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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Easy, June 18, 2013
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This review is from: Tales of Innocence R [Japan Import] (Video Game)
Tales of Innocence R is the 2012 PS Vita remake of the 2007 Nintendo DS game. This latest version features two new characters, as well as voice acting segments. The game is the ninth in the Tales series. It is a light snack of an RPG.

Tales of Innocence R follows Luca, the young, shy scion of a successful merchant. Luca has dreams of being Asura, an ancient demon lord who aims to unite heaven and earth. Luca's country is in the grip of war, and rumors are spreading of "inousha," or people with unusual talents.

Through a series of meet cute and other contrivances, Luca meets others like himself, who call themselves "tenseisha," or reincarnated beings. They all have spotty memories of the ancient world, and are drawn to Luca because of who he used to be.

Eventually, the group's mission becomes clear: retrieve the "power of creation" from, of course, the head of the church, who, naturally, intends to use it to destroy the world. Tales of Innocence R doesn't demonize the church as much as Breath of Fire II did back in the nineties; instead, it uses organized religion as a conversation starter between the characters to pad out a skinny plot and minimal character development.

The gameplay system in Tales of Innocence R is geared toward the gamer having an easy and enjoyable RPG experience. The world is tiny and readily traversed. The expected modes of transport become available: ship, then airship. The party can only hold fifteen of every item, but those are simple to sell/use and then replenish. The enemies and bosses are quickly dispatched. Best of all, magic points automatically regenerate after battles, and players can activate bonus skills that improve attack or defense, recover HP during combat, and, as a godsend, allow characters who aren't in the main party to gain as much EXP as everyone else.

The Tales series does skits, or dialogues between characters, often played for humor. For instance, the holy maiden Ange frets about being fat toward the middle of the game, and the other girls -- skinny teenagers who barely wear clothing, because clothes get in the way of fighting monsters -- encourage her to exercise more. This is the topic of several skits, and it never gets old. /sarcasm

Apart from that, there's cooking, a few side quests, a coliseum-type area, and some interesting minor twists. For instance, the youngest party member turns out to be Asura's mother from their past lives. The main villain turns out to be [REDACTED]. Honestly, even I didn't see that coming, but now I have a new trope to add to my mental trope collection.

The music is okay. The voice acting is typical fare. Since it's entirely in Japanese, playing it is a great way to keep up with the language.

The PS Vita version has replay value, because of the two mysterious additional characters -- to find out their backstory, players need to go through the entire game until they have access to the airship, and therefore the location of the secret reveal. Maybe one day I'll get to it.

Full review at http://fragrantelephant.blogspot.com/2013/06/tales-of-innocence-r.html
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHOOT!, June 15, 2013
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This review is from: Tales of Innocence R [Japan Import] (Video Game)
got here super early and is awesome! I took Japanese so its easy to comprehend but unless otherwise I suggest a guide, but nonetheless the game is still awesome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good game, for any Tales fan get this !, April 5, 2014
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This review is from: Tales of Innocence R [Japan Import] (Video Game)
Good graphics fun gameplay , if your a Tales fan i highly recommend to buy this game.

Because we will probably never see this Released in the West!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the game!, January 7, 2013
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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I really liked the original Tales of Innocence, but I love the remake even more. There are two new characters (both of which speak Melnics, a language inside the Tales Universe), new music, awesome new cutscenes, better in-game animation, more side quests and developed character interaction. I am still playing through this game but I've had a great time so far. It seems easier to get through the fights this time around. They're still challenging, but because there is a new battle system and a new game system, it's less awkward than the original. I was really glad to see that a Tales game that didn't seem as popular as the others got a remake. It's nice they're giving this title some attention. Maybe Tales of the Tempest will get a remake too...but who knows? That might be asking too much. Anyway, thank you! The game got here in time and was in great condition. I am really happy with it.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REGION FREE!!!! Remade beautifully for the ps vita, March 29, 2012
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This review is from: Tales of Innocence R [Japan Import] (Video Game)
I just picked up a vita, and to my surprise, the vita that I purchased from walmart is indeed, REGION FREE, let me repeat, REGION FREE!!!!!

If I've counted correctly, tales of innocence is nearly the 10th title of the series.

This is a remake of the DS version previously released a few years back before the recession.

Unlike the other tales games:

Gameplay Battle System - 10/10 - DSLMBS - Dimension Stride Linear Motion Battle System - this combines the styles of TOAbyss and TODestiny. In simple terms, this means that you can move around the field in full 3d and use attacks and skills wherever you are, especially in midair.

Also included is the Tension Gauge, similar to an overlimit.
Also included is the Infinity Jam, which allows players to create a combo of attacks for a long period of time.

Overall Gameplay - 9/10 - Classic elements such as Hi-Ougi, Gald, and Grade are retained, what's new is that you can now pick up gald on the ground after defeating an enemy, and now battles are graded based on performance

Guild - 10/10 - That's what I'm talking about, GUILD

What's Different? Better graphics, better artwork, new music, and additional cutscenes. With the PSVita additing touch elements, you can now incorporate that into battle commands. The AP that you acquired during battle can now be used for learning new abilities in a grid system.

I wouldn't have picked up the game if the system was region locked, go Sony for making this playable on all Vita Systems!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tales of innocence R, February 15, 2013
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The game is great and has a high replay value, I am gald that i bought this game and will look followed to getting 100% on the game.
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