Tales of Arise, After All These Years, Is The Tales Series Still As Good? | Spoiler-Free Review

by Bradley Tan
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Rating: 8/10

It’s safe to say that the Tales franchise is one of the best JRPG series of all time. After 26 years and 17 instalments of epic story telling and enjoyable gameplay, Tales of Arise is definitely a game to play, Especially if you’re a fan of the JRPG genre. We got our hands on it after looking at the reviews and we must say, it’s pretty epic.

If you grew up in the 90s and have played with the Tales series you would have ventured into it apart from Final Fantasy.

The very first game, Tales of Phantasia came out in 1995 on the Super Famicom console. Since then, there have been 17 main titles and several spin-off games. The Tales series is also one of Bandai Namco’s pride and joy.

What sets Tales of Arise apart from its predecessors is the storyline. Although Tales has been known to have great storytelling, Tales of Arise takes a step above the rest.

If you haven’t played the other Tales games yet, don’t worry. Just like Final Fantasy where the games start fresh, Tales of Arise is a standalone.

Premise

The story takes place as the world of Dahna is enslaved by a neighboring star known as Rena for over 300 years. Pillaging the world beneath of its resources and its people of their dignity and freedom. After the enslavement, it was then divided with “walls” and introduced the Five Renan Lords –  as representatives of Rena to keep them in check.

The game follows Alphen, or known as the Iron Mask who wish to free other Dahnans from their masters. The Iron Mask,  together with a small rebel group and a few sympathetic Renan rebels set out on a mission to save Dahna from its difficult situation. Their quest is to defeat the Five Renan Lords to gain their freedom.

Tales of Arise Gameplay

Gameplay

Although it’s a JRPG, there’s a slight difference to the gameplay. It maintains its traditional mechanics but with added new elements to make it more fluid. The movements and attacks are smoother. Instead of being a Final Fantasy copy, this game is similar to the likes of Devil May Cry or Bayonetta. A more character-action driven game if we may add.

The mechanics and controls systems allows you to dodge attacks perfectly and even includes a slow-motion after an enemy’s attack as well as teleportation to give you enough range for a counter attack.

Similar to Berseria, the game continues to use its free-camera system which makes it easier for players to aim and use their special moves.

One of the better additions to the game is the special skills each character has that can counter any enemy attacks.

Overall

Like we’ve been raving from the very beginning. If you are a fan of Japanese RPG games, this is a must play. The new features as well as the storyline lives up to the high expectation we had. The character development is fantastic and it makes them feel real and relatable at times. So, if you’re hesitating on trying this game out, even though you’re a JRPG fan, just play it and thank us later.

 

Have you played Tales of Arise yet? What did you think about the game?

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