tales of symphonia

Tales of Symphonia

Tales of Symphonia is a JRPG that is part of Namco Bandai's Tales series. It was originally released on the Nintendo Gamecube in 2003 (Japan) and 2004 (Europe and North America). It was ported to the Playstation 2 (Japan only), and also got a release on Steam in 2016.

A sequel was released in 2008 called Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World. The two games were bundled together and re-released as Tales of Symphonia Chronicles on Playstation 3. So despite it being an older game, there are still a number of ways to play ToS. Aside from the game itself, there has also been a ToS anime, manga, novel and audio CD adaptations.

Sheena does appear in Dawn of the New World, but this site deals only with the original game. I honestly couldn't get into the sequel at all, and I have no intention of ever trying to again. The first game, however, remains one of my favourites.

Dwarven vow number 1: Let's all work together for a peaceful world!

Tales of Symphonia

The protagonist of Tales of Symphonia is Lloyd Irving, a young man who lost his mother at an early age. Due to his father's whereabouts being unknown, he was raised by a dwarf. His best friends are Genis Sage, a genius elf with a real inventive name, and Colette Brunel, the Chosen of Sylvarant. Sylvarant is the name of the land they live in, and the Chosen must go on a journey of world regeneration, which will bring prosperity back to the ailing Slyvarant by replenishing it with mana.

Of course, this is a very cursory overview of the game, and this save-the-world journey gets very complicated (as these things tend to do in JRPGs). Sylvarant is not the only world – and for it to prosper, the world of Tethe'alla will decline as the two are linked and compete for the same pool of mana. It is from Tethe'alla that Sheena Fujibayashi hails, and she has been sent to stop Colette from completing her journey.

Tales of Symphonia is a very good game, with great characters and a fun battle system. The story has a lot of familiar elements to anyone who's played games in this genre before, but it doesn't stop it from being entertaining. It holds up well over ten years later. I do recommend getting your hands on the Playstation 3 or Steam port if you can! Tales of Symphonia was the first Tales game I played – it's honestly a great introduction to the series (although I may be biased).

Chasing a Starlight is, in case it wasn't already obvious, primarily focused on Sheena, so this site won't present a comprehensive overview of the game. For more information, check out these links:

Tales of Game | Wikipedia | Wikia

I'd also like to give a bonus mention to Destinie's fab Lloyd site Paladin – it has a great synopsis and glossary, along with a review of the game that really aligns to my own thoughts on it. I recommend reading if you're curious about Tales of Symphonia.