Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
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  1. Feb 1, 2019
    100
    The PS3 version of Vesperia that never made its way out of Japan has always been a long sticking point for fans, and with the release of the Definitive Edition, it’s a wrong that has finally been righted.
  2. Feb 7, 2019
    85
    If you loved the original Tales of Vesperia on the Xbox 360 and want to experience it again, this is obviously a no-brainer, as you’re given new content on top of a shiny new coat of HD paint. It may be pricey for a ‘Definitive Edition’, but the added content does boost its value to make it worth experiencing. If you want a great JRPG that you may have missed last generation, then Tales of Vesperia should be high on your list if you’re looking for a new game to dump 50+ hours into, as long as you can handle a dialogue and cutscene heavy experience.
  3. Jan 14, 2019
    85
    We only realize that Tales of Vesperia is a decade old in very few moments, and you'll be surprised how well the game has aged.
  4. Jan 9, 2019
    85
    Despite the occasional flaw, the game does a remarkable job of keeping things simple and easy to understand, at the same time as embedding depth through its fluid, interconnected gameplay elements. Whether you’re here for the satisfying combat, the deep and engaging story, or the vast and diverse quests within, Tales of Vesperia will certainly deliver. That, together with its additional extras, makes this edition a must have.
  5. Jan 27, 2019
    80
    Playing Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition will bring back memories of simpler JRPGs that offered fun characters, engaging stories, and colourful worlds. Thankfully, the few issues that make it show its age don't take much away from its overall enjoyment.
  6. Jan 9, 2019
    80
    A bad remaster work with too few improvements over the last-gen original game, but a great JRPG nonetheless, with a compelling story and finally all the Japan-exclusive contents that western players couldn't see on Xbox 360.
  7. Jan 9, 2019
    80
    Sure, it's got an exceedingly forgettable story and its gameplay design isn't as easy to understand as one might hope. But it's also got a roster of characters that feel unique and that take on topics your average popcorn JRPG doesn't dare touch. Its combat has a ton of depth for those that dig deep enough and it's really quite fun. Its world design is excellent with secrets to discover everywhere and a clear path for those on a mission. This isn't the best JRPG you'll find on the market by any stretch, but it's certainly still good and those looking for a history lesson on how the genre used to be couldn't do better on Xbox One. Tales of Vesperia is a title fans will be happy to revisit.
  8. Jan 9, 2019
    80
    Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition does what a JRPG promises to do. It tells a lighthearted story with a colourful world to explore and a plethora of optional content. The visual overhaul also provides it with a fresh look, fitting for modern platforms. It doesn’t quite compare to the best of the best, but because it represents a genre seldom found on the Xbox, it’s a great option to get on with.
  9. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Feb 27, 2019
    70
    A nicely remastered, pretty JRPG let down by a slightly dodgy battle system.
  10. Jan 9, 2019
    70
    What was once great then, is now simply good on the balance of things.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 30
  2. Negative: 6 out of 30
  1. Jan 15, 2019
    8
    The story was very enjoyable from start to finish and the few surprises that were included in the story meant that it always stayedThe story was very enjoyable from start to finish and the few surprises that were included in the story meant that it always stayed interesting as well. In terms of content there is a decent amount for you to get to grips with and the variety that’s present in the content kept things fresh and interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation side of the game and you can tell right from the get go that a lot of thought and effort has gone into both the visuals and sound design. While the combat is simple in style it never seemed to get dull and defeating the various enemies and bosses always felt rewarding.
    You’re allowed a great deal of freedom when exploring and I recommend that you do because there always seems to be something for you to do. The game suffers with a few technical issues every now and then but thankfully these issues don’t happen very often. It doesn’t really offer anything new in regards to the Japan RPG genre. Thankfully I can now experience what the Xbox One offers in the form of Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition, and to say I enjoyed my time with the game would be a massive understatement, and I overlooked it 10 years ago. From the moment I started the game the story had me hooked and it stayed that way throughout my time with the game. The gameplay also had me hooked as well and exploring the fantastic looking world never seemed to get dull. The main reason why it never got dull is because there was always something new for you to do and without a doubt if you’re a fan of JRPGs the amount of content available to you will definitely satisfy your needs. Having lots of content is one thing though and having varied content is another and I’m pleased to say that it has both with some nice combat elements thrown in for good measure as well. At the end of the day then even if you only have a slight interest in the JRPG genre then you owe yourself to get Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition because it gets every important aspect spot on and it has very few shortcomings which culminate in an unforgettable adventure. Two Thumbs up!
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