How does it compare to Tales of Vesperia? I'm sort of in a love/hate relationship with the Tales games. I'm just hoping that I don't buy another Tales of Symphonia 2 situation again. It equates to the story and characters being stupid cliche' angsty teen anime people being dumb. ToV handled it's characters decently, though my love for it is mostly Yuri. I haven't investigated this game too deeply so I hope someone can help address my questions. I just hope it's good enough for a purchase.
I think that if you really enjoyed Vesperia, you'll really enjoy Graces as well. The combat does take some time to get used to but is incredibly fun once you do. As for the story, I would say it's comparable to Vesperia's and the characters are pretty decent as well (even though Asbel and Cheria can be annoying at time, the rest of the cast is pretty likeable.)
@xyzygy said:45 Hours for a Tales game seems kind of short to me. I think I cleared Vesperia in about 70 hours. I don't really like to look of the game as much, but what you say about the combat makes up for it. I'll probably wait til it's dirt cheap TBH
It took me about 100 hours to clear the game on my first play through, including the Future Arc. Though this is also me doing almost all of the sidequests, watching all of the skits and getting most of the titles (i.e. at least 100 for each character). I suppose if you were to only focus on the main story, 40-45 hours probably sounds more reasonable, but doing side quests and viewing skits has always been an important part of Tales games so I consider it to be part of the key experience.
Sweet! May get it when I have some more time. Have they hinted at a ToV 2? I'm all in for that. Just gimmie more Yuri dammit!