I still can't believe I never got to comment on this one, having seen this review several times before. Great review! I actually just bought the game recently, though I don't have any consoles to play it on (I'm planning on buying myself a GameCube once I get a real job). The only Tales game I've really played is Tales of the Abyss on the 3DS, and only a little bit of it before other obligations took me away from it. I really ought to go back to it. I have seen the Abyss anime, Symphonia, the Phantasia anime, and I just finished the first season of the newest Tales game anime, Tales of Zestiria.Have you played other Tales games since then? I really want to play this and Zestiria, namely because the latter has my favorite Tales characters in it.
Have you ever heard of Tales of Zestiria the X and it's OVA (Dawn of the Shepherd)? They're on DAISUKI if you would like to watch them legally (along with GaoGaiGar and Gundam SEED/SEED Destiny).