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Tales of Symphonia
|Tales of Symphonia|
|Developer(s)||Namco Tales Studio|
|Publisher(s)||Namco Bandai Games|
|Release date(s)|| JP August 29, 2003|
NA July 13, 2004
EU November 19, 2004
|Mode(s)||Single-player, Co-op (4)|
|Input methods||GameCube Controller|
Tales of Symphonia (テイルズ オブ シンフォニア, Teiruzu obu Shinfonia) is an action role-playing-game first released for the Nintendo GameCube and later for the PlayStation 2 in Japan. It debuted in Japan on August 29, 2003, selling 953,000 copies, in Canada and the United States on July 13, 2004, and in Europe on November 19, 2004. The game received a Japanese-only PlayStation 2 release on September 22, 2004, selling 486,000 copies. It is the fifth mothership title in the Tales RPG series, and was the third game in the series to be officially released in the U.S., and the first to be released in Europe. Tales of Symphonia's characteristic genre name is To Resonate With You RPG. Tales of Symphonia takes place long before Tales of Phantasia (hence a distant prequel). The game sold 118,000 copies during its first two weeks of sales in the U.S. and went on to sell over 1.4 million copies worldwide.
 Double Image
The game utilizes a blur technique as a "focus effect". During normal top-down gameplay, anything in the center of the screen is clear, but the edges are distorted and duplicated. If the camera angle moves down to the character's level, the effect becomes a distance blur. This is not a problem with Dolphin - this is an actual game effect that the developers intended and is present on console. But at the higher resolutions Dolphin is capable of it can be very annoying. To improve this, enable the Tales of Symphonia GC Custom Projection Hack. The hack isn't perfect however: it merely shifts the blur off screen during normal top-down gameplay. When the camera angle changes the effect will reappear incorrectly, affecting foreground elements like the characters.
- To enable the Custom Projection Hack, right-click the game in Dolphin and click on "Properties". Check "Custom Projection Hack" and click on "Settings". Under "Presets" make sure it says "Tales of Symphonia GC". Applying it to Disc1 will also apply it to Disc2 since they share the same GameID.
 Skit and Dialog Textures
When viewing a skit or when characters talk during in-game dialog, certain textures will not accurately update when the Texture Cache is set to Fast. During skits, character icons may not appear to be talking (mouths won't move). During in-game dialog, the mouth textures may not change when a character speaks. Setting the Texture Cache slider to Position 2 (Middle) resolves this issue.
 D3D11 Cutscene Rendering Issue
Some cutscenes have rendering issues with the D3D11 graphics backend. Use OpenGL to solve this issue.
 Cannot push/pull blocks in certain situations
This only happens if you're using a keyboard to play the game. To fix it, hold down the Main Stick Modifier key while moving towards the block to get a prompt to push/pull it.
- The Main Stick Modifier key can be configured in the GCPad settings.
This only works with the Windows version of Dolphin.
Depending on your system configuration, the menu screens slow down considerably when you use D3D9, especially on the Synopsis detail screen. OpenGL and D3D11 yield better performance, with the latter generally giving the best performance. See issue 6563.
Only configuration options for the best compatibility where they deviate from defaults are listed. Please see the performance guide for an overview of performance related settings. A full list of options is available at Template:Config/doc
|OpenGL||Avoid cutscene rendering issue|
|Position 2 (Middle)||Fixes the skit and in-game dialog textures|
|Tales of Symphonia GC||Improves the double image issue during gameplay|
 Version Compatibility
The graph below charts the compatibility with Tales of Symphonia since Dolphin's 2.0 release, listing revisions only where a compatibility change occurred.
This game has been tested on the environments listed below:
|2.0||Windows XP||AMD Athlon II X2 215 @ 3.45GHz||nVidia GeForce 7025||It took 75+ hours to complete this game. Most time at 80-100%. Some slowdowns (65-75%) in big areas and WorldMap.|
|r6878||Windows 7 x64||AMD Phenom II 965 @ 3.81GHz||ATI Radeon HD 4870||Mostly 60 FPS, 30 in world map, sometimes lags in battle. Lags during transitions. Music is messed up.|
|r7409||Windows 7 x64||Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 @ 3.8GHz||nVidia GeForce 9600 GT||Full playable with LLE, Fire and Text boxes messed a bit. Rare lag on graphical intensive scenes (battle/worldmap)||GothicIII|
|r7480||Linux Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx x86||Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 @ 2.2GHz||nVidia GeForce 8600 GT||All seems to work except for the BGM. It's choppy. Intro stutters as well. No lags observed.||Chocwise|
|3.0||Windows 7 x64||Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.3GHz||AMD Radeon HD 6870||Game runs full speed at all times with LLE. Make sure you have LLE on Thread enabled to gain a great speed boost. The game only lags in certain menu´s.||Garteal|
|3.0-235||Windows 7 x64||Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 @ 3.2GHz||ATI Radeon HD 4870x2||60 FPS constant with DSP HLE but at cause of sound glitches (music) when DSP LLE enable sound is fixed and game runs between 80-100%||arcticmedia|
|3.5||Windows 7 x64||Intel Core i7-950 @ 4.1GHz||nVidia GeForce GTX 570 @ .9GHz||60 FPS constant even with DSP LLE enabled, which is still necessary if u don't want to experience music glitches.||Titouf|
|4.0||Windows 7 x86||AMD Phenom X3 8650 @ 2.3GHz||nVidia GeForce 9800GT||The majority of the game is 45-60 FPS, but there are areas where the FPS can drop to 35-45 FPS. Regardless, the game is very playable. Settings used is Direct3D9, 1x native/0x AA/1x AF, and mid-Texture Cache. Audio is DSP HLE. There were no graphical issues and audio was perfect so long as the FPS stayed high.|
|4.0.1||Windows 7 x64||Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3.4GHz||nVidia GeForce GTS 250||Runs perfectly. Occasional freezing which leads to Dolphin crashing. Seems to work better with the JITIL experimental recompiler, but feels a little smoother with JIT. OpenGL graphics, HLE audio.|
|4.0.2||Windows 7 x64||Intel Core i5 3470 @ 3,2GHz||nVidia GeForce GTS 250||Runs at a steady 60 FPS at 2.5x internal resolution, 16x AF and 16x CSAA with OpenGL and HLE. Looks absolutely beautiful.||S1dology|
|4.0.2||Windows 7 x64||Intel Core i7 2600k @ 3,4GHz||nVidia GeForce GTX 470||Played with 1920x1584 internal resolution and 16xQ CSAA, didn't drop under 60 FPS so far. Used the recommended settings to avoid glitches, but for some reason the start menu disappears. Sound of cutscenes stutters at certain points. Besides that the game runs great and looks a lot better than the original on gc.||Walkerlos|