The latest game in the Tales of series, Berseria is an outstanding JRPG from the developers over at Bandai Namco. Learning from all of the best Tales of games on offer, Berseria really has learned from the best and has resulted in a JRPG experience that you’re not going to want to miss anytime soon, that’s for sure.
Story focuses on the young woman, Velvet, a girl whose heart has only hatred and anger inside it; kindness no longer an emotion she feels. Embark on an epic journey to discover the one thing that holds Velvet and the rest of her emotions back in a story that you won’t easily be forgetting. No matter how much time you put into the game, you’re going to appreciate the amount of effort and emotion went into this story and makes it an incredible overall experience.
As with many of the other Tales of games, the gameplay is very similar to the last one. You take on the role of any one of your four party members and use their skills and abilities to their utmost potential to completely decimate one opponent in an epic combo. The game totes an action-based combat system that has you creating your own combos with all of the abilities at your disposal and after so many Tales of games; Berseria just goes to show how far the franchises’ mechanics have come in all of that time.
Since you can pick and choose which character you want to play as, you have the option to experience combat in a variety of different ways, be it through up-close and personal or at range with some powerful magic. Either way, the combat is one of the biggest reasons to keep coming back to both the game and the franchise.
Looking at the game from an aesthetics point of view, it’s got some great looking anime style aesthetics that the franchise is known for. This means all of the characters are easy to recognise and distinctive; not to mention the plenty of bright and vibrant colours as well.
The only downside to this style; however is that not everyone appreciates it and finds it to their liking, and that can make enjoying the game rather difficult. Some might describe it as rather childish and that can make playing and enjoying the game very difficult if you can’t stand the visuals in the slightest.
Overall, the game has a great story, with a lush world, and a lovely visual style – although it may not be to everyone’s personal standard. When jumping into the game for the first time you don’t actually expect to get sucked into these characters lives as much as you’d think, but after a couple of hours you won’t want to stop until you reach the ending and with how much fun the gameplay is, there certainly isn’t anything bad about getting there!