I played Tales of Symphonia about 5-6 years back on the Game Cube. Since my favorite type of game has been, is and always will be RPGs, It was in my top 2 ever games I owned. When/if I get back into games, I intend to buy as many from the Tales series as I can.
I played Vesperia. I got to the point where you get a boat and quit it though. I thought the combat was a bore and while I liked the main character, I want interested in continuing to play and see what ultimately would happen to him or where the story would end up.