Tales of Zestiria PlayStation 4

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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: 32 out of 59
  2. Negative: 1 out of 59
  1. Oct 19, 2015
    90
    Tales of Zestiria is an outstanding game we've enjoyed as much as many classic Japanese RPGs. Great story and great gameplay work together to create a game worth playing to celebrate Tales of 20th anniversary.
  2. Nov 15, 2015
    82
    Tales of Zestiria is a really good game that hardcore JRPG fans will enjoy. With a complex story, magical and fantastic environments, well implemented visuals, and a really ambitious gameplay scheme, this title is one that could intimidate many players but will reward those ones that accept the challenge of playing it. Definitely a great game and a really cool way to celebrate the 20th anniversary and all of the legacy of the Tales of series.
  3. Nov 2, 2015
    80
    In an attempt to innovate the series, Tales of Zestiria makes some mistakes. It remains a game fun and exciting, especially due to its extremely interesting plot.
  4. Nov 4, 2015
    75
    Tales by numbers and for the most part, that's a good thing.
  5. Nov 20, 2015
    70
    Let down by its story, dialogue, and visuals, Tales of Zestiria is still pretty good - but not quite good enough.
  6. Oct 19, 2015
    70
    The dungeons are boring, the open world is sparse, and the skill system is obtuse, but a great cast keeps Tales of Zestiria moving forward. Between the cast and the combo-heavy combat system, JRPG fans will find a good deal of fun here.
  7. Nov 4, 2015
    40
    Tales of Zestiria is a profound disappointment, and does not deserve the time investment that huge games of this length require.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 47
  2. Negative: 13 out of 47
  1. Feb 8, 2016
    10
    I believe TOZ gets far too much flak for what it's worth. A lot of this game intends for the user to infer things and explore to piece theI believe TOZ gets far too much flak for what it's worth. A lot of this game intends for the user to infer things and explore to piece the puzzle together. It stays away from heavily overused tropes and cliches while still executing a trope of its own. I believe it was really well executed and the fighting system, though is indeed difficult to get used to at first, makes battles enjoyable and something you constantly need to think about instead of button mashing.

    Also, the fact that none of the females in your party are involved with the main character romantically is such a breath of fresh air. Both females are very individualistic and following are the other supporting character. They are all very interesting in different ways, little snippets of their characteristics revealed in the smallest areas and it makes them seem more realistic. There's no romance forced on you and where many players are frustrated that you can't romance the female characters, I'm very pleased that they kept to the realistic idea that they're amidst war and there are larger issues at hand. Plus there is the interpretation of the main character's relationship with his childhood friend as well.

    A lot of new things are introduced in TOZ and I'm very pleased with it. Certainly there were tedious parts of the game play and aspects that probably could have been better dealt with like close quarters fighting and the aesthetics of some of the ruins, but I far prefer an interesting and intricate plot and characters. I heard so many complaining about the plot and characters being flat, and perhaps it's because I played it with Japanese audio and English subtitles, but none of them seemed flat what so ever. On the contrary, everyone was very vibrant in their own ways, and the plot was one giant puzzle that had its pieces skewed everywhere, which is very believable for someone in the main character's position; flung into an unknown world with only a few clues to start a massive journey. You're rewarded for being ambitious and exploring, which is very true to the main character's interests and character, so he's not someone you can 'self insert' yourself into. You need to be diligent like him and observant and explorative. I greatly appreciate characters being true to themselves.

    Long story short, TOZ smack talking became a bandwagon ordeal and too many players became caught up in comparing it to earlier titles instead of taking it as a game of its own. A lot of new things were introduced, even progressive and risky in terms of tradition (fighting style, romantic options, etc) and I greatly enjoyed it.

    The music is also incredible~
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  2. Oct 26, 2015
    10
    This game is simply amazing, I do admit they should have raised the fps and they could of done a lot better with the graphics but the rest isThis game is simply amazing, I do admit they should have raised the fps and they could of done a lot better with the graphics but the rest is simply amazing! If you can get the collectors edition don't hesitate to buy it , you won't be sorry one of the best collectors edition I have ever owned and I have countless of them! Enjoy everyone ! Expand
  3. Oct 20, 2015
    10
    I am from Europe, so i got the game last Friday, and i really cant understand these few Hate-Comments.
    This Game is unbelievable. I can
    I am from Europe, so i got the game last Friday, and i really cant understand these few Hate-Comments.
    This Game is unbelievable. I can really recommend it to everyone who likes any sort of JRPG, and to new PLayers of the Genre.
    The Open World is fantastic, the graphics are a little bit outdated, but thats no reason to miss this game.
    The Main Reason to buy this game should be Gameplay, Story and the excellent Characters.
    10/10 Awesome game, really.
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  4. Nov 7, 2015
    7
    If you are a fan of previous Tales games like me, then you probably not consider this game the magnum opus of the series. From a purelyIf you are a fan of previous Tales games like me, then you probably not consider this game the magnum opus of the series. From a purely mechanical standpoint the game has its fair share of flaws, but it does well enough in other places to still be an average game overall. What stood out the most to me, and what I will remember Zestiria for, is its amazing localization. I can only hope that Bamco continues with that quality moving forward.
    The issue I had overall is the camera when the game transitions from being in the field to being in battle. It simply cannot be overlooked. IT IS HORRENDOUS. Seriously, did no one QA test that? If there is any sort of environmental object, say a box or a tree for instance, on the battlefield the camera will lose its mind like a possessed baby with an iPad. Hitting your enemies, much less seeing them, is nigh impossible. The other big complaint I have is a lack of character depth. Aside from Sorey (main) and Mikleo (his best friend) I was not compelled to REALLY care about the other characters, at least not in the way that Tales games usually make me care for their entire casts. Even with Sorey and Mikleo I only began to care after a spoiler event that happens near the end of the game. Instead of simply using tutorials, many skits were wasted explaining the convoluted battle system where they could have been used to expand the character narrative. Dialogue is still interesting and enjoyable (dat localization tho) and combat is still fun despite these flaws. The Armitization feature really saves the day for the combat system in Zestiria. At the cost of absorbing an ally, you gain extremely fun abilities and look like a demi-god. This ability to use more characters on the field or combine them using Armitization for one powerful character adds a nuance of strategy to almost every battle.
    One final complaint: the focal antagonist is a throw away character and his development is severely underwhelming, though his design is badass. Learning about him through ten-second, abstract cutscenes obtained through side quests and then receiving a boatload of exposition three hours before the game ends is not a compelling way to make me feel hatred, empathy or desire to defeat him.
    Overall, it's still an average game and it will be an enjoyable experience whether you are familiar with the series or not.
    Collector’s Edition Notes: The 149.99 USD Collector’s Edition is pretty nice. I was disappointed by the flimsy and thin cardboard that houses the goodies inside because I was expecting the premium boxing that was used for the Tales of Symphonia Collector’s Edition. The 8-bit keychains of Sorey, Mikleo and Alisha are incredibly cool and make up for the sub-par housing. The Chibi figures go great with the ones I already had from Symphonia, and the Steelbook case is sexy; housing both the game and the musical selection CD. I haven't watched the Blu-Ray OVA that came with it, but it appears to only be an animated version of the first seven or so hours of gameplay. The artbook is well done and feels premium, though a bit small. Keep the plastic overlay to protect the box and it should be fine.

    Pros:
    -A++++++ localization
    -Impressive character designs
    -Loads to do in new game+

    Cons:
    -Convoluted battle system
    -Uninteresting antagonist
    -Wasted skits
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  5. Jan 1, 2016
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I had high expectation and unfortunately they were not met, the battle are great but i had more fun in Xillia 2, the story is nothing special, you become the Shepherd and you go save the world from the bad guy... There is not alot of interaction between the character compared to other tales, unless you read every skits there is not enough to make them likable. Some cut-scene in the game are really awkward, one character dies and the game try really hard to make it sad but they come and go way too fast... I really loved the music, they are great. I finished the game and ex dungeon, i liked the game but the game was really lacking, i prefer Xillia 2 alot more. Expand
  6. May 21, 2016
    5
    Highly flawed yet highly enjoyable to play. The signs of rushed and troubled development are everywhere, the camerawork in cutscenes isHighly flawed yet highly enjoyable to play. The signs of rushed and troubled development are everywhere, the camerawork in cutscenes is atrocious, and the graphics are boringly realistic. Somehow it manages to be super fun and the writing is charming, but it doesn't deserve much praise in the end. Expand
  7. Oct 20, 2015
    0
    Tales games are like the Call of Duty and AC of JRPGS....I liked these games in the past but this release clearly demonstrates that they needTales games are like the Call of Duty and AC of JRPGS....I liked these games in the past but this release clearly demonstrates that they need to take a break and innovate. The combat system is decent if samey, but the story and exploration is so lackluster, the things that matter in an RPG. Get Divinity, Witcher 3 or Xenoblade CHronicles X instead. Expand

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