Run-of-the-mill fantasy stuff
While Celestian Tales is a pretty decent stab at a turn-based RPG, it's just a little too bland and forgettable to make it a must play. If you are a fan of the genre and are looking for something new to try out, you should have a good time here but don't expect it to keep you occupied for that long. It's reminiscent of Radiant Historia or Trails in the Sky
, and tells the story of a group of young warriors on a journey of self-discovery as they prepare themselves to face a coming war. as far as gameplay goes, this is a strategy/RPG, where you have a choice of six warriors and must guide them through a series of turn-based battles. The game is heavily focused on narrative, and adds in some nice moral confrontations to make you think about your actions and which actually deals with the after effects. You can play through the game as all six main characters, which gives you a unique perspective on the story and adds in some replay. There's nothing overly wrong with Celestian Tales and for the most part it provides a solid bit of gaming. The combat is quite challenging and requires some serious thought in order to succeed, while the moral issues add in some much appreciated variety. The visuals are a bit of a mixed bag, with some nice enemies and environments, while other elements are a bit bland and wishy washy. The same can be said of some of the characters, although the story is reasonably compelling. A single playthrough shouldn't take much more than ten hours, and although you can do it again with the other characters, there's little real incentive to do so and what you're left with is a solid but unmemorable adventure.