Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike ReviewElizabeth Williams
It's no secret that the Tales series is a popular one. Since the release of the first game, Tales of Phantasia, over a dozen games have been released for a variety of consoles, including GameBoy Advance, PlayStation, PlayStation2, GameCube, Xbox 360, and more. The Tales series is a collection of role playing games that are well-known for their intricately detailed characters and storylines. A few games of the series have been given anime adaptations. For example, Tales of Phantasia has a four part movie, and Tales of the Abyss has a 26 episode long television series.
Tales of Vesperia was released on the Xbox 360 in 2008. Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike is an animated film that takes place before the storyline of the video game. Unlike most role playing games, Tales of Vesperia features two main characters. Yuri Lowell is an Imperial Knight who has the tendency to rush into things, along with a strong sense of justice. Flynn Scifo, the other main character, is also a knight, and he is very uptight and proud.
In the world of Tales of Vesperia, the world runs on a substance known as aer. It is necessary for life, and humans have learned to harness it to use as an energy source. Yuri and Flynn are in a town called Shizontania where the aer is going out of control. Animals are becoming consumed by the aer and are turning violent. The town is in danger of being wiped out by an assault of the wildlife. Unable to wait for backup, the soldiers head to the source of the abnormal aer to eliminate it, hoping to prevent the animals from going violent in the first place.
Having never played the game myself, I still enjoyed the movie all by itself. I have heard some people say that the movie can simply seen as an advertisement for the game, but I disagree, even though I am now interested in the plot of the game. While it was still just one movie alone, the characters developed throughout it while still giving the game a chance to continue the growth. As expected of the series, the characters were detailed and made the emotional parts of the movie all that more powerful. The story was fairly serious, but there was enough humor in it to keep the mood from getting too heavy. The concept of aer was interesting and unique, along with the different kinds of ways that people used it.
While the movie would probably be more enjoyable after completing Tales of Vesperia, it was still good without having played the game before. Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike is a good movie for any Tales fan, or anyone who enjoys a movie with action and emotion. It made me both laugh and cry, and for only knowing the characters for less than two hours, that's a pretty impressive feat. Give Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike a try, and I doubt you will be disappointed.
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I started playing games from a young age, but really got into it when Santa left a SNES in the fireplace. My other hobbies include reading, writing, gardening, and playing with my two cats.
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