Review

Tales of Arise is a role-playing game developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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Tales of Arise

  • Samanta Blumberg
  • Jan 09, 2022
The seventeenth main entry in the series, it was originally planned to release in 2020 but was delayed to September 2021 due to internal quality issues and the ability to launch the game on more platforms. It's also the first game of the series with a worldwide simultaneous launch. The game follows a man and a woman from the opposing worlds of Dahna and Rena and their journey to end the Renans' oppression of the Dahnan people.

Gameplay

The gameplay of Tales of Arise is similar to that of many other Tales games. The player controls a party of characters and explores the world, talks to people, and fights enemies in a turn-based battle system. The player is able to customize the appearance of the protagonist, which can be either male or female, and choose from one of two fighting styles: the "Hunter" style, which focuses on evasion and counterattacks, or the "Force" style, which focuses on dealing heavy single-target damage.

Graphics

The graphics in Tales of Arise are in a 3D style and the cinematic scenes feature a 2.5D style.

Replayability

Tales of Arise can be replayed many times, with each playthrough yielding differing dialogue and story developments.

Conclusion

Overall, Tales of Arise is a story-driven action RPG that tells the tales of a man and a woman from the opposing worlds of Dahna and Rena. As a new era dawns, a long-dormant evil stirs. The Renans, a proud and powerful race, have ruled over the Dahnan people for a millennium. But a prophecy tells of a Dahnan woman who will stop the Renans' oppression. Dispatched across the worlds to find this woman, the Renans find themselves drawn into a Dahnan civil war. The game features an all-new battle system, Linear Motion Battle System, which offers more depth in combat.

Pros:
  • Has a big focus on evasion and countering, with Tales of Graces, a 2009 entry praised for its combat, cited as inspiration
  • Tales of Arise can be replayed many times, with each playthrough yielding different dialogue and story developments. Has a worldwide simultaneous launch
  • Interesting combat system
  • Interesting graphics
  • Interesting music
Cons:
  • There is no multiplayer in the game
  • Tales of Arise is an action role-playing game, although its gameplay has gone through unspecified alterations due to its development goals
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