The Tales of series is one of the most well-known JRPG series in the world of games. With more than 15 main titles and many spin-offs and sequels, Tales of is still one of the most popular video game series out there. It has a lot of fun characters, new combat systems and graphics, and so much more.
Because the Tales of games have been out since 1995, the fans have seen and played the best and the worst. Here are the best Tales of games based on their Metascores. They range from stories that have been well-received over the years to ones that have been forgotten or criticised for their content.
1. Tales Of Xillia 2 (71)
The Tales of series rarely comes back to one of its games, but it has made a few sequels over the years, so this is true. Tales of Destiny 2 didn’t come to the West, and Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World was a little disappointing. Tales of Xillia 2 is available and a good game in general.
It’s possible to play some characters from the first Xilla game in the second one, even though they don’t compare to Ludger, the game’s main character. You can fight very well, there is a lot of story to go through, and the characters are treated fairly.
2. Tales Of Legendia (72)
Symphonia and Abyss tend to get all the attention. Tales of Legendia is a hidden gem in the PS2’s huge JRPG library. Legendia is the most out-of-date of all the early 2000 games in the series. It looks and plays old, too. The 2D combat doesn’t hold up very well, which is made worse by this game’s use of random encounters. The story takes a while to get going.
But Legendia has a few good things going for it, so it’s still worth a look. Game: The setting of the game is on a ship, which makes it stand out from the other games. The characters are interesting.
3. Tales of Hearts R (76)
On the PlayStation Vita, Tales of Hearts R, a remade version of the original Tales of Hearts, was released. This version had fully rendered 3D models. Metacritic doesn’t show the Nintendo DS version of the game, which suggests that the PS Vita version is either better or more well-known than the Nintendo DS version.
A typical Tales of character, Kor Meteor, is on a journey to restore the heart and soul (Spiria) of a girl named Kohaku Hearts, who isn’t very well known. It doesn’t just look different from one game to the next. The PS Vita edition adds two new party members and a cooking system (which is a classic JRPG element that has become integral to the Tales of series).
4. Tales of Phantasia (76)
You can start with Tales of Phantasia if you want to play the rest. To start with, it was released on the Super Famicom back in 1995 in Japan. In 2006, it came to North America on the Game Boy Advance, and there were more versions up until 2014. The Metacritic score of 76 refers to the Game Boy Advance version of the game. The ios version of the game is ranked very low at 35.
Because it was the first Tales game, Phantasia helped to make sure that many of the games in the series would always work the same way. It is one of the main things in the series, and it still ranks in the top 10.
5. Tales of Zestiria (77)
Tales of fans have been unsure about Tales of Zestiria for a long time, which is why the game isn’t as popular as other newer games. This game has different scores for different systems. The PC version averages 77, while the PlayStation 4 version (released at the same time) only gets 72, which isn’t very good.
The addition of armatization (combining host and seraphim) and the removal of separate battle screens show how different people feel about this game. Regardless, the story about Sorey, Rose, and their seraphim friends is very cute. There are a lot of new things that the game shows the franchise is willing to do.
6. Tales of Graces f (77)
Another remake, Tales of Graces f for the PlayStation 3 added an additional post-game storyline onto the original Wii version. The ported version, which holds the 77 Metascore, retains most of the same content but adds new cutscenes and updated graphics.
In spite of criticism for its cliché portrayal of friendship, the game is nevertheless packed with solid graphics for its time, extensive and engaging lore, and surprisingly challenging battles. It simultaneously pays tribute to the many Tales of games that precede it, while integrating new and exciting mechanics to entice long-time Tales of fans.
7. Tales of the Abyss
It was made for the PlayStation 2 in 2006, then moved to the 3DS in 2012. Tales of the Abyss is the eighth mainline game in the series. It’s close to being a perfect Tales game, with great writing, unique characters, and a lot of different things. There are some Tales games where the fights can feel like button-mashing. Players can move around the battle arena in any way they want. This was a big addition to Tales of the Abyss. Since the release of Abyss, this feature has been used in almost all Tales games. This makes Abyss one of the most important games in the series. If you want to get one, though, it’s not easy to find Tales of the Abyss didn’t get a Steam port, so you can only play it on the 3DS and PS2.
8. Tales of Arise
When we finally got Tales of Arise, we had to wait for a long time between each new book. The wait was worth it! This is by far the most expensive Tales game yet, and it’s easy to see when you look at the game in action, especially if you play it on modern hardware. Unlike the last release, which is next on the list, Tales of Arise is a stand-alone game that doesn’t need to know anything about the series, making it even more appealing to newcomers. Tales of Arise has never been as easy to play as it is in this game, and it has never looked so good. All of the things that made Tales so great are here, but they’re even better. Skits have changed a little, but they’re still a big hit with fans. JRPGs as a whole are easier for newcomers to get into because you can change almost everything. Class conflict and slavery are two dark topics that the story deals with. During your quest to find the treasure, the story does a good job of handling them.
9. Tales of Berseria
Tales of Berseria is the second-last game in the series. It came out in 2016, a year after Tales of Zestiria. Zestiria is set 1,000 years after Berseria, but both games take place in the same world. If you want to play Berseria but don’t want to know what happened in the beginning, we recommend stopping here. It has some of the fastest and most dramatic character development the series has ever seen. Velvet is a young woman who only wants to help her sick younger brother, Laphicet. You play as Velvet in this game. Daemons start to show up in Velvet’s village. Her brother-in-law, Artorius, sacrifices Laphit for a ritual called the “Advent.” As she saw this, Velvet ran to Artorius, but was surrounded by Daemons. One has Velvet’s arm, turning her into a Daemon herself and making her even more powerful. People who play the Tales games usually don’t like how dark and slow they are. Berseria is shocking and moving, and it has the series’ signature combat system to back it up.