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5.0 out of 5 stars The Tales you need to play!, March 13, 2012
This review is from: Tales of Graces f - Playstation 3 (Video Game)
Asbel Lhant and the mysterious young girl Sofie are the protagonists of a beautiful HD remade story originally on Wii. This game will have lots of hours for both old and new fans to enjoy and lots of quest and kameo battles in the arena. One of the coolest kameo appearances is Tales of Hearts female protagonist Kohaku Hearts, but they're plenty to enjoy and trophies for doing various boss fights. There are leaderboards for the extra battle mode feature and plenty of costumes to choose from so enjoy the options and freedom to mix up your looks. I don't really wish to spoil anything, but I'll just say take your time and enjoy the unravelling of the story's done in an arc fashion this time around. There are a lot of beautiful Anime cutscenes in this game and sidequests some of which have to be completed early like other Tales titles. You'll meet all of the characters very early into the game and by this time most of you will know who you use best as a team or have a personal preference. This game once again has the infamous level 200 which can be hit easily if you are using 10x eperience, but the long trophies will be the level 9999 Arles Pot and a Gentleman's Defeat. The opening theme is Mamoritai White Wishes by BoA, but anyways I hope this review helps you or gives you the desire to try this game out because you won't reget it. There's a new battle system feature called Axel Mode which is how you pull off extreme combos and Lv4 Blast Caliburs. All characters can and will eventually learn this awesome technique via a title and it really can heat up a battle. Last thing I'll note is that there's a cool feature on Efina that can make you're characters all the same character on the battle screen, but it's extremely pricy so save your gald for it. If anyone has questions about Tales of Graces F feel free to ask me and I will help out as best I can. Thanks for reading and I hope this helped! :D

~Metragoon
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Initial post: Mar 13, 2012 12:34:43 PM PDT
FV says:
What is the new battle system like? My only frame of reference is Symphonia. The Games Radar review describes it as: "Battles consist of combining your Assault Artes -- fast, basic attacks -- and Burst Artes --slower, more powerful attacks. Every action costs Chain Capacity (CC) points; the more CC you have, the longer you can chain attacks together. These can be restored by guarding or not attacking, and the more full your CC gauge is, the more likely you are to land critical hits and special attacks." So is this just a new way of describing the old system? Is it still the same system of attacking with your weapon and/or using TP to perform skills (such as Demon Fang, Temptest, etc. in the case of Lloyd, or Eruption, Icicle, etc. in the case of Genis)? The way they describe it makes it seem as if you can't just attack if you have no TP (or CC in this case). I've watched a few videos on youtube, but it's tough to tell what kind of attacks are depleting CC.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2012 1:09:23 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 13, 2012 1:13:32 PM PDT
Metragoon says:
CC is used for your attacks, but the battle system is like a really advanced version of Symphonia's battle system. If you time back steps properly against certain attacks you'll build up the over limit faster. This is one of the fastest battle systems in the Tales series...the only one faster is Xillia actually, but it is also super smooth and flashy. The traditional attacking is still here, but TP is used up for moves like deamon fang, heal, ect...and chaining attacks together has never been smoother before. All attacks use some CC, but certain attacks regenerate CC so you'll not have to worry to much about it. If you get better weapons and start powering them up you can really increase you're total CC for atacks, but that takes time to unlock. Let me know if you have more questions. :D

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2012 1:59:56 PM PDT
FV says:
Thanks for the quick reply and good answer.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2012 3:29:16 PM PDT
Metragoon says:
You're very welcome!

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 3:44:04 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 21, 2012 3:44:23 PM PDT
So the way the combat system works sounds the same with the other Tales games titles(Tales Of Vesperia/Symphonia) and a a couple of other titles from Square Enix(Infinite Undiscovery/Star Ocean:The Last Hope). I thought the voice cast were alright though, while as expected there are going to be a few they could have done without overall the cast sound pretty good still. While pricey I've already ordered mine and now I just have to wait until I get my chance to play this game.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2012 12:20:22 PM PDT
Metragoon says:
Yes, but the battle system does take a little getting use to for some people. The reason I didn't go into huge details on the concept is to keep spoilers out of my review. I hope you enjoy Graces f and this review! :)

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 6:12:17 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 30, 2012 6:12:25 AM PDT
Nice review, although I would leave out the part about the meaning of the "F" because it does spoil the game a little bit (I have not yet gotten to the future arc, but I'm not surprised that there is one).

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 30, 2012 2:03:43 PM PDT
Metragoon says:
Lol I guess I should make an edit to it then.
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