Oct 162008

Last weekend I finished Namco-Bandai’s Tales of Vesperia for the XBox 360, a game which delivers the “Tales of” series’ characteristic action-chaos combat, lovely anime-flavored visuals, and little else. That’s not how things begin: Vesperiapresents a deeply unjust world and a genuine moral conflict about how to change it. The game’s meandering, inattentive writing, however, leaves this initial promise unfulfilled. As a consequence the story is endlessly boring and deeply disappointing.Spoilers follow, but trust me, there’s not that much to spoil. The world of Vesperia, Terca Lumireis, is politically dominated by an Empire that maintains its power through a monopoly [Read more…]