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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Reviewed on 08/03/2014 by
Tales of Graces f is yet another great installment in the Tales of series. Most of the characters are quite likeable and not too annoying (except Pascal, she's very annoying) and I like the little cultural references sprinkled throughout. The good thing about these games is that they're very long with lots to do and lots of things to find and collect. The graphics don't take full advantage of the PS3's power, however the animated cut-scenes (when they do occur) are gorgeous. The battle system is a lot of fun, and there is a character that suits pretty much everyone's favourite battle style. The story is a little cliche at times, but that's just something you have to deal with when playing JRPGs.
Reviewed on 07/05/2013 by
Tales of Graces F is excellent!
Reviewed on 28/04/2013 by
Tales of Graces F is a wonderful game with a good story and interesting characters.
Reviewed on 26/03/2013 by
I got Tales of Graces F cheap and fast. I have nothing to complain about, thanks a lot Zavvi!
Reviewed on 19/03/2013 by
Awesome game ! with a great history and a very good system of battles colourist and funny highly recommended !
Reviewed on 11/02/2013 by
If you like the "Tales of" franchise, then you'll like Tales of Graces F!
Reviewed on 08/02/2013 by
I was not familiar with the Tales of series, but I really enjoyed Tales of Graces F. The game play is simple to learn but hard to totally master. The story is not extraordinary, but it is really nice. It's better than a lot of games available. It has really nice characters and level design.
Reviewed on 13/01/2013 by
The fact that Tales of Graces F is playable with 4 people locally is great, one of the features that my purchase was based on. Aside from that the game is a very good JRPG and the Customer Service from zavvi was great! Definitely recommended.
Reviewed on 18/12/2012 by
With a wide range of difficulties, beautiful colors, excellent battle system, deep story and an amazing soundtrack, the Tales of Graces F (Special Edition) game is one of my favourite RPGs for the console. Definitely in the Top-3 of the "Tales of" series, too. The original Japanese voice acting is not present in the game, but the English dub is not so bad.