Tales of Vesperia

Common Sense Media says

Artful RPG has mild violence but good ethics.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The authorities act dictatorial against townspeople, which may be upsetting for some.

Violence

Mild use of blood during fights, nothing over the top a la Mortal Kombat.

Sex

There are some suggestive moments and innuendo, but nothing even a tween hasn't seen on the Web.

Language

Mild cussing of the 'damn' variety.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking of mead.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is the newest installment in a 10-game deep series. As with all the other games in this series, this game does have mild violence (swords and other weapons), mild sexual innuendo, and mild alcohol references. But ultimately it imparts good morals and ethics, along with teamwork. While there is an online component, it's basically used for uploading your battle stats to a leaderboard.

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Kids say

What's it about?

You may not have heard of the Tales series, but the manga-inspired RPG series began in 1995 and is 10 games into its deep, varied mythos. TALES OF VESPERIA, the franchise's first Xbox 360 game, extends the series' themes of a striving humanity which struggles with good and evil to make something much bigger. The plot begins with the loss of Blastia, which regulates the country's water supply. But as you go deeper, you'll witness a government that is over-protective and dictatorial, monsters that overwhelm you, and a magical tale that twists and turns before it's done.

While the dialogue in this fantasy RPG can be clunky at times, you'll fall for the characters who are brimming with charm and complexities. Your character will grow more powerful not only through leveling up, but through fighting. The fighting is presented in real time, and you'll also have various magic spells to wield, which result in beautiful fireworks on the screen. After a battle, you'll accumulate Learning Points which improve your skills. You won't go alone into battle, either. Your team includes three characters with their own marvelous powers and abilities. During a fight, which sometimes includes mild bloodletting from swords and other weapons, you can choose to control whichever character you like. You'll find some sexual innuendo and kissing, along with some quick scenes of drunkenness.

Is it any good?

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The minutiae in Tales of Vesperia will be enjoyed by the micro-manager in you. You could spend well over an hour just deciding which magic to use. But it's not just magic and fighting which makes Vesperia an above average game. While the graphics aren't realistic or the best you've ever seen, these cell-shaded characters and environs will occasionally fill you with moments of sheer wonder. Be prepared for a game that will take at least 40 hours to complete. Finally, while there is an online component, it's mainly to upload your battle stats to a leaderboard.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it means to society when a government tries to impinge upon freedom. Can a society work well under dictatorial control? How is our society different from or similar to that in Vesperia?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Namco Bandai
Release date:August 26, 2008
Genre:Role Playing
ESRB rating:T for Alcohol Reference, Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes (Xbox 360)

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Kid, 12 years old June 7, 2011
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12
QUALITY
 

A really good game

OK this game is off the charts I love playing this game on my xbox 360 its so much fun to destroy monsters My favorite charaters are: Rita,Estelle,Karol,yuri,and Raven it has some postive messages and some bad ones but its a video game right Its also REALLY LONG even better
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 6 and 13 year old Written bywavymouth June 26, 2009
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Tales games are the best

I must get an xbox 360 so i can try this one! i still wish i hadn't deleted another tales game i was playing...
What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byGamerdude11 April 29, 2010
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12
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What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models

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