Games & Gear of 2012 – Tales of the Abyss 3DS (2/14/2012)

 

Ok people here’s an easy one for you, where was best country that produced the greatest RPGs back in the day? That right, Japan! You couldn’t walk around in a rental store in the 90’s without tripping over a JRPG from Squaresoft, Enix, and even Capcom. From colorful and simple to dark and extremely heady; they would give challenge to all young gamers out there. However thanks to the hybrid RPGs of today like Mass Effect and Skyrim (made of American companies mind you) the JRPG has lost much of its audience. It’s a good thing however that some titles from the land of the rising sun won’t go quietly into the night (if at all).  Tales of the Abyss 3DS is a remake of Tales of the Abyss from PS2 – which at the time was the latest in the ‘Tales of’ series. Praised for its colorful, diverse characters and improved battle system this game is being re-released for 3DS – Why? Why not. Bringing a complete, fun, but somewhat overlooked game to the 3DS will show the new generation a time before BioWare – and it was good (and now in 3D).