AC Weigh-In: April 2019

For April 2019's edition of the weigh-in, we'll be talking about everyone's favorite Tales pastime—cooking!

For this edition of AC Weigh-In, we have:

a745
Head Admin,
Site Designer,
Founder
DimensionSlip
Admin,
News & Content Writer,
Backend Support
Grace
Content Writer
Amy
Content Writer
Caphi
News Writer,
Content Writer
Flamzeron
News Writer
8ro
News Writer, 
Mobile Reporter

Do you often utilize the cooking system present in Tales games?

a745
As much as I love the cooking system, I'm one of the few people who actually don't use it much. I tend to use the feature wherein the game automatically cooks for you but I tend to forget it to the point of realizing I'm 40 hours into the game and the only thing we're still cooking are rice balls.
DimensionSlip
Not as often as most do, unfortunately.
Grace
In recent Tales games, yes. I like the additional effects they give since they are useful for combat.
Amy
Not as much as I should... Some of the friends I play Tales games with like managing food more than I do, so I leave it to them.
Caphi
When it's the new Destiny-style trigger type, I use it a lot for emergency healing, revival, and status curing, as you do. The old ones with the ingredients I usually get annoyed by, though I remember making it through Volt's dungeon in Eternia by stuffing myself with steaks. I mostly used Xillia's to get extra cash from bosses.
Flamzeron
Sometimes, but not very often. I used it the most in Tales of Xillia and Tales of Xillia 2 before big boss battles and other tough sections. Otherwise, I only use it when I remember that it's a thing and decide to use it on a whim.
8ro
Definitely! Everyone should invest in the industry of failed sandwiches.

Which Tales game has your favorite cooking system?

a745
If I were to give a favorite, I would go with Tales of Legendia's. I like how they approached this with bread and the different forms of bread. I don't particularly like bread, but the game actually made bread seem really delicious.
DimensionSlip
I appreciate how involved Symphonia's cooking system was, though my personal bias still lies with Abyss for their lively related skits and how each member incorporates their likes into the customized versions of the available recipes.
Grace
Abyss. I do like how all the party members incorporate their likes and dislikes into the dishes to make their own variation.
Amy
While I love the attention to small details in Symphonia's cooking system, my favorite is the one in Tales of Xillia. I like the "set and forget" style because managing ingredients was always pretty annoying to me. And I loved cooking an experience boosting meal right before a boss fight!
Caphi
If it wasn't obvious from the cooking article I did, Graces' Eleth Mixer. That thing is comprehensive.
Flamzeron
I like the system used in Tales of Symphonia and Tales of Xillia the best, I would say. I like healing up by cooking after a better like in Symphonia (and truthfully most of the ones after.) I also like getting extra buffs and status upgrades and other little things from cooking in Xillia.
8ro
From the ones i can remember, Abyss.

Which Tales character's cooking is the most memorable for you?

a745
Let me point you to my representative Tales character. If your recipe is worth "sealing away" then it must be particularly special! But seriously one of my favorite cooks in the Tales games is still Yuri and his penchant for sweet recipes.
DimensionSlip
Natalia's horrible cooking being the joke of the town never gets old with me. I am amused with how it gets used to creative effect even in crossover games.
Grace
Ludger for the sheer fact that his job and character revolves around food. His cooking is important plot-wise since it's used for happy and sad moments.
Amy
Raine! Definitely Raine for her spectacularly horrible cooking and 50% failure rate at sandwiches.
Caphi
PEACH PIE
Flamzeron
I'd say Raine from Tales of Symphonia, primarily because of the gag that her cooking is terrible. I've been bouncing between Symphonia Chronicles and Vesperia: Definitive Edition, so those two are more in my memory at the moment.
8ro
Raine, of course. Because of m e m e s.

Which cooking-related scene or skit is your favorite?

a745
The skit about Yuri's love-filled croquettes is hilarious. It's been a long time gag that Yuri is actually a really good cook, and considering his background doesn't seem to be the type who'll be good with food. If you pay attention to the types of foods he masters, they're mostly sweets, too.
DimensionSlip
Tales of TV had a chapter involving a cooking show made spicier (quite literally) by Jade's antics. It was hilarious.
Grace
I really like the food skits from Graces. I really like learning about each character's preferences and they make for some amusing moments.
Amy
The one where Raine cooks "curry" for a gnomelette in Gnome's dungeon, hahaha!
Caphi
PEACH PIE
Flamzeron
Recently, while playing Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition, I got the skit where everyone complains about being hungry. At first I ignored it, but then later on I got another skit of everyone complaining again. At that point, I said out loud "Okay, everybody shut up!" and decided to cook something random to get them to stop complaining. I have a sneaking suspicion that I let them bully me into a meal, but I can assure you that it won't happen again.
8ro
... Can't really remember many of those. So for now i'll go with the Mabo Curry Bun one from Zestiria. The one with that REALLY CUTE skit image of Sorey and Rose eating together~

Have you ever tried to recreate a dish you encountered in a Tales game? If yes, then what and how did it go?

a745
I wouldn't say I have, but I have tried the available official imitation food such as the apple gels and instant mabo curry being sold during Tales of Festival. Apple gels taste like your typical gummy candies and the mabo curry is good too but could be spicier for my own tastes.
DimensionSlip
Nope, but it did get me curious about the taste of gels, and the gel bottles they sell during TalesFes certainly recreate it quite well. I sometimes buy mabo curry-related dishes at restaurants around here out of respect to the series, ahaha.
Grace
I've tried making Ludger's tomato omelettes but I added in too many vegetables and the egg wouldn't fold properly. One day, I'll learn to cook properly and make good meals.
Amy
No, I meant to try the Apple Gel recipe that was on Tales of Link's Facebook page a while ago, but I never got around to it...
Caphi
I did order mapo curry because of the Tales thing. I found it a little tart, to be honest.
Flamzeron
No, but I want to try Mabo Curry at some point. I think it would be fun to try gels, if there's a recipe out there.
8ro
No.....t yet! Maybe i'll make a video if i try it someday!

Any suggestions for next month, or anything that you want to respond to? Feel free to share them in the comments below~

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Prior to joining AC, Slip has been dabbling in other Tales-related endeavors, including but not limited to scanlating various comics, subbing drama CDs, and writing fanfiction. Currently lives in Japan and presents monthly offerings of the yen variety to the Tales of Shop at Akihabara--if not crying over empty wallets thanks to one Jade Curtiss and his merchandise.