Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 55 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
  1. Apr 5, 2012
    91
    Overall, ToGf is a fun RPG with an absolute ton of things to do through the game.
  2. 90
    Tales of Graces f is a tale of magic and fantasy with a touch of political and social intrigue easily recommended to anyone who loves this specific genre.
  3. Mar 23, 2012
    90
    Tales of Graces f was a trip that I've been waiting to play since before Vesperia. The colorful imagery and youth driven story about friendship are all well told and crafted. This is an adventure North America almost didn't receive and it would a shame for anyone who likes or even loves the Tales series to miss it. Find and pick-up Tales of Graces f for the PS3 today, you won't be disappointed.
  4. Mar 23, 2012
    90
    Not since Tales of Symphonia have I played a Tales game that's felt as whole as Tales of Graces f. It is an engaging, enjoyable, and lengthy game, easily lasting as long as sixty hours. The "Legacies and Lineage" post-game story can add even more time. Tales of Graces f unquestionably stands apart as one of the best games in the series, and as one of the best JRPGs to grace modern consoles yet.
  5. Mar 20, 2012
    90
    The amount of things to see, do, earn, discover, and create in this game is truly impressive.
  6. Sep 17, 2012
    88
    There are a few rough edges, but the gameplay and story are strong enough to absorb you. [Nov 2012, p.82]
  7. Sep 14, 2012
    88
    The real-time battles offer countless variations, you enjoy a lot of freedom. The monumental story about the power of true friendship delivers memorable moments full of humour and drama. One of the best role-playing experiences on the PS3.
  8. Aug 28, 2012
    88
    Tales of Graces F is a great classic Japanese RPG game, featuring a great story, charming characters, many hours of gameplay, a brilliant battle system and many, many things to do. We need to mention that being only in English might be a problem for those unfamiliar with the language, but if you're a fan of the RPGs, you can't miss it.
  9. Sep 10, 2012
    85
    Tales of Graces ƒ gives you a very interesting, fun story where you totally don't know what your ultimate goal is. And that makes it exciting. The joy you get of playing will help you through the story, which will end in a nice way. And yes, the combat system is awesome.
  10. Aug 19, 2012
    85
    Tales studio delivers another great JRPG -albeit not as great as Vesperia- with a strong narrative and a superb battle system.
  11. Jun 20, 2012
    85
    Even though there are a few downsides, such as the repetitive dungeon design, Tales of Graces f managed to cheer me up and keep me entertained for the duration of its lengthy quest. A perfect game for the summer. [June 2012]
  12. Mar 23, 2012
    85
    Tales of Graces f is a fantastic, souped up port of the similarly named 2009 Wii offering. One of the rare J-RPG's to hit North American PS3's, the game's worth the translation wait
  13. Mar 23, 2012
    85
    It is heads and shoulders above all of the other JRPGs to release this year and may be one of the best on the PS3. There are things that could have been better but otherwise it's solid. Plus it gives you incentive to play through the whole game again.
  14. Aug 22, 2012
    84
    Tales of Graces F is a good porting of one of the best entries in the long lasting franchise. It is nowhere innovative and story and characters are quite cliché to be honest, but the stellar combat system and the excellent pacing absolutely make up for it.
  15. Mar 14, 2012
    84
    An accessible, rewarding, deep, and fun JRPG that has a lot to offer to veteran Tales fans and newcomers alike.
  16. Apr 4, 2012
    83
    Even though the F stands for Future, it could also stand for fantastic. Tales of Graces F is a must-have for JRPG fans with its excellent gameplay and wealth of content.
  17. Aug 10, 2012
    82
    Some changes have been made on the graphics and a ten hour epilog was included, which makes the game interesting for newbies as well as fans of the original game. While the storytelling and the gameplay are nice, the graphics aren't as good as in other PS3 RPGs and it's probably a bit to childlike, but all in all Tales of Graces f is a pretty fine remake.
  18. Mar 23, 2012
    81
    Tales of Graces f is one of the latest Japanese role-playing games filled with tons of nostalgia and charm for loyal fans of the series. It doesn't break any new ground, but it's certainly a welcome and refreshing change of pace from recent titles like Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Hyperdimension Neptunia MK2.
  19. Oct 8, 2012
    80
    Putting the mysterious "f" back in "freakin' su-weet." [Nov 2012, p.77]
  20. Sep 13, 2012
    80
    If you're looking for a classic JRPG experience and many hours of fantasy fun, Tales of Graces f ticks all the boxes.
  21. Sep 12, 2012
    80
    With a wait of almost three years, Tales of Graces F could have been a great disappointment. But the wait is now over, and despite the first few hours lacking of energy, the title proves that Namco Bandai Games masters its subject. Like Tales of Vesperia, Tales of Graces F hides at first a great potential that finally reveals itself gradually during the adventure. A pleasant surprise that only suffers from old-fashioned graphics.
  22. Sep 12, 2012
    80
    A good JRPG with a nice story development and a great combat system.
  23. Sep 11, 2012
    80
    Either way, JRPG fans should pick up Tales of Graces F and relish in its throwback to great times when the genre was alive and kicking.
  24. Sep 7, 2012
    80
    The latest entry in Namco's Tales of-series to reach the Western markets feels suitably old-school. It's eerily reminiscent of the best JRPGs the PlayStation 2 had to offer, and delivers a nostalgic experience to when role-playing games were more than flashy graphics and interactive cut-scenes. With a high focus on quick, tactical combat, interesting characters and a well-told (but slightly predictable) story, Tales of Graces F is a solid experience. It's the game every PlayStation 3 owner was waiting for at the generational switch from PlayStation 2.
  25. Sep 4, 2012
    80
    Tales of Graces f never fully abandons the slight clunkiness of its first few hours, but players who bow out early because of its linear design and apparently limited scope will be missing out on what may well be one of the last great traditional Japanese role-playing games. It may have taken three years for it to reach European shores, but it's well worth the wait.
  26. Sep 4, 2012
    80
    Tales of Graces f is a tale worth telling and a game well worth playing.
  27. Sep 3, 2012
    80
    Tales Of Graces F is like previous Tales of Games, it has a theme. This time it's "to seek the strength required to protect", with the story of a kid who will try to do everything he can to absolve his past mistakes, and become strong enough to protect those he loves. It's super classic and simple, and that's why it works, especially for all those who like the way JRPG were done ten years ago.
  28. Apr 16, 2012
    80
    Tales of Graces f is a by-the-numbers JRPG with a top-notch battle system.
  29. Mar 19, 2012
    80
    A solid RPG with a compelling, fun battle system, a mostly traditional setup, a few appealing characters, and a story that gets better with time. It's dragged down by some pacing issues, occasionally mediocre voice acting, and a slow start, but that shouldn't deter the hardcore fans.
  30. Mar 16, 2012
    80
    Sure, it's unmistakably familiar, but that's also part of its charm-Tales of Graces f does Japanese RPG conventions exceedingly well, which makes it a must-play for both longtime fans and series newcomers.
  31. Mar 13, 2012
    80
    It's got a handful of shortcomings, but they're diminished by the fact that this title captures the classic RPG spirit so well. It's the first console RPG in a long time where we've been engrossed enough to explore every nook and cranny, talk to every villager, search everyone's houses, and find all the paths possible in a dungeon.
  32. Aug 29, 2012
    79
    Tales of Graces F it´s a great remake of the classic Wii JRPG. The adventure is fun, refreshing and lengthy.
  33. Mar 6, 2012
    78
    There is something here for you if you're willing to stick it out, but you have to commit without rolling your eyes at the melodrama to truly appreciate it. [Apr 2012, p.87]
  34. Aug 31, 2012
    77
    Rote it may be in many regards, but an involving, tactical and – most importantly – welcome battle system makes Tales Of Graces f stand out from the me-too crowd of JRPGs. Imperfect, certainly not for everyone, but good fun.
  35. Jul 29, 2012
    76
    Tales Of Graces f is a JRPG that feels the weight of time but proposes an interesting gameplay structure, fresh and able to satisfy long time fans of the genre.
  36. Aug 27, 2012
    75
    Tales of Graces F is a good game and though the story may seem like a typical JRPG, it does stray away from the stereotypes as the story progresses, and leaves you wanting to know what will happen next.
  37. Aug 3, 2012
    75
    A Jrpg with a great combat system that could be a true gem in the genre, but falls short in the story department and is weakened by the impressive amount of backtracking during the campaign.
  38. Oct 27, 2012
    70
    The characters are dreadful and the story is not much more than passable, but the combat system and character building is the best yet for the series. If you don't mind annoying characters, you'll have a blast.
  39. While it feels a bit old fashioned with a lot of story to get through, Tales of Graces f is a decent translation. If you've shied away from JRPGs in the past this is as good a point of re-entry as any. [October 2012, p78]
  40. Sep 17, 2012
    70
    Even though Tales of Graces F doesn't deliver anything new to the genre, it conveys a nostalgic experience with its high recognition value.
  41. It is a great story. [Oct 2012, p.113]
  42. Sep 13, 2012
    70
    Tales of Graces F feels like a really traditional Japanese RPG with old charm and old fashioned storylines. Unfortunately, that also includes old graphics and gameplay.
  43. Tales of Graces F stands out from the crowd with its signature combat mechanic, called the Linear Motion Battle System, which has been around since the first game from 1995, but continues to evolve with each new chapter in the series. [September 2012, p.80]
  44. 70
    It has its flaws, but Tales of Grace F is a solid adventure, and the combat system in particular helps create an experience that is more than your money's worth, once you sink your teeth into it.
  45. 70
    A good JRPG that needs more to make it great in the West.
  46. Apr 25, 2012
    70
    Unbalanced difficulty and other issues cast a shadow on Tales of Graces f, but deep combat and endearing characters still shine through.
  47. 70
    A well-made JRPG that never strays too far from its series roots.
  48. Mar 16, 2012
    70
    It's the series' tried-and-true mix of campy charm, fast action, and a borderline-artistic knack for wringing entertainment from time-worn cliches that keeps fans coming back for more. In those areas, Tales of Graces F truly excels. It's far from a bastion of genre progressiveness, but as far as achingly traditional JRPGs go, you could do a whole, whole lot worse.
  49. The cast is another pack of pastel-colored munchkins from anime central casting. [Apr 2012, p.77]
  50. Mar 15, 2012
    67
    There's no mistaking that Tales of Graces was originally released on the Wii, and it seems that little effort was made to bring it up to PS3 standards.
  51. Sep 17, 2012
    60
    I don't like giving a 'Tales' game such a low score, but Tales of Graces F doesn't leave me much of a choice. The game takes way to long to jump into second gear, while both the story and the graphics are mediocre at best. Our advice? Skip it.
  52. 60
    The combat can never play out its strengths due to the botched balancing. The same goes for the otherwise solid mechanics behind abilities and crafting. The gameworld is one of the weakest in JRPGs in years, the design was made with child-compatible cosplay in mind and the rest moves through the unhealthy middleground of a genre that still tries to find a way to the future and nowadays celebrates its greatest successes with 2D-touch-titles. Solid maybe. Hardly world-shattering.
  53. 60
    For a Japanese role-player this is a fun, accessible romp, but it stops short of reinventing its ways out of any of the genre's more long-standing issues.
  54. Sep 3, 2012
    60
    If you put any value in the game mechanics that have arrived over the last 20 years with a mind to prevent tantrum-inducing frustration, you might want to steer clear.
  55. Apr 4, 2012
    50
    Despite its engaging combat, Tales of Graces f fails to distinguish itself from so many other JRPGs that have the exact same elements and handle them much better.
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 269 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 69
  2. Negative: 5 out of 69
  1. Mar 14, 2012
    10
    I was a bit put off by the apparent focus on friendship, but Tales of Graces f has really surprised me thanks to its mix of intrigues, war and good character development. The world is vibrant and interesting to explore, the battle system is far deeper than the previous entries and the customization using titles is fantastic. I have already clocked 15 hours in less than two days, and I can't wait to see more and to have more localized Tales games! Full Review »
  2. Mar 15, 2012
    9
    (Bottom line: trolls will be trolls, and if you're a Tales fan at all, you'll probably love this game, so buy it! Graces deserves your money anyway, plus it will send Namco the message that they can release Tales games here and still make money, which is the key stepping stone toward getting Tales of Xillia.)

    Wow, I went to sleep last night and the user score was sitting at 9.0. I woke up this morning and it was at 7.3. That would mean whoever's been giving this game bad scores has been giving it 0's.

    Giving a game a 0 is just pathetic. Whoever's doing this is either trolling or actually trying to hurt the game sales. How about you play what you like, we play what we like, and nobody gets in anybody's faces? I swear.

    Anyway, as I said in my earlier review, this is a great Tales game, the best I've played since Symphonia. I play games mostly for gameplay and fun factor, and this game nails both of those.

    The voice acting is getting better and better with each Tales game, it seems. Yuri was the best-acted character in a while, but all the characters here (except maybe Sophie) have solid voice acting.

    The story is alright. It's no Final Fantasy Tactics, but it has its moments of political intrigue and hilarious character interactions, and it's not nearly as cringe-inducingly corny as other JRPG's.

    The only major flaws I can point out are the first four hours being boring and wonky childhood backstory; some inconsistent boss difficulty; and confusing backtracking.

    It's still a fantastic RPG and a solid rejuvenation of the starved genre.
    Full Review »
  3. Mar 21, 2012
    9
    Hands down : If your a big fan of J-RPG , this is your game, fast action packed, with lots of combo's. Sure it may have some down sides like cartoon-ish graphics and linear gameplay, but its fun overall, and depending how long you play everyday , it will last a very long time if you play only about 4-5 hours a day. If your like me and wasted 3 whole days completing the game, just to beat it well there is a bonus for you! There is a New Game plus where you can start the game over again with bonus's such as 10x exp ! Face monsters you never faced before , go into a bonus dungeon! Combat is just like any other tales game from the starting from the play station 2 series and gamecube series to present. Check it out , Tales of symphonia, Tales of Legendia , all great games , the mechanics and all skits have been voiced over so basically everything is voiced , of course not everything is voiced. The battle system is fast action packed! As soon as you hit a monster , Bang! a monster appears before and becomes hostile towards you , you will be made to fight or escape it, but it is reccomended you fight every monster you see. There is a cooking and materialization system, cooking in battle, eating before battle , while in battle, finding rare materials, then the costumes and Mystics artes, are amazing, bright lights colors, its all amazing. The sound , the sound can be a bit repetetive, but it is amazing. There is a amazing co-oooooooop system! 4 players can play along with you and its even more fun to play with friends than going solo. If you like this game, you might like other J-RPG's Like the White Knight Chronicles. Graphics- 9
    Sound- 8
    Gameplay-10
    Mechanics- 10
    Keeps ya going? Hell yeah!
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