History VideoGame / TalesOfTheAbyss

16th Sep '17 3:27:38 PM nombretomado
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The game was originally released for the [=PS2=], and a port for the Nintendo3DS was released internationally. It was released in Europe on November 25th, 2011, marking the first time the Old Continent gets to officially play it. The [=3DS=] version was released in North America on February 14th, 2012.

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The game was originally released for the [=PS2=], and a port for the Nintendo3DS UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS was released internationally. It was released in Europe on November 25th, 2011, marking the first time the Old Continent gets to officially play it. The [=3DS=] version was released in North America on February 14th, 2012.



* RegionalBonus: The North American release included some extras the original Japanese version didn't have. The Nintendo3DS version is based on the North American version as a result and is the first time Japanese players have access to them.

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* RegionalBonus: The North American release included some extras the original Japanese version didn't have. The Nintendo3DS UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS version is based on the North American version as a result and is the first time Japanese players have access to them.



** The Nintendo3DS version varies on how updated it is depending on region. In the Americas, it's pretty much the same game with modified graphics. For Europeans, Australians, or New Zealanders who imported the North American version due to having English as their main language or, in Europe's case outside the British Isles, having studied it as a second language, it would be the same case, though non-importers get to place it for the first time. The updates are a different experience to the Japanese than people from the United States and Canada -- the above was such a step up that the upcoming [[Nintendo3DS 3DS]] version is a localisation of the ''American'' version.
* {{Video Game 3D Leap}}: While ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' was the first game in the series to have 3D battles, ''Abyss'' added free-range 3D running. The Nintendo3DS version takes this a step further and adds stereoscopic 3D graphics.
** Now the first game in the series to make the ''[[Nintendo3DS other]]'' leap into 3D.

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** The Nintendo3DS UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS version varies on how updated it is depending on region. In the Americas, it's pretty much the same game with modified graphics. For Europeans, Australians, or New Zealanders who imported the North American version due to having English as their main language or, in Europe's case outside the British Isles, having studied it as a second language, it would be the same case, though non-importers get to place it for the first time. The updates are a different experience to the Japanese than people from the United States and Canada -- the above was such a step up that the upcoming [[Nintendo3DS 3DS]] 3DS version is a localisation of the ''American'' version.
* {{Video Game 3D Leap}}: While ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' was the first game in the series to have 3D battles, ''Abyss'' added free-range 3D running. The Nintendo3DS UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS version takes this a step further and adds stereoscopic 3D graphics.
** Now the first game in the series to make the ''[[Nintendo3DS other]]'' ''other'' leap into 3D.



* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: The part just before the Absorption Gate dungeon has "Ending" written all over it, you apparently kill the God-Generals, the Absorption Gate itself seems like TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon... And then, when you're watching the supposedly final cutscene, you see a completely new area of the dungeon, ''with a treasure chest in it'', just to make it clear that you're going to be able to go there. There's actually a bit of {{Foreshadowing}} if you look carefully - if you bring up the map in the Qlipoth, there's this area in a corner of the map that appears to have not sank into it. When you go there, you find that it's got a landmark that you can't enter yet. Even more apparent in the [[Nintendo3DS 3DS]] version, since the the map can be perpetually open on the bottom screen.

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* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: The part just before the Absorption Gate dungeon has "Ending" written all over it, you apparently kill the God-Generals, the Absorption Gate itself seems like TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon... And then, when you're watching the supposedly final cutscene, you see a completely new area of the dungeon, ''with a treasure chest in it'', just to make it clear that you're going to be able to go there. There's actually a bit of {{Foreshadowing}} if you look carefully - if you bring up the map in the Qlipoth, there's this area in a corner of the map that appears to have not sank into it. When you go there, you find that it's got a landmark that you can't enter yet. Even more apparent in the [[Nintendo3DS [[UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS 3DS]] version, since the the map can be perpetually open on the bottom screen.
12th Sep '17 3:05:04 PM LovePsychothefirst
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* ChildSoldiers: Common due to ImprobableAge; Anise is thirteen but already a [[ChurchMilitant Fon Master Guardian]], while Tear is sixteen and Asch is seventeen. [[spoiler: The replicas that show up during the third arc deserve special mention as they are at best a few ''days'' old when they fight the team.]]
8th Sep '17 2:10:39 PM The7thBest
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** Luke has an extention to his Radiant Howl Mystic Arte where Ion uses his Daathic Fonic Arte on the enemy. This can only be used when Ion is traveling with your party.
8th Sep '17 1:56:09 PM The7thBest
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** Natalia also has one when the party learns[[spoiler: that Asch has died]]



* SwordBeam: Luke's second Mystic Arte, Lost Fon Drive, involves Luke slashing the enemy about eight or nine times and then firing a massive beam of fonons at the enemy.

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Luke's second Mystic Arte, Lost Fon Drive, involves Luke slashing the enemy about eight or nine times and then firing a massive beam of fonons at the enemy.enemy.
** Guy's second Mystic Arte, Brilliant Overlord, has him slash his sword, sending twelve energy beams through the enemy before traping them in a sphere that crushes them then explodes.


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*VerbalTic: Mieu tends say "Mieu" alot even though the Sorcerer's Ring allows him to speak perfectly with the party.
30th Aug '17 9:48:08 PM The7thBest
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* FourIsDeath:[[spoiler:By the end of the game only Legretta, Largo, Sync, and Arietta are loyal to Van as Asch has sided with the main party and Dist only became a God-General to revive Nebilim.]]
30th Aug '17 7:47:25 AM Malady
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* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Just think Akzeriuth. [[spoiler: Luke had Van's betrayal coming from a mile away.]] [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] when one takes into account [[spoiler: Luke is just seven and looks at Van as his father figure.]]
* [[Main/{{HundredPercentCompletion}} Hundred Percent Completion]]: (although all you really get is a stat-boosting title and the [[Main/{{BraggingRightsReward}} Bragging Rights Reward]])

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* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Just think Akzeriuth. [[spoiler: Luke had Van's betrayal coming from a mile away.]] [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] {{Justified|Trope}} when one takes into account [[spoiler: Luke is just seven and looks at Van as his father figure.]]
* [[Main/{{HundredPercentCompletion}} Hundred Percent Completion]]: HundredPercentCompletion: (although all you really get is a stat-boosting title and the [[Main/{{BraggingRightsReward}} Bragging Rights Reward]])BraggingRightsReward)



* [[WeNamedTheMonkeyJack I Named The Rappig Jade]]: ... and Luke. And Nephry. And Aslan... [[VitriolicBestBuds The one named Jade is actually the stupidest of the bunch]], while the one named Saphir [[spoiler:(which is Dist's real name)]] has a constant runny nose. The Nephry one also has the prettiest collar. [[MySisterIsOffLimits Jade does not approve.]] On a subtler sense, the Aslan rappig's eyes resemble General Frings'.

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* [[WeNamedTheMonkeyJack WeNamedTheMonkeyJack: I Named The Rappig Jade]]: ...Jade: ... and Luke. And Nephry. And Aslan... [[VitriolicBestBuds The one named Jade is actually the stupidest of the bunch]], while the one named Saphir [[spoiler:(which is Dist's real name)]] has a constant runny nose. The Nephry one also has the prettiest collar. [[MySisterIsOffLimits Jade does not approve.]] On a subtler sense, the Aslan rappig's eyes resemble General Frings'.



* IdiotHero: Luke. My God, Luke. [[spoiler: This is [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]], and [[AvertedTrope Averted]] when you take into account the fact Luke is actually seven; he's an idiot because he really only has seven years worth of knowledge (and is expected to act 17 at minimum), this leads to a lot of grief (especially as everyone fails to properly account for his true age), and when one really considers all Luke does over the game, he's actually quite smart for his age.]]

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* IdiotHero: Luke. My God, Luke. [[spoiler: This is [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]], {{Justified|Trope}}, {{Deconstructed|Trope}}, and [[AvertedTrope Averted]] {{Averted|Trope}} when you take into account the fact Luke is actually seven; he's an idiot because he really only has seven years worth of knowledge (and is expected to act 17 at minimum), this leads to a lot of grief (especially as everyone fails to properly account for his true age), and when one really considers all Luke does over the game, he's actually quite smart for his age.]]



** The are are two games in the area with the Kowz and Ant Lion Men on Nam Cobanda Isle- DragonBuster and (if you can read the Fonic Language) [[{{Xevious}} Zevious]] (there is no X in the fonic language). Xevious is the game where you hit all sorts of objects with Mieu Attack/Fire to get points.
** At the Absorption Gate, the scene where Luke confronts [[spoiler: Van]] while he plays an organ just before the battle is a clear shout out to Link's final confrontation with Ganondorf in [[Videogame/TheLegendofZeldaOcarinaofTime The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time]]. Both of these scenes bare a striking resemblance to one another and they set the mood perfectly for a final stand off against the [[Main/BigBad Big Bad]].
*** Although subverted in [[spoiler: Van]]'s case as he only served as the [[Main/DiscOneFinalBoss Disc One Final Boss]] at that point.

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** The are are two games in the area with the Kowz and Ant Lion Men on Nam Cobanda Isle- DragonBuster and (if you can read the Fonic Language) [[{{Xevious}} [[VideoGame/{{Xevious}} Zevious]] (there is no X in the fonic language). Xevious is the game where you hit all sorts of objects with Mieu Attack/Fire to get points.
** At the Absorption Gate, the scene where Luke confronts [[spoiler: Van]] [[spoiler:Van]] while he plays an organ just before the battle is a clear shout out to Link's final confrontation with Ganondorf in [[Videogame/TheLegendofZeldaOcarinaofTime The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time]]. Both of these scenes bare a striking resemblance to one another and they set the mood perfectly for a final stand off against the [[Main/BigBad Big Bad]].
BigBad]].
*** Although subverted in [[spoiler: Van]]'s [[spoiler:Van]]'s case as he only served as the [[Main/DiscOneFinalBoss Disc One Final Boss]] DiscOneFinalBoss at that point.
29th Aug '17 1:24:14 PM HalcyonDayz
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** In most RPGs, the heroes kill mooks, even human ones, without a second thought. Although Luke has no problem killing monsters, the first time he kills a human, he has a HeroicBSOD.

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** In most RPGs, MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame, the heroes kill mooks, even human ones, without a second thought. Although Luke has no problem killing monsters, the first time he kills a human, he has a HeroicBSOD.
26th Aug '17 10:23:49 PM LovePsychothefirst
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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Very common, especially with the God-Generals. Only Sync and Arietta don't have an identity they hide. In Arietta's case, since her (human) parents died when Hod fell and she was [[RaisedByWolves raised by ligers]] afterwards, whatever her name was before that is lost. Nicknames are also used to conceal certain identities [[spoiler: like Guy using the short form of Gailardia as his [[RealNameAsAlias alias]].]] There's also a very twisted, somewhat FridgeBrilliance example [[spoiler: Luke, as a replica with Lorelei's fonic signature, is actually the [[GodInHumanForm Other Lorelei]]. In other words, his name isn't really "Luke" - that's Asch, the original - but is actually "Lorelei" technically. He's never called that of course.]]

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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Very common, especially with the God-Generals. Only Sync and Arietta don't have an identity they hide. In Arietta's case, since her (human) parents died when Hod fell and she was [[RaisedByWolves raised by ligers]] afterwards, whatever her name was before that is lost. Nicknames are also used to conceal certain identities [[spoiler: like Guy using the short form of Gailardia as his [[RealNameAsAlias [[RealNameAsAnAlias alias]].]] There's also a very twisted, somewhat FridgeBrilliance example [[spoiler: Luke, as a replica with Lorelei's fonic signature, is actually the [[GodInHumanForm Other Lorelei]]. In other words, his name isn't really "Luke" - that's Asch, the original - but is actually "Lorelei" technically. He's never called that of course.]]
26th Aug '17 10:22:44 PM LovePsychothefirst
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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Very common, especially with the God-Generals. Only Sync and Arietta don't have an identity they hide. In Arietta's case, since her (human) parents died when Hod fell and she was [[RaisedByWolves raised by ligers]] afterwards, whatever her name was before that is lost. Nicknames are also used to conceal certain identities [[spoiler: like Guy using the short form of Gailardia as his [[RealNameAsAlias alias]].]] There's also a very twisted, somewhat FridgeBrilliance example [[spoiler: Luke, as a replica with Lorelei's fonic signature, is actually the [[GodInHumanForm Other Lorelei]]. In other words, his name isn't really "Luke" - that's Asch, the original - but is actually "Lorelei" technically. He's never called that of course.]]



* OverratedAndUnderleveled: Jade and Asch.

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* OverratedAndUnderleveled: Jade and Asch. Both are [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]: in Jade's case when he first joins the group he's as impressive as his reputation. Then he gets hit by a [[PowerLimiter fon slot seal]] and spends a good chunk of time unlocking it. While in Asch's case [[spoiler: investigating things will reveal he's going through the Big Bang and thus being weakened as a result of his slow death from that.]]
25th Aug '17 8:28:27 PM LovePsychothefirst
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* BreakTheHaughty: Pretty much everything that happens to Luke in the first half of the game. Also, for Natalia, she subdues a bit when she joins the party, realizing quickly that fighting in real life is much different from practice. The real kick for her, though, is when [[spoiler:she discovers she's not really a princess, and her real father is one of the God-Generals]].

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* BreakTheHaughty: Pretty much everything that happens to Luke in the first half of the game.game; though it's worthwhile to note it's a serious [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]]. Also, for Natalia, she subdues a bit when she joins the party, realizing quickly that fighting in real life is much different from practice. The real kick for her, though, is when [[spoiler:she discovers she's not really a princess, and her real father is one of the God-Generals]].



* CainAndAbel: Tear and Van. The game repeatedly jumps back and forth on which is which.

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* CainAndAbel: Tear and Van. The game repeatedly jumps back and forth on which is which.which [[spoiler: before settling on Tear as Abel and [[BigBad Van]] as Cain.]]
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