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"Tales of" is a franchise of fantasy action role-playing games that have been called the "third biggest RPG series in Japan behind Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest." First begun in 1995, the series currently spans multiple games, spin-off games and supplementary media in the form of manga series, anime series, and audio dramas. Games in the main series are largely unrelated to one another, with different characters and stories. They are commonly linked by their gameplay, themes and high fantasy settings. The series is characterized by its art style, and its action-based fighting system called the "Linear Motion Battle System".

Multiple gameplay elements carry over from entry to entry. The main unifying element is the combat system, the Linear Motion Battle System (LMBS for short). Considered as one of the mainstays and building blocks for every main entry in the series, it undergoes multiple incremental changes and alterations from one installment to the next. Some features introduced in certain games have proven popular enough to remain in future installments like "Free Running" (the ability for a character to freely roam the battlefield). Elements of turn-based combat are also present, though to a lesser degree: an example of this is Destiny's "Chain Capacity" feature (the number of skills a character can perform), which appears in later games in the series.

The prominent narrative theme of the Tales series is the issue of coexistence between different races. Another recurring feature is the plot and characters, which are often rooted in and revolve around themes such as justice or faith. The theme for each entry in the series is decided by the series producer based on current world events. The chosen theme helps dictate what the game will be called: once the theme is decided, the team search through various languages to find a suitable representative word. The settings for the stories are primarily high fantasy worlds, with the producers opting not to use a dark or science fiction-based setting. The way the characters interact with each other during the narrative forms one of the core aspects of designing each game.

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Main series Remaster Remake Anime Adaptation
1. Tales of Phantasia (1995) Tales of Phantasia: The Animation (2004–2006, 4 parts)
2. Tales of Destiny (1997) Tales of Destiny (PlayStation 2) (2006)
3. Tales of Eternia (2000) Tales of Eternia: The Animation (2001, 13 episodes)
4. Tales of Destiny 2 (2002)
5. Tales of Symphonia (2003) Tales of Symphonia: The Animation (2007, 11 parts)
6. Tales of Rebirth (2004)
7. Tales of Legendia (2005)
8. Tales of the Abyss (2005) Tales of the Abyss (2008, 26 episodes)
9. Tales of Innocence (2007) Tales of Innocence R (2012)
[X] Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World (2008)
10. Tales of Vesperia (2008) Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (2019) Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike (2009, full movie)
11. Tales of Hearts (2008) Tales of Hearts R (2013)
12. Tales of Graces (2009) Tales of Graces F (2012)
13. Tales of Xillia (2011)
14. Tales of Xillia 2 (2012)
15. Tales of Zestiria (2015) Tales of Zestiria the X (2016, 26 episodes)
16. Tales of Berseria (2016)
17. Tales of Arise (2020)
Sub-Series - "World" Remaster Remake Anime Adaptation
1. Tales of the World: Summoner's Lineage (2003)
2. Tales of the World: Material Dungeon (2008)
3. Tales of the World: Dice Adventure (2012)
4. Tales of the World: Tactics Union (2012)
Sub-Group - "Radiant Mythology" Remaster Remake Anime Adaptation
1. Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology (2006)
2. Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2 (2009)
3. Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 3 (2011)
Sub-Group - "Narikiri Dungeon" Remaster Remake Anime Adaptation
1. Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon (2000) Tales of Phantasia: Narikiri Dungeon X (2010)
2. Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 2 (2002)
3. Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 3 (2005)
Sub-Series - "Fandom" Remaster Remake Anime Adaptation
1. Tales of Fandom Vol.1 (2002)
2. Tales of Fandom Vol.2 (2007)
Sub-Series - "Mobile" Remaster Remake Anime Adaptation
1. Tales of Kizna (2011)
2. Tales of Breaker (2012)
3. Tales of Commons (2012)
4. Tales of the World: Tactics Union (2012)
5. Tales of Wahrheit (2012)
6. Tales of Link (2014)
7. Tales of Asteria (2014)
8. Tales of Crestoria (2019)
Spin-off Titles Remaster Remake Anime Adaptation
1. Tales of the Tempest (2006)
2. Tales of Eternia Online (2006)
3. Tales of VS. (2009)
4. Tales of the Heroes: Twin Brave (2012)

[X] Dawn of the New World is a direct sequel to Tales of Symphonia, but it is not usually counted as part of the main series.

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