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  • Summary: An unseen evil force known as Malevolence is spreading across the land, corrupting the world and causing humanity to falter. Players will embark on an epic journey as Sorey, a young pure-hearted adventurer whose destiny is to become The Shepard, an individual of great power that can banishAn unseen evil force known as Malevolence is spreading across the land, corrupting the world and causing humanity to falter. Players will embark on an epic journey as Sorey, a young pure-hearted adventurer whose destiny is to become The Shepard, an individual of great power that can banish Malevolence. Does Sorey have the courage and heart to wield this extraordinary responsibility for good, or will he fall prey to the evils of its power? TALES OF ZESTIRIA introduces a new version of its celebrated real-time battle system, allowing for faster combat with side dashes and new fusion technique combo opportunities. Throughout his quest, Sorey will befriend humans and spirits known as Seraphim, unseen to most humans, to aide him on his journey. Because of Sorey’s unique ability to communicate with the Seraphim he is able to fuse with their essence to create new elemental artes for strategic attacks to decimate foes. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Nov 5, 2015
    82
    It’s got nothing on Final Fantasy at its best, but it’s still an excellent example of the genre with some fun twists on RPG traditions.
  2. Nov 13, 2015
    80
    Tales of Zestiria is an absolutely fine JRPG for its target audience. However, if you are not accustomed to this particular genre, you will find hardly anything to grab your attention.
  3. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Dec 9, 2015
    73
    Tales of Zestiria isn’t a blockbuster and it won’t appear as a “Game of the Year” nominee, but if you like JRPGs, you’ll spend about 40 hours in it, and won’t come to regret a single one of them. [Issue#204, p.73]
  4. Jan 25, 2016
    72
    Tales of Zestiria is not a very welcoming game, and feels too bland at times, but if you’re not a JRPG connoisseur, you’ll probably enjoy it.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 5 out of 14
  1. Oct 22, 2015
    10
    Best "Tales of" game since Graces F. Beautiful scenery, character design and animations. Great improvements on the transition from game-playBest "Tales of" game since Graces F. Beautiful scenery, character design and animations. Great improvements on the transition from game-play to CG. And amazing script! Only played with joystick. Expand
  2. Jun 7, 2016
    10
    This is an absolutely fantastic game so far, Im about two hours in and i cant seem to put the controller down. As the graphics aren't at theirThis is an absolutely fantastic game so far, Im about two hours in and i cant seem to put the controller down. As the graphics aren't at their best, the artistic beauty of this game is fa nominal. So many hate on this game but to be honest i think they just want something to hate. The plot is complex enough to keep me interested which a lot of rpgs have trouble doing for me from the get go. The small interactions between characters at certain points is amazing, and the concept of the game itself to me is fun. If you are new to the tales series and if you want a newer one, pick up tales of zestiria, great game with great music and keeps you entertained for hours. I strongly suggest you pick up a copy. Ignore the haters and judge it for yourself. overall a great game Expand
  3. Apr 9, 2018
    9
    It's a wonderful world, wonderful story tale, interesting characters. Try this amazing tale.
  4. Oct 25, 2015
    7
    + Many improvements compared to the previous games
    + nice soundtrack
    + good controls - bad and boring story - very little details - bad
    + Many improvements compared to the previous games
    + nice soundtrack
    + good controls

    - bad and boring story
    - very little details
    - bad controls
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  5. Dec 15, 2015
    6
    Tales of Zestiria in all honesty, I feel is strictly for Tales fans, especially if you've played huge hits like Tales of Xillia then ZestiriaTales of Zestiria in all honesty, I feel is strictly for Tales fans, especially if you've played huge hits like Tales of Xillia then Zestiria will certainly disappoint you since its only half the game Xillia ever was. The biggest problems with ToZ are numerous such as a main character permanently leaving after about 15 hours of story through to periods when the combat system feels obviously broken.

    The biggest problem with the combat system is the camera itself, fighting in a small area is a recipe for disaster since the camera will have a really hard time following the player, often not showing anything at all just the floor or the monsters without the character the player is controlling so sometimes, its just button bash and hope when these camera issues appear...which unfortunately is all too often.

    Another issue it the story meanders too much, often making no real sense and is missing some vital components such as side quests - - okay, there are 'some' side quests but not on the same scale as Xillia. Plus you have some dungeons which are poorly crafted such as the terribly designed Water Trial which is one of the more frustrating puzzle dungeons I've personally played in a while. Another minor problem is the open expanses in the game are...just too open, barren and feel empty and devoid of life.

    Another issue, but thats more of a personal opinion and thats Namco not releasing several DLC for the western release due to the 'usual' excuses of 'licensing', so the west misses out on some of the best looking costumes - I guess western fans should be happy that at least we have Idolmaster and Evangeline costumes! But also speaking about DLC, this game is very heavy on the DLC and its quite expensive considering - so whilst its purely cosmetic I personally feel they shouldn't be charging $10 for a set of costumes.

    Whilst I think the game isn't a total loss, I can't really recommend paying full price for this game, especially if your interested in the DLC - which if you buy everything...will cost more than the base game. ToZ does have interesting and even fun moments especially with some well crafted skits but unfortunately those are not enough to warrant such high scores, at most I could say 6/10 at absolute most. Also, if your playing the PC version, using SweetFX is a must not only to remove the 30fps cap, but to add various shader effects and make the game look generally alot better.
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  6. Oct 21, 2015
    4
    HORRIBLE camera controls. There's huge amounts of mouse acceleration, the camera sways like crazy. Almost unusable with m+kb.

    Graphics are
    HORRIBLE camera controls. There's huge amounts of mouse acceleration, the camera sways like crazy. Almost unusable with m+kb.

    Graphics are ported straight from PS3-era, the graphics options dont matter much. UI is bad, ported straight from the console version as well, doesn't work well at all on PC.

    Combat is a godawful mess. Here's how combat works:

    You can only move forwards and backwards by pressing W or S. You have to only spam the left mouse button, and your character does a basic combo. Thats it.

    I got tired of this crap after the second fight and uninstalled. Yet another horrible console port JRPG, with combat even more simplistic than Dynasty Warriors.

    Do not buy.
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  7. Oct 30, 2015
    0
    This game commits the greatest cardinal sin of any creation: Blandness. I can't even call it an abomination because it just doesn't have theThis game commits the greatest cardinal sin of any creation: Blandness. I can't even call it an abomination because it just doesn't have the depth of character to be one. Every character's lines have been entirely unnatural, forced, rehearsed and sound completely fake. The voice acting is entirely sub par even compared to older Tales of games like Symphonia and Vesparia. The story is a traditional terrible Japanese anime information dump of pointless names, senseless jargon and utterly meaningless connections that interrupt the flow of battle and story at irritating consistencies. The characters are completely one dimensional with no depth, no intrigue and no development. The character controls are abysmal, especially in battle and there is no hierarchical menu system, just disjointed screens tied to different buttons.

    Nothing about this is good. I can't even say it's bad, because it's just bland with hints of being bad. I dub this game the rotting celery of video games.
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