Agreed that Games forum would be more appropriate for this, but oh well.
I played all the way through Tales of the Abyss and it is a wonderful game, I highly recommend it to anyone who can get a copy. Word is the 3DS version is getting translated so that should help.
I watched part of the anime for it but have never made it all the way through. ^^; The art is a little different, and they changed some very minor details (NPCs eye colors, etc.) but it seems to show a bit more of some parts of the story. Still personally think the game is better.
I got about 2/3 of the way through Vesperia and will work on it more when I have the time and living situation to do so. It is a magnificent game. The graphics are lovely and the characters are amazing, Yuri in particular.
As for the movie prequel to Vesperia... It was also fantastic, but I was terrified for weeks if not months after it. This is mostly because I am a total fraidy cat, but it does get quite scary and gruesome.
I want to both play and watch Eternia, Symphonia, and Phantasia, but again time and living situation.
Well, since this is in the anime forum.. I have only watched Tales of Phantasia and Tales of Symphonia (anime). I really loved the Tales of Symphonia animation. The songs were awesome and the story... even though it wasn't like in the game... was similar in key points. Unfortunately, there wasn't an English version of it... so I watched the Japanese one with English subtitles. However, I watched the Tales of Phantasia animation (English version) and it was too short. I got the main plot, but I think I would have loved it if it was longer. Since Tales of Phantasia is a sequel to Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World (many years later), I think there should be an explanation of what happened in between. That's what I think...
For the games, I have only played Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, a little bit of Tales of Phantasia (can't remember much anymore), the demo of Tales of Vesperia, and Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology.
Zelos Wilder: [pinned to the ground by a convict threatening to kill him] Oh... hey Lloyd? If you abandon me here, I swear, I'll come back to haunt you. Lloyd Irving: [sweat drops] ... I just had a sudden, violent urge to abandon you.