Tales of Symphonia: Even Better Now?

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Tales of Symphonia

Tales of Symphonia is one of my favorite games of all time. It’s huge, the story is fantastic, and the multiplayer mode is a very welcome bonus (though this is true of the whole series). Because of my fascination with the game, I’ve probably played through it something like 11 or 12 times in my life. Now, though, it’s been a few years, and I’m excited to come back to it–not just as a blast from the past, but because some aspects will mean even more to my adult self. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why.

WARNING: This article is going to spoil most of the story of Tales of Symphonia. If you have yet to play it, turn back now!

Colette’s Sacrifice

A while into the story, we learn that Colette has slowly been losing her basic human functions. Lloyd realizes something is up once she can’t feel anything – she can’t even tell that he’s holding her hand. Now that I’m in a relationship where affection is important, that will change from “a shame” to absolutely heartbreaking. On the flip side, I finally get why she hides her suffering – when you care about someone, it really can be hard to show them your pain.

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Racial Tension

Right now, the United States is in turmoil. People are afraid of those that are different from them, by birth or by views. Not to bring the recent election into this, but it wouldn’t have been such a big point of division if that weren’t true. And when you boil it down, peace among different races is exactly what Lloyd fights for in the end.

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Zelos’ Motivation

I used to hate Zelos. He ran around with all kinds of women, then turned out to be a traitor. But his reason – “My life is a joke” – makes sense now. It happens to celebrities all the time. When the whole world gives you high expectations and keeps telling you how lucky you are, you begin to wonder if you deserve it. The only way to rebel against this set path, ironically, is to pursue a normal life. That’s kind of what I’m doing right now, though I didn’t have to hand the world to evil in order to do it.

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Tales of Symphonia was intended as the “RPG that resonates with you,” and this time, it’s going to resonate even more. If I notice other stuff when I do replay it, I’ll definitely have to post here again. So, feel like replaying this glorious game?

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