|Oh, I’m sure they’re related somehow. Tales isn’t exactly known for its subtlety. And speaking of lack of subtlety, after playing through about an hour of Xillia 2 and making a few choices, they mostly seemed to fall into “kiss someone’s ass” or “be a dick.” I chose the dickish options, of course—and I likely will in the final game, too, since I’m apparently the one guy who likes to play through Fable the evil way. (All that work you did was for me and me alone, Peter Molyneux!) Still, I appreciate that they’re mixing things up here. It was interesting to choose between two protagonists in the first game, but once was enough. I played through Xillia as Milla, and to be honest, I’d probably have scored the game half a point higher if I’d played through as Jude—at least this time, if the story happens to break down, it’ll be through my own choices and not some character I arbitrarily chose at the start of the game. Getting back to Hearts for a moment, though, I’m seeing a few fans online upset that we’re getting Hearts R instead of the original DS incarnation. They claim that the DS version is superior due to its 2D combat (Hearts R uses 3D like most modern takes on the series), and that we’re being saddled with an inferior product. I played through some of the DS version in Japanese back when it released (I used it to pass the time during my license renewal at the DMV, and I just renewed my license again, which shows how long ago that was), and Hearts R doesn’t look like a downgrade to me. Sure, I’d love another 2D Tales game released in the West, but with the rampant piracy on the DS, we just weren’t going to get Hearts here—it’s a fate that befell lots of Japanese DS titles, sadly. So, what’s your take? Would you prefer the 2D version, or are you all-in for the 3D version of Tales of Hearts R?