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The Tales of series has been easily one of Bandai Namco’s most successful JRPG series. Tales of has had its game titles on nearly every console, had had anime OVAs produced, anime movies and even manga. Though gamers shouldn’t be surprised given how each Tales of game has a strong story, filled with likeable characters, gorgeous graphics and a fun gameplay system that is akin to action RPGs more than the traditional JRPG style. We know what you’re thinking though, you want a game that is similar to the Tales of series don’t worry we at Honey’s Anime have your back like always. Today we bring you the salvation you sought after, we bring you 6 games like Tales of.
First for a game to even come close to a Tales of game there must be certain requirements. The primary requirement is a fun cast of characters. Every Tales of game is loaded to the brim with interesting and quirky heroes and villains. Next, the game must be at its heart less about turn base and more about action and movement, Tales of games have had success in this formula and it’s a staple of the franchise. Finally a true tales of like game must be gorgeous in terms of graphics. Even if the game came out years ago it must have beauty in its settings. There are other smaller details but we at Honey’s Anime feel these are the must haves for a game to come close to the greatness that is Tales of. So without any further delay let’s begin this adventure in finding titles to match the greatness that is the Tales of franchise.
Similar Games to Tales of
1. Xenoblade (Xenoblade Chronicles)
- System/Platform: Wii, New Nintendo 3DS
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Developer: Monolith Soft, Monster Games (New Nintendo 3DS)
- Release Date: Jun 10, 2010
Long ago there was a battle between two gods Mechonis and Bionis, their battle destined to last forever. As time passed the two Gods met a stalemate during a particularly rough battle and they ceased to move, this allowed life to be born on top of these two massive deities. However, both Gods found that the lives of the humans on their bodies decided to continue their war becoming two separate groups, those who lived on Bionis were named Homs and those who were nestled on Mechonis were dubbed Mechon. During one fight a warrior for the Homs wielded a strange but powerful sword named Monado, the only weapon that could destroy the armor of Mechon troops. Unable to use the blade effectively however, the warrior lost the Monando and within a year time frame a young man named Shulk would find it changing his life forever.
Xenoblade Chronicles is the game fans of the Tales of series will want to play. Players take control of Shulk and several others and are allowed a mixture between real time movement and set controls for doing various attacks to an enemy. While the gameplay might not mirror Tales of games, the epic story, fun characters and gorgeous graphics do. Players will find a lengthy adventure that never gets old and that’s a theme that Tales of games share. While there is a portable version of Xenoblade Chronicles, we recommend the original on the Wii for the best performance.
2. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
- System/Platform: PS3
- Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment, Level-5 (JP)
- Developer: Level-5, Studio Ghibili
- Release Date: Nov 17, 2011
The dream of many gamers is to experience the wonderful world of anime in a video game setting. Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch by Developer Level-5 does just that thanks to an unprecedented team up with famous Studio Ghibli being known for their works such as Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. When a young boy named Oliver loses his mother, a doll that was made Oliver’s mother is brought to life with his tears. Drippy, the now moving and talking doll, tells Oliver there is a way to bring his mother back to life. Oliver is about to go on a life changing adventure where he will face dangers all in order to revive his mother, but Oliver won’t be alone as he will soon learn.
The Tales of series is known for combining anime like elements into every detail of its characters and story. Ni ni Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch does the same exact thing but literally thanks to Studio Ghibli’s involvement in the character designs and animation. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch plays like a Tales of game meets Pokemon. Players will control Oliver and his various summon like monsters in real time all while giving them orders depending on the monster Oliver is using. Boasting a fun gameplay system and a remarkably well done plot, we at Honey’s Anime strongly recommend Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Withc Official E3 2012 Trailer (Official Trailer)
3. Ys: Foliage Ocean in Celceta (Ys: Memories of Celceta)
- System/Platform: PS Vita
- Publisher: Nihon Falcom Corporation (JP), XSEED Games (NA)
- Developer: Nihon Falcom Corporation
- Release Date: Sep 27, 2012
The legendary mute hero Adol Christin returns to another great adventure. Adol one day wakes up and finds he has no memories of anything. Wandering into the town of Casnan he meets a so called information dealer named Duren. It doesn’t take long for Duren to explain to Adol that they have met prior and he wishes to help him regains his lost memoires. Adol and Duren without delay venture off into the land of Celceta.
Ys: Foliage Ocean in Celceta is a no brainer to be on a list for games similar to Tales of games. Players will control Adol as well as several others, able to switch between any of the characters during combat. Combat is very similar to the Tales of series boasting frantic action with a nice mixture of tactics in terms of which character to use for which situation. With some great graphics, despite being on a handheld and the usual great storytelling Ys games are known for, we believe if you need a game similar to the Tales of series you don’t have to look much further thanks to Ys: Foliage Ocean in Celceta. Trust us unlike Adol, you won’t forget the adventure you had playing this once the story reaches the credits.
Ys: Memories of Celceta- E3 2013 Trailer (Official Trailer)
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4. Kingdom Hearts II
- System/Platform: PS2
- Publisher: Square Enix, Buena Vista Games, Sony Computer Entertainment (EU,AUS)
- Developer: Square Enix
- Release Date: Dec 22, 2005
Kingdom Hearts II should need little introduction to fans of Disney and Square Enix titles. Roxas, our starting hero, awakens realizing summer is about to end unfortunately. Deciding to enjoy the most before the summer’s end, Roxas alongside his friends have fun and enjoy their time together until a strange threat appears. After several events unfold players control the series main protagonist Sora who has been in a stasis like state for one year. Now older and told of the threat that befalls his friends and the various worlds, Sora once again goes off towards another adventure with his pals Goofy and Donald.
Kingdom Heart II is easily one of the best action JRPGs out there. Frenetic combat, plenty of lore for fans of Disney and Final Fantasy and beautiful graphics make Kingdom Hearts II a must play for those who have never ventured into the franchise. If you love Tales of games for their gameplay and incredibly storytelling you’ll find your heart taken away by Kingdom Hearts II. Overall, we highly recommend Kingdom Hearts II. Besides being a classic for the PS2 system, it is just a great game that echoes the greatness that is embodied in every Tales of game.
5. Valkyria Chronicles Remastered
- System/Platform: PS4
- Publisher: Sega
- Developer: Sega
- Release Date: Feb 10, 2016
The year is 1935 E.C. and the continent of Europa is still a war torn land. The eastern Europan Imperial Alliance still clashes with the western Atlantic Federation for dominance of a mineral that has multiple uses called Ragnite. On a calm day, Welkin Gunther the son of the famous General Belgen Gunther, is visiting his hometown. However, Welkin’s peaceful return is shattered when the Imperial forces attack. Teaming up with Alicia Melchiott, the two engage the forces to save not only themselves but the residence of the town. Welkin was once outside the grasp of the war, now he’s heading straight into it.
Replacing the sword and magic elements of Tales of games, Valkyria Chronicles Remastered still harbors the soul of a Tales of game inside its more militaristic stylings. Players will move Welkin and his troops in battle placing them in strategic areas all while in a real time element. While players move around the enemy can shoot back causing a need for reacting on the spot to find cover or a means of reacting quickly to avoid taking damage. Besides an incredibly unique gameplay element, Valkyria Chronicles Remastered also has stunning graphics that look reminiscent of a watercolor painting coming to life. If you wish to arm yourself with guns and tanks over swords and magic, Valkyria Chronicles Remastered is here to grant your wish.
Valkyria Chronicles Remastered- Announcement Trailer | PS4 (Official Trailer)
6. Final Fantasy XV
- System/Platform: PS4, Xbox One
- Publisher: Square Enix
- Developer: Square Enix, XPEC Entertainment, Plusmile, HexaDrive, Streamline Studios
- Release Date: Nov 29, 2016
Ending our list we look at the latest entry into the Final Fantasy franchise, Final Fantasy XV. Prince Noctis Lucis Caelum decided to go on an adventure with his friends/retainers before his marriage to Lady Lunafreya but finds it cuts short. Noctis receives news of his homeland Lucis getting attacked by their constant enemy Niflheim and his father dying by their hands. Noctis now knows he must return to save his now inherited kingdom. Along the way Noctis will face many dangers and trials that will prepare him not only as a future king, but for the upcoming battle he will enter.
You may think: how can a Final Fantasy game be on a list of games like Tales of? Well Final Fantasy XV isn’t the traditional turn based JRPG the series is known for, instead players get to fully control Noctis in full action gameplay. Noctis, being his father’s son, has access to the use of summoning weapons such as spears, swords and even guns. Final Fantasy XV also boasts an incredibly large world that allows for hundreds of hours of just doing side quests if a player needs a lengthy experience in their JRPG fix. Tales of games and Final Fantasy XV should be considered brothers because of how similar both are and trust us we at Honey’s Anime aren’t complaining about that one bit.
Final Fantasy XV- Official Accolades Trailer | PS4 (Official Trailer)
Tales of may be an incredible franchise but these titles listed have their own success in the world of video games and are not to be looked down upon. Each and every title is worthy of not only being placed on this list but of being played as they will ensure a fan of action JRPGs have fun and leave feeling satisfied. Though we here at Honey’s Anime know there are hundreds of video games in this genre and maybe we missed a worthy contender. Let us know down below in the comments and be sure to stick around every day for more game like articles. Now if you’ll excuse we have some adventures to go and some level grinding to do.