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  • Summary: Players set out 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 aPlayers set out 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. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Feb 10, 2017
    90
    Tales of Berseria is a direct response to all the fans of the series that felt disappointed with the lackluster Zestiria. With a much more interesting overarching story, a stellar cast of characters and many refinements to the gameplay, Tales of Berseria is easily the best Tales game since Vesperia.
  2. Feb 1, 2017
    90
    Tales of Berseria is a strong return to form from Bandai Namco and this return to form has produced one of the best Tales games out there in terms of story and overall quality.
  3. Feb 13, 2017
    86
    Regardless the pitfalls, Tales of Berseria is a high quality JRPG, featuring a great cast of characters and an interesting story, which guarantee plenty hours of fun to the fans of the genre.
  4. Jan 24, 2017
    80
    Tales of Berseria feels like a Tales game made just for me. There’s so many games in the series now, and I’ll never play them all, but the characters and the narrative and the combat mechanics of Berseria just click with all of my tastes so well. For some, the lack of gameplay innovation might be a turn off, but for me, a classic Tales gameplay system combined with a unique narrative led to a fantastic experience. Fans both new and old would be doing a disservice to themselves if they didn’t check this game out.
  5. Feb 23, 2017
    80
    Tales of Berseria is an excellent game despite its flaws. The cast of characters shine in their own right and are easily some of the most memorable in the series and the combat additions coupled with the engaging plot makes this a game every JRPG fan should play.
  6. Mar 17, 2017
    76
    Tales of Berseria is too archaic in its game design and visuals to be a mass-appeal JPRG. Still, if you're looking to play a modern representative of this genre, keep in mind that you can easily find a better-looking game, but you won't have as much fun playing it as this one.
  7. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Mar 1, 2017
    62
    In Tales of Berseria you can find every single thing which caused “traditional” JRPG to fall out of favor: world is almost empty, balance is non-existent and instead of truly intricate story we have a cheap, unbelievable drama. Sure, most of these can be explained away as a JRPG tradition – but that doesn’t mean we didn’t get tired of them. [Issue #217, p.76]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 42
  2. Negative: 5 out of 42
  1. Jan 26, 2017
    10
    Tales of games are big part of why i'm still playing videogames. This is such a wonderful series. Berseria introduce female main characterTales of games are big part of why i'm still playing videogames. This is such a wonderful series. Berseria introduce female main character which is pretty rare in jrpg, on top of that she is basically villain, a pirate. Other parts are pretty classic, which means they are good. Expand
  2. Apr 22, 2020
    10
    One of the best modern jrpg , great gameplay , a well written story that touches more adult themes and overall an improvement on the tales ofOne of the best modern jrpg , great gameplay , a well written story that touches more adult themes and overall an improvement on the tales of series . The cast of caracters is divers and very unique i'ts diversity makes it helpfull to remember and like , a 10/10 Expand
  3. Jan 26, 2017
    9
    Berseria is about what you always wanted the heroes to do to get out of a situation easily. Who cares about valiantly introducing yourselfBerseria is about what you always wanted the heroes to do to get out of a situation easily. Who cares about valiantly introducing yourself before a duel? Just attack! Need to get some fools off your trail? Let some worthless people become fodder for your assailants' blades. Velvet, the protagonist, will use any tool at her disposal.

    Battles are fierce and have an interesting ebb-and-flow. You expend and extract souls from your enemies, allowing you to extend your combo lengths. Anybody who appreciates brawler and fighting games will feel at home, even if you don't normally play RPGs. While it's not quite as fighter-style as Zestiria's combat, it's still engaging and requires you to pay attention. Playing on Hard from the get-go felt natural and enjoyable.

    If you didn't play the game before, Zestiria, you shouldn't be lost -- you'll miss out on some of the clever and/or harrowing realizations that come with having experienced Zestiria, but Berseria takes place a few hundred years prior. Strangely though, it does feel more like a sequel than a prequel. While chronologically this happened first, it's so connected that the pacing of the game's reveals is going to resonate more with Zestiria players than if you played them the other way around. Long story short, Zestiria showed you the most hopeful parts of this world's story. Berseria shows you its direst.

    One of my only complaints are that while the main characters and the villains have great voice acting, some NPCs sound idiotic. My other is that dungeons tend to be lack-luster and kinda overused. Overall, I'd recommend this to anybody who likes jRPGS -- this isn't a Tales game, it's just a good jRPG with apple gels.
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  4. Mar 2, 2020
    8
    Argumentalmente supera por completo al juego anterior, con una historia mas oscura y madura en comparación a los juegos anteriores ya seArgumentalmente supera por completo al juego anterior, con una historia mas oscura y madura en comparación a los juegos anteriores ya se centra en un tema como la venganza, personajes carismáticos, y un muy buen desarrollo de los mismos, ademas de contar con un final que está para llorar por lo bonito y triste que es.

    Jugablemente me dejó un poco que desear, ya que lo hicieron mucho mas fácil al darnos la opción
    de configurar los ataques como queramos, haciendo que podamos tener configurado ataques muy devastadores desde el principio y lo que realmente me molestó es el bloqueo automático cuando no nos movemos. Espero que para Tales of Arise no nos deje con tantas libertades para configurar los ataques.
    Eso hace que el juego sea mas fácil que Tales of Zestiria, ya que Berseria es fácil pasárselo en la máxima dificultad, mientras que en Zestiria hay que andarse con cuidado.

    Lo que si me gustó es su sistema de almas, ya que dependiendo cuantos tengamos mas ataques podemos realizar y si tenemos una... pues solo un ataque y ya está :/

    Gráficamente es muy simple pero no es malo, pero envejecerá mal en un futuro. Eso si, la cantidad de ataques en momentos frenéticos hace que el juego se vea muy bien.

    La optimización es infinitamente mejor que Tales of Zestiria, ya que el juego no se ralentiza y los controles con teclado funcionan muy bien, salvo el mause, ya que desaparece en los menús pero funciona, pero sinceramente para este tipo de juegos recomiendo usar mando ya sea de Xbox o de PS3/4, ya que es mas cómodo (en comparación con Zestiria el cual tiene un port malisimo en el que hay que utilizar mods para mejorar el rendimiento y ay que tener mando si o si para poder jugar por que con teclado el juego se vuelve loco).

    P.D. Los DLC son solo cosméticos y se puede vivir sin ellos... pero son "excesivamente caros", y no valen en lo mas mínimo la pena para lo que son, así que recomiendo ni si quiera voltearlos a ver.
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  5. May 21, 2017
    7
    Five Word Review: Standard Tales affair, decent story.
    Favorite Thing: Magilou, she somehow grew on me. Probably because of how necessary she
    Five Word Review: Standard Tales affair, decent story.
    Favorite Thing: Magilou, she somehow grew on me. Probably because of how necessary she was to balance the dour Velvet.
    Least Favorite Thing: The level design, especially caves, is extremely unremarkable. I got turned around a few times due to how same-ish it all is.

    Date Completed: 2017-05-13
    Playtime: ~ 42h
    Enjoyment: 7/10
    Recommendation: For Tales and jRPG fans.
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  6. Mar 23, 2017
    7
    Eu poderia passar o dia escrevendo como e porque esse jogo poderia e deveria ser melhor, mas é bem mais simples entender isso jogando. O jogoEu poderia passar o dia escrevendo como e porque esse jogo poderia e deveria ser melhor, mas é bem mais simples entender isso jogando. O jogo é razoável para mediano. Nada nele faz sentido ou sequer motiva. O jogo é cansativo porém tem belos gráficos e trilha sonora. O forte mesmo são as lutas com chefe. Torço para que essa série que tem muito potencial evoluir, mas por enquanto eu me sinto mal não podendo dar 6.8 e sendo forçado pelo metacritic a dar 7. Expand
  7. May 10, 2017
    0
    - Worst combat in the entire series, pretty much a lousy button-masher
    - bland music,
    - A terrible cast of characters. - It's pretty much a
    - Worst combat in the entire series, pretty much a lousy button-masher
    - bland music,
    - A terrible cast of characters.
    - It's pretty much a 60 USD update of Zestiria.
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