Tales of Graces f Review
Tales of Graces f Box Art
System: PS3
Dev: NAMCO Bandai
Pub: NAMCO Bandai
Release: March 13,2012
Players: 1-4
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Crude Humor, Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes

Visually, Tales of Graces suits the PS3 well. Though it only goes to 720p, the graphics were clearly given a much greater overhaul than the typical Wii upscale. Looking very closely at the graphics can reveal occasional rough edges, but most players should be quite satisfied with how the game looks. The frame rate is smooth and there are never slowdowns in battle despite the number of particle effects being tossed around.

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Musically, Graces is a bit of a mixed bag. There are stirring orchestral pieces, but there are also areas in which the same tiny, uninspired progression of notes is set on endless repeat. The voice acting is better and far more subtle than it seems at first. The characters start off sounding highly stereotypical, but as they mature, the voice actors do an excellent job of reflecting that maturity into their performances. For example, Sophie starts off with a completely flat affect, but gains more and more expressiveness in her voice as she becomes more human. Similarly, the sneering superiority in Hubert's voice slowly melts away as he begins to understand his companions' value. Pascal is the only character whose voice casting is likely to be controversial, but it must have been very difficult to figure out how to voice her dialog and personality properly.

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As is typical for the series, Tales of Graces f features an addictive combat system, tons of complex side systems to explore, and a quest of epic length for the player to undertake. While it doesn't have the strongest cast or story in the series, Graces makes up for that with an extra heaping of fun infused into the entire experience. With the best series battle system to date, a beautiful world to explore, a truly impressive number of things to do, a playable epilogue to the story, and the usual Tales New Game + system on top of all that, Tales of Graces f is an adventure that provides incredible play value. Fans of the Tales series in specific and of JRPGs in general should consider this one a must-buy.

By
Becky Cunningham
Contributing Writer
@BeckyCFreelance
Date: March 20, 2012

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
Lovely hi-res 3D graphics that look far better than a simple Wii upscale.
4.8
Control
The battle system controls smoothly and responsively.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music is a mixed bag, but the voice acting is quite good and more subtle than it seems at first.
5.0
Play Value
The amount of things to see, do, earn, discover, and create in this game is truly impressive.
4.5
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Master New Combat Styles - Use the "Style Shift - Linear Motion Battle System" to freely switch between fighting styles and deftly evade enemy attacks. Activate "Accelerate Mode" to use powerful new techniques and bring the fight to enemies like never before!
  • Stunning Visuals - Enhanced HD graphics and improved outlining to bring attention to the detailed anime art style by renowned Tales artist Mutsumi Inomata. Beautiful and spacious environments allow players to explore a truly open world.
  • Unique Multiplayer System - Enlist the help of up to 3 friends to fight by your side! Players can join the battle at any time simply by plugging in a controller!
  • Experience all-new content exclusive to the PlayStation®3 - Go deeper into the story of Tales of Graces f in the all-new "Lineage & Legacies" epilogue, featuring more than 10 hours of engrossing gameplay. Explore new dungeons, fight fierce new monsters, and wield newly created spells, attacks, and techniques!

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