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Friendship is a fairly common theme across games in the Japanese role-playing genre. You might call it cliche to center a game's story around the bonds that form between an ensemble cast of misfits on a grand adventure, and you would not be wrong. Yet here arrives Tales of Graces f, a game that harps on those very themes while managing to avoid the pitfalls so many stories have fallen prey to in the past. The story centers around Asbel Lhant, the young lord-to-be of the Lhant territories. After finding a mysterious girl with amnesia, Asbel sets out with his younger brother Hubert and obvious love interest Cheria to restore his new friend's memory. Any veteran of the genre likely let out a heavy and exasperated groan at that description, but surprisingly, it works. The saving grace comes from how the story in Tales of Graces f is divided. An opening prologue sets the stage with Asbel and company mere children no older than 11. At that age, falling into such archetypes is understandable. However, after several hours of prologue, the story jumps ahead seven years, rejoining the characters as they approach adulthood. It is one thing for a game to introduce characters as former childhood friends, but it is another thing entirely to let you experience that childhood.
I am a rather big fan of Namco Bandai's Tales series, ever since I first played Tales of Destiny II (aka Tales of Eternia) on the original PlayStation. At that time, it was my favorite game — a combination of Super Nintendo RPG aesthetics with the colorful anime graphics and voices to which I was addicted. One day, I found myself playing on my father's giant television, while my stepmother watched bored from an armchair, waiting for Wheel of Fortune's timeslot so she could banish me to the basement and watch the big colorful wheel spin around in peace. During one of the game's particuarly cliched "let's save the world" speeches, my stepmother felt it necessary to try and speak with this disgusting creature occupying her living room rug. "These are the kind of games you play?" she asked. "Yeah, I love RPGs," I confirmed with a dumb grin, not taking my eyes from the television. "Why?" "I just figured you'd play something more mature." The point is that the newly-released Tales of Graces f for Playstation 3 isn't the kind of game you'd want to play within sight of your b**** of a stepmother.
Tales of Graces f follows the story of Asbel, his childhood friends, and a mysterious amnesiac girl he found on a hill near his hometown. You begin the game as a child, and after a terrible incident which will remain vague in the interest of avoiding spoilers, Asbel jumps forward seven years to pick up the story as a young adult, living with his choices. It's this jump forward in time where the story begins to get interesting, but it takes about eight monotonous hours of gameplay to get to. Thankfully, the story never becomes a journey to collect seven parts of a crystal to defeat an evil monster or anything like that. Later in the game it even begins to dip heavily into science fiction. I wasn't expecting this, but I happily accepted it. The world feels small compared to other RPGs, which is both a blessing and a burden. On one hand, there are plenty of opportunities to learn and appreciate the world and its fictional cultures. On the other hand, you are visiting the same locations frequently to perform simple tasks that involve no more than talking to specific people. The combat feels similar to other Tales titles with its lock-on mechanic that limits 3D movement. You have your standard base attack, but mostly you will use special attacks that are activated by holding the left stick in a certain direction and pressing a face button.
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