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[PS3 HD Remaster Review] Tales of Symphonia HD

Follow Lloyd and the ‘Chosen’ Colette as they embark on the Journey of Regeneration, a quest to save the world.

The original role playing classic returns with remastered visuals, additional content and a dual audio track including the original Japanese voices and theme songs.

Tales of Symphonia is a JRPG of the Tales Of Series and was originally released for the Gamecube back in 2003. It has then been ported to the Playstation 2 (Japan only) in 2004, and this version has then been ported again on the PS3 as part of the Tales of Symphonia HD Chronicles pack. This HD collection contains the original Tales of Symphonia and Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World which was released exclusively for the Wii in 2008. This review however will only cover Tales of Symphonia HD.

Tales of Symphonia HD – A Tale Of Hope Trailer

Since the game is an HD Remaster, and not an HD Remake, if you have already played Tales of Symphonia on the Gamecube (as I did a few years ago), then you will quickly notice that this is practically the same game. If you missed that game back then, take note that it’s a good JRPG!

Tales of Symphonia HD’s story revolves around the Journey of Regeneration, a holy quest to save the world called Sylvarant. Around the mid-point of the game, the heroes become aware that there is a big issue with the Journey of Regeneration, and they will do their best to fix what is happening! Back when the game released on the Gamecube, I loved this story!

The battles in Tales of Symphonia plays out in a 2D setting. Once you are locked to an enemy, you can move from the left to the right only. Once the monster is defeated, you will lock to a new monster, and the plane will adjust to his position. The battle system is fast-paced, and definitively one of the highlights of the game!

The graphics, soundtrack and voice overs are almost exactly the same as they originally were, and I’m a little bummed by this. I would have expected that at least the main characters got remade in HD, but as you can see in the image below, the textures are in a pretty low resolution. There are also a few camera issues in small spaces, and this becomes annoying as you continue to play. The soundtrack is practically the same, but the main theme that got remade (and I love the new version!). As for the voice overs they are the same, but the Japanese voice-overs are now included in the game, which is always a nice extra in a Tales Of game.

Final Thoughts

I’m glad that Namco Bandai released Tales of Symphonia HD on the Playstation 3! I purchased it on launch day and had a lot of fun with it. The characters are all charming, and you will eventually get to care for their cause! This game can’t really compete with the most recent Tales Of releases on the Playstation 3 for the graphics, but I think every JRPG gamer should play this game.

Like I mentioned earlier, this game is part of the Tales of Symphonia HD Chronicles collection but is also available on the PSN as a stand-alone title. Each of the two games also comes with a (hard to earn) Platinum Trophy!

[review pros=”Classic Tales Of game available on the PS3!
Inclusion of Japanese voice overs” cons=”Some camera issues
Graphics feels aged
” score=80]


Cost: $19.99

PSN Game size: 5.4GB

You can purchase Tales of Symphonia Chronicles from here or on the PSN.


Total amount of time played: 25 hours.

This review is based on a digital copy of Tales of Symphonia HD purchased by the reviewer.