This game is too incredible to pass up. Very addicting and gives you a sense of accomplishment when you're finished. Don't be surprised if this game strikes up some emotion. It's got a great moral lining as well. Everybody should play this game!
I have played some of the previous Tales games and the combat is what distinguishes this game from other JRPGs. However, without the combat system the story is just a typical JRPG game. The voice actors are just as horrible as the writing.
If you can get over the characters/ lack of 3ds abilities then it is a decent game.