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  • Summary: Kor Meteor is a youngster surviving in a small village by the sea who trains with his grandfather in the ways of the sword. Impressed by Kor’s increasing skills, his grandfather leaves to him an atypical weapon known as a Soma. Kor meets a young lady, Kohaku Hearts who is in search of a SomaKor Meteor is a youngster surviving in a small village by the sea who trains with his grandfather in the ways of the sword. Impressed by Kor’s increasing skills, his grandfather leaves to him an atypical weapon known as a Soma. Kor meets a young lady, Kohaku Hearts who is in search of a Soma weapon along with her brother Hisui. Amidst their search, a mysterious witch surfaces and casts a spell on Kohaku’s Spiria, the embodiment of her heart and soul. Kor tries to lift the spell by connecting to her Spiria but inadvertently shatters her Spiria Core, the font of all her emotions. Kor, armed only with the Soma left to him by his grandfather, must now embark on a journey to discover a way to make Kohaku’s Spiria whole once again. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Nov 10, 2014
    95
    It has all of the classic elements of RPG gaming that the genre’s fans love, and an incredible battle system that stands high as a possible industry standard.
  2. Nov 12, 2014
    85
    Still, at the end of the day Tales of Hearts R is a testament to the fact that with enough care and attention to detail, a venerable series can make the transition to the portable market with great success.
  3. Dec 16, 2014
    83
    Tales of Hearts R works as a standalone game, and it doesn't ask that you immerse yourself in the Tales universe just to play.
  4. Nov 10, 2014
    80
    This entry features some of the best storytelling, characterization, and pacing in the franchise—though the combat doesn’t make the smoothest of transitions from the DS version. Those who never played the original Japanese release won’t know what they’re missing, of course, but it’s frustrating that this undeniably excellent game isn’t quite all it could’ve been on the PS Vita.
  5. Nov 30, 2014
    75
    This Tales of Hearts remake does not live up to the PS Vita graphical standards, but beyond that, you will find a nice RPG with an easy to understand combat system and a challenging experience fit for any skill level. Nevertheless, the core of this game is the relationship between characters and how the story unfolds; from funny to emotional moments, any JRPG fan will enjoy and love this adventure.
  6. Nov 25, 2014
    70
    A mixture of ritualistic role-playing workmanship and contemporary flair, it's a worthy addition to any Vita library, regardless of whether you're a Tales veteran or not.
  7. Dec 17, 2014
    50
    Tales of Hearts is a solid J-RPG, but clearly not the best in the series... and this PS Vita remake (the original game came out on DS seven years ago) is not improving it at all : the 3D graphics are actually less charming than the 2D was.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Nov 12, 2014
    10
    I'm loving every minute of Tales of Hearts, it's a wonderful jrpg that captures all that I wanted from this genre since the PSX days: aI'm loving every minute of Tales of Hearts, it's a wonderful jrpg that captures all that I wanted from this genre since the PSX days: a colorful world, a likeable cast of characters that can be silly or serious as the situation demands, a funny and well told story and a killer combat system. Fighting is so much fun in this game I found myself grinding without needing it at all, unlocking Soma skills is also a great way to customize characters. There are real dungeons with puzzles, a lot of nice cities and lesser quests and an overworld map that lately is sorely missing from many jrpgs. I think this could end up being my fav jrpg on Vita and overall one of my fav Vita games. Expand
  2. Feb 11, 2015
    10
    One of the best JRPG (and one of the best games overall) for PS Vita. Great story, nice cast of characters, fantastic battle system and a hugeOne of the best JRPG (and one of the best games overall) for PS Vita. Great story, nice cast of characters, fantastic battle system and a huge amount of content. A must have! Expand
  3. May 30, 2015
    10
    They took a great game and made it better. The Tales series always has had deep character development and this game is no different. ForThey took a great game and made it better. The Tales series always has had deep character development and this game is no different. For spoiler purposes I will not explain why the love relationship between the main character and Kohaku seems forced. The battles were fun and there was better monster design than in the latest Tales games on the PS3. The game is voiced in Japanese, but I don't really care that they couldn't voice it in English. The fact that they imported the game to the US is enough to make me happy. It is not as long as some of the other Tales games, I took under 30 hours to beat it. It is a great game and if you are a fan of JRPGs I wholeheartedly recommend it. Expand
  4. Jan 13, 2015
    8
    The funny characters and sensational battle system deserve a higher score, but the game is just pegged back by its rather bland world - theThe funny characters and sensational battle system deserve a higher score, but the game is just pegged back by its rather bland world - the dungeons, towns and field are all lacklustre. Despite that, I would imagine that most JRPG fans will struggle to put this one down with its character-driven story keeping the player interested to the very end. Expand
  5. Nov 19, 2014
    8
    While not an innovative in any way, Tales of Hearts R is a wonderful remake made for fans with sincere love. Respecting the lore of JRPGWhile not an innovative in any way, Tales of Hearts R is a wonderful remake made for fans with sincere love. Respecting the lore of JRPG genre, while adding colorful, if typical, cast of characters along with an addictive battle-system, the game is a delight in a world where Final Fantasy franchise have grown stale and uninspired and Persona 5 is nowhere near. It is also exclusive to PS Vita so kudos to developers for bringing the game to a platform that is thin on similar big titles. Expand
  6. Nov 11, 2014
    7
    Good, solid RPG mechanics. The game looks absolutely stunning on the VITA. My issues with ToHR are that the game is extremely slow to start.Good, solid RPG mechanics. The game looks absolutely stunning on the VITA. My issues with ToHR are that the game is extremely slow to start. Once it gets going it isn't too difficult to get into the story. My concern is that because of how simple and slow the story is, there is little replay value. I also personally do not like microtransactions. While microtransactions are integral to the game, I don't like the "pay2win" model that seems to be plaguing the gaming industry as of late.

    In short, there are some great RPG elements like exploration and customization, but ultimately the limited story, microtransactions and dungeons that feel like busywork rather than progress, left me with an average experience.
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  7. Jun 9, 2015
    6
    I'm a fan of the Tales series but I found this title disappointing. It feels a bit flat and uninspiring. The localisation into English isI'm a fan of the Tales series but I found this title disappointing. It feels a bit flat and uninspiring. The localisation into English is poor, the story isn't that compelling, and there's a lack of atmosphere: the dungeons are repetitive regularly-shaped mazes and NPCs in the towns stand completely still!

    I enjoyed the mythos of the game: that all the characters are named after gemstones or rocks, and the choice of names for the artes and the weapons. The battle system is great, as is the case with all Tales games, but the random encounters detract from the experience. I found it slightly difficult in parts, a couple of the boss battles took several attempts adjusting the strategy settings of my team, which I guess is indicative of a well-devised difficult curve.

    It's sort of worth picking up if you're a fan of the series, probably best avoiding if you have no prior investment. Tales of The Abyss on the 3DS is a much stronger and more exciting pick if you're after a handheld RPG
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