|Tales of Rebirth|
|Game Systems|| PlayStation 2|
|Developers||Namco Tales Studio|
|Publishers|| PS2 Namco|
PSP Bandai Namco Games
|Character Designers|| Mutsumi Inomata|
|Composers|| Motoi Sakuraba|
|Japanese Releases|| PS2 December 16, 2004|
PSP March 19, 2008
|Opening Theme||good night by Every Little Thing|
|Ratings|| PS2 CERO: FREE (all ages)|
PSP CERO: A (all ages)
Tales of Rebirth (テイルズ オブ リバース Teiruzu obu Ribaasu?) is the sixth main title in the Tales series, released on the PlayStation 2, and later ported to the PlayStation Portable. The character artwork and designs of this game are designed by Mutsumi Inomata, and the music is composed by Motoi Sakuraba.
Veigue Lungberg (ヴェイグ・リュングベル Veigu Ryungeberu?)
The 18-year-old protagonist of Tales of Rebirth, Veigue wields a broadsword and possesses the Force of Ice. An orphan whose parents died when he was young, Veigue was raised in the village of Sulz by the family of Claire Bennett. Veigue is cold, unsociable, and withdrawn, but when he is with Claire he softens. Throughout the story, he becomes more open to other people, especially his allies. Due to his Force going out of control in the beginning of the storyline, resulting in Claire being encased in ice, he concerns himself with her safety at all times.
Claire Bennett (クレア・ベネット Kurea Benetto?)
Claire is the 17-year-old heroine of the game. Her family took Veigue in when he was a child. She has rarely left her village of Sulz, but she is taken forcefully from her home at the start of the story, prompting Veigue to chase after her. Her focus on the positive traits of others, good heart, and optimism have earned her respect and admiration in the local community. Prior to the events of the game, she is encased in ice by Veigue when his Force goes out of control. After being freed, she becomes a pivotal character in the story. At some points in the game, Claire's point of view is shown during scenarios collectively known as "Claire Side". During these short portions, the player can control Clare in her current setting, although there are no battles.
Mao (マオ Mao?)
Mao is a Huma boy possessing the Force of Flame, who has no memory of his childhood. Traveling with the imposing Gajuma warrior Eugene Gallardo, whom he sees as a father figure, the two encounter Veigue guarding Clare's ice prison, and invite him on their journey. Wise for his age, Mao usually imparts advice and knowledge of Force-related subjects at the beginning of the game. Throughout the story, he provides a cheery and child-like manner, often using humor to lighten the mood.
Eugene Gallardo (ユージーン・ガラルド Yuujiin Gararudo?)
A powerful 40-year-old spear-wielding Gajuma warrior with the Force of Steel, he travels with Mao. He is revealed early on to be the ex-commander of the royal army, although his situation behind leaving is a mystery to many. His past in revealed slowly through the story, and is tied into that of Annie Barrs. Known throughout the kingdom as a respected and strong commander, he is revered by many he comes across.
Annie Barrs (アニー・バース Anii Baasu?)
A 15-year-old girl with the Force of Rain. Annie is introduced a short way into the story as a girl who has a strong dislike of Gajumas. This hatred is explained as the story continues, and is tied into Eugene's past. Her father was a doctor, and she is very knowledgeable on the practice. Starting out as an enemy of the group, she eventually joins the party.
Tytree Crowe (ティトレイ・クロウ Titorei Kurou?)
A 17 year-old worker in Petjanandka with the Force of Wood. Tytree cares deeply for his big sister and has big ideals of racial equality, unable to understand those who are against either race. The party initially meets Tytree as his Force is going out of control, and has overtaken the Patjanadka factory with vines and plants. After the ensuing battle, however, he joins the party. Throughout the story, he develops a close friendship with Veigue.
Hilda Rhambling (ヒルダ・ランブリング Hiruda Ranburingu?)
A beautiful but cold 21-year-old fortune teller, Hilda possesses the Force of Lightning. Initially encountering the party as an enemy, a member of the Royal Shield in fact, she fights them twice. After being abandoned by the army, however, she joins the party. Revealed to be a Half, with both Gajuma and Huma blood, she has developed a strong hatred for both the societies that shunned her, as well as her own heritage, going so far as to cut off half of her own horns. She hides her horns and ears with a hat. Cold and logical, she provides a keen insight as the party continues their journey. She had a close friendship with fellow Half Militsa of the Royal Shield.
Agarte Lindblum (アガーテ・リンドブロム Agaate Rindoburomu?)
Daughter of Ladras Lindblum, she is the heir to the throne by blood. She's in love with her general Milhaust, but thanks to racial difference, she sought a Huma body to be finally on an equal terms to love him. She possesses the Force of Moon, which can be used to swap bodies.
Zilva Madigan (ジルバ・マヂィガン Jiruba Madiigan?)
Agarte's advisor who also possesses the Force of Moon. She harbors an extreme dislike to Huma and would like nothing but their extermination. For that she manipulates Agarte and sets up many things such as Eugene's fall from grace.
Milhaust Selkirk (ミルハウスト・セルカーク Miruhausuto Serukaaku?)
Main general of the Karegia army and formerly a good friend of Eugene. Milhaust loyally serves the Karegia Kingdom, and although antagonistic, he is a man of honor and cares for the future of the country, thus encounters with Veigue rarely go confrontational.
Saleh (サレ Sare?)
Saleh is a twisted Huma who takes delight in the suffering of other people, especially Veigue and his team. No explanations were made on how he became such person, thus it's safe to assume that he's born like that. He possesses the Force of Storm.
Tohma (トーマ Tooma?)
A Gajuma who possesses the Force of Magnet. Tohma is Saleh's partner and has an extreme prejudice on Huma in general. Physically powerful, he is also an expert manipulator, as he is mostly responsible in manipulating Hilda. He's very loyal to Zilva and her views on the world without Huma.
Walto (ワルトゥ Warutou?)
The possessor of the Force of Sound, which is used to control the waves of a human brain, enabling him to control over them. Despite his potentially evil power, Walto is a good friend of Eugene and is a honorable man who only fights for the good of Karegia kingdom.
Militsa (ミリッツァ Mirittsa?)
A Half and quite possibly Hilda's only friend. She takes pride of her Half heritage, but believes that the Four Shields is the only place where Halves can be accepted (thanks to Tohma's manipulation). She possesses the Force of Rainbow, which lets her create copies of herself.
Tales of Rebirth is set in a world where humans, called Humas, and Gajumas, beast people, coexist in relative peace. In ancient times, both races joined forces to found the kingdom of Karegia. At the age of 60, the Gajuma king Ladras Lindblum, who has wisely governed the kingdom for years, gradually weakens and dies a mysterious death. On the day of his death, chaos breaks out in the kingdom, and since then people refer to this day as "The Day of Ladras' Fall". His daughter, Agarte Lindblum, the only remaining blood relative and heir to the throne, is being advised by Zilva Madigan. The latter is often referred to as the princess, due to her close ties to the imperial family.
Veigue Lungberg lives in a village Sulz located in the cold, yet beautiful northern region. While he has never thought about leaving the village, he begins pondering this option after his familiar surroundings, including his friend Claire Bennett and himself, come under attack.
Tales of Rebirth breaks slightly from the series with a new take on the Linear Motion Battle System, the so-called "Three-Line Linear Motion" system. The player's characters and enemies are placed on three different planes and the player has the ability to switch between these planes during battle. This system makes pre-battle positioning of party members on the three different planes critical to success. Two possible options are to place party members on different lines or to stack all characters on the same line, which makes battles more closely resemble those of previous Tales games that in effect only had one line or plane. Also, a new "Force Gauge" replaces the Technical Points, or TP, of the previous games. Tales of Rebirth allows you to assign four skills to the four buttons on the directional pad. In battle, skills have a recovery time that is directly related to the strength of the skill. The Force Gauge is a set of four diamond-shaped marks near the character's portrait in battle, where each diamond corresponds to the recovery time remaining on each of the skills assigned to the four-way directional pad.
The new "Rush Gauge", which measures a character's emotional levels during battle, is located in the lower left corner of the screen during combat. As the gauge fills up during battle, a character's offensive power will increase at the cost of decreased defense. The battle system also includes unique "Secret Justice" moves, extremely powerful combination attacks triggered by an attacking character and a supporting character. Due to the power of these techniques, they can only be performed under very specific conditions.
Another innovative feature added to Tales of Rebirth to improve the Linear Motion Battle System is styled "Enhance". After victory in battle, the player will receive "Enhance Points" (EP) that can be used to improve weapons and armor. EP can be used to improve basic parameters of equipment, such as attack and defense, and unlock latent added effects. Some of these added effects include double damage and protection against status effects. Finally, enhanced features from one piece of equipment, such as a weapon, can be transferred to another weapon.
Tales of Rebirth (PSP)
|Game Title||System||Catalog Number||Release Date||Region|
| Tales of Rebirth|
テイルズ オブ リバース
|PlayStation 2||-||September 24, 2004||Japan (TGS 2004 Demo)|
| Tales of Rebirth|
テイルズ オブ リバース
|PlayStation 2|| SCAJ-20112|
| December 16, 2004|
December 16, 2004
| Tales of Rebirth|
テイルズ オブ リバース
|PlayStation Portable|| UCAS-40200|
| March 17, 2008|
March 19, 2008
March 20, 2008
January 28, 2010
Japan ("PSP the Best")
- The story of Tales of Rebirth dives into issues of racism, which was the result of the work of Masaki Hiramatsu, who wrote most of the main scenario. He cites his trip to Yugoslavia, where ethnic strife is prominent, as an inspiration for the story. 
- ↑ http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%86%E3%82%A4%E3%83%AB%E3%82%BA_%E3%82%AA%E3%83%96_%E3%83%AA%E3%83%90%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B9#cite_note-0
- [JP] Tales of Rebirth (Official Website, PlayStation 2 Version)
- [JP] Tales of Rebirth (Official Website, PlayStation Portable Version)
- [JP] Tales Channel (Tales Series Official Website)