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Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X
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Game Systems PlayStation Portable
Developers Namco Tales Studio
Publishers Bandai Namco Games
Japanese Releases August 5, 2010
Opening Theme "Glass no Hana" by Hanako Oku
Ratings CERO: B

Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X (テイルズ オブ ファンタジア なりきりダンジョンX Teiruzu obu Fantajia Narikiri Danjon X?, pronounced "Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon Cross") is a remake of Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon, developed by Namco Tales Studio and published by Bandai Namco Games, released August 5, 2010 on the PlayStation Portable. The original game was the first sequel in the Tales series, which normally does not have connected storylines. The story begins 205 years after the beginning of Tales of Phantasia. In addition, the game includes a separate game, Tales of Phantasia: Cross Edition (テイルズ オブ ファンタジア クロスエディション Teiruzu obu Fantajia Kurosuedishon?), which is the fourth remake of the first game in the series, Tales of Phantasia. The game's characteristic genre translates to "Facing the Truth RPG" (真実に向き合うRPG Shinjitsu ni mukiau RPG?).

Story

Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X sets place in the year 4408, 104 years after the end of Tales of Phantasia. The story begins lone fairy Etos wandered around the world, in search for her friends. However, after long time of journeying, still, none of her friends were to be found. And slowly, the fairy lost her power. Appearing before the weakening fairy was a mysterious woman named Norn who nurses her, but for a price. Norn then gives Etos the responsibility of taking care of two infants named Dios and Mell. Etos takes care of the children and life was peaceful, Etos was a wonderful parent figure for the two. However thirteen years later Norn sends her messenger, Albert to give the two the power of Narikiri. Tragedy strikes when Vahalla City is attacked by mysterious force. Dio and Mell have no choice but to collect the essences of the summon spirits of Aselia to stop this terrible power.

Characters

Main Characters

  • Dio - One of the Narikiri twins. He is carefree and optimistic.
  • Mell - One of the Narikiri twins. She is more level-headed and mature.

Other Characters

  • Norn - A spirit who entrusted the twins to Etos.
  • Etos - A fairy from another world, who was trusted by Norn to take care of Dio and Mell.
  • Couleur - A weird creature that Dio and Mell saved from a monster. It is able to change its form and has high fighting power.
  • Albert - A talking wardrobe sent by Norn to keep outfits for the twins. He adores Mel but argues with Dio.
  • Rondoline E. Effenberg - A free-spirited time-traveler who wants to alter history. Her sporadic travels through time intersect with events in Tales of Phantasia: Cross Edition, where she appears as a guest party member.

Returning Characters

  • Cress Albane - A swordsman who seeks the answer as to what "true justice" really is, he uses his family's Alvein Style swordsmanship.
  • Mint Adenade - A healer whose weakness is not to be able to heal the hearts of others this often bothers her.
  • Arche Klein - A half-elf who is extremely playful and likes to tease others.
  • Klarth F. Lester - A summoner from ancient Euclid.
  • Chester Burklight - Childhood friend of Cress.
  • Suzu Fujibayashi - A young ninja who helped Cress and the others to defeat Dhaos.
  • Dhaos - A young man from the world of Derris-Kharlan, who was the main antagonist of Tales of Phantasia.

Gameplay

Battle System

Narikiri Dungeon X utilizes the Cross Arts Aerial Linear Motion Battle System (XAR-LMBS) which is a tweaked version of the series' Linear Motion Battle System which is used in almost every game in the series. Battles take place in a 3D environment with 2D character sprites, players can perform artes and attacks in the air, and a Over Brave gauge can be used during battle.

Costumes

The two main characters of the game Dio and Mell can change into any of the clothes they are given. Depending on the clothes, the characters can change skills and obtain certain equipment; for example, Dio can change into Samurai and Shinobi clothes, while Mell can change into Nurse and Witch clothes. The game features about 80 costumes.

Exploration

This game does not feature a world map. Instead, when the main characters leave areas, they will appear on a small drawing of the world with major towns and cities painted across it. By pressing on the cities icon the party will travel instantly from place to place.

Capturing Monsters

Like Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, it is possible to capture and train monsters to join the party. Monsters can only be captured if Dio is wearing any type of Beast Tamer costume.

Presentation

Anime cut scenes are used for the opening sequence and in certain parts of the story taking place in Vahalla City. Skits are also included in the game. Many locations from Tales of Phantasia have been remade in 3D. Most of the monster designs are from past games such as Tales of Rebirth and Tales of the Abyss.

Development

The game was originally teased on March 3, 2010 in the Japanese magazine, Jump. It was officially unveiled in the March 10, 2010 issue of Jump. Prior to that Japanese illustrator, Kazuyoshi Nagiyuma, who previously worked on Tales of Vesperia said that he had just finished doing illustrations for Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon R, which was presumably renamed to Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X.

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