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I just bought Tales of the Abyss the other day going into it with low expectations because the only other Tales games I played were Symphonia and Vesperia and I didn't like Vesperia nearly as much.
It's great though; good overworld where you can always choose to fight or flight, fun real-time combat, great character interactions and development, and so far a great story put into fun, if not simple, world.
If you find a copy for the equivalent of 25 USD then it's definitely worth a shot.
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