JP title: テイルズ オブ ファンタジア なりきりダンジョンX
Believe it or not, despite the spinoff-y title (and this is sort of a spinoff/fandisc), NariDanX is actually a sequel to the events of Tales of Phantasia X.
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)
Man, people weren’t joking when they said CCC was way better than Extra. Like, I’m trying to think of the best way to illustrate how true that statement is. Okay, so basically… this isn’t “just” an alternate version or a sort-of-sequel. It’s more like… the real story of Fate/Extra. No, I mean, seriously. If you were to ask me, I’d say the entirety of the original Extra exists for the sole purpose of serving as a prologue to CCC, which then goes on to use it as a stepping stone in order to tell the story Nasu truly wanted to tell. At least that’s the impression I got, considering how utterly unremarkable vanilla Extra feels in retrospect now that I’ve finished CCC.
Somewhere on planet Earth, in a fictional apartment shared by two fictional roommates…
“Man, it’s getting late. Think I’m gonna hit the sack. …Oh, what’re you playing?”
“You mean like Fate/stay night? Dude, I loved Fate/stay night! So is that girl Saber? Whoa, wait a sec, why is she wearing red all of a sudden…?”
“She’s not that Saber. It’s a different Heroic Spirit. Look, I’ll explain. She’s actually–”
“What do you mean she’s not that Saber? Then why does she look almost exactly li–“
…Neither of them slept that night.
This is an impressive game, and I truly mean that: though not perfect, what Tetsuya Takahashi and his team accomplished here is nothing short of magical. Xenoblade is an absolute treat for anyone craving a JRPG with wondrous worlds and larger-than-life storylines, and on the whole, offers an experience unlike many others, one that will stay with you for a long time to come.
If Xenoblade is the high-profile, must-play Wii JRPG everyone tells you to try, Arc Rise Fantasia is the underrated gem that time forgot.
It’s also hard as fuck. Jesus Christ.
Well, this is a solid example of an otherwise decent game swiftly going downhill due to a certain story reveal. When I started Star Ocean 3, I was having a blast — by the time I got to the final dungeon, I just wanted my suffering to end. Oh well. The game was still overall okay.
But fuck me, that twist.