Oh boy, this has been a long time coming.

Today I finally managed to take a big step in reducing my ever growing backlog with my first ever Tales game finished. Tales of the Abyss gets that honour, and while I have a few things about it I want to share I'm going to be more focused on the series itself in this article.

Anyway, before I get started here's an excellent piece from the game to set the mood.

I like Tales games. The only thing I like more then Tales games seems to be buying Tales games, however, as my backlog of Tales games has exploded to 5 in roughly 1 year.

-Tales of the Abyss

-Tales of Vesperia

-Tales of Symphonia

-Tales of Xillia

-Tales of Graces F

That's a lot of games that have all been sitting semi-completed over the months. The reasons for my abandonment of each varies. For some it was for a shiny new game that had come out, for others it was a difficult boss that managed to diminish my desire to continue on. Heck, I don't even have access to a system to play Tales of Symphonia on right now, but I bought it anyway.

The biggest reason though, is pretty embarrassing though, I'm just very bad at Tales games. Ah, but now perhaps I should say that I was very bad at Tales games. It seems a combination of my dismissal of tutorials, manuals and in game prompts had much more of an effect on my success then I thought. I recently started playing though Tales of the Abyss again, this time paying very careful attention to mastering the combat system, and it worked. Problems I had with enemies and bosses all seemed to slip away as I learned the importance of free running, guarding, and over limit use.

And it paid off. I was able to get though Tales of the Abyss without so much as a gameover when I got my act together. I haven't felt this accomplished from beating a video game in a long time

Looking forward I still have a lot of work to do, but it all seems so much easier now, not to mention all the more enjoyable. I've already made good progress into Tales of Vesperia, but unfortunately I'll be off to school again soon and won't have access to an Xbox 360. Most likely I'll be picking Tales of Xillia up now, as I would like to jump right on Xillia 2 when it comes out.