The reviews for the Nintendo Switch version of Tales of Symphonia Remastered from Bandai Namco started coming through this afternoon and those that have surfaced are not so great with a Metascore of 69 based on six critic reviews (7.10pm UK time). Let’s start with Noisy Pixel who state early on that it is “likely the worst version to date, primarily due to bizarre technical issues and design choices” which isn’t a good start. The issues found include a harsh blinding white light before the battle begins instead of the breaking glass effect, which the site says is “harsh when playing the game in low light” and also the problematic fact of software crashes which Noisy Pixel says happens “a good chunk of times” Hardcore Gamer also mentioned this issue in their review saying that “throughout the playthrough for review, Symphonia crashed during every single play session.” The remaster of Tales of Symphonia is based on the PS3 version and runs at 30fps which even then has dips on the Nintendo Switch. Here’s some excerpts from a selection of the reviews:
“To confirm if the issues present on the Switch version were present on other consoles, I was able to play the PlayStation 4 version. As it turns out, many of my critiques are not present in this version of the Remaster. The framerate is stable, as I don’t recall encountering any drops, the battle transitions have a glass-breaking effect, and the backgrounds don’t vanish when opening up a menu. Additionally, I never faced a crash, though considering how random it is on Switch, it’s difficult to say that it doesn’t exist on this platform.”
“Tales of Symphonia is a brilliant action JRPG that set a precedent for the genre. Even all these years later, its engrossing storytelling, vast array of side activities, character interaction, and layers of combative options all coalesce to make it a must-experience adventure. Yet, as a remaster, this specific release fails to hit the mark, ultimately providing a lackluster and disappointing resurgence that could have been so much more.”Noisy Pixel review 6/10
“This remastered version of Symphonia is perfectly fine on the eyes. There are textures that could have used more work, but most of the key locations look solid and character models are more expressive and detailed than before simply due to being more crisp and clear. The soundtrack is still fantastic as it ever was and both English and Japanese audio options are a wonderful choice.”
“Tales of Symphonia is still one of the biggest highlights in the series with a fantastic assortment of characters, some simple but enjoyable combat and great story to keep players invested throughout. What hurts is that this remastered version has glaring issues that need to be fixed. It’s far from making it impossible to recommend, in fact we still absolutely would for those who haven’t ever played it before, but without autosave and with multiple recorded crashes experienced, it’s hard to tell people to run out and pick it up immediately without proper patches to work out the bigger issues here. With fixes to address the problems, Tales of Symphonia Remastered could easily be considered another fantastic port on modern systems that we hope to continue to see more of from Bandai Namco.”Hardcore Gamer 4/5
“Tales of Symphonia seems to be a game that is doomed to get a bit worse with every subsequent re-release. It’s difficult to justify calling this new version a remaster at all since it includes all of the problems with the previous version while introducing entirely new problems on top of that. The bare minimum for a port of a retro game should be that you won’t notice any technical problems if you haven’t played the original, and Tales of Symphonia Remastered does not even clear that bar. It is playable; it’s still Tales of Symphonia, but that is the absolute least we can ask of it, and that is the absolute most we’ve gotten from it.”Nintendo World Report – Not scored
One might think they might make some attempt to fix the existing issues. It’s got all the previous problems as well as additional problems. Not a deal breaker, but they might make an attempt to fix the existing issues.
Well I’ll avoid it on switch. Good to know
This won’t deter me from buying the switch version. I’ll also double dip on the PC version.
Well, I have very sensitive eyes, so bright glaring light isn’t great. I will get the gamecube version, that actually never crashed once 😁
I hope they release a patch. It was shipped today from the Namco website, so no canceling now.
Is metacritic even trustworthy anymore? Most of the stuff I enjoy seems to be in the 60’s, and people review bomb stuff for the dumbest reasons these days.
As an example, there are users who will review bomb visual novels just because they don’t like it as a genre and think it shouldn’t be rated up there with games that they like, but then turn around praising stuff like DDLC when that is probably one of the worst ones that I’ve read in the genre. It’s full of people who review/play games based on bandwagons and don’t form their own personal tastes.
Sticking with the GameCube version like the Baiten Kaitos games. Looks like Metroid Prime Remastered is the only real gem of all these GameCube ports.
Tales of Symphonia is one of my favorite games, but I’m definitely not gonna pick up this version unless it’s going for dirt cheap (like, below 10 bucks at most). It’s such a farce to slap the “Remastered” label on a version of the game that just plays worse than the original GameCube version in every conceivable way.
you wont see it below $10 especially in the eshop, at the most $40, the other version might be at the most $20 on sale in a couple of years and good luck finding the original and by that make sure you sell your firstborn if you want the original. the switch physical might end up going up in value while the other versions dont.
Yeah, I’d also be surprised if it ever went for a reasonable price.
Luckily, I still own the original GameCube version. It’s just become a bit annoying to hook up my old Wii to play it, and I’d love to play a decent version of the game that actually includes all of the PS2-exclusive stuff.
Sad. Such a great game deserves to be handled better. Hopefully they can fix most of the issues, but I’ll stick to my gamecube copy.
First BK has no eng VAs & now this. Get better port developers, Bandai.