Here Are First HD Screenshots Of Tales of Symphonia Chronicles

By Ishaan . June 3, 2013 . 10:30am

Namco Bandai have shared the first HD screenshots of Tales of Symphonia Chronicles for PS3, their upcoming HD Remaster of Tales of Symphonia and its sequel, Dawn of the New World. You might have seen these screens before, but the difference is that these ones are in HD at 1280x720px.




Tales of Symphonia Chronicles will be released in the West sometime in 2014. Prior to that, the game will be released in Japan on October 10th.

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  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    Wow that looks rather impressive, Graces F level or even better. Am hyped. The cutscene shot especially.

    • GOD NO

      • DesmaX

        Graces was originally a Wii game. I don’t see the problem

        • If you know Tsuna then you probably know what I mean.

          • DesmaX

            oooh, that.
            My bad


    Looks okay i guess.

  • Symbol de Au

    I don’t really think I want this. Aside from the HD it’s just a few extra costumes and some “cut-ins”(?) for artes?

    • CirnoLakes

      I do. But then again I really want to support this game.

      If I bought another copy of Tales of Symphonia for the Gamecube right now, not a single cent would go to Namco Bandai. It would just be a collector’s item.

      This? This is both a collector’s item and a way to support the franchise/game.

  • mojack411

    I don’t see that remarkable of an improvement in the graphics actually…

    • CirnoLakes

      Hard to tell from these screenshots, but be honest.

      I’ll admit, I’m spoiled from playing the game on Dolphin/PCSX2.

      But I think honestly it is more likely the fact these screenshots aren’t all that flattering.

    • I never played it so bobs your uncle

      No I’m not from the UK

    • Go play it again, run it in your gamecube or if you have ps2 ver. do it there, in your digital TV (probably already the only TVs in your house if you are in the US), not analogical one of course, or it would lose the point of a HD port.

      Then come again.

      And you will see.

      I mean, seriously, people should really have it clear what this is… this isn’t a remake. To put it simply: It’s the ToS1/2 games, with probably extra new nice things, in the same blueray and adapted to the new technology of TVs with newer gen console, so it will look at least prettier, not a super graphical improvement.

      • Tiredman

        Yep, far as I am considered, I couldn’t ask for more. Really looking forward to the first game in HD. Never had much urge to play the second after seeing 30 minutes of gameplay.

      • Radiosity

        And look at the crispness of the kanji. Oh hell yes, no more mushy CRT ‘what the hell is that character meant to be?’ nonsense, that’s worth the money all by itself.

  • SirRichard

    Being perfectly honest, I don’t see any real improvement at all for these. Maybe if I looked harder or saw it running on my TV I could tell, but the screens don’t impress.

    • CirnoLakes

      It’s the screenshots I’m sure.

      Sadly, this isn’t much of a feast. The pictures are tiny and don’t really show off much of anything.

    • malek86

      Being an HD Remaster (read: port), I don’t think we should be expecting any graphical improvements aside from higher resolution.

      • CirnoLakes

        To be honest, with all of these “HD” ports, I am hoping that games like this can at least look mildly better than this.

        I’d be sad after all this effort for HD ports, for them to merely look still inferior to gameplay on the PC with emulators have provided for years.

        I know they’re limited by 720p which PCs aren’t. But they should at least make the best of things to make that 720p look better than 1080p in some ways. Like with updated textures and so forth.

        • DesmaX

          Just widescreen support (And trophies, but those aren’t related) is enough for me. Bigger viewpoint makes a lot of difference for me

          • CirnoLakes

            Technically it doesn’t have to be an impressive HD port for me at all. I’m buying it to collect it and to support the game. It doesn’t have to surpass the experience I already have on the PC to be worthwhile.

            So personally, however it turns out, it is probably “enough” for me anyway. Personally, though, no port is ever really enough for me, because I want more.

            I learn to settle for less. PC gaming has spoiled me. I learn to accept experiences as they are to be on the console wagon. A part of me does wish I didn’t have to rely on emulators to get the experience I want and enjoy best when emulators really aren’t optimal.

            I think the fact that my primary way to play video games isn’t on consoles and isn’t Windows ports of games, but console games on emulators speaks leagues about my tastes.

            Again, though, it isn’t a big deal. I learn to accept what I’m given. And then be DIY and go against the rules for the experience I want. It does take a little bit of excitement away though that many HD ports that take months to develop aren’t going to be much ahead of the experience I’ve already had on the PC with emulators.

          • Tiredman


        • malek86

          They could get to 1080p if they wanted, or add antialiasing to 720p, but I guess they think it’s not worth the extra coding.

          And updating the textures would go against the idea of a port. Mostly only Sony makes HD port with better assets.

          • CirnoLakes

            It is true, technically the PlayStation 3 is capable of 1080p on low end games. And Tales of Symphonia is a low end, low polygon game. The PlayStation 3 is much, much more powerful than a PlayStation 2 or Gamecube.

            That being said, you never do see 1080p games on the PlayStation 3. And I don’t expect it for HD ports either, sadly.

            I still think that they should make an effort to make the game look better than it does on Dolphin or PCSX2. After spending countless hours in the game on PC, I would like at least a slightly new experience the PC hasn’t already given me.

          • DesmaX

            Of course it will be a new experience… THERE WILL BE TALES OF THE ABYSS CLOTHES!!!!111

            But, yeah, probably all of the HD Remaster I’ve played on the PS3 runs at 720p. Kinda sad, if you ask me

          • CirnoLakes

            I am looking forward to the Tales of the Abyss clothes, I would lie about that, haha.

            I hope there’s a little extra content than just costumes.

          • r4ind4nce

            =.= like voiced English skits? Though that would be quite an addition and I doubt they’ll do it. I don’t even dare to raise my hopes for dual audio, probably not happening with a Tales game…

          • DesmaX

            Symphonia PS2 had Voiced Skits (right?), so who knows

          • r4ind4nce

            It had, unlike the GC version, or rather: the English GC version. Japanese Tales games always have voiced skits. But since the Symphonia PS2 was only released in Japanese I think the crux is that recording new dialogue for the English version might be too much of an effort for Namco-Bandai. Let’s see.

          • I doubt anything they do could triumph over the experience on PC. But hey at least you’ll be busy with trophies.

          • r4ind4nce

            If I remember right, the HD remasters of ICO and/or Shadow of the Colossus ran in 1080p.

            To further investigate, I’ll even get up and look at the game case.

            Yup. It’s right there on the box, I think I even checked with my TV when I first started those games up since it’s such an unusual practice to deliver HD remasters in actual full HD. Which, as you already stated, shouldn’t be that much of a hassle given the added computational power. It’s even surprising that they did it for ICO/SotC, since I remember Ueda stating that both used a number of weird programming tricks to look as good as they did on PS2 hardware but that those translated badly into PS3 architecture… so they went through quite some extra effort to deliver 1080p on those.

          • CirnoLakes

            I was wrong to say that Namco Bandai is limited by 720.

            It is surely just that they refuse to re-release the game in 1080p. Which is altogether disappointing either way.

          • Tiredman

            Comparing it to Dolphin emulation isn’t exactly going to do you any good. This is a cash in, and one I am more than willing to give cash for in order to get the original Tales of Symphonia on a HD console in HD.

      • ZEROthefirst

        True, but some of us (myself included) were probably hoping it was getting something like the Wind Waker HD Remaster and it would just blow us away.

        • malek86

          Then it would have been announced as a remake. This double-pack screamed of “port” from the first time they announced it.

          • ZEROthefirst

            I know, it was just the hope that Namco would actually put some real effort behind this, and not just have this become your typical HD port that Capcom and the rest have done with Devil May Cry, etc.

          • CirnoLakes

            Yeah, I know what you mean.

            I’d really like to see Tales of Symphonia really touched up. And something on the level of Wind Waker HD would really be nice.

          • r4ind4nce

            The thought alone is mouth-watering^^

        • idrawrobots

          I was hoping for a unifying art style between the two games.

          • ZEROthefirst

            That would be great if they blended the art styles together for both of the games.

        • Anime10121

          Wind Waker is a remake, not a remaster, there is a very BIG difference.

          • ZEROthefirst

            That’s nice

          • Anime10121

            ??? Are you actually angry, I was just trying to explain that there’s a difference between the two. If I’m misunderstanding your reply, I apologize, but I cant tell if you’re being snarky or not.

          • ZEROthefirst

            Not angry, just don’t really care honestly lol

      • SirRichard

        Well, they could’ve touched up the textures a bit for it like what was done for the MGS HD Collection. There was a noticeable jump in quality for that one, MGS3 in particular stood out as being better. Nothing major, of course, but it was noticeable.

        • Anime10121

          But you also need to realize, MGS sales FAR more than the Tales of Series ever has. In 2011 the series total (ALL Tales games) sold 13 million, in the year of release MGS4 sold more than a quarter of the entire series of Tales games with one title.

          I enjoy both series, but honestly, with the sales Tales of games get, I’m surprised we’re getting an HD remaster at all, ESPECIALLY one that includes the extra PS2 content that was never localized!

          In short, I’d be happy if I were you that we’re getting this at all. Remasters arent remakes, and most, unless they are Final Fantasy, KH, or Metal Gear, arrive with no visual improvements or additions, hell some (Resident Evil 4) play even worse than their original PS2 releases. So for a series that only sees a fraction of what most other series with HD Remasters sale, all I’m saying is be thankful that we’re getting it at all.

          • SirRichard

            I’m fully aware of all of that (you know that I’ve been here a while, I do know all that!), but that doesn’t change my opinion. For a series of such prominence, Metal Gear simply had some touching up done to its textures and given a higher resolution. I don’t see that as a lofty treatment for only the highest of the AAA sellers. Just because others were lazy in their work doesn’t excuse problems or a lack of small improvements for newer remasters. The Silent Hill collection being an absolute mess doesn’t excuse Capcom messing up the audio in RE4, does it?

            I get what you’re saying, it’s no AAA powerhouse, but does it really need to be for simple improvements? I’d think it’d be a pretty good selling point to show up the failures and problems made by re-releases of higher profile games, and it couldn’t be all that hard to do if they put the work in, which others clearly didn’t.

          • Anime10121

            I wish companies thought the way you do, but unfortunately to most of them, an HD remaster is nothing but a port in widescreen, i.e. a quick cash in. I’d LOVE for Symphonia to get an updated look or newer character models (cuz they didnt age too nicely), but that would actually require effort to recode, retest, and basically rebuild.

            They’d have to take in consideration that this remaster would likely be sold for $40, and would likely not sell near what the original Symphonia sold (which did around a million if I recall correctly). And while I’m sure they COULD upgrade the game a bit, they wont, using the excuse that they’d rather spend the time on a newer game.

            Again, I wish these companies did spend a bit more time upgrading these “Remasters” other than upping the resolution to “HD” (which a lot of the time still isnt true 720p), or upgrading a few textures, (I still think the KH remaster is the most work ever put into one:revamped battle system, fixed camera, newer character models, soundtrack performed by a live orchestra, etc) but most companies want the most return for the least amount of work, so, yeah.

            Oh and I know you’ve been here for a minute, I think longer than me actually :P

  • FJLink

    Would be nice if someone did a comparison with DotNW on the Wii U once this comes out.

  • NTaiyokun

    At least DotNW looks less muddy on the graphics. Pastels were too dark and heavy in that game.

  • ParaChomp

    Part of me wishes they updated so they look like how they do in Dawn of a New World. That said, I have nothing to say about these screen shots.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    ?? somthing must be wrong with me eyes oh wait. The game already looked fine. Graphics the hasn’t aged a bit.

  • megacool

    WII U DAMN IT!!!!! Both came on nintendo, but only one on ps2

  • Jesse

    Too bad we have to wait until next year for, but it’s better than never. ^^

  • transferstudentx

    just being able to play both games on 1 system is the biggest reason for me to buy this and because its a tales game soo

  • RiuChan

    Who cares if there’s no improvement!

    I just want to play the game again!

    (Doesn’t have a good enough computer for emulators; gamecube doesn’t work)

  • fireemblembeast

    I don’t see that much graphical improvement…I think they should make new models for Symphonia 1 entirely, to make them more proportional; perhaps a bit anime-styled like Vesperia, while not making them too realistic. I mean, I don’t care about graphics that much, but the PS3 is capable of so much more, as they showed us with Xillia.

    • Tiredman

      Will pass on proportional. It was a different time, when weirdly proportioned characters were the norm, and that is one of the reasons I enjoyed this game back then. You have an entire future to look forward too full of proportional characters.

    • Ladius

      That would be a remake though, while this has clearly been labeled a remaster since the first rumor came in.

  • Tienron

    There really isnt much of a difference but then again i think final fantasy spoiled me with their HD remaster now i think all HD ports need to take a leaf from their books

  • laurenhiya21

    I don’t really care too much if there isn’t much of a difference graphically. I don’t own either, and re-releasing them like this will probably be cheaper to get than a copy of Symphonia 1 ><; (seriously, so expensive in Canada ;-;)

  • RichyGaming

    The only Tales of games I’ve ever played was Abyss, Radiant Mythology 1, VS, Radiant Mythology 3, and Graces. And a lot of people I know won’t shut up about Symphonia series. I never got the chance to try it since I don’t have a WII nor a Gamecube so the tiny looking improvements is a bonus for me.

    • XiaomuArisu

      Symphonia is awesome!
      You will love it!
      The second is meh but the first is a cultclassic!

      • RichyGaming

        Haha, I guess I will! I haven’t played the game but I’ve looked at it a lot on youtube and I like the crew. Kratos is just badass, and I always love dem dual sword users.

    • Tiredman

      The original is the one game I label as my favorite Tales of game. If I had to pick one Tales of game to take to a deserted island, it would be that one followed by Graces F.

    • Ladius

      Symphonia had lots of success in the series and I’m sure you will like it if you play it knowing what to expect from a rather old game. That said, it doesn’t represent the series’ current standard in terms of battle system and presentation, and I strongly suggest to play Graces f or the upcoming Xillia to see what the series is capable of.

  • serverny

    Don’t see any differences with picture i see right now playing this game on Gamecube. In fact i believe that Gamecube version on CRT still looks better than this remaster on HD monitor.

    Well good for me, no reason to waste money buying another copy of same game :)

  • I don’t see all the hate about this rerelease. I’m just glad to have a second chance to acquire Tales of Symphonia and this time support Namco Bandai (the first time was used and the second disc didn’t work…). Tales of Symphonia is an absolutely mind blowing game and I cannot wait to get my hands on it again. The “HD” improvements are just the cherry on top, so I can easily say that I’m just purely excited!

    • Tiredman

      My feelings in a nutshell as well. This is a game, its meant to be enjoyed, and when I play it, even on Gamecube, I enjoy it. Getting HD, on a modern console, and getting the second game on top of it, well, I don’t really feel that can be complained about. They could just write the game off as the past and not go back to it, but they didn’t do that, and for that I am thankful.

      And best of all, its not a digital only download.

      • I know, Namco Bandai is truly going all out with this. Sure, it pales compared to what Nintendo’s doing with my favorite Zelda game, but it’s far more than I expected for Tales of Symphonia. I expected to be hunting down another used copy at some collector’s booth at a convention. Now, I just have to be patient, wait till next year and get both games for less than the cost of Symphonia alone! Plus it will most likely have the PS2 version’s bonus content, so an even bigger plus there!

  • seyEliveD

    It’s been a long while since I played ToS, but I thought the battle system was linear. Here it appears as if they are moving around the field.

  • I se everyone wanting updated textures, but I’ll rather extra stuff than that. Such as more costumes, quests and maybe even a new chapter, just like how they added Tales of Graces the Future Arc for the PS3. I know this is a HD remasterazation (or however that’s written), but that would be totally awesome!

  • Sergio Briceño

    DoaNW kind of looks the same. Actually I would say it’s exactly the same but I need bigger pics to be 100% sure.

  • Tatsuya1221

    While i’ll admit that the graphics aren’t much of an upgrade, just being able to play DotNW with a proper controller would be enough for me, the japan exclusive content for TOS being another bonus, even if there isn’t alot of it.

  • yellowmage

    The main difference I can see in the ToS battle screenshot is that the HUD is further away from the edges of the screen. And, of course, it generally looks sharper, crisper and cleaner.

    Can’t say much about DotNW because I haven’t played it.

  • It’s a port. What were you guys expecting….
    It’s like Square Enix releasing Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix.

  • MrRobbyM

    Symphonia is one of my favorite RPGs. There is no way I’m NOT buying this.

  • i wish they would do a symphonia remake instead of a remaster. i mean, im grateful and everything, but it would be nice to play it with the new tales graphics and facial expressions.

    and also zelos’s swimsuit costume. that is all.

  • Ladius

    I can’t wait to get my hands on Xillia and on this Symphonia collection, it’s great to see Tales back in action outside Japan :)

    Reading some of the comments, I can’t really understand what people were expecting from something that has been clearly labeled as a remaster (not a remake, not even an enhanced port in terms of new assets) since the first rumors about its existance came up in Spain some weeks ago.
    I hope the usual negativity so typical in this fanbase doesn’t ruin the nice atmosphere we had after this game’s announcement.

  • Genjo

    well this is perfect! for me i am able to play it again BUT get the sec one which went onto wii which sucked hard so i gotten sec chances to play both games! loved th first one wasn’t able getting around to beat it it look like i will be getting a chance to do so in future!

  • isfuturebright

    I’d totally play sypmhonia one more time ;)

  • wahyudil

    there is wii … why not wii u? why ps3 instead?

    • LynxAmali

      How many times do we need to go over this?

      Because they are using the PS2 version of the original Symphonia and that Tales has been going PS3 for quite some time.

    • Neophoton

      Better any platform than no HD release at all for people who have wanted these games.

  • VitaminC

    So the assets are not even high resolution?

  • new_tradition

    I never played Symphonia, but I’ve heard good things about it, so I’ll definitely check it out.

    • Anime10121

      Its pretty good, not as good as Abyss IMO, but better than Vesperia (plot and consistency wise)! If you enjoyed any of the recent Tales games, I can pretty much guarantee you’ll like Symphonia (well barring Graces, since they’re made by different teams).

  • eilegz

    if i enjoyed vesperia i should enjoy this one?

    • Anime10121

      Yep, its made by the same team, and this ones story is FAR more consistent than Vesperias, though its combat lacks the refinement seen in Abyss and Vesperia, it still is indeed quite fun :)

    • Ladius

      It’s a far older game in terms of systems and presentation, and personally I don’t think it is as good as Vesperia in terms of story, while it can still be charming if you know what you’re going into.

      That said, Xillia should be far more up your alley, since its battle system is an evolution of Vesperia’s with new features and some influences from Graces, its presentation is the best in the series and it’s considered one of the best Tales games in terms of narrative.

  • Leon_Tekashi

    Technically, the people in NA and EU are getting new content for ToS 1. Most of us haven’t played the PS2 version or haven’t seen the PS2 version, so the content in the PS2 version will be new to NA and EU players. Of course, it won’t be new to those who imported it.

    • Anime10121

      True dat, I cant wait to see what we missed :D

      As I’ve said, Symphonia wasnt my favorite entry in the series, so I didnt keep up with every little addition the PS2 version got, so I’ll gladly take it for a spin when it releases :)

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