Tales of the expected

Tales of the Tempest is the latest in Namco's long-running RPG series, which is due out in Japan next month. Avid importer or not, be sure to check out our new screens of dreamlike attractiveness.

Tempest certainly looks pretty, which is to be expected - all recent Tales games on a variety of consoles have packed in some truly colorful environments. Another staple, the real-time combat system, will now be centered around the DS' touch screen and stylus.

While it's technically a new Tales, things are looking remarkably similar to the past games. Monsters attacking a quaint little village? Check. Teenage boy who sets off on a voyage of discovery and outlandish, spiky haircuts? Yup. Role-playing fans just got another familiar feather in their cap.