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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

11:00 AM on 06.01.2013

Tales of Symphonia Chronicles announced for NA and EU

Have you played Tales of Symphonia? If you haven't, know it's a face-punchingly fantastic game, with amazing music to match. If you missed it, or even if you played it and loved it, you'll be glad to know that at today's Tal...

Dale North

2:30 PM on 05.30.2013

Tales of Xillia Limited Edition available for order now

Namco Bandai saw that we all went nuts for the Tales of Xillia Collector's Edition, so they're announcing a Limited Edition for North America. I hope that makes sense to you.  There's no Milla figure in this Limited Edit...

Dale North

10:30 AM on 05.13.2013

Rumor: Tales of Symphonia to re-release on PS3

Tales of Symphonia is reportedly receiving a high-definition re-release on PlayStation 3. Speaking with Koi-Nya, series producer Hideo Baba teased what he is calling "a representation of the dreams and hopes of the fans,...

Kyle MacGregor



Tales producer comments on Symphonia's success, Wii U photo
Tales producer comments on Symphonia's success, Wii U
by Keith Swiader

During Namco Bandai Games' Manhattan press conference last week, where they showed off the likes of Armored Core: Verdict Day and Dark Souls II, I had the chance to sit at a round-table with Tales series producer Hideo Baba.

Baba, showing off the upcoming Tales of Xillia, said in passing that GameCube's Tales of Symphonia was the most successful Tales game in the West. Naturally, I asked why he felt that particular game resonated so well with western gamers, and asked what his thoughts were on the Wii U.

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4:45 PM on 04.11.2013

Tales of Xillia Collector's Edition doesn't hold back

Tales of Xillia, Namco's anticipated entry in the Tales Of RPG series, will arrive on PlayStation 3 on August 6. After setting a high bar with its Ni no Kuni limited edition, Namco is once again not slouching: Tales of Xilli...

Allistair Pinsof

2:00 PM on 04.11.2013

In the midst of change, community is at Namco's forefront

"This year, the industry has had a lot of changes," Carlson Choi, Vice President of Marketing and Digital Sales at Namco Bandai Games America said at the company's Gamer's Day press conference last week. "The way the consumer...

Keith Swiader

3:00 PM on 04.07.2013

Tales of Xillia coming to PlayStation 3 in August

At long last, Tales of Xillia has a North American release date! Namco Bandai has announced the highly-anticipated role-playing game will finally make its way to western shores starting August 6. Initially released ...

Kyle MacGregor

3:00 PM on 03.21.2013

Take another look at Tales of Xillia gameplay in English

Namco Bandai has released a pair of new videos showcasing the combat in Tales of Xillia. As noted last week, the localized footage gives us one of our first opportunities to listen to the English voice acting. It's most...

Kyle MacGregor