Namco Tales Studio released Tales of Symphonia on the GameCube in 2003 to both critical and commercial success, becoming one of the many Tales Series games to make its way west. It’s a Japanese Action RPG with a fantastic soundtrack (heavily orchestrated) by series staple Motoi Sakuraba; this particular soundtrack was performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Tales of Symphonia is split into two discs, with disc one containing the first four tracks, and disc two containing the latter three. This arrangement is an overlapping arrangement, allowing overlapping track placement by varying lengths between both discs’ songs.
The Tales Series has a rather large following in Japan, but is lesser-known in the West. Tales of Symphonia is one of the few Tales Series games to see a commercial and critical success in North America, leading to an enhanced re-release on Xbox 360 (Tales of Symphonia: Chronicles). Tales of Symphonia holds a very special place in my heart – it was my first Tales game.