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.
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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.
Tales of Graces F is excellent!
Tales of Graces F is a wonderful game with a good story and interesting characters.
I got Tales of Graces F cheap and fast. I have nothing to complain about, thanks a lot Zavvi!
Awesome game ! with a great history and a very good system of battles colourist and funny highly recommended !
If you like the "Tales of" franchise, then you'll like Tales of Graces F!
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.
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.
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.
A good game with lovable characters, fluid combat system and with lots of things to do and immerse you in. A sure pick for JRPG fans.
Finally Tales of Graces is one good JRPG available on the PS3.
Excellent game shipped and received within a week though I live in France !!!
Tales of Graces has always been known for its graphic style of Japanese animation and great soundtrack. The game's story is very well done, although sometimes it can be rather heavy. The soundtrack and the opening theme are extraordinary. The game play is much improved compared to other titles in the series, but neither has much variation in this regard. One aspect to highlight is the ability to play with friends, but only in battle.
I have played 60+ hours of this games and there are still things to see and experience! Not a single dull moment. Main story done, now enjoying future story arc. Please buy this game. Even if you are a little bit interested, these makers should get our money. As I said it's not so much a bargain as an investment.
This is my first game in the Tales of Graces franchise and I like it! A nice action RPG with a good visual impact. I also like the story.
Fantastic game with a brilliant battle system, highly recommended.
I have to admit, I did not know of the series before buying this one. I let myself be convinced by the reviews online. I have to say I do not regret the purchase, especially at Zavvi prices. The combat system is excellent and easy to learn, which results in very dynamic combat. The story is also very appealing and follows the heroes from childhood. The levelling up system is also very intuitive and very efficient and do not result in boring farming due to the multitude of combinations you can employ. The game is also interesting as you can transfer specific items/bonuses and get some new ones to improve the game's difficulty. A must-have game!
Tales of Graces F (Special Edition) did not disappoint. It has a very addictive combat system, which makes you want to keep playing.
Tales of Graces F game is perfect for anyone who likes JRPGs. The story is very entertaining and has a lot of funny moments. I'm enjoying every moment so far.
Tales of Graces F (Special Edition) is a great game with a great story. Finally a real RPG! I recommend it.
Tales of Graces F (Special Edition) is pretty much a classic JRPG experience. Despite its linearity compared to other games in the series it still offers a variety of content thanks to Dualizing. This system allows you to not only combine items to create new ones but also infuse weapons and armour with shards, and add extra effects to equipment. There's also a variety of sidequests that become available as you progress through the storyline and additional scenes to discover. The combat system is action oriented and it allows repeated use of abilities by expecting CC. Unlike previous games these points recover quickly in battle making the overall system more dynamic. The game also offers a lot of replay value with 4 different difficulty settings as well as different bonuses. Overall, it's a solid game and surely recommended to any JRPG fan out there.
Tales of Graces F (Special Edition) is excellent and faster.
Tales of Graces F (Special Edition) is an awesome game! I definitely recommend it to every RPG gamer.
With good story, great animation, intense battle system, likable characters, and very funny cut-scenes, this game has all it is needed to make you enjoy more than 50hours on your ps3!
Tales of Graces F is a medieval-like fantasy jrpg; the game is really focused on the characters and the story, and there are many (voiced) dialogues between the characters and main plot sequences are drawn in anime-style. Every character has a rich and interesting background, and a set of uniqe abilities. I like the combat system but you have to get used to it and find the most powerful combos and equip them if you want to master the battles. You can control only one of your characters (the others are controlled by a configurable A.I.), but you can change the one you control during the combat. At the end of every combat sequence there is a different scene depending on who defeated the last monster and on who you take to battle (only 4 characters at any time). Some of the skits are really hilarious. The graphics are also very smooth and pleasant. This game is a must have if you like the JRPG genre.
Tales of Graces F may be an up-port of a Wii game, but it's phenomenal in all the little things it does. Combat: 5/5 You could play this game solely for the gameplay; it's actually that good. There's a plethora of flashy and useful skills, each of the characters attained play extremely different so there's surely one for everyone if you're struggling with Asbel. The implementation of flash step and the guard mechanism in this game is amazing, even more so when they exchanged the tedious system of TP for its better counterpart CC. Unlike TP which has a limited use and costs money to obtain, regulating the game from being fun to smash normal,block and dodge until boss fight and then SPAM ARTE SPAM. I don't believe that's how a game should be played, and it's great because ToG isn't played like that. Each battle is varied and as you fight more and understand the system, there's a longing for more difficulty and greater challenge. Music 3/5: The music here is really forgettable, but it's not as if Tales games are really known for their music. There are some good tracks here and there, but it's ultimately kind of bland. Story 4/5: Predictable. The lead character is annoying throughout the game and often times I would wonder how common sense dictates him to be the lead anyway, but video games. It's not bad, but it's not good. I'd rather not have friendship forced down my throat every two or three lines, and an indecisive cast for the most part trying to save the world. But Pascal. So it's redeemed. Graphics: It actually looks nice. It runs smoothly, and other than some minor facets, the graphics in battle work extremely well. I'm actually surprised by how beautiful some of the locations are and the vastness of the towns and landscapes. Yes, HD towns. Overall 5/5: Play this game, it is amazing in all rights. You can disregard the story and music and play for the experience that is ToG.
I'm having great fun playing Tales of Graces F. The RPG gameplay and story are really nice. There are very few Japanese RPGs on PS3 and this looks great and is really good fun to play. Highly recommended!
This is one of the best JRPG games you can play in your Ps3. I didn´t put 5 stars because its graphics aren´t as good as it could be, but if what you are looking for is a good jrpg game, this is your game.
Excellent game. Special edition pack with artbook inside, make of videos,original soundtrack. Have a cool cover. Suggest for age 18+ Nice anime videos with the story going smooth. Easy gameplay and lot abilities.Various characters. Nice story.
Best JRPG ever! I;m almost at the end of the main arc and I love every second of it! Pure masterpiece!
Bought Tales of Graces F as soon as it was released, thoroughly enjoyed it.
As implied this is the first of the series I've played. Not hard to believe since we didn't get most of them, then PS3 never got Vesperia. Do they not want to make money? Regardless I bought the special edition speculatively and I'm not disappointed, in fact it has bumped all my backlog down the list. The Anime aspect was never really advertised. If so it would attract Anime fans along with ni no kuni (released Jan). The prologue is long (5+ hours gametime) but serves better to endear you to the characters as well as build the dynamic there of something that lacks in FF for me. Also the skits and cut scenes only add to this. Tales of Xillia is already on my radar.
I've been playing the tales series for a while now and this title is quite fun as well. The battle system is different and quite enjoyable to be honest. The story is alright, sort of standard fare for tales games and the characters don't get too grating or annoying. You can tell the original (not f) was made for the Wii with the limited traveling and the map being snow, desert, regular (if you've played tales you'll get what I mean). Not to mention the characters are low poly but the textures are pretty in HD. I just completed a play-through of the game and can honestly say I've enjoyed it. It's taken a fair bit of time and I'll probably go back to try and 100% complete it when I've got the time. I'd definitely recommend it to any fan of JRPGs and tell those who like RPGs in general (or at least decent battle systems) a go.
Having only played Tales of Vesperia I can't comment too heavily on how this title compares to the rest of the series. However I am thoroughly enjoying Tales of Graces F, the combat system is great once you get used to it and it just has such a good atmosphere. Judging from some of the similarities I have noticed in Vesperia I think it is safe to say that it has features that Tales fans are probably anticipating but I feel that's what makes the games different. As for the DVD and CD I got with the game. I haven't used them yet but I think they're nice to have bearing in mind that the price I paid was no different to regular game.
Tales of Graces F is an excellent story with a good battle system with the addition of many side quests giving a very nice traditional JRPG. Although the voice acting could be better and yet somewhat annoying at times so you can tell it was budgeted. Would be nice if they included a Japanese voice track as well to add to its authenticity as this is a JRPG after all. The sound for me is as important as the game play as it adds to the atmosphere, if it annoys me then it will reduce my enjoyment hence the -1 star.
Tales of Graces F (Special Edition) is a JRPG style came more than two years ago in Japan, and came only with us for a few days. Great game in my opinion, that everything must have a JRPG, such as the exploration of places looking for crates and useful in battle or to merge them together, sub-quests that prolonging the longevity of the title already high, good cast of characters dressed with movies and characters drawn in anime style (flagship of tales), but above all a great battle system, the core of the game play, which allows you to have clashes frenetic but not without tactics, although can sometimes be confusing. The faults that I have found in graphics (which could still be improved as the game is a port of the Wii and effects pop-up characters and monsters that can not stand), story not just excellent (especially the first few hours may discourage to continue the game) and excessive back-tracking (which for me is not a big drawback in my opinion). In theory I would give it 4 out of 5 stars, but since they sell the game in a special edition for the same price of normal (containing a well-made artwork, DVD containing behind the scenes, a soundtrack and a few DLC's to download) 5 stars deserves them all. In other words: those who like JRPGs purchase is required, for others it may be a great game in a world now dominated by FPS (someone said COD or Battlefield?) And football.
The Tales games are one of my favourite series, and now it's back with Tales of Graces F which I have to say is the best in the series for me. It features great characters and story with a new title system which is a lot of fun to master. This game truly is one of the best games of 2012.
These are few and far between as of the past few years, Tales of Graces F (Special Edition) makes nice use of the advances in technology and the style of modern JRPG games. The music and visuals are nothing to complain about, and the localized dubs are pretty good. The characters and story are fairly standard but its entertaining enough, the real strength of this title is in the battle system (which is good since it is probably what will take up most of the play time) The battle system whilst a little difficult to get to grips with is dynamic and interesting.
The second tales game for this gaming generation, following the simply brilliant Tales of Vesperia, this time on the PS3. The game follows a traditional RPG model as any fan of the franchise will know, with a really well written storyline and engrossing storyline. This game is a must have for any PS3 owner who enjoys a good RPG especially since the PS3 is severely lacking good RPG's of this sort. Since Tales of Vesperia is easily one of the Top 3 RPG's of this gen (and one of the best ever in my opinion) lets compare it to that. Gameplay: there have been various improvements to the actual gameplay it feels much more fluid and the spellcaster characters are definetly more accessible in comparison to previous Tales games. Overall this game has one of the BEST rpg gameplays ever made its action packed with all the goodies of RPG's e.g. lvling exp tons of skills and abilities with various manors in which to play each character. Sound is just great in this and the music is just really well done. The voice acting is superb as can be expected from a Tales game, they seem to produce voice actors that suit characters and don't make you want to mute the screen or wish for a Japanese version. Replayability... there are few games these games that offer a new game + system and crafting systems as good as this games. When you complete the game and decide to start over depending on how well you did you get points to spend on bonuses for you new game, these range from keeping your levels or gold or even items. Overall this game is brilliant especially if you enjoy a good RPG. I don't think its as good as Tales of Vesperia but this isn't down to the gaming side its more down to the Story side of it. I just prefer Vesperia's story. This is not a negative for Gaces since its going to be a while until an RPG as crazy as that comes out (Tales of Xillia 2013).
Tales of Graces F is every bit as good as Tales of Vesperia, which is no doubt what you've come to expect from the Tales... series. I'd even go so far as to say it was much better than Tales of Vesperia; and I really loved that game. It's thoroughly entertaining, and the humour between the characters is top-notch. One such quote never fails to make me laugh, between Pascal and Sophie: Sophie: Pascal, what's an airhead? Pascal: Someone who is so smart, they can control air with their minds! A phenomenal game and must have for lovers of the Tales of... games!
To begin with, I have been waiting for the release of Tales of Grace F for a long time. First it was translated into English from Japanese for the American version, then there was a delay of several months for European release.. And finally it is here. By the way, this version of Tales of Graces F includes an artbook (always one of my favorite parts of a special edition), a making-of DVD, the soundtrack, and some bonus Tales of Destiny 2 costume DLC, all in a bigger, folded box. Does that make the wait easier? It surely does. What can I say about the game? If you have never played the original Graces on the Wii or are new to the Tales of series, this game is definitely worth buying. Nice character cast, epic story, big dose of exploration, mix of "level-based" development system and "skill-based" one, fast-paced combat will satisfy you. If you're interested, don't miss this augmented "Day one" edition!
I played Tales of Graces on the Wii in Japanese, and oh my god it's amazing. The battle system is just one of the best I've ever played on. The story is totally enveloping, only competes with Tales of Symphonia's story (which in my opinion was the best one until I played this awesome game). I totally recommend buying this. I, for sure, will.
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