Better Late Than Never: Tales of Symphonia

Better Late Than Never: Tales of Symphonia

Every year I like to sit down with a glass of whiskey and write down my top 10 favorite games of all time. This list is by no means scientific. The bottom five almost never stick around and the top five never seem to lose their place, there is no rating system, its just a mental exercise in the games that have stuck with my throughout the years.

The game that always seems to come in at number two or three on that list is Tales of Symphonia. Click on that link and you’ll see why. (Sorry about those anime girls at the opening, I couldn’t find a higher quality version. -_-) I honestly believe it is the single greatest title screen cinematic. It tells you everything you need to know in just over two minutes. You’re about to go on an awesome adventure, filled with interesting people, new and exciting places, and possibly even a little romance! As a kid in Junior High, it was everything I had ever wanted in a game.

But plenty of games have huge open worlds, filled with exciting battles, and interesting stories, what makes Tales of Symphonia so special?

Tales has charm.

Tales of Symphonia is awkward, clumsy and home to what is quite possibly the most unintentionally hilarious scene in video game history. Seriously, among Tales fans this scene has inspired countless memes and inside jokes. Yet in spite of these moments, or more likely because of them, you can’t help but fall in love with the cast of characters and grand adventure they go on. I think I can honestly say I have never cared about a cast of characters in any form of media more than I have cared about Lloyd and his crew of lovable awkward misfits. And how can you not? By the time the journey is over you’ll have spent over one-hundred hours with them!

To this day, Tales of Symphonia remains one of the only games I have played through twice, once on my own, and once with my good friend Austin.

So if you haven’t had the chance to play Tales of Symphonia, do it. Buy it now. And if by chance someone at Namco Bandai happens to see this, we will give you a GREAT deal on royalties. Seriously. This is one title that I believe everyone should play, especially in 2017. We could all use some delicious, awkward, unbridled, fierce, and at times extremely naive optimism.

Thankfully Tales of Symphonia has that in spades.