Tales of Arise
Verdict: An awesome throwback RPG
What is it?
Tales of Arise is an action role-playing game developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The seventeenth main entry in the Tales series, the game follows two people from the opposing worlds of Dahna and Rena. Rena’s superior technological and magical advancement cause it to hold power over Dahna, taking its resources and treating its people as slaves. The protagonists are a young man, Alphen, native to Dahna, and a young woman, Shionne, from Rena, who end up travelling together.
Like previous games in the series, the game retains the basic Tales battle system, dubbed the Linear Motion Battle System, which this time has a big focus on evading and countering. Unlike many of the previous titles in the series, the game will not feature multiplayer, with development team deciding to focus on various interactions between characters in combat, including the addition of the “Boost Strike” feature, allowing multiple party members to perform destructive attacks together under certain conditions.
Tales of Arise is an incredibly pretty game, both in its main character models and its often amazing environmental design. Some of the locations are stunning in their artistry, presenting the kind of situation where you start panning the camera around in an attempt to breathe it all in. Simply put, this game’s begging for a photo mode.
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