January 18, 2012: Neku finishes the Game with Shiki by defeating the GM, only to wake up with the Scramble Crossing’s gritty pavement as his bed.
A new week has begun… A new Game, and a new partner: Joshua. His method of gathering Fusion Stars is pretty fun. MAAATH
Math quickly turns on you in the second week, as you’ll soon see…
Guess who else loves the maths? Sho Minamimoto, the new GM. HE SPEAKS IN MATHEMATICAL TERMS. Strangely enough, I understand some of them. My ratio is satisfactory!
Still, he represents all that is dark and unholy in mathematics, my old nemesis. As such, he is going down. In a flashback, Neku recalls Shiki being declared the winner of the round and Beat electing to become a Reaper. Shiki didn’t want to return to life if it meant Neku staying in the Game, but he insisted.
“I’ll be waiting for you – every day, in front of Hackio… till you come back,” promised Shiki.
“I’ll see you there soon,” swore Neku. “That’s a promise.”
“Once you see the real me, will we still be friends?”
“Count on it. You’ll always be Shiki.”
They reached out to one another as Shiki was spirited away.
Japanese Title: Subarashiki Kono Sekai (It’s a Wonderful World)
Platform: Nintendo DS
Developers: Jupiter/Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Japanese Release: July 27, 2007
European Release: April 18, 2008
North American Release: April 22, 2008
Australian Release: April 24, 2008
December 31, 2011: The game’s intro flashes a series of images as protagonist Neku Sakuraba runs past most of the characters in the story. The opening theme, “Twister”, is pretty cool and gets the game’s incredible soundtrack off to a good start.
June 21, 2010: I’ve found a way to make decent cash in this game. In the Dais Cave, one of those enemies disguised as treasure chests hangs out close to the entrance. You see, you can just ext and re-enter to respawn the chest. Kill it and you rake in 8,000-plus Fol.
IIRC, Fol is the currency used in other tri-ACE games as well.
On the flip side, it gives zip for experience points. Well, 20, specifically.
It was monotonous hell, but I enjoyed by spending spree. Equipment for all!
There were three kinds of people in this world: people blessed with “Lunaglyphs” that let them use magic, and “unblesseds”, who could not. Some of those blessed with lunaglyphs were high-ranking members of society known as “Aristos”. They protected the average folk known as “meages”. Unblesseds were usually killed or abandoned at birth.
As a result of being born during a lunar eclipse, the game’s protagonist, Capell, was an unblessed and was abandoned as a baby. Despite this, he was taken in and raised in a troupe of bards. He knew how to play the flute.
One day, he was thrown into a prison without knowing why. He was rescued by a mysterious girl named Aya, a member of the Liberation Force. The Liberation Force fought against the Order of Chains. The Order of Chains managed to set up several chains between the Moon and the planet, causing natural disasters and monsters to emerge from the nearby area.
Capell could sever the chains, presumably due to his lack of a Lunaglyph. And so it went that Capell joined the Liberation Force, alongside their leader, Sigmund the Liberator…
…who looked just like him.
It is eventually revealed that Sigmund could no longer cut the chains because he had his Lunaglyph removed when his son was born because he was an unblessed. This also reversed Sigmund’ aging several years, so that he looked as young as the 17-year-old Capell, who was his son. He died protecting him.
March 13, 2010: In the wake of severing the moon-chain on the Zolan Coast, Capell had to talk to the grumpy Edward, who thought he was merely an imposter of their old leader, Sigmund. It didn’t go well.
Now, we leave for Kolton by boat.
There were some strange items littering Zola that weren’t there before we severed the chain.
Invisible enemies attacked Kolton, but Capell could reveal them with his Percipere song. Strangely, only he could even see the monster at first.
Then, the lunar rain began to fall, and Edward fell ill after acting more aggressive than usual. A little boy named Vic, who was being attacked by the invisible monster, led us to Halgita to find a healer for Edward, and Vic joined the party. I figured right off that he was special.
I’ve only played this game for 18 hours according to the in-game clock, but it’s strangely memorable in a happy way throughout.
We took a teleporter to the Cobasna Timberlands. It could only be activated by playing Percipere.
Halgita was Sigmund’s hometown. Another town already? We barely had any fights in the Timberlands. 😦
Vic learned that someone who can heal Edward lived deep in the Timberlands.
March 14, 2010: The Timberlands remind me of the forest from Dark Cloud 2.
Which I still haven’t beaten. 😦
I loved DC2 and other recent Level-5 games.
March 17, 2010: Unlocked High Enchanter! Yay!
I’m annoyed by the Timberlands. There are some stupid barriers cutting off parts of the jungle, and I can’t find any new paths. I have to go through the barriers.
When we first traipsed through the Timberlands, Vic said something about how trying to go past the barriers could get you into a world of hurt or trouble or something. Who cares! I’m desperate now.
Ah-HA! The barriers just take you to different parts of the jungle. But they don’t seem to lead anywhere.
Vic said that his brother died of the same affliction affecting Edward.
When Vic overreacted to Capell grabbing him to keep him from falling into the river, I grew suspicious that Vic may actually be… Victoria!
Little did they know… that a kunoichi was watching them. She and Capell met in Halgita’s palace, where they were still maintaining that Sigmund was still alive and that Capell was Sigmund. Apparently, Lord Tohma gave the kunoichi an order to protect “Sigmund the Liberatior”…
I only found my way through the Timberlands by making a map and tracing the paths of the barriers. What the hell is this, Phantasy Star? Foreshadowing!
We finally found a shack out in the wilds. A grumpy guy named Kiriya waited inside. But Savio, our elven aristo friend, knew him and he begrudgingly let us inside of his house.
The kunoichi watched them all the way.
Kiriya said that the thing afflicting Edward was glyph sickness. A side-effect of his lunaglyph blessing. Kiriya gave us a beautiful crystal called a Lunytol, and said that it should suppress the lunaglyph. Edward’s not gonna be happy about that.
It’s all because the lunar rain increased the power of his glyph. He can’t handle it because he’s “merely” a human, not an aristo.
If Edward’s lunaglyph is not restricted, he will either die, or, more likely, turn into a monster through a process called “vermification”. The Liberation Force resolved to bring the Lunyton to Edward before either conclusion could come to pass.
Then Savio asked Kiriya to join us on behalf of “our Queen Svala”, and he did!
By the time we returned to Kolton, people were fleeing in droves. A panicked Michelle said that Edward’s lunaglyph burst and he went on a rampage. When we found him, the vermification had already started, but Kiriya assured us that we could still use the Lunyton on him.
I’m not exactly sure how, but we earned a Situation Bonus for stopping Edward within three minutes. Er… go team?
“This might hurt,” warned Capell as he plunged the Lunyton into Edward’s body.
Somehow, Capell saw images from Edward’s past. He grew up happy, but it all changed when his father or father figure died. Edward left his home and was menaced by an ogre…
Sigmund was the one who saved him. By then, Sigmund already had Balbagan and Eugene serving under him in the Liberation Force. Edward begged Sigmund to let him join.
Edward has not coped with Sigmund’s fate. Capell has to save him from his internal darkness, before his lunaglyph goes back to normal…
The wall between him and Capell shrunk.
After Capell saved Edward, he claimed that it was time for him to leave the Force because his glyph could be a liability. Capell was offended because he did not have a glyph and he was still willing to fight.
Or rather, he did not have a choice…
No one else knew. I’m not surprised. He never said otherwise.
Later, Aya asked (OK, demanded) that Capell be more honest to her. Then, Edward apologized and said “it would be an honor to fight alongside you”.
“Hey, leader,” said Edward. “Tell us where to go.”
“First, to Halgita”, replied Capell.
Now, we have to worry about the lunar rain turning characters into monsters unless they’re aristos or not in possession of a glyph.
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
July 5th, 2012: I love the animations of the Katz Guild member.
The parts where you have to navigate dark stairways with lightning trying to zap you is annoying.
Why does Regal still wear clothes that look like his prison gear?
I missed the part where Regal put his old prison clothes back on in an attempt to snap “Lloyd” out of his madness when we briefly saw him in Flanoir. But it wouldn’t have worked anyway because that was not the real Lloyd.