Jason Nimer writes "Like a lot of games in longstanding series, Tales of Hearts R may not hit all the right notes but Tales fans will eat it up regardless."
"The story is one you've heard before and the graphics aren't that great."
"What really hurts the score, though, is the random encounters."
"Still, I did enjoy my playthrough of the game and I remain glad that it saw a stateside release."
"But would I recommend it over the other big Vita games of the fall?"
"Anyone looking for an action RPG on Vita should purchase Freedom Wars and not give this a second look until the inevitable game drought of early 2015 (it happens post-Christmas every year)."
"There is definitely fun to be had with Tales of Hearts R, but I was nowhere near as impressed as I thought I would be."