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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: 33 out of 77
  2. Negative: 18 out of 77
  1. Apr 13, 2021
    10
    The best of the serie . Funny gameplay ,amazing story ,great journey . Simply The best
  2. Oct 24, 2015
    10
    This game is amazing. It has everythign you want in a tales game. Ye the plot os cute and paste, but the characters are so unique andThis game is amazing. It has everythign you want in a tales game. Ye the plot os cute and paste, but the characters are so unique and memorable, the plot does have twists, and the game has an open world feel to it now. The game has four difficulty settings so if you like a challenge or even if you want to blow through for the story the option is there. Combat is done real well too, combining aspects of Xillia, Graces and Hearts R. I wont admit this is my favorite Tales game, but this is a solid 10/10 game for any Tales of fan. 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. Apr 23, 2018
    7
    Overall a good JRPG.
    Graphics : 6/10. Mostly pixelized and old tech but art is good. Cities are well drawn. Characters are well drawn too.
    Overall a good JRPG.
    Graphics : 6/10. Mostly pixelized and old tech but art is good. Cities are well drawn. Characters are well drawn too. Monsters look alike to each other.
    Sound : 9/10. Voice act is really good, both in English and Japanese. Effects are well done. Soundtrack is sometimes awesome but mostly ordinary.
    Gameplay : 7/10. Combat is button mashing in start and most of the game. There are lots of mechanics including block,dodge,commands, spells etc. and you have to use all of them properly in higher difficulties. But in normal difficulty you just smash and smash. To say in my first playtrough in normal difficulty i mostly set all of my characters to auto combat and watch it , especially near the endgame. It is a long game with repetitive places which bores the player after some gameplay time. It would have been perfect to finish the story in 30 hours or so. It is just so long and becomes dull near endgame.
    Story : 7/10. Story is fine. Some bold moments and talks. Most original thing is this is the first game with gay main protagonist. Characters interactions are very good, mostly funny, sometimes sad. Other than these this has the same old save the world while being super good theme.

    Buy it if you love JRPG. This is a solid and good one at all. If you can play it on higher difficulties with lots of free time devoted to this game.
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  5. Nov 3, 2015
    6
    I had high hopes for this game as I am a fan of the series, but unfortunately it has been a letdown. It's not really a bad game, but II had high hopes for this game as I am a fan of the series, but unfortunately it has been a letdown. It's not really a bad game, but I wouldn't call it a good game either.

    The system:
    The system starts of good with Armatization, the fusing of two characters into a new character with new abilities. This is both a fun and tactical addition to the game, and fits well into the story. Bonus points for this! Unfortunately the other additions do not follow this example. The title system is neither informative or engaging in any way. The item system introduces random attributes that you want to line up on a grid to get extra bonuses, which sounded interesting but works badly in practise and becomes a chore to deal with. The element and arts system also sees some needless complications that do nothing to help the game along. On top of it all the controls are a bit clunkier than in previous games as well. Nothing that can't be handled, but it detracts a bit from the experience.

    All in all, combat is still Tales and still pretty fun. The bad stuff can be ignored most of the time, but it is a shame that the interesting new additions are outweighed by the new flaws.

    The Story:
    The biggest problem with the game is that the story is just... bland. It feels like they just checked of a list of things that should go into a Tales game and called it a day. Granted, all Tales games follow the same basic formula but the difference this time is that it feels like they put very little effort into it. The story is a bare minimium, and since the story is the main reason I play games like this it simply doesn't cut it.

    The game also lacks proper world-building. Oftentimes the characters clearly understand something that is never explained to me as the player, and this leads to frustration. Several aspects of the worlds history are also kind of confusing, but concepts that appear almost contradictory never being explained.

    The story also way, WAY, overuses the whole "I know the answer but you need to discover the truth for yourself" trope. It can work on occation, but in Zestiria this is the norm for pretty much the entire game! It gets old quickly.

    The characters:
    Again, bland. Characters are very one dimensional and there is not much character development to speak of. They are likable yes, but nothing beyond that.

    So all in all, not terrible but not good. The system is ok but nothing more, the story is bland and while it has it's moments there is a lot of just going through the motions, and the characters are forgettable. If you really like Tales games then you will probably find it at least acceptable, but you might want to sit this one out.
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  6. Oct 20, 2019
    5
    Вымученная и жалкая игра с огромным потенциалом, - погрязшая в штампах, кривом балансе и многих других проблемах бюджетных жрпг игр.Вымученная и жалкая игра с огромным потенциалом, - погрязшая в штампах, кривом балансе и многих других проблемах бюджетных жрпг игр.
  7. Apr 17, 2020
    0
    I've been trying to like this JRPG because I'm a fan since the '90s so I picked it up again after I dropped and uninstalled this 2 years agoI've been trying to like this JRPG because I'm a fan since the '90s so I picked it up again after I dropped and uninstalled this 2 years ago -- but now I've really lost patience and love for it because of:
    - the overly complicated combat and game mechanics,
    - persistent hand-holding and tutorials (just let me the player figure out the game)
    - the music is forgettable: I can't even remember how any of its BGM sounds like now after playing for 9 hrs.
    This JRPG is a solid example of making a simple and outdated game design disguised into something sophisticated by placing much too many rules and terms just for the sake of making everything seem the game has depth.

    Heck, Tekken 7 and Soulcalibur 6's are more easier to follow and play than the battle/fighting system of this super otaku (Japanese for nerd) product. I'm not too sure now if I'll try it again the 3rd time after 2 years.
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