Tales Of Link Is A Brand New Tales Game With Familiar Faces

By Spencer . October 16, 2013 . 3:11pm

Tales of Link is a new game in the Tales series where you go on a quest to seal the Seed of Disaster. You guide Shiza, a young swordsman, and a spunky looking adventurer named Sara. It looks like Tales of Link will have characters from other Tales games in it since the trailer shows Asbel from Tales of Graces f and Judith from Tales of Vesperia. Maybe the goddess Leone is summoning them?


Also for smartphones is Tales Of Bibliotheca. This game is an interesting concept that has abridged versios of Tales stories as books with voice acting and key battles you can play. I think Namco Bandai is trying to capture Tales fans that want to experience the events of say Tales of Destiny again, but don’t have time to play through a whole RPG. You can get the first chapter of Tales of Vesperia for free on iOS.


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  • HerosLight

    So wait, is Tales of Link going to be like Radiant Mythology, but with a non-user-created character? I say that because other Tales characters are in their world.

    If so, that is awesome.

  • Hatsuaki

    Bibliotheca actually looks very interesting, and it’s an easier way of playing Tales mostly for the plot. Great idea; too bad you have to wait AND pay for every chapter… ;;;;

  • > Tales of Link
    > not a Zelda crossover

    • Chaos_Knight

      A Zelda crossover would be a cool idea.

      • TheBlackRabbit

        nah…it would be too weird for me, ;L

    • Tom_Phoenix

      Wouldn’t a Tales x Legend of Zelda game be called Tales of Zelda?

      • AkiraScare

        Or legend of Link (^_^) about time limk gets his name on the maon title


      Does Link need to be in every game

    • Ric Vazquez


  • Ethan_Twain

    Unfortunately, it’s been my experience that Tales games are way better in the gameplay department than the storytelling department. I think I would much prefer to get a big pile of Tales dungeon crawling divorced from the story than vice versa. Like, Etrian Odyssey except with Tales Combat? I would buy that so fast you have no idea.

    • Bec66

      Yes story isn’t usually the strong point of the series but besides gameplay the characters also are a real good reason to play the game.

    • Spirit Macardi

      I think the stories are the high point. They’re well-written wholesale genre deconstructions that twist or warp common fantasy RPG tropes. They only seem weak if you view them purely at face value; they beg to be examined and contemplated in order to truly shine.

      • Ethan_Twain

        Dude, I JUST wrapped up Tales of the Abyss for the first time. It’s NOT good. HOW many times can the party have the mission “Find Ash”, only to find him, have him refuse to talk to the party, and then go right back to “Oh well, let’s search the world again and find Ash! He’ll talk to us this time for sure!”

        How many times does the party come face to face with Van and just decide to walk away rather than actually solve their problems by killing him? Same for the God Generals. Same for Mohs. Same for every villain in every Tales game – nothing can EVER be resolved promptly.

        How many times in Tales games do you need to get item A to save the world, which means you need to do a favor for person B to get it, but to do that favor you need to go through a dungeon to find some doodad that will open the door to person B’s residence? The games are just horrid about stretching simple plot points into huge multi-step side quests… that are actually not side quests. They’re just extended periods of time where the party is doing unimportant things so the game doesn’t use up the plot too fast.

        Maybe I could buy that, say, the character Colette is a deconstruction… except what does the game use that character to say? Where is the commentary? She’s the most insipid, stupid RPG female ever and it’s a blessing when she goes mute. So where do they take that? She gets better and goes back to being the most insipid stupid RPG female ever. Every game ends in happily ever after. Love and friendship always triumphs over all. If Tales is deconstruction and commentary, it’s the most toothless commentary I’ve ever read. And what it says is “RPG tropes! We exaggerate them because we’re self aware, but we don’t change them because we think they’re pretty great!”

        • Atakashi

          Well, that’s like your own opinion, man.

        • CirnoLakes

          Now you leave Colette alone.

        • Spirit Macardi

          The commentary with Colette is that she’s supposed to be a chosen hero/messiah character, but it turns out that those qualities in her were just the result of selective breeding in order to produce the ideal host body for the villain’s dead sister.

          Going further, Tales of the Abyss is all about what would happen if peoples’ destinies were literally written in stone. Essentially the goal of the villains is to outsmart fate itself and make free will a reality even if it means destroying everything.

          Pretty much all the games are like that, save for Graces which takes a reconstructionist turn near the end. Granted it’s all opinion as to whether or not you think they’re good, but shallow they are not.

          • Scrooge_McDuck

            Having an atypical theme doesn’t automatically means depth.

            You are not actually addressing any of Yesshua’s point, there. Collette’s character arc might sound good on paper, but nothing she says is interesting. Tales of the Abyss’ somewhat interesting story is bogged down by a cast that gets the idiot ball all the time, stretching the plot with distractions after distractions.

            Most of Tales games are good ideas wasted on hackneyed JRPG characterization and plot progression.

            Many of the characters themselves are very charming, make no mistake. I’d say that they are the pinnacle of anime archetypes, used very effectively. But deep they are not.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            The Tales games really don’t even attempt to hide their archetype nature. Yes, there are adult characters, but Millia is the closest we have gotten since maybe Destiny to such a character who isn’t tertiary WITHIN THE DARN PARTY. Instead we must somehow quietly accept situations such as Jude the 15 year old graduate student doctor. And the series has no shortage of pre-teen killing machines whose souls the MC heroically recovers.

            The biggest Tales ‘mystery’ is who the party traitor is going to be, even though that is often spoiled in the darn OP. Only one of these traitors — again Destiny — rode their beliefs to their death.

          • Ethan_Twain

            So what is the game saying with the Colette character? I get that she’s a false messiah, artificially created… so is the theme that all messiahs are false? That religion is an inherently untrustworthy institution? (That could also said to be a theme of FF X, Tales of the Abyss, Xenogears, Xenosaga, FF XII… it’s pretty common in the genre.) I’m not trying to get aggressive, but I feel like what you say needs to be taken a step further. Colette is a selectively bred messiah, and this communicates what message?

        • Bell

          If you didn’t enjoy the other Tales games, try Xillia. It’s a more mature Tales game with less focus on friendship and whatnot and more focus on topics like determination and clashing ideals. The best parts of the game include Milla Maxwell, the main female protagonist, and Alvin, one of the main protagonists. Although you may have already tried Xillia and didn’t like it, in which case I guess the Tales storylines aren’t your cup of tea.

          • True

            Milla was a horrible protagonist. She was practically a robot. Her entire development went from “I must fulfill my mission, screw the consequences” to “I must fulfill my mission with slightly more care for others this time around”.

          • Bell

            To each their own, I suppose.

    • Lynx

      Go play Radiant Mythology. The plot’s there, its an excuse to crossover all these different titles.

  • Prinnydoom

    Looks to me like this could be next gen answer to Tales of the world radiant mythology. You know on the vita.

    EDIT. Scratch that. Its a smartphone title. HIT THE DECK!!!!

  • Spirit Macardi

    *listens to the voice in the beginning of the bottom trailer*

    Oh my god, that’s Kumiko Watanabe! Does that mean they actually added Klonoa to this?! :D

    *keeps watching*

    Oh… It’s just Karol… Dammit…

    • XiaomuArisu

      yeah….Karol always gets that reactionXD

      • Spirit Macardi

        I just have that reaction because he shares a voice with another Namco character who hasn’t seen a new game in years >.>;

  • Luke Blackwood

    Perhaps the “Link” in the title means the game is a link between Tales worlds, and that’s why we saw heroes from many games :c

  • DragKudo

    Milla and ratatosk have to show up in this since they are both like gods

  • AkiraScare

    Man nice acoustic theme song…..

  • ShadowDivz

    Senel and Normal spotted!

  • Jirin

    Of all the Tales games characters they could have picked from they pick Asbel? Focus group fail.

    • Watch the video, they’re all in there like Radiant Mythology.


    Tales of Link is just a new take on Radiant Mythology in my pov

  • Raze

    I prefer they make Radiant Myth 4 instead of these

    • echokanon

      That girl pretty much look like the heroine that appears every episode anyways.

  • Blackikun

    .hack//Link (PSP) for Tales Fans… nice (but i like .hack//Link still more)

  • Don

    was all Hyped up till SMARTPHONEAPPLI (smart phone application) showed up.. dammit

  • artemisthemp

    And those 2 Tales titles won’t leave Japan

  • SilentMC

    These kind of Tales crossover games tend to end up on handhelds, I wonder if Bamco has been holding back on releasing any newer Tales games on 3DS for something like this. Either was if it ends up RM-ish or a less mission based-RM, count me in

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  • Vash bane

    when I hear the the word “link” in any game I get the funny feeling it means linking of worlds/time etc.
    I was just about to ask what this go too…then I remembered

  • Gilgamesh2025

    Want! But unfortunately it’s extremely doubtful that they will ever come overseas … -_-”

  • I saw Tear!!

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