Trying to play through Dawn of the New World was kind of a roller coaster. It has some great and fun moments, but also some repulsive moments, like the Temple of Lightning and some of the puzzles (though I don’t remember those anymore, unlike the ToL; apparently the puzzle near the very end of the game caused my last, year-long retirement from the game, leading me to criticize the game as “horrific” overall in some mostly unrelated ramblings). Overall, the game does have a faint feeling of boredom about it, and I think that’s mainly due to a few things: making a sequel to a game as legendary as Tales of Symphonia in the first place; having the game be a slight retread of the first; featuring the heroes from the first game, but without the ability to level them up or customize their equipment and titles; and, most of all, replacing traditional party members with a mediocre mons system.
This mons system is not very good. You can’t nickname monsters, and they’re fairly generic overall, removing the personalization that Pokemon has. You can’t crossbreed or fuse monsters like in Pokemon or Shin Megami Tensei, nor can you selectively breed them for new skills and attributes of your choosing. Continue reading Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World Final Thoughts