I must start by saying that I have previously played Tales of Symphonia, which was released back in 2003. The original was released on the Gamecube, while its sequel Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, which I did not play, was released on the Wii. In fact, it was one of the few games I had actually bought for the system. Tales of Symphonia was simply that great of a game. As such, does Tales of Symphonia Chronicles do a great job at bringing a true classic onto the PS3? Or is this an example of Namco Bandai trying to hop onto the HD bandwagon by doing a quick HD port?
The story of the original is very similar in some aspects to the story of Final Fantasy X. In Symphonia, the main character Lloyd Irving is accompanying Colette Brunel, the chosen, along with her guardians with his best friend on her journey of world regeneration. The reason for this journey is to replenish Sylvarant, the name of their world, with mana. This mana is the necessary energy to ensure the survival of the planet and themselves. Colette has to travel to five temples that must be unsealed by her.
In Dawn of the New World, the world is in chaos, due to the events that took place in Tales of Symphonia. For example, the climate has gone through various changes: desert towns became frozen wastelands and lakes dried up into valleys. The story revolves around the tensions between Sylvarant and Tethe'alla. Tethe'alla looks down on Sylvarant for their lack of technological progress. While Sylvarant fear Tethe'alla for the power they posses.
Tales of Symphonia Chronicles is a great game to play. I played the game, the first one, over a decade ago. I am happy i am able to play it again. If you are looking for a good classic RPG, look no more further than Tales of Symphonia Chronicles.
An old memory: When I was in high school, a group of friends and I all played the original game. One of my friends, Chris, and I always played a joke on another friend, Phil. Instead of a joke, it was more of a saying. Both Chris and I had already played and beaten the game. Phil had yet to either start the game or only had a few hours playing.
Anyway, Chris and I would randomly say "They all die!" to Phil. This always freaked him out. Anyway, with both of us were randomly telling him this, it’s been so many years that I am unable to recall if this phase is true or false. This happens to be one of my fondest memories from high school. I think my friend Chris may also. I do not know about Phil.