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  • Summary: Challenge the Fate That Binds You

    On the planet Dahna, reverence has always been given to Rena, the planet in the sky, as a land of the righteous and divine. Stories handed down for generations became truth and masked reality for the people of Dahna. For 300 years, Rena has ruled over
    Challenge the Fate That Binds You

    On the planet Dahna, reverence has always been given to Rena, the planet in the sky, as a land of the righteous and divine. Stories handed down for generations became truth and masked reality for the people of Dahna. For 300 years, Rena has ruled over Dahna, pillaging the planet of its resources and stripping people of their dignity and freedom.

    Our tale begins with two people, born on different worlds, each looking to change their fate and create a new future. Featuring a new cast of characters, updated combat, and classic Tales of gameplay mechanics, experience the next chapter in the world-famous Tale of series, Tales of Arise.

    The Next Chapter
    Experience the next chapter in the Tales of series, brought to life in stunning HD powered by Unreal Engine 4

    Dynamic Action
    Dynamic Action RPG featuring an updated battle system that retains classic Tales of gameplay

    A New Tale Awaits
    Rich story featuring a vibrant world and new cast of characters

    Stunning Visuals
    High quality animation created by Ufotable
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Sep 13, 2021
    95
    As a result, we have a very highly detailed game where the story and gameplay are equally worthy of attention. Tales of Arise features a bright living world, peculiar charming heroes, dynamic battles that will keep you interested 50 hours in, interesting boss fights and exciting quests.
  2. Sep 8, 2021
    90
    Tales of Arise is the perfect example of how a franchise can renew itself and achieve new quality standards. It's a JRPG with beautiful visuals and a fun, complex and spectacular battle system: a great game that you should not miss.
  3. Sep 25, 2021
    90
    Tales of Arise feels like new blood in the Tales series veins, as it gathers all the qualities of the previous games, puts them together and takes them to the next level.
  4. Sep 8, 2021
    80
    Tales of Arise is a Tales game through and through. It's polished and consistently enjoyable, and it features an excellent combat system. The story and characters are not particularly ambitious or distinct, but they give you a fun world to explore for the 40+ hour runtime. In an era where "safe" JRPGs are uncommon, it's nice to have one that does exactly what it promises. It's not the best or worst of the series, but it is a darn fun Tales title that lives up to the franchise's name.
  5. Sep 21, 2021
    80
    Overall, it sometimes feels like just moving on from each area to the next, with not much else in-between. Tales of Arise is a beautiful game to look at, but the game goes by too quickly due to the relatively limited side-questing. The last release in the Tales series, Tales of Berseria, offered a lot of gameplay in terms of extra content, and the story was enough to wrench your heart out. Tales of Arise offers a very compelling story but not much else in terms of extra gameplay.
  6. Sep 8, 2021
    80
    Tales of Arise presents a refreshing sense of nostalgia in a shiny new package. At times it can misfire between its lovable but inconsistent cast of characters and political narrative, but there’s still a band of loveable heroes brandishing the classic Tales archetypes I’ve always adored. Perhaps it wields subtlety like a cudgel—placing Shionne, the woman who causes pain, and Alphen, the man who can’t feel pain, together—yet it’s that same ungraceful melodrama I remember being so fond of a decade ago. Arise elevates Tales back into the RPG spotlight, but it doesn’t leave the pieces of the past you loved behind.
  7. Sep 8, 2021
    60
    Tales of Arise is not so much an evolution of the Tales series as it is an awkward game that backs up decent combat with a bland, uninspired story and characters.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 34
  2. Negative: 5 out of 34
  1. Feb 12, 2022
    10
    God storry and nice combat system. Game is chalanging On high dificulties. One if the Best jrpg last Times.
  2. Oct 2, 2021
    10
    If this game isn't in your game of the year discussion then you got it wrong. There's not much else to say.
  3. Sep 12, 2021
    10
    This is easily best RPG out this year and game of the year. This is how RPGs should be made.
  4. Sep 25, 2021
    8
    Pros:
    - Great Characters and great chemistry
    - detailed settings and story - combat was fun until later stage Con: - Disappointing ending
    Pros:
    - Great Characters and great chemistry
    - detailed settings and story
    - combat was fun until later stage
    Con:
    - Disappointing ending
    - combat is actually not that great on closer look
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  5. Sep 23, 2021
    7
    The game is ok. The enemies are sponges, the bosses are annoying and the story is generic yet rapid. The characters barely interact except toThe game is ok. The enemies are sponges, the bosses are annoying and the story is generic yet rapid. The characters barely interact except to reaffirm plot points and the skits are heartless. The game leaves too much of tales of behind to truly be great Expand
  6. Sep 25, 2021
    6
    The game runs great, it's visually pretty good, the plot is standard JRPG faire but that's what JRPG fans generally want, if you just want yetThe game runs great, it's visually pretty good, the plot is standard JRPG faire but that's what JRPG fans generally want, if you just want yet another tales game, ignore the rest of this review and go get the game.

    The combat is my biggest gripe, it's fundamentally broken due to extremely poor AI and systems that just don't work well on anything bigger than standard trash fights. Opponents need to be broken with normal attacks in order to chain combos together, however only small normal enemies can be broken, meaning your strategy devolves into spamming your strongest single arte during bosses or larger enemies. While the plot is serviceable, it has several moments that really don't make sense in the wider context, and several character interactions, particularly in the first half of the story that are just grating. This does improve the closer you get to the end of the game though.

    My biggest problem though, and the reason this game is a 6/10 is it's horrendous DLC practices that not only offer boosters and costumes, but push adverts into the game and lock abilities behind a paywall.

    All in all, it's a bog standard tales game, with worse combat than previous entries and worse DLC. Get it if you like tales or are a massive JRPG nut, otherwise there are far better tales games out there for you to enjoy.
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  7. Dec 25, 2021
    0
    Another disappointment. A total **** show of a Tales game. Remember the destruction BotW did to Zelda, well this is the equivalent for Tales.Another disappointment. A total **** show of a Tales game. Remember the destruction BotW did to Zelda, well this is the equivalent for Tales.

    The forced encounters
    The uninspiring enemies
    The OST is bad, boring
    The story
    The characters
    The fetch quests
    The excessive loading screens

    Absolutely nothing likeable.

    I am getting towards halfway though Zestiria and I can't wait to go back to it. I have given Arise hours and hours now and not one of my hours with Arise has been as good as my worst hour with Zestiria. It has no charm, no mojo, it literally has nothing going for it.

    Really wishing I'd got Ys 9 instead now.

    Tales of Arise forces exploration as quests, then blocks your path with boring encounters. They really should have ditched the arena for battles and left the action to take place within the open world. It feels really dated, like Vesperia with a lick of paint but Vesperia was quite entertaining at times. Arise just feels bad. This game could have learnt a lot from Ys Origin on how to implement fun action.

    As I barely enjoyed any of this and it was an expensive game, as well as a present, I am pissed off. It has cost money, to waste my time. Hours of my time and now I need to drive to Cex to get rid. Not happy.

    Lowest possible score as this was the present I was most looking forward to. Gift ruined.
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