Tales of Berseria
Game review on PS4
Callum Corcut / Mon 20th Mar 2017
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OVERVIEW Despite being the sixteenth entry in the Tales series, Tales of Berseria provides the perfect entry point for both newcomers and veterans of the franchise. Likeable characters and an interesting premise provide more than enough reason to see this adventure through to its entirety.
You are Velvet, a sweet and naive village girl turned heartless daemon. Velvets tragic past causes her to embark upon your typical revenge story with a few welcome and unexpected twists.
The world is plagued by a curse known as daemonblight which causes people to lose most aspects of their humanity and turn into monstrous daemons. Velvet is one of these supernatural beings as well as most of her motley crew of affable vagabonds. The optional interactions with Velvets party members include some of the best moments of the game.
The gameplay is based on stringing together different combinations of moves that Velvet either unlocks through levelling up or already has available to her in her base skillset. It is pretty simple to learn despite an influx of confusing menu pop ups but on normal difficulties, players should have no trouble mastering the fundamentals.
However, there is enough nuance to provide a worthy challenge. Some of the characters super abilities are spectacular when unleashed and even basic combinations look like well-choreographed anime fight scenes.
GRAPHICS The visuals of this title are its greatest downfall. It looks like something from last gen which is most likely because it essentially is, with TOB already releasing last year on the PlayStation 3. The fully animated cutscenes look terrific but the in-game engine is far from impressive.
AUDIO The English voice work in this game is surprisingly good with characters displaying a range of emotional responses almost as varied as their weapon sets. The music is also as awesomely bombastic as you would hope a magical, daemon-infested adventure would be.
VERDICT Tales of Berseria offers an enchanting world full of chaotic combat, engaging questlines and charming personalities. 2017 is a year packed full of great games and TOB has already given us a glimpse into what the industry can expect in the coming months. If you're a fan of JRPG's than I would recommend checking out Tales of Berseria.