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Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology review

Stripped-down side story still has the goods

Pros

  • Original English voice cast
  • Familiar faces
  • Quick
  • easy gameplay

Cons

  • The music
  • Your annoying
  • obligatory flying sidekick
  • Pointless fetch-quests

For those of you who never played Tales of Symphonia, Tales of Legendia, or any of the other outstanding %26ldquo;Tales of%26rdquo; games, this PSP-exclusive may seem less than interesting. Nearly all of the content in Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology is borrowed from other Tales games, with a few standard RPG trappings tacked on. There is nothing really new or innovative to make the game memorable, but for fans of the franchise, Radiant Mythology is a nice trip down memory lane and a breath of familiar (if not fresh) air for the PSP.

The big deal in Radiant Mythology is the illusion of control - the title is supposed to be pronounced %26ldquo;MY-thology%26rdquo; to emphasis that this Tale is all about "you." Character customization enables you to choose details such as class, coloring, and even voice tone. Character interaction allows you to affect other characters' opinions of you, which factors in to whether or not they choose to join your party (supposedly - sometimes they just don%26rsquo;t feel like joining, or are never around when you want to invite them). And throughout the long, drawn-out and mostly voiced-over conversations, you occasionally get to choose a response that just might alter the course of the conversation (keyword: might).

More Info

GenreRole Playing
DescriptionIt's no Symphonia, but this stripped-down side story will deliver in the portable RPG department.
Franchise nameTales of...
UK franchise nameTales of...
PlatformPSP
US censor ratingTeen
Release date17 July 2007 (US), (UK)
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