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The Tales Series Ranked By Japanese Fans

Siliconera reports that Tales of fans in Japan know exactly what they like as many participated in a recent survey to rank their favourite titles, characters, theme songs, and battle systems. Developer Bandai Namco released the results of that survey and unsurprisingly, the results are about what you’d expect if you’ve ever followed the series over the last two decades.

Yesterday’s livestream included noticed that upcoming Tales of Arise would see new information in 2021. For fans of older titles though, a survey was made available between November 6, 2020 to November 24, 2020 and the results are as follows:

15 most-played Tales of games

  1. Tales of the Abyss
  2. Tales of Vesperia
  3. Tales of Symphonia
  4. Tales of Xillia
  5. Tales of Graces/Tales of Graces f
  6. Tales of Berseria
  7. Tales of Xillia 2
  8. Tales of the Rays
  9. Tales of Zestiria
  10. Tales of Eternia
  11. Tales of Phantasia
  12. Tales of Destiny
  13. Tales of Destiny 2
  14. Tales of Rebirth
  15. Tales of Crestoria

I’ve played every title on this list and I’m glad to see Tales of Abyss is one of the most beloved games in the series. It’s got an eclectic cast of characters and some of the best music in the series as well as an exciting battle system. As the list goes further down, I can respect the choices from the voters but would swap Tales of Eternia with Tales of Berseria.

As for the top 3 second most played games; these are games voters considered the second most played:

Top 3 second most-played Tales of games

  1. Tales of the Abyss
  2. Tales of Symphonia
  3. Tales of Destiny

The top third second most played:

Top 3 third most-played Tales of game

  1. Tales of Eternia
  2. Tales of the Abyss
  3. Tales of Symphonia

Moving onto the music and in particular the theme songs each games uses, not surprising anyone, Karma, from Bump of Chicken is the number one selected theme. My second choice would have been Ring a Bell from Tales of Vesperia.

10 most memorable theme songs

  1. “Karma” by Bump of Chicken (Tales of the Abyss)
  2. “Starry Heavens” by day after tomorrow (Tales of Symphonia)
  3. “Yume de Aru You ni” by DEEN (Tales of Destiny)
  4. “Kane wo Narashite” by Bonnie Pink (Tales of Vesperia)
  5. “Song 4 u” by Ayumi Hamasaki (Tales of Xillia 2)
  6. “Yume wa Owaranai ~Kobore Ochiru Toki no Shizuku~” by Yukari Yoshida/Yomi (Tales of Phantasia)
  7. “Soshite Boku ni Dekiru Koto” by day after tomorrow (Tales of Symphonia)
  8. “key to my heart” by Mai Kuraki (Tales of Destiny 2)
  9. “progress” by Ayumi Hamasaki (Tales of Xillia)
  10. “Mamoritai ~White Wishes~” by BoA (Tales of Graces)

The final category focused on favourite battle systems, with the top choice going to Tales of Graces f.

  1. Tales of Graces/Tales of Graces f
  2. t
  3. Tales of the Abyss
  4. Tales of Berseria
  5. Tales of Xillia 2
  6. Tales of Destiny 2
  7. Tales of Xillia
  8. Tales of Destiny
  9. Tales of Rebirth
  10. Tales of Eternia

I’m happy with the order the series voters went in because if you’ve never played Graces f, you’re doing yourself a disservice by missing out on a versatile battle system that to this day, is unmatched within the series.

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