Tales of Arise for Xbox Series X
Xbox Series X

Tales of Arise

Sep 10, 2021
8.88
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Good
12th of 1339

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About this game

Developer: Bandai Namco Studios
Content Rating: Teen

Summary

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.

Gamer Reviews

85 Reviews
8.93
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Dec 28, 2021

I completed Tales of Arise 100%. The combat, the core gameplay, is so much fun. If that's all you need to hear from a gamer who enjoys fighting games for their impact and intricate mechanics, its all here. Tales of Arise excels in offering the player numerous options to mix up the gameplay. Considering the length of this game, having the ability to diversify your experience is just so liberating in this action-rpg genre. Generally, you don't come into this kind of game expecting to experience fluidity in combat along with enough options to make every character viable and customized to your play style, with respect to elements and weaknesses in combat.

The feel of the combat is executed well enough for me to say this game is good off of that.

The story is a toss up. The characters are decent. I'm not really a story gamer, but I appreciated that I could skip over the dialogue in a line-by-line fashion over skipping cut-scenes entirely. I could pick exactly what i'm skipping which helped make side quests go by faster. That's another great thing about this game. Its snappy and doing the usual rpg rotation of functions is seamless because of quality of life game decisions that really push one to think that they really leaned on the combat for this game. Like everything you do in the game is ultimately to make your core experience better in some way, and thats super cool as a design philosophy.

The story is all there and there's plenty of good character moments and story twists to keep things interesting.

My major gripe with the game is that the first 65% of the game feels like a different game, narrative-wise, to the finale of the game. It feels like in Dragon Quest 11, part 3 of that game is essentially the final act of this game. This can be a cool thing cause it was interesting what unfolds for the heroes. The ratio of gameplay to cinematic just leaned to far to the latter at some point in the game. I just wanted to play the game, but cinematic after cinematic reminded me of Xenoblade 2's terrible final act.

My personal thoughts is that at some point in the game the story became very weak and stopped me from finishing it. It's a good 2 hours of meh story, imo.

The game can definitely be amazing sometimes and just great overall, despite some shortcomings and my own feelings of the story pace at some point. I really enjoyed my time with Tales of Arise. I am definitely looking forward to their next installment. To me, this game is a 9, but I will give it an 8.4. There's just too many options in the core experience for someone to not get something out of this game.

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Critic Reviews

15 Reviews
8.84
Graham CameronSep 17, 2021
Tales of Arise is a JRPG that ticks a lot of boxes of what I expect and what I want such a game to be. It has a great story, great characters, wonderful designed areas that are vibrant and a combat system you can tailor to your preference. It proves not every RPG needs to be open world and if you do all the other elements very well then it makes for a great experience.
James BirksSep 20, 2021
All in all, Tales of Arise is great at almost everything it attempts, but it does just falls short of having the wow factor and possesses a couple of niggling factors to boot. Nevertheless it’s absolutely worth picking up if you’re after an action-RPG to sink a load of hours into.
Steve FarrellyOct 14, 2021
The real test of whether or not Tales of Arise is for you will be in your desired level of investment, because the requirement for here, is nothing shy of massive. But what you get is a charming game built from tentpole JRPG, anime and manga tropes, glammed up the wazoo, and pegged down with a solid fighting and combat system, stunning animations, a unique art-style and maybe the best presentation in the series yet.