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Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition

Earlier this January, Bandai Namco released Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition. As a HD remaster of the hit JRPG from 2008, the Definitive Edition  includes all of the PS3 version content exclusive to Japan.

This iteration of the title features a high-definition upgrade to 1080p for all versions of the game. Read on as we cover the inclusion of the PS3 version content as well as what to expect for newcomers and veterans alike.

What is Tales of Vesperia?

Tales of Vesperia is a 2008 JRPG originally released for the Xbox 360. Exclusive to the system in America, it saw a re-release in Japan for PS3.

In Tales of Vesperia, you guide the protagonist, Yuri Lowell, to catch a thief who stole the Blastia core, a magic item that creates elements. In doing so, he meets a noble lady named Estelle, and the two embark on a journey to catch the thief and find their friend, Flynn Scifo.

Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition

The battle system features real-time action. Players will start with Yuri, who uses fast sword-strikes and combo attacks. The battle system includes elements from fighting games, giving the player a fast-paced battle experience.

With six characters, players can also choose between a healer, a mage, an archer, and more. With four player co-op, players can pick the character  that suits them best and take on hordes of enemies in a group as the story progress!

Over 40 hours of gameplay await in this epic adventure. More hours count towards replays, New Game+, and the dozens of the side-quests you’ll find in the game!

Features from the PS3 version.

Tales of Vesperia (PS3) features two new playable characters – Flynn Scifo and Patty Fleur. In addition, this version boasts more story content, dialogue, costumes, Mystic Artes, and even ties up several loose ends from the original version of the game.

Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition

The PS3 version features several additional boss battles and several changes in music. In short, any fan of the original 360 version will want to revisit this game. It’s more than a simple HD remaster. Rather, it features a collection of content worth many more hours of play.

What to expect.

Tales of Vesperia runs at 1080p in 60 FPS, with 30 FPS in fields, on all systems. The Nintendo Switch version, when docked, runs at 720p. The PlayStation 4 version, however, runs at 1080p 60 FPS across the board.

Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition

Players can also download two free DLC packs for the game. The first includes costumes, some of which were unique to the PS3 version. The other features an item pack.

This item pack includes tons of healing items, level boosts, and even over 900,000 Gald. This is enough to buy high-level weapons early in the game. Fans looking for a challenge might want to wait before downloading this.

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This version of the game also features some slight musical changes, such as the “Duke” theme no longer playing in Zaphias Castle. With more skits, the voice cast returned to record new lines, save for Troy Baker, who voiced Yuri in the original.

Finally, this game features a Japanese voice option. Players can toggle this whenever they start up the game.


Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition is more than your common HD remaster. The plethora of new content warrants a replay for veteran fans. Newcomers to Tales of Vesperia, will want to play one of the best JRPGs in history.

Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition

Featuring a well-written story, a memorable cast of characters, and a deviant protagonist who writes his own rules, it’s unlike any JRPG’s storyline. The smooth battling offers many options, including 6 characters, the ability to fight in 3D, and four-player co-op.

Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition looks beautiful in this new version of the game. If you enjoy Action/RPGs with good writing and fast-paced battles, then be sure to check out this game!

Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition

Thank you for reading our Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition preview. Have you played this game before or will it be your first time? Let us know in the comments below!

Rango has been gaming since 1993. He loves Action/Adventure, JRPG, and Platforming games the most. When he's not writing reviews, he competes in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments.

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