Why am I not a bigger fan of role-playing games? Because outside of team aspects or any given new features, they mostly play the same. Cast an attack, prepare for a counter-attack, use a special attack to finish the battle, repeat. Yeah, there’s story too, but it seems built more for folks that are fans rather than the ones that aren’t. That said, there are exceptions to the rule, and I’m happy to report that Namco’s Tales of the Abyss remains a good one.