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- New battle system - Evolved form of Linear Motion Battle System adds new option to map artes to control pad buttons for chained combo attacks.
- Powerful playable character options - Play as one of six different characters, each with his or her own unique skills, further enhanced by Soul Breach combo attacks with other party members.
- Beautiful animation movie - Famed animation studio ufotable returns to produce Tales of Berseria's stunning cinematic sequences.
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In TALES OF BERSERIA, players embark on a journey of self-discovery as they assume the role of Velvet, a young woman whose once kind demeanor has been replaced and overcome with a festering anger and hatred after a traumatic experience three years prior to the events within TALES OF BERSERIA. Velvet will join a crew of pirates as they sail across the sea and visit the many islands that make up the sacred kingdom of Midgand in an all-new adventure developed by the celebrated team behind the TALES OF series. Veteran TALES OF character designer Mutsumi Inomata has personally designed Velvet and famous Japanese animation studio, ufotable, returns to animate the game's breathtaking cut scenes; delivering truly epic and emotional storytelling in their unique style.
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The story stars Velvet which is probably the most unique protagonist in the series since Yuri from Tales of Vesperia and also the first true female protagonist in the series. Her personality isn't anything like his though. Yuri was sassy, sarcastic but a people person who wanted to help others. Velvet on the other hand is very angry due to something that happened in her past and while she's not a villian or evil, she's very indifferent to people and things not related to her ultimate goal of revenge. The rest of the cast is a colorful group of misfits who aren't tagging along because they like Velvet or want to help her, but for their own reasons and happen to share a common enemy. The group dynamics really feel similar to Vesperia or Symphonia as everyone has a logical reason for why they're along for the journey and not just deciding to take along because they feel fondness for the protagonist.
All the mechanical issues from Zestiria are gone or refined much better. You can gain skills now through leveling and specific equipment. Your HP increases with leveling up but the herbs are still around to give even more boosts. The camera is free for you to manipulate and the battle areas are back to their transitional screens which means no more getting caught in corridors or on steps by enemies. All treasure chests can be opened from the beginning of the game, no longer needing specific keys which require backtracking.
If you're a long-time fan of the series you'll see a lot of nods and references of past games as this was considered a game celebrating the 20th anniversary of the series. Mini-games and side activities are back to entertain you outside of the side quests and main story. Titles once again net you special character costumes as well as the mini-games (actual costumes like waiters, pirates ect and not just recolors of main outfits)
The graphics are so-so. They're not the super realistic stuff you see in other games these days, but they're still pretty good. These days it seems like developers are more concerned with making a game that looks pretty, rather than telling a good story, or making sure that the gameplay is actually enjoyable. I have always liked the Anime-ish style of the Tales series. It doesn't have to have mind-blowing graphics to be a good game. The gameplay is pretty smooth. The battle system is a lot of fun, and brings some new and very fun innovations to the typical Tales series battles. There's very little loading time anywhere in this game, which is always a plus. It loads off of the disc almost as quickly as if I' was playing the digital version off the HD. There are a few memorable tracks on the soundtrack, but for the most part you could substitute pretty much any track for any other track from any other Tales game and probably never know the difference.
I rarely ever say this, and I really do mean RARELY, but the English voice cast of this game was amazing. They really brought the characters to life, and really seemed to put a lot of hard work and effort into their performances. Those are two things that hardly ever go into the English voice acting of JRPGs. If only other games were as well acted in English as this one. Plus, the less realistic, more Anime looking style of the graphics made for much better matching of the English to the character's mouth movements than you would see in a more realistically CG animated game. All of the voices fit the characters perfectly, the English translation is pretty decent, and the dialog is rarely ever awkward as sometimes happens with JRPGs. Cristina Valenzuela, who plays Velvet, gave an amazing performance and really made the game with the range of emotion she shows as the character.
I have got to say that this game really blew me away. I've been playing games in this series for about 20 years now, and this one is by far the best to come out of it. I highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the series, or anyone who enjoys a really well told story, with extremely entertaining characters, and very enjoyable gameplay. Any complaints I might have about it are completely blown away by what the game did well.
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