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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 overChallenge 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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  1. Positive: 75 out of 76
  2. Negative: 0 out of 76
  1. Sep 8, 2021
    100
    Indeed, Tales of Arise is a game designed for long-term Tales franchise fans and those who have never picked up a franchise entry before, where story, combat, and various features come together to deliver a high-quality, highly-detailed JRPG. All of that makes it not just one of the best JRPGs on the market today, but one of the best games hands-down.
  2. Sep 8, 2021
    92
    Tales of Arise is a masterpiece with a deep story and endearing cast that will keep you hooked as you fight for freedom from tyrants. Meanwhile, the action-intense battles are great fun as you plan your moves to take down enemies as efficiently as possible. Exploring the dungeons and overworld is a joy, too, especially with new map abilities that make traversal engaging. It's the best Tales yet.
  3. Sep 9, 2021
    90
    Tales of Arise includes the trademarks of the franchise and shows that twenty-five years of experience help to strive for perfection. Just like a good wine, the franchise has managed to get better with age. The battle system, anime-inspired visuals, and a story full of lovely characters are the stars of the show, which ultimately make a game that shouldn’t be overlooked. Tales of Arise is an entry that will satisfy die-hard fans and convert newcomers to the series with its awesome experience.
  4. 86
    Tales of Arise is a great game and a significant step forward from its predecessor, a wonderful mix of bright narrative and excellent gameplay.
  5. Sep 8, 2021
    85
    After previous attempts only achieved half-measures, Tales of Arise finally takes the series in a new direction. There are sure to be veterans who lament some of the changes in the name of expanding the audience, but the risks taken here pay off nicely. The visuals are a marked improvement from any previous entry, and the combat looks and feels better than ever, even if it comes at the cost of losing some depth. Arise’s narrative admirably tackles some ambitious themes, though not all beats hit their mark. However, despite a few flaws, Tales of Arise is a fantastic RPG that stands as one of the best the series has to offer.
  6. Edge Magazine
    Oct 9, 2021
    80
    One of the most memorable JRPGs in recent years. [Issue#364, p.114]
  7. Sep 8, 2021
    70
    Taken as a whole, Tales of Arise is a very good RPG, boasting beautiful visuals, a wonderful cast of characters, and engaging combat mechanics--but its flaws (and that odious DLC) are also difficult to ignore. If you're looking for a lengthy, charming, and engaging JRPG to play on your shiny new console or PC gaming rig, Tales of Arise is certainly a fine choice. Just don't go into it expecting an all-time classic.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 202
  1. Sep 11, 2021
    10
    I am the type who yearns for (1) medieval-like fantasy and (2) party adventure when it comes to RPG games. I remember when I was in middleI am the type who yearns for (1) medieval-like fantasy and (2) party adventure when it comes to RPG games. I remember when I was in middle school getting so attached to the world-building, story, music, and characters in the games like Final Fantasy 6 or Chrono Trigger. Later in high school, I got my PlayStation 2 with Final Fantasy 10. I was so absorbed with these fantasy games to a point that I can still reminisce very clearly the events and the journey that I experienced from these games. These games have impacted me so much that they shape me into what I am now.

    It has been so long since I felt like this until I play Tales of Arise. Although my playtime on the game while writing this review is just around 20 hours and probably around a third (or maybe half? I don't know) of the main story, I am enjoying my time so much with the game, combat, story, exploration, etc. Tales of Arise has a good medieval fantasy world-building and a group of friends with distinctive personalities. I am usually fond of mage classes in every fantasy game so I am mainly playing as Rinwell. The variety of magic is awesome and the ability to combine magic is fun as hell. Playing Tales of Arise gives me the feeling that I am inside that fantasy world and adventuring together with the party. Especially within the combat where they smash the enemy and help me on their own, it just feels like they are all real people fighting and adventuring together with me.

    Western RPGs in general give you a feeling like you are solo playing and the story plot and combat system are usually one-main-character focused. These qualities are not in itself a bad thing but they are just not my preference. On the other hand, while there are modern Japanese RPGs that are enjoyable like Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Scarlet Nexus, and Persona 5 that have the quality of party adventure that I love, they don't have a classic medieval fantasy setting that I am yearning for. You know, the classic medieval fantasy setting like the ones that you see in Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, Final Fantasy 6, 9, 10 (and hopefully 16 too!!) or in the typical Japanese isekai manga/anime like Mushoku Tensei, Slime Tensei, Cautious Hero, Re:Zero, Shield Hero, etc.

    If you like these two qualities (ie. classic medieval fantasy and party adventure) you will probably be going to like Tales of Arise too. I am happy that Arise introduces me to the Tales series. I will definitely try some of the previous Tales games later.
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  2. Sep 16, 2021
    10
    I am not waiting this game for release date. But when i buy it and play 40 hours than I recognized it is the best Tales game ever made. ThisI am not waiting this game for release date. But when i buy it and play 40 hours than I recognized it is the best Tales game ever made. This is the future of Tales series and JRPG. PLAY IT AND FEEL IT.
    Graphic, sound and gameplay are incredible. 10/10
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  3. May 14, 2022
    10
    ToA viene a ser el clásico JRPG mega-evolucionado en todos los aspectos. A nivel artístico es una absoluta maravilla, para quedarse embobadoToA viene a ser el clásico JRPG mega-evolucionado en todos los aspectos. A nivel artístico es una absoluta maravilla, para quedarse embobado contemplando los paisajes que ofrece su vasto mundo. El sistema de combate supone un refinamiento del ágil combate de la franquicia Tales Of, situándose a la altura de Ys en este terreno. Es verdad que no hay zonas o mazmorras muy complejas pero la variedad de escenarios, el carisma de los personajes, los momentos épicos, compensan sus pequeños defectos. Arise ha superado, pulverizado mis expectativas. No lo he terminado aún y ya estoy deseando ver cómo será su próxima entrega. Le otorgo un 10/10 por considerarlo el mejor JRPG actualmente disponible en el mercado, y por cuánto me ha fascinado en su plano artístico. Expand
  4. Sep 13, 2021
    10
    This was my first dip into the Tales series, and I wasn’t disappointed. Fantastic game and looking forward to trying the others out too.
  5. Jan 27, 2022
    9
    Entertaining action RPG with anime style action scenes. The only reason I deducted a point is because sometimes the story is a little sillyEntertaining action RPG with anime style action scenes. The only reason I deducted a point is because sometimes the story is a little silly and I wish that there was multiplayer. Definitely nitpicking with that complaint. Expand
  6. Oct 18, 2021
    9
    Tales of Arise is an amazing game, you can tell the passion the developers had when making this game!, If you are a JRPG and ANIME fan thenTales of Arise is an amazing game, you can tell the passion the developers had when making this game!, If you are a JRPG and ANIME fan then this game is essential in your collection, I´m getting to 97 hours with it playing in the second hardest difficulty, finished the story and still doing some side activities to get that precious platinum!! Amazing soundtrack, the story has some very good and interesting twists, characters have good progression and development and the combat is fun and addictive. This game gave some of the coolest and most exciting battles in a JRPG, some of them can be really intense !! I´ll not give it a 10 because I was expecting more from the ending and when you play in the hardest difficulties the dodge system can be a little clunky and the AI of your companions sometimes are not very intelligent and they die too much unnecessarily. Other than that the game is brilliant and definitively one of the best from 2021 and I have played a lot!! Don´t sleep on this game!! It´s beautiful (there´s a chapter that I´ll never forget because of the emotional immersion that I had , feeling sadness and then rage while doing this dungeon, it was superb) Expand
  7. Nov 1, 2021
    0
    Сюжет убог и уныл. Персонажи и их логика за гранью любого здравого смысла. Боевка однообразна.Сюжет убог и уныл. Персонажи и их логика за гранью любого здравого смысла. Боевка однообразна.

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