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Tales of Symphonia is Coming to the PS3

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In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Tales of Symphonia is getting re-released on the PlayStation 3. Titled Tales of Symphonia Unisonant Pack, the game will include both Tales of Symphonia and its sequel, Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World.

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Tales producer Hideo Baba made the announcement today to a cheering crowd of 12,000 fans at the annual Tales of Festival event (More on the event itself next week). The game is scheduled for release in Japan in October.

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Baba did mention that Unisonant Pack would feature new in-battle cuts and new cross-game costumes – including character costumes from other Tales games released after the original Symphonia. Baba stated that further information would be announced as the release date approaches.

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Currently, there's no news on a Western release, but considering the popularity of the Tales series outside of Japan, one can't be far behind.

[Update] A 2014 Western release has been confirmed. (Thank you, CAINXAVIER!)

Japanese fans will also be getting a couple of limited editions. One is set to include, among other things, a novella that covers the events that occur in between the original Symphonia and Dawn of the New World.

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Tales of Symphonia Unisonant Pack will be out in Japan on October 10th. No info as to whether the new game will be a port or a remake.

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Tales of Symphonia (while kind of a rip-off of the story of FFX) is one of my favorite games of all time. The characters, sidequests, the titles, and the grade system gave it real replay value (and for the first time for me in a game) the second after beating it.

The sequel (unfortunately and much like FFX-2) was one of the worst RPGs I've ever played. They got rid of almost every aspect I liked about the first. The world map (now point and click due to time restrictions on the release), the good voice acting, the side quests (all randomized fetch quests, unrelated to storyline), the battle system, AND the characters. You get the old characters every once and awhile, but you can't level them up or anything. You only get the two new characters you get to play as: a yaoi boy from Yu-gi-oh, and an annoying American-anime-fan-girl.

Man, I wanted to like the sequel sooo much. I was so excited for it. I played through it twice just to see if it'd grow on me, but while the story in the end wasn't the worst, everything else just forced it to be horrible. I even was once trying to defend it to my girlfriend when she called it gay, and the characters immediately decided to hold each other's hips to cross some ice for a scene that looks like them running a train on themselves.

All in all, I loved Tales of Symphonia and recommend it to everyone I know who likes RPGs, but I like to pretend the sequel never existed.