YMMV / Tales of Hearts

  • Anvilicious: Kor tends to be the one giving the rousing speeches that spell out exactly what theme the game is trying to convey at that moment, which usually boils down to, "Friendship is awesome!".
  • Broken Base: Almost everything about the western release. The state of the PS Vita market meant that the only feasible way to release the game in the west was to do it on a reduced budget, hence the lack of dub. Yet many other decisions around the localisation have also raised eyebrows, from the quality of the translation, to the character names (which sound particularly odd given the unchanged vocal track), to the choice of release date (which will have the game competing against a number of much more high-profile releases). Generally, fans have fallen into three categories: Those who are overall happy with the release (some of whom actually prefer the sub-only approach), those who have issues with one or more aspect of the release but still think it's better than nothing, and those who feel like they didn't put any effort into it.
  • Complacent Gaming Syndrome: Pretty much everyone who plays R uses Chalcedony as their player character.
  • Complete Monster: Geocron Striegov is first introduced as just a typical Special Ops general under Silver. Shortly into his first appearance, however, he shows glee at torturing people, especially at whipping Kohaku Hearts. Then, when Creed Graphite resurfaced, he suddenly goes turncoat and then join forces with Creed, not caring about destructive ambition. During the next encounter, Geocron reveals that he is obsessed with collecting the Spiria Cores of living beings, taking great pleasure in seeing the suffering of those who lost their cores, one of them being Silver's daughter Lapis, and the reason why he became an Anti-Villain in the first place. In the end, he willfully Xeromized for nothing but power, caring about nothing but his own collection and desires. Gall's Insult to Rocks on him perfectly summed it all up, and in the end his own Xeromization brought about his pitiful end.
  • Counterpart Comparison: Tales of Hearts is often compared to Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE- by fans because of its similar premise of the hero traveling to lands unknown to gather fragments of the heroine's soul. In this case, it's Shing gathering fragments of Kohaku's Spiria containing her emotions, which is reminiscent to Syaoran gathering Sakura's feathers containing her memories.
  • Foe Yay: Chlorseraph seems to be quite fixated on Kunzite.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Clinoseraph traps Lithia in his artificial Spiria Nexus and makes her watch the day of the Calcification of Quartz over and over. Though when Lithia does escape, she's no worse for wear due to already having so much regret.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Much like in Tales of Innocence, the DS version's voice acting had to undergo a bit of compression to make it fit - and is aggravated by emulator sound glitches. Beryl and the Mechanoid Conundrum are very annoying. Fortunately the Vita version uses much higher sound quality so even Beryl is way way less annoying.
  • The Scrappy: The Mechanoid Corundum, a loli with an excessively high, shrill voice and an annoying giggle... also, the only enemy Guardian Knight you don't get to own in a boss fight. In fact, she's a cameo summon in the original DS version. Thanks a lot, Tomoko Kaneda.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Some feels this in regards to the altered events in R. It's either for Gall's awkward inclusion, removal of fan-favorite dialogues, or the Flanderization of some characters (mainly Kohaku's)note .
  • Tier-Induced Scrappy: Subverted. One may see Kunzite rarely getting any use in the late-game because of a majority of villains' and mooks' resistance to darkness-elemental attacks, but Kunzite's extensive combo skills make for great stunlocking in boss battles. Played straight with Ines, who only specializes in water-elemental attacks, and eats through her minuscule TP pool unless properly set up.
  • Uncanny Valley: The CG in the CG Movie edition for the original Nintendo DS, while not terrible, can be off-putting to some people. Compare the CG Movie opening to its Anime Movie counterpart.
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