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Tales of Hearts R

Rating Summary

Based on 30 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

77

Top Critic Average

55%

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Game Information

Available on:PlayStation VitaNov 11, 2014

Developer: Namco Tales Studio

Publisher: Bandai Namco Games

Genre: RPG

Kor, a young man living in a small village by the sea, is enhancing his sword fighting skills under the careful supervision of his grandfather. Impressed by Kor's growing skill, his grandfather bequeaths to him an unusual weapon known as a Soma. Soon afterwards, while watching the house in his grandfather's absence, Kor meets a young woman named Kohaku who has come searching for his grandfather. Kor is enchanted with the young woman, the first girl he's ever met from outside his village. However, a mysterious witch soon appears who casts a spell on Kohaku's Spiria, the embodiment of her heart and soul. Kor attempts to lift the spell by connecting to her Spiria through a technique known as a Spiria Link, but while doing so he accidentally shatters her Spiria Core, the source of her emotions. Kor, armed only with the Soma given to him by his grandfather, must now set out on a journey to find a way to make Kohaku's Spiria whole once more.

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Tales of Hearts R has some fun moments wrapped in a solid battle system, but it’s far from the best Tales adventure

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Aside from some outdated appearance issues, JRPG cliches, and forgettable music, there isn’t anything terribly wrong with this game. The characters are charming, exploring is satisfying, the action is fast and engaging… this may not be the title that gets the Vita flying off of store shelves, but Tales of Hearts R is definitely worth adding to a pre-existing library. I may be one of the few still really happy with my PSP’s titles, but I’m growing quite fond of my PSP’s bigger little brother now.

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Tales of Hearts R isn't going to shatter anyone's perceptions of the genre. But it isn't trying to do that either. It's a solid, traditional experience that should satisfy fans of classic JRPGs.

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Despite a few issues, Tales of Hearts R wholeheartedly lives up to the pedigree of the Tales franchise, while remaining playable in a convenient portable experience. Tales of Hearts R is a worthy portable edition that fans may enjoy.

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