The Tales of series uses a real time battle system called Linear Motion Battle System (リニアモーションバトルシステム Rinia Mōshon Batoru Shisutemu?), often abbreviated as LMBS. It has existed since the first game of the main series, Tales of Phantasia and therefore passed on to following sequels and upcoming games in the series. Each game evolves the LMBS and recreates it in a unique way to make it specifically a play-style for each title with modifications and enhancements. This evolves the series as a whole and brings in new aspects which are memorable as their own and not a continuous recycle. Most subsequent games follow some modification or expansion to the system, often adding a feature that makes movement and positioning during battle easier or more tactical.

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