very much akin to its early paradigms.

The Tales series epitomizes this abstraction. Refreshingly old-fashioned, the franchise continues to tiptoe toward perfection while many of its peers struggle to reinvent themselves. Tales of Xillia stays true to its roots, providing a largely traditional experience with some unique twists.

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7:00 PM on 08.11.2013

Get nostalgic with this Tales series video retrospective

While I haven't spent nearly as much time with Tales of Xillia as I've wanted (I'll blame the phenomenal Dragon's Crown and my newfound obsession with Saltybet) I'm still nonetheless impressed with the latest installmen...

Wesley Ruscher

11:30 AM on 08.08.2013

Here is Namco Bandai's UK release schedule

I learned to type very young. At the school I went to in Tokyo they started you early, so I was typing at full speed at age 6. No joke. Uphill both ways in the snow and all of that. And now you damned kids have snapchats and ...

Dale North

2:00 PM on 08.04.2013

Twist in the wind with latest Tales of Xillia trailer

The time has come. At long last, Tales of Xillia is set to hit shelves this week. The arduous wait is almost finally over. Just a few more days are all that separates us from the highly anticipated role-playing game. In the meantime, Namco Bandai has cast forth yet another trailer to tantalize the masses as the hours slowly wind down to zero.

Kyle MacGregor

1:00 PM on 07.06.2013

Tales of Xillia 2 announced for Western release

Tales of Xillia 2 is heading West, series producer Hideo Baba revealed today at the Japan Expo in Paris, France. According to reports out of the convention, Namco Bandai plans to bring the role-playing game to North America a...

Kyle MacGregor

3:00 PM on 06.08.2013

Tales of Xillia trailer sets stage for an epic journey

Namco Bandai have released a new trailer for Tales of Xillia and (surprise!) it looks absolutely stunning. Showcasing a realm on the verge of open conflict and a pair of young heroes joining forces to restore order to a...

Kyle MacGregor