Tales of Graces F is the latest episode in the renowned Tales series on the current generation of consoles, and the first European appearance of the franchise on PlayStation®3. The story is set against the backdrop of three countries beset by a turbulent conflict and is founded on the ideals of "defending your convictions" and "protecting the people important to you."
For the first time in the Tales series, the combat system lets the player freely change attack style depending on the battle situation. The characters’ distinctive weapons can be swapped for different styles, and the new combat system is easier to control while simultaneously making battles more involving. The title is developed by Namco Tales Studio LTD. in Japan with the aim of bringing to life the rich depth of the evocative characters created by Mutsumi Inomata.
On a world called Ephinea, a civilization flourishes through the use of "Eleth," a substance found in a material called "Crius." Within the world, three kingdoms - Windor, Strata and Fendel - struggle for dominance. In the remote Windor town of Lhant, the eldest son of Baron Aston, a spirited and guileless boy named Asbel Lhant, enjoys the carefree days of his youth with his childhood friends and inseparable comrades. However, an event occurs that makes Asbel determined to become stronger, and so he decides to enter a training academy for knights in the kingdom’s capital.
Seven years pass. Asbel is 18 years old and striving to become a fully-fledged knight. However, he is forced to give up his dreams when his father, Aston, passes away. He cannot escape the obligation he feels to succeed his father as the Baron of Lhant.
Style Shift Linear Motion Battle System
Deep and rich storyline
Huge game content
Renowned creative talent
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I played Tales of Vesperia on Xbox 360, Tales of Symphonia was a great JRPG on Gamecube and Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World is one of the best RPG on Wii. Finally, Playstation 3 has its own Tales of... If you want to play a traditional JPRG with a fantastic combat action, a lot of contentts and likeable characters please don't wait anymore: TALES OF GRACES F .
Tales of Graces F is a great JRPG game. The fighting system seems a little bit confusing at the beginning, but you get the hang of it pretty quick. I like the dualing system, in which you can combine items to make stronger weapons and food. The mixer is a nice idea as well: You put items there that are used automatically inside of a fight. The second use are items that can be put in it that are duplicated while you are running around in the field. You need to be patient while playing this game. We play it as a co-op game. It's similar to Eternal Sonata in a lot of aspects. The first player controls most of the menus, the characters in the field and one character in the fights. The second player controls a second character in fight. It can be a little bit boring for the second player because there is not so much to do for him if you are in a city, so be prepared for that. The non-playable time for the second player is not as long as in Eternal Sonata. I liked the fights in Eternal a little bit better, but the story and characters in Tales of graces are more interesting/believable.
Tales series has quickly become one of my favorite JRPG franchise, surpassing even the mighty Final Fantasy. The story, music and voice-overs are ok but where this game shines is the battle system. The battle system is fast, dynamic and non-stop action which is a great combination with a slow pace exploration. A must Buy for me!
A very nice JRPG created in the distinctive "Tales of" style. I like everything of it, graphics, music, battle system and so on. I played for a few hours and it keeps getting better, when I start playing I really can't stop. Simply charming. Strongly recommended to all fellows JRPG lovers.
This latest addition does the series justice as it works very well with the graphical representation of the PS3. The voice actors for each individual character in game are perfect and always capture the mood (as well as the tension) in certain scenes which has always been a major plus in the 'Tales of' series games as it clearly defines their personalities. The gameplay is very straight forward and now has a 'help' feature that indicates where you have to go next, which helps immensely for people that enjoy role playing games but fail to listen to important story dialogue. Now the MAIN plus in my opinion is the battles which are very engaging as the fight scenes are live so enemies WILL be moving about so it is up to you to decide how to deal with them. Although the battle play for artes has changed it definitely has the same fast paced action the games are famous for! Also for those of you that enjoy a challenge will be pleased to hear that the game has various levels of difficultly. I have yet to finish the game but I'm loving every moment of it the story, the characters the fights...I'm haven't put it down since I got it!! So if you haven't bought this game yet...hurry and get a copy you will NOT be disappointed!
I must say, I have been a Tales of...fan since I was a kid. I have been playing since Tales of Destiny on PS1, Eternia as well. I currently own Tales of symphonia, symphonia 2, eternia, phantasia, the abyss, destiny 2, destiny remake,destiny remake leon side, legendia, vesperia and now graces! I have heard about this import coming, so I hope there will also be a vesperia english edition for PS3 coming out soon if this makes a good success in selling! The battle system does look like it has changed a lot from the other tales, but hope it's worth buying and playing.
I own the US version but this has to be the best Tales game I have played in years (since Symphonia). The story is nothing new but totally fine. Keeps me interested. The battle system has been changed a little and is much better! Its a long game. Especially if you try to do all side quests and get all titles and stuff. I've been playing for 140h without the side missions now and I have not finished it yet. In conclusion it's a great game and a must have for all RPG fans!