Video Game: Tales of Rebirth
Tales of Rebirth
"Life doesn't have any one colour."
— Doctor Barrs
is the sixth instalment of the Tales Series
, released in 2004 for Sony Playstation 2.
It tells the story of a world where humans (Huma) and beastmen (Gajuma) co-exist in relative peace, having co-created the kingdom of Callegea long ago. Gajuma have the ability to use a magical power known as Force, which takes the form of a specific element or power
depending on its host.
Our hero, Veigue Lungberg, was just a country boy living in the backwater village Sulz with his sweetheart Claire. That is, until the day that the Gajuma king of Callegea dies, triggering an event that causes Huma worldwide to suddenly develop the power of Force
. Veigue gains the Force of Ice
, which immediately goes berserk and freezes Claire in a tomb of ice
One year later, he is visited by two travellers: Mao, a Huma with the Force of Fire and Eugene Gallardo, a Panther Gajuma with the Force of Steel. Mao manages to free Claire using his Force, but before they can get too comfortable she is kidnapped by a group of Kingdom soldiers. Veigue joins Mao and Eugene on a quest to rescue her and unravel the mystery behind the Force event. The plot later expands to involve Fantastic Racism
and a good amount of Body Surfing
Veigue later receives help from other characters: Annie Barrs, a girl with the Force of Rain and a vengeful grudge against Eugene; Tytree Crowe, a Hot-Blooded
labourer with a sister complex and the Force of Wood; and Hilda Rhambling, a mysterious fortune teller using the Force of Lightning.
Unfortunately, even after the PSP port, this game has never seen the light of day outside of Japan. But at least Eugene is playable in Tales of The World: Radiant Mythology
, and Annie is an NPC. And with the localization of Tales of Graces F
, Veigue will also see a localized appearance. But hey, at least a Fan Translation
project for this game is finally coming along, for the PS2
version (and possibly the PSP version, although there are a few technical difficulties on its side)!
This game provides examples of:
- All of the Other Reindeer:
- Halves, since Interspecies Romance is taboo. It's a major point in both Militsa's and Hilda's stories.
- Ninon, the young girl with the Force of Feather. She was ostracized from her village because her inability to control her Force made everything float.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Yuris, the personification of racism.
- Apologises a Lot: The aforementioned Ninon always ends her sentences with an apology. If you complete her sidequest, she finally starts saying "thank you" instead of constant apologies.
- Auction of Evil: Wan Gin's auction in Kyogen, where he attempts to barter both Agarte and Claire after promising to help Veigue and co. Passing it up is a pretty bad idea, since it offers a lot of rare items and is needed in a rather big sidequest, but Wan Gin eventually gets his comeuppance.
- Bilingual Bonus:
- In Arabic, Saleh is a proper name, and means "the pure". As for Tohma (literally "accusation/suspicion"), not so much...
- "Mesechina" means "moonlight" in a number of languages in the Balcans. Mesechina Cavern is where the stone tablet with the backstory on the Divine King and the sages is written. If you talk to Hack later, he reveals that Geyorkias's will was sealed into a stone called "The Moon of Goldoba", which belonged to the royal family.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Saleh is evil, has a huge ego, but he really cannot back his claims up and instead gets his ass kicked all the time.
- Brutal Bonus Level: Cyglorg's Chambers, available only after the final dungeon opens. It is composed of sixty levels of mazes where you have to overcome certain trials (ranging from simply finding the next warp point to clearing the level with a penalty), within a short time limit. Apart from the new enemies and the Bonus Bosses, older foes also appear with enhanced stats. If you fail the challenge/trial, you're back to square one, and you can't go past floor 40 on your first playthrough.
- Bromance: Veigue and Tytree
- Catch Phrase: Tytree: "That's worth *insert number from 1 to 5* stars!"
- There's also Eugene's "I'm not surprised that you answered my question with a question". Tytree even hangs a lampshade on it.
- Cool Old Guy: Eugene.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Essentially everyone is recruited in this way.
- Defrosting Ice... Country Boy: Veigue is cold, antisocial, but he eventually warms up in the end.
- Difficulty Spike: For the series as a whole. It isn't uncommon for veteran players of previous games to die a lot during the early game. It doesn't help that Rebirth plays differently than most Tales games in terms of strategy and that the Enhance and Inheritance systems are quite complicated even for native Japanese speakers.
- Dual Boss: The Four Stars love pulling you into these. In their final battle, you fight all four at once.
- Early Game Hell: The game is quite difficult before you unlock the Enhance and Inheritance systems.
- Elemental Powers: Force.
- Eviler Than Thou: Saleh and Tohma both kill each other as their dying "fuck you" to the other.
- Evolving Weapon: The Enhance and Inheritance system. Weapons and armor gain Enhance Points during fights, which can then be spent on raising the individual equipment's stats or awakening latent abilities. Enhanced equipment can then be fused into non-enhanced equipment, granting the latter boost to its stats. Occasionally, an "Irregular" happens, and the equipment may change form or awaken very powerful and rare abilities.
- Fantastic Racism: Main theme of the game is whether Gajuma and Huma can co-exist.
- Fighting Your Friend: Even though it is one of the Tales games that entirely lacks a traitor in your party, Rebirth love pitting you against your party members, especially at your first meeting.
- To the point that Rebirth is the only game in the series where you canonically fight all of your party members at some point (even Veigue).
- Final Solution: The main goal of Zilva is to eradicate all Huma.
- Five-Man Band
- For the Evulz: Saleh, a type of guy who for no better reasons... just LOVE doing evil things and trampling on hope and love.
- Four Is Death: The Four Stars of Callegea.
- Fun with Homophones: Solving the "Mystery of the Iron Factory" sidequest nets Annie and Veigue the "Great Detective"note title, while Tytree gets "Sloppy Detective"note . The words used are pronounced exactly the same, even though their meanings are entirely opposite.
- Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: When Veigue almost lost it, Tytree takes him to a beach... and then incites a fistfight with him so he got better. Veigue later repeats it on Reid in the Viva Tales bonus DVD.
- Note that Reid had done nothing to actually deserve this, it was merely Veigue taking things way out of proportion.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Yuris, depending on your interpretation, when you think about it, it came out of nowhere and was only mentioned by the last parts of the story.
- Grand Theft Me: Agarte manages to switch bodies with Claire at the fake ending, and much of the remaining plot is spent trying to switch them back once Veigue figures it out. In the past, Zilva also pulled this on Doctor Barrs in order to poison the king and get Eugene exiled.
- Half-Human Hybrid: "Half"s, who are half-Huma, half-Gajuma and universally discriminated against. Militsa of the Four Stars is a Half, as is Hilda.
- Hate Plague: The influence of Yuris in the second half of the game causes all Gajama to irrationally develop prejudice against Huma, sometimes to murderous extremes.
- Hot-Blooded: Tytree.
- Ill Girl: Not exactly inflicted with a terminal disease, but Annie plays this part during one arc.
- Ironic Echo:
- Early in game, Mao pretended that Eugene is his servant. Late in game, Eugene pretended that the whole team is his servant. For situational uses. There's also a skit detailing this.
- When the party calls out Hilda on deceiving them, she shrugs them off by saying they're to blame for believing her claims. Right afterwards, when Tohma reveals he's been lying to her about fulfilling her wish, he throws the same line back in her face.
- Let's You and Him Fight: A lot. This game is one of the few Tales games in which you can canonically fight every member of your party.
- Light and Mirrors Puzzle: A couple of puzzles in Mao and Hilda's trials require reflecting their respective forces on walls and fans.
- Little Bit Beastly: "Half"s are like this, looking pretty much like humans but with minor animal characteristics.
- Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!
- Love Makes You Evil: Agarte, whose plan is motivated by her love for Milhaust.
- Match Maker Quest: The first sidequest available, which extends to the endgame has Veigue act as a mediator between Monica and Steve in Sulz. Completing it nets Veigue the "Love Cupid" title.
- Power Incontinence: A risk Force users run if their emotions start going out of control, and every playable character except Mao goes through it at some point.
- The Power of Love: A major theme, prevalent in Tytree's speeches and Claire and Veigue's relationships. In the final dungeon, the renewed sentiments of friendship throughout the world fuel the party's waning powers and allow them to defeat Yuris.
- Racing Minigame: The Rafting mini-game. It's mandatory to play just once when going from Petnadjanka to Sunnytown, but you can't lose that one time. If you want all of Veigue's titles, you have to complete it with at least 10,000 points.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Tytree delivered one to Saleh. Unfortunately, Saleh is too thick-headed to listen.
- Royalty Superpower: The Force of Moon, which is passed down the royal family and is central to the events of the game. Zilva herself has royal blood and can use it, but no one knows this.
- Running Gag: Hack always lands himself knee-deep into trouble. Monsters, ancient ruins, angry locals—Hack always needs you to rescue him.
- Say My Name: CLAIIIIIRRREEEE!!!!!! It was used in the Bonus DVD for the PSP release to make a brand new Hi-Ougi for Veigue and Tytree, Mugen Zekkyougin. The only problem was it left their allies' ears bleeding.
- The Seven Mysteries: The Seven Great Illusions, which Franz is seeking. The "Virus of Illusion" and the "Isle of Illusion" are found during the story, but the "Garden of Illusion" ends up a Red Herring. The real garden is part of a sidequest.
- Ship Tease: Veigue and Claire. Agarte and Milhaust. Tytree and Hilda. And despite all that, only Agarte and Milhaust reach any resolution, with everyone else in Status Quo, although side material more or less scream the obvious fact that Veigue and Claire are together. Oh, and Agarte dies in the end, so... no Official Couple for you!.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Anyone with a Force risks going into a berserk rage if they lose control of their emotions, requiring a dose of Get A Hold Of Yourself Man. Eugene has the worst case of this, as the influence of Yuris means he is at constant risk of going berserk, even after the party brings him under control the first time.
- Turtle Island: The Sacred Beast of Earth, Randgriz, was initially big enough to be mistaken for an island while traveling the sea by the legendary pirate, Aifread. When the Sacred Beasts tell Eugene to find the "Isle of Illusion", the party obtains the pirate's map and realize the island is, in fact, Sunnytown. Randgriz's body became the foundation of the city.
- Unstoppable Rage: You go into this if your Force go out of control.
- Wutai: Though the eastern continent seems to be a mixture of various cultures, Kyogen is basically Edo period Kyoto.
- You Can't Get Ye Flask: Some of the answer puzzles can be... Frustrating, to say the least.
- You Killed My Father: Annie intends to get revenge on Eugene for this.
- Subverted when it turns out Eugene really DID kill her father, but in self-defense: Annie's father was trying to kill Eugene. Double-subverted when it turns out Annie's father was being possessed by Agarte's Evil Chancellor, Zilva.