Tales of Symphonia: Another broken PC port

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Tales of Symphonia is an old RPG game from Namco’s Tales series. Originally a GameCube game, the 5th title in the not-especially-connected Tales series was released on PC yesterday. It’s not the usual sort of game to find on PC; games of this sort have been bound to consoles for decades, so there’s a fair bit of excitement amongst PC gaming JRPG fans, who finally get to play it.

And that excitement has completely dissipated – as Pc gamers have once again been on the receiving end of an abysmal port. Getting a ten year old game to run on a modern PC should not be much trouble – but apparently it is, as the port of Tales of Symphonia is what can only be called hot garbage.

NeoGAF user Chairmanchuck has collated all the of the PC ports myriad issues. Here’s a brief list of some of the known ones so far.


Locked 720p resolution

  • Incomplete and broken translations
  • Locked at 30 FPS (although some users have reported getting it to 40 FPS)
  • Brand new typos unique to the PC version
  • Uses PS3 and Xbox button icons at the same time
  • Random crashes
  • Only six save slots
  • Opening the config and save menu can take 30 seconds to load
  • Uses DRM called VMProtect that creates a new “.exe” file every time the game starts

The port seems to have been cobbled together hastily, without much in the way of quality assurance testing. The original Gamecube version ran at 60fps – and this is locked to 30?

According to a representative of the developer (who, until recently had LazyMofo as his username), Namco is aware of the issues and is going to fix them. Thank you all for your comments and concerns regarding the current status of Tales of Symphonia for Steam. BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. is aware of the various issues affecting gameplay and our production team is working to make sure that these matters are addressed.

Fixes have already begun rolling out; expect to see continous improvements moving forward with the title. We’ll continue to post updates on this board when they are available. Thank you for your continued support for the Tales of franchise.

Last Updated: February 3, 2016

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I love how companies release broken games, then a day later tell you they’re aware of the issues and will fix them. WHY THE FUCK DID YOU RELEASE IT THEN? You didn’t know? Don’t lie. Don’t you have even a modicum of professional pride in your work or your products, or a hint of respect for your customers? Take your piece of broken kak and fuck off you scam artists. Only the gaming industry does shit like this. There are plenty of rubbish games, but even a rubbish game is expected to work.

    • Hammersteyn

      Because the suits gave a release date and so shall it be, also you can patch it later if it’s not totally unplayable

    • Captain JJ ‘saurus

      WB knew though. They can’t fool us.
      They just thought no one would notice.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        WB would sell lead painted asbestos dummies to babies.

        • Captain JJ ‘saurus

          They would.
          Rockstar would sell normal quality ones but they’d cost more than the others and you’ll only be able to buy it if you buy another toy also.
          Ubisoft would probably sell you dummies with an arm where the leg is supposed to be and a leg where the head is supposed to be 😀

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        I’m not a David Cage game. :/

  • Umar

    Do you know what was the craziest part?? Modder Durante fixing this game’s resolution issues in 14 minutes……14….minutes……

    • I have this theory that someone wrote a port conversion tool that every company uses. Plug in your console title and click convert and boom 5 minutes later you have a steam title. Then the game gets sent to QA and the guys there go “This worked fine on whatever console it was designed for so there is no need to check it for PC”

      At least that is how it feels like to me.

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      This is atrocious.

      Lazy fuckers

      Instant eternal hate from me

    • Hammersteyn

      Even the translations and typos?

  • HvR

    All of them we have seen before, quick cheap development for quick buck.

    “Uses DRM called VMProtect that creates a new “.exe” file every time the game starts”


    Makes me want to scream
    Do not support DRM
    do not support scamming development houses,
    Cyberpunk 2077 is coming.

    • Guild

      RyanZA has a pending trademark for the terminology used and monies will need to be paid unless you are actually the real RyanZA 0_0

      • Captain JJ ‘saurus

        This would not surprise me.

      • haha

    • Captain JJ ‘saurus

      Yea man. I understand the need for DRM to try and deter pirates. But you know what Social Club of Rockstar is an absolute nightmare and GTA V has been cracked, and people do pirate and play it. So what does it help? Nothing. It just makes me avoid it because of Social Cak

    • Jeffrey B

      GOG is love, GOG is life #DRMFree #DownWithSteam

  • Captain JJ ‘saurus

    I saw this up on Steam last night, checked out the page, but wasn’t intrigued enough to get it. Now I’m glad.

  • Shame. Though all they have to do is play any JRPG of the last 9 years and they will realise they haven’t missed out on anything new.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Are you trying to say they’re still all about misunderstood teenage outcasts with ridiculous hero hair who save the world with the aid of whacky side kicks and impractical weaponry in tedious and repetitive turn based battles from ridiculous mustache twirling tweens with convoluted plans of world domination and/or destruction?!

  • Decembermaloy

    I have the originals in a box, somewhere. Will download the dolphin emulator and it will look muuuuuuuch better when playing it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtFzMB88_1w

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