|Tales of Vesperia|
Tales of Vesperia PS3 cover
|Developer||Namco Tales Studio|
|Platforms||Xbox 360, Playstation 3|
|Release Dates||JPAugust 7, 2008
NA August 26, 2008
EU June 26, 2009
Tales of Vesperia is the first game in Namco's Tales series to appear on a high definition console. It was developed by Namco Tales Studio and published by Namco Bandai Games for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. The game was released on August 7, 2008 in Japan, and on August 26, 2008 in North America (a PS3 version has since been released, but there's currently no announcement on a localization and it doesn't seem likely. It was revealed by Namco Bandai's community manager on a facebook comment that Microsoft holds the "title" in an offical contract. Once again though, nothing offical has been confirmed or denied). Though this game features no similar characters from any of the other Tales games, it does hold true to the series and incorporate almost every commonality found in past titles with the addition of a new "learning point" system.
"Aer" is a primeval power source of the universe. "Terca Lumireis" is a world sustained by "blastia", which is driven by Aer. The people of Terca Lumireis enjoy their lives, living in cities shielded by Barrier Blastia which keep them safe from monsters of their world.
The empire once reigned over the people as a bedrock of peace. Blastia, the legacy of an ancient civilization, was under the strict control of the Empire and only certain people became privileged to their use. The poor soon formed organisations in search of freedom (Guilds) and strived to live outside the Empire's rule. Eventually, through conflict and compromise, a new society formed with a complicated relationship between the Empire and Guilds.
Even after the Great War, ten years past, and disputed rights of succesion after the demise of the Emperor, this world seemed peaceful...
AND NOW... Yuri Lowell was raised in the lower quarter of Zaphias. He joined the Imperial Knights with the best friend of his childhood, Flynn Scifo, so as to change the way the knights operated but he inevitably quit, disgusted with how corrupt they truly were. Now Yuri lives the way he wants, solving people's troubles in the lower quarter.
One day, Yuri encounters a mysterious noble named Estelle. Upon discovering her wish to meet with Flynn, he decides to accompany her and escort her to him.
Little does Yuri know, this strange encounter will soon tangle the fates of many people.
Before the story actually takes place, there is an anime movie titled Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike. It gives quite a bit of extra backstory for the characters and also includes a few new ones that were also in the PS3 version of the game.
Battle System In this game the game play is unique, we have the Evolved Flex-Range Linear Motion Battle System. A better version of the Tales of the Abyss combat system, this was done in each game except Tales of Symphonia.
A nice touch to the game is Encounter Link. If two or more enemies are in the area of the first enemy, then you will fight all of them at the same time. During battles you can also unlock achievements for doing extra hits in the battle.
Over Limit, that was featured in Tales of Symphonia, and Tales of the Abyss, returns in the game. This time it is no longer invisible, and you will notice a gauge that you can fill up, you can also unlock your gauge to fill up to a maximum of four times, and let your allies do it, with the new co-op.
There are also many sidequests and mini-games to be done. In addition, most of the bosses have secret missions to complete. When all are completed a title for Yuri is unlocked.
Zagi A demented boy, who constantly wants to fight Yuri. He is the first boss in the game,and the party fights him many times throughout the course of the game.
Yeager Yeager is a weapons seller. He has ambiguous motives throughout the entire game.
Gauche and Droite Gauche and Droite are Yeager's assistants and also his adopted children.
Alexei One of the highest ranking member in the Knights, he wants to change the world in his own way.
Duke Hero of the great war
Schwann Brigade Led by the elusive Captain Schwann Oltarain. He has two followers, Adecor and Boccos, also known as Tweedle A and Tweedle B. Adecor and Boccos often serve as tutorial bosses, but you do fight them in the coliseum and the EX dungeon as normal bosses. His other follower is Leblanc
 See Also
Tales of Vesperia Secret Missions -Detailed information on the 23 secret missions and other Secret Achievements.