- Publisher: Bandai Namco Games
- Release Date: Oct 20, 2015
- Also On: PC, PlayStation 3
- 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
- Developer: Bandai Namco Games
- Genre(s): Role-Playing, Action RPG, Japanese-Style
- # of players: No Online Multiplayer
- Cheats: On GameFAQs
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Tales of Zestiria - Launch Trailer
Positive: 32 out of 59
Mixed: 26 out of 59
Negative: 1 out of 59
Oct 19, 2015Tales 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.
Nov 15, 2015Tales 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.
Nov 2, 2015In 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.
Nov 20, 2015Let down by its story, dialogue, and visuals, Tales of Zestiria is still pretty good - but not quite good enough.
Oct 19, 2015The 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.
Nov 4, 2015Tales of Zestiria is a profound disappointment, and does not deserve the time investment that huge games of this length require.
Positive: 34 out of 82
Mixed: 27 out of 82
Negative: 21 out of 82
Apr 13, 2021The best of the serie . Funny gameplay ,amazing story ,great journey . Simply The best
Feb 8, 2016I 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~… Expand
Oct 20, 2015I am from Europe, so i got the game last Friday, and i really cant understand these few Hate-Comments.
This Game is unbelievable. I canI 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.… Expand
Sep 3, 2017UPDATE: After 45hrs+. While, I disagree with the most of critics and users alike on this game. I believe this is a solid 7+ or higherUPDATE: After 45hrs+. While, I disagree with the most of critics and users alike on this game. I believe this is a solid 7+ or higher rating. Not the best Tales game, but I think this should have received a much better score.. I own most of all of the tales series.. I loved Xillia as well as Symphonia. I think the story is absolutely great playing over 45hrs into it! The graphics are updgraded PS3 style. And could have been better but absolutely love the Anime Cut scenes! The couple of problems in the game is the Battle game mechanics. Its really hard to get into since you keep smashing "O" button and it quickly takes you to the page that you exit out of so you don't know what you received. They should have done a better job of the battle clearing stages. Also the camera angle can be challenging and not too sure why I have problems soo many times trying to get the camera angle to adjust properly. But those are my gripes about the game. Otherwise disregard ratings that give this less than 7.. This game I think is great.. And IGN and other critic reviewers are wrong to give it anything less than 7 on this game!! It's a great game not the best.… Expand
Jun 12, 20206 is giving it the benefit of the doubt. Easily the most boring opening hour and a half of any game I've played. Combat feels clunky. Seems6 is giving it the benefit of the doubt. Easily the most boring opening hour and a half of any game I've played. Combat feels clunky. Seems auto-mode focused. Seems a little too easy. Maybe this game would be good for very young people like around 10-13. Voice acting is decent. Script is generally poor although conceptually decent. I tried so hard to play this game for more than an hour and a half but I literally could not. Might be good as a first video game for a young person.… Expand
Oct 22, 2015I tried to like this game. I really did, but after hitting the 15 hour mark I simply gave up. It's frustrating how outdated and unimaginativeI tried to like this game. I really did, but after hitting the 15 hour mark I simply gave up. It's frustrating how outdated and unimaginative it is. The story is okay-ish, but never surprising. The archetype characters, the world in turmoil, the super villain and so on and so forth. The combat system is far from intuitive, and keeps you guessing for the first few hours, even after reading the walls of text the game throws at you time and time again. When you finally get the hang of it, it is forgettable at best. Its flashy appearance is just not enough. The exploration, which is one point I usually like about JRPGs, feels tedious and very little rewarding. It has you running around way too much, and doesn't let you use the fast travel system at will, which is very frustrating. The best thing about the game is the music, but unfortunately that is not enough to save this Tales title from failing. 4/10.… Expand
Apr 17, 2020I'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.… Expand
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