In 2006, Tales of Destiny (the second entry in the series, released a couple years after Phantasia) received a gorgeous-looking remake exclusively for the PS2, and then two years after that, it was further improved upon with a Director’s Cut version: aside from some balancing changes and extra content, this edition also added a new game mode called Leon’s Side, allowing you to re-experience the storyline from the perspective of everyone’s favorite dual-wielding bishounen. But putting that aside, the game itself is probably most notable for having the best 2D battle system in the entire franchise, which, I would say, is no exaggeration at all: when it comes to 2D Tales combat mechanics, it doesn’t quite get any better than ToDR.
Remember how Makimoto wasn’t actually given her own route in the main VN despite the fact you could almost see the words “potential heroine candidate” painted on her forehead? Well, these two light novels fix that, and do so in a… decent enough way. Which is what Jingai has always been, I suppose: decent enough.
Wonderful Everyday, or: A Zero Gravity Dance of Happiness and Despair.
Well, I’m still trying to process everything I’ve just experienced. Subarashiki Hibi, or Wonderful Everyday, as it is known in English, is certainly not without its flaws, but I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it ever since I finished it, so that should count for something, at least. It’s ambitious, unique, depressing and uplifting at the same time — and it’s probably one of the more memorable visual novels you’ll read, even if it won’t necessarily blow your mind.
JP title: ツンデレアイドルは僕だけのMペット ～いっぱい躾けてご主人様のLOVE精子で孕みたいの♪～
This had a decent premise, but unfortunately, not even my undying passion for ドM girls could make me enjoy it as much as I would have liked. Ironically enough, the Japanese title probably makes the game sound way more exciting than it actually is.
JP title: テイルズオブファンタジア クロスエディション
Here it is: the grand ancestor of all Tales games. The one JRPG that started it all. Well, more specifically, this is the PSP remake of Phantasia that comes bundled with Narikiri Dungeon X. At its core, it’s more or less the same game, though it does feature some enhancements and additional content, including a brand new character. (no, not Suzu)