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Tales of Symphonia Review

By BwwDtt | 13 June 2021
Average: 5 (3 votes)

Tales of Symphonia is a third-person atmospheric fantasy JRPG, the fifth in a series of Tales games

  • Beautiful anime stylistics
  • Over 80 hours of gameplay time
  • Dynamic combat system
  • Exciting plot
  • Well-developed RPG mechanics

Tales of Symphonia Gameplay

Tales of Symphonia is an atmospheric, third-person fantasy JRPG, the fifth instalment in the Tales series. The game was developed by Namco Tales Studio and released by Namco in 2003. It was later released on PC in February 2016.

Tales of Symphonia this time takes place in a fictional world called Sylvarant. In the story, the player will take on the role of Lloyd Irving, who is accompanied by childhood friend Colette Brunel. Together they embark on a journey to save the world from the awakening evil. During their wanderings, they find out that the salvation of their world threatens the existence of a parallel world.

The gameplay is classic for the representative of the JRPG genre. The player must navigate a conventionally open world with a squad of heroes under control, completing various quests and fighting opponents.

Combat system

The combat system in Tales of Symphonia is dynamic, as the battles against enemies take place in real-time in a small arena, the visual appearance of which depends on the current location. The main character, together with allies, uses various combinations of blows, as well as skills. The game has a system of effectiveness of techniques, based on which, skills of a certain type will be more or less effective against enemies of different classes. During the battle, the player can also use consumables that will enhance his heroes, restore their health, mana, etc.


In Tales of Symphonia, on his way, the player will meet a huge variety of opponents who differ not only in appearance but also in the class, as well as in unique skills.

Tales of Symphonia opponents
In addition to ordinary mobs, the game also contains bosses, the victory over which depends on competent tactics and good interaction between the player's characters.


From the first seconds, Tales of Symphonia immerses the player in the atmosphere of the fantasy Sylvarant. The game is made in old school Low Poly anime style. In addition to the colourful and picturesque surroundings, the game is also replete with many vivid special effects. A separate word should be said about the cel-shader animation created by the renowned artist Kosuke Fujishima. All this perfectly complements the themed soundtrack.

Equipment and cooking

During the adventure, the player will encounter many items. Some of them can be obtained in treasuries, while others are obtained after defeating opponents. It should be understood that the timely improvement of the heroes' equipment greatly helps in the further game.

Tales of Symphonia Equipment and cooking
The game also has a cooking section, where the player can prepare useful consumables from various materials.


The plot of the game stretches through the volume of dialogues of the game characters, as well as an abundance of cutscenes. Exploration of the environment, additional missions and dialogues will help you fully immerse yourself in the gameplay, as well as learn more about the Tales of Symphonia universe. The gripping story takes about 80 hours.

Tales of Symphonia is a great old school JRPG that will appeal to all fans of this genre and the Tales series. The game is also recommended for anyone who loves the Valkyria and Final Fantasy series.

Tales of Symphonia System Requirements

Minimum Requirements

  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce 8800GT / ATI Radeon HD 4830
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+, 2.6GHz
  • File Size: 7 GB available space
  • OS: Windows Vista 32/64

Recommended Requirements

  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti / AMD Radeon HD 7850
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-530, 2.93 GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 940, 3.0GHz
  • File Size: 7 GB available space
  • OS: Windows 7 (x64) / Windows 8 (x64)