Tales of Symphonia

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Tales of Symphonia
Tales of Symphonia
Developer(s) Namco Tales Studio
Publisher(s) Namco Bandai Games
Series Tales
Release date(s) JP August 29, 2003
NA July 13, 2004
EU November 19, 2004
Genre(s) Action role-playing
Mode(s) Single-player, Co-op (4)
Input methods GameCube Controller
Compatibility 5PerfectEdit rating: Tales of Symphonia
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In a dying village on Sylvarant, legend has it that a Chosen One will one day appear from among the people, and the land will be reborn. Now, in Tales of Symphonia (テイルズ オブ シンフォニア, Teiruzu obu Shinfonia), you must enter a cel-shaded world in which you command real-time battles. Execute and combine hundreds of special attacks, magic spells, and combos. Each character grows to suit your fighting style, and the storyline changes based on the characters' relationships. The line between good and evil blurs in this immersive adventure where the fate of two interlocked worlds hangs in the balance. A direct spin-off sequel titled Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World was released for Wii.


[edit] Problems

[edit] 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.

[edit] 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.

[edit] D3D Cutscene Rendering Issue

Some cutscenes have rendering issues with the D3D graphics backend. Use OpenGL to solve this issue.

[edit] 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.

[edit] Configuration

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


Config Setting Notes

Video Back End

OpenGL Avoid cutscene rendering issue

Texture Cache Accuracy

Position 2 (Middle) Fixes the skit and in-game dialog textures

Game Properties

Config Setting Notes

Custom Projection Hack

Tales of Symphonia GC Improves the double image issue during gameplay

[edit] 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.

4.0-1465 (current)
2.0 (r5350)
Compatibility can be assumed to align with the indicated revisions. However, compatibility may extend to prior revisions or compatibility gaps may exist within ranges indicated as compatible due to limited testing. Please update as appropriate.

[edit] Testing

This game has been tested on the environments listed below:

[edit] Gameplay Videos