Tales of Vesperia PS3 Fan Translation Now Complete

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

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Tales of Vesperia - PS3

Recognize the pirate girl? No? That’s because she was only in the PS3 version, which we never got.

It has been a long time coming, but the fan translation of Tales of Vesperia for the PS3 is complete. Beginning in January of 2011 as a side project to their Tales of Graces translation project (which was shelved due to Tales of Graces f being localized), the Vesperia fan translation team has finished their edits and checks on the script and menus of the game. The full translation for the script was technically done half a year after the project began, but various factors like contextualization checks and other edits took quite a bit of time to verify, so much time that the lack of updates on the translation team’s site seemed to indicate the project was dead. Despite that, the team made progress slowly but surely, and they released the full translation patch on Saturday.

It was a shame that North America never received a localized PS3 version of Tales of Vesperia. In addition to a boatload of expanded content, including the ability for Flynn to join your party permanently, new artes, bonus bosses, and more voice acting, the game featured an entirely new playable character in Patty Fleur, a pirate girl looking for Aifread’s treasure. Additionally, several unplayable characters encountered in the game tie-in with the prequel anime film, Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike. It is certainly nice to see all of this available at last in some form.

However, it is not as easy as just attaching a patch on any old PS3. In order to play Tales of Vesperia on PS3 in English, a Japanese retail copy of the game is required. Additionally, the only way to access their provided patch is by running homebrew on your PS3. Though less convenient, they also have provided a translation guide that can be read as a reference while playing for those who are unable to run the patch.

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About Alexander Jones

Alexander Jones is a 24 year-old with a BA in History and has been gaming as far back as he can remember. Growing up, he was raised strictly on Nintendo consoles, but this fueled a passion for Japanese gaming and design. Though he does still have a soft spot for Nintendo, he has grown to love any developer and console with fun, enjoyable games. Some of his favorite games of all time include Ocarina of Time, Final Fantasy XIII, Chrono Trigger, and Katawa Shoujo.




  • Lord Ackercocke

    I have it on Xbox 360 but since every game is gathering dust on that system, I may have to look into this prospect.

    • Infophile

      The trick is getting a modded PS3, which requires a rather old one – one released on a firmware before 3.55 at the minimum. And even then, if it’s currently on an official firmware above 3.55, getting it back down to that level is a hassle which requires a physical hack (there are supposed software hacks for this online, but they’re all scams; the only possible way is with the right physical devices and opening it up).

      So… it’s unfortunately not that easy. The only other options are to wait for PS3 emulation to come around or to learn Japanese.