Title: Tales of Berseria
Platform: PS4, Windows, Steam
Reviewed on: Windows
Players: Single player
Written by Dragoon 13th February 2017
Bandai Namco's Tales series may not be as well known as other JRPG juggernauts like Final Fantasy but it's always had a loyal fanbase and has been pumping out titles for over 20 years now. Games in the series have largely followed the same beats throughout the years; a plucky band of colourful characters fight some big evil with the power of friendship and camaraderie while travelling all over a big world. While I initially enjoyed the series it’s constant similarities between titles has soured my opinion of it. I'm happy to say that Tales of Berseria, the latest entry in the series, has finally broken through that monotony.
Tales games have usually been a fairly light-
Sadly however, the world of Berseria falls into the banality I mentioned before. The environments are your typical dime a dozen JRPG locations such as bland fields, boring caves and generic towns that the game has a bad habit of making you backtrack through them. It's a real shame it doesn't make better use of the power of the PS4 or PC’s hardware. The character designs are fantastic though but they also make the environments they inhabit look even worse in comparison.
As for the characters themselves I loved them all. While at first they seem like a typical cast of RPG cliches. You have the boisterous swordsman, the moody teenager and the kooky mage to name a few but as you get to know them you find out they all have their own unique pasts and motivations. One of the best features of the Tales series are the skits, little inter-
Combat has always been a big focus of the Tales series and Berseria is no exception to the rule. Battles play out more like a brawler, taking place in an arena where you can move about freely in real-
To sum up, Tales of Berseria is a just what the series needed, a good start on breaking the mold it has so heavily based itself on. A much darker tone and a compelling story allow for a far more interesting time than it's predecessors and it is definitely worth a go for fans of the genre and newcomers to the series. It may not hold a candle to some of the stellar RPGs we've had lately such as Final Fantasy XV but it has plenty to offer. While there are still some issues that need ironed out or improved on (such as the bland environments and needless backtracking) Tales of Berseria is a fun game that will give you plenty to get your teeth stuck into.
Great mature story,
Engaging battle system,
Fun cast of characters.
Bland and uninspired environments,
Irritating amount of backtracking.
A step in the right direction for the series, Tales of Berseria earns an 8/10.