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The "Tales of" series belongs in North America,
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This review is from: Tales of Graces f - Playstation 3 (Video Game)
I didn't know before I started playing, but I have been waiting for this game for 6 years. It has all the strong Japanese flavor of Eternal Sonata, but without the abysmal writing and vocal performance. It's brightly colored, pretty to look at, with an extremely strong battle system, a decent story despite all the "power of friendship" cliches, strong characters, a fun and satisfying battle system, and an addictive growth mechanic. Not to mention the plethora of sidequests, item creation, and the like. Very little about this game is "bad."
However, the audience for this kind of game has dwindled rapidly this generation, and with little to no marketing, games like this are dying at retail. The modern gamer would be put off by it's bright colors and exceedingly foreign sensibilities. The modern gamer would be uncomfortable spending the first 3-5 hours playing as an 11 year old kid. The modern gamer would be embarrassed for any of his friends to see the anime artwork and cutscenes.
But the modern gamer would miss the depth, the fun, the humor, or the charm that pervades every inch of Tales of Graces. It is a great tragedy of this console generation that a title like this can fall by the wayside, with only the most hardcore of the hardcore JRPG fans purchasing it new and showing their support.
If, like me, you yearn for a return to the glory days where JRPGs ruled the roost and you always knew you were getting your money's worth when you bought one, you owe it to yourself to pick this game up. Not used. Pay the extra $10, eat at home one night this week, and buy this game new. Show Namco, and the rest of the Japanese developers, that it IS financially sound to release and market their games in North America. Wallet Votes mean everything in this business. You have the power to shape this industry. Start with supporting Tales of Graces. It is more than worth the price of admission.
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Initial post: Oct 6, 2014 9:29:44 PM PDT
Dickens Dumont says:
amen. couldn't have said it better. so what if a game is colorful and has anime characters? it is the gameplay and the feel you should get from the game. i agree that it is so lost on this generation. i haven't played this yet but i am loving tales of xillia and played through tales of symphonia. these games are so fun and engrossing. the battle system is hands down the best of this generation. it's fast and fluid like a fighting game. it's hard to explain it all. what i can say you get to know the characters' likes, dislikes, and delve into their lives through skits. you develop a deep connection to them. this is why some of the tales games had sequels (like tales of symphonia: dawn of the new world and tales of xillia 2) because they are so captivating. like in tales of symphonia, i loved how all the characters had witty banter towards each other. i totally agree.everybody should buy this game. the tales games are so fun. i highly recommend them as a fan of gaming....and stop buying those final fantasy games. they haven't been great since 10. tales is the new final fantasy
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