Last month, the Tales of Symphonia Chronicles HD remaster was released on the PS3 in Japan, and it’s getting a Western release this coming February. And while we’ve all seen HD remasters before, there’s plenty to be excited about in Tales of Symphonia Chronicles.
Two Games on One Disk
Tales of Symphonia Chronicles is an HD remastering of two different games on the same disk: Tales of Symphonia and its sequel, Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World.
Tales of Symphonia came out originally in the West back in 2004—so it’s likely that many younger Tales fans (as well as anyone else who has come to the series in recent years) were never able to play it back in the day. Moreover, when it was released in 2008, Dawn of the New World was a Wii exclusive, meaning that anyone without that console has likely passed this one by in its entirety. So if you missed out on these two the first time around, now is the perfect chance to get both games in a single package.
Looking Better than Ever
Like many PS3 ports in recent years, the games of the Tales of Symphonia Chronicles collection have received a major graphical makeover. The textures of all the objects and characters are now in a much higher resolution and appear smoother as a result. This is particularly obvious when comparing Tales of Symphonia to its original GameCube release. But even in Dawn of the New World, there are noticeable visual improvements as diagonal lines are less jagged and a frame rate increase is clear in several places.