Tales of Symphonia - Quest for Platinum

Hello! It's been quite a while since I last posted about a game other than Visual Novels here...
This week I finished playing Dragon Age II (The first playthrough) and have already re-started it in order to get the remaining trophies. I've also been slowly playing Dragon's Crown and already gave up on the One Piece Musou 2. (Gosh, I never though I would say it, but this is the first Musou that I can't stand to play for more than 30 minutes long lol)

Anyway! Together with Dragon Age II, I've also been playing the Tales of Symphonia for PS3! I'll make a quick review of it and then talk about the Platinum -long long long long - quest.

Tales of Symphonia was originally made for the Game Cube back in 2003, but in 2013 it got it's own version for the PS3.
I could call it a classical JRPG, with charismatic characters, a lot of comic relief, bizarre monsters enemies, a story that suddenly grows (after a plot twist) and reveals to be much more interesting that it was on the beginning, dungeons with puzzles, etc.

You begin the game as Lloyd Irving, a young boy that is not actually interest in school or anything that takes more than a minute to think about. As soon as you start you'll hear about the main idea of the first part of the game: There being a Chosen One and the duty of this person to save the world. After the first explanations and quests you'll meet some of your companions: Genis, a mage, Collete, the Chosen (or Miko, in the original japanese), Rayne, the teacher (and also the best healer around) and Kratos Aurion, a powerful mecernary. The game will keep on going about the Chosen for some time and soon you'll learn that not everything is as you've learned on school.

The Battle system is pretty easy to learn, but it will take some time until you actually master it. Firstly, you just have to smash the SQUARE button in order to attack, and later you'll learn more about using the directionals to specify this basic attack, will learn about the R2 and L2 functions, giving orders, using items and also about the Unisom attack and the Ex Skills. Whenever you learn a new thing, an entry will be added to your battle book, so you won't have to worry about memorizing everything in a shot. I found the learning curve of this game quite enjoyable, and even while replaying it I still learn new things that add to the overall experience.

With that said, I should also point that my favourite part of ToS is the character development. It's quite satisfactory to notice how Lloyd grows up during the whole game, how he goes from a brat to a honoured warrior, and how the whole environment seems to follow this advancement of every character. Lloyd is not the only one to change. I could point every character here, but that surely would be a HUGE spoiler. While at that, it's still safe to point that the whole game is made BY the main characters (the whole party, I mean) rather than the main plot. I soon grew fond of them, and wanted to advance on their specific quests rather than to follow the whole story. It was a pain when I had to let one of them go... And that's manly what gave me enough will to pursue the Platinum: To remake the whole story in order to get the other ending. That, only to keep one of the characters and learn more about it's story.


Up until now I only have 21 out of 40 trophies :(
I made the first playthrough without any kind of guide, just trying to enjoy the story to it's fullest. Now that's I'm officially pursuing the Platinum, I decided to print some lists with the things I still need.
So, making it fast, there are some things that need to be done in order to conquer the Platinum. They are:

1. Meeting all the enemies of the Game.
2. Get everyone to level 100.
3. Open every chest on the game.
4. Win all the battles on the Coliseum.
5. Meet all available character and getting all of their Titles.
6. Collect all stamps of the game.
7. Visit every dungeons and city available.
8. Complete every mini-game.
9. Finish the game more than once. (that in order to get the two branches of the story and unlocking the Mania Mode)
10. Master (and find) all the Cooking Recipes
11. Play for 100 hours
12. get all the available items of the game.
13. Get 100 hits

Of this list, I have already completed every mini-game, mastered and found every cooking recipe, played for almost 100hours (96 up until now), opened every chest and got more than half of the Titles. I now need to finish the main plot up until the Last boss, level up everyone, get the Coliseum trophies, and then visit the "underworld" area of the game before finishing it on the Mania Mode for the second time.

"Hard" is not the right word for this Platinum. I'd rather say that you'll need some patience to replay a game with more than 50hours of story and a bunch of Dungeons Puzzles, but in an overall it's not that heavy. The comic relief really work as a relief here in ToS, and it'll surely help going along the game. I - a very impatient person - am going quite smoothly on this second playthrough, and now that I've finally unlocked my favourite character, it's got even smoother. Ahahaha

Maybe the thing that will give you some headache while pursuing the Platinum is the Underworld area. I've already decided to go on a third playthrough if this area gets too difficult for my lvl 100 characters, so I could get the 10x EXP Grade and play the game with my eyes closed. Since I'm in no hurry, this might work better than suffering with the normal training and exp getting of the game.

And that's it for this Platinum! I would suggest that you print a list with all the items, Titles charts, chest locations (if you didn't get it on the first playthrough) and monsters before playing and use it as a reference (where you underline what you've already got) while playing. I'm sure it will help a lot!

Later today I'll upload here a guide I've made for getting all the pellets you'll need for the Title!! :D So... that's it for now! Wish me good luck on this quest <3



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