REVIEW : Tales of Berseria (PS3/ PS4 /Windows)

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Tales of Berseria Review
Tales of Berseria Review

Tales of Berseria Review | Game Review

Tales of Berseria Review :- When you produce a game which has a story line partly in future and partly in the past you get the Tales of Berseria, the strangest of all. The game has a strange brilliance in it. You can see one of the best storyline in play here. There are misfits in the game taking on some very distinctive villains and anti-heroes. But the designs and visuals of the games appear to be of the past. The game tries to become the greatest in the league but failing to do so.

Tales of Berseria Review
Tales of Berseria Review

It is the story of Velvet Crowe who is a teenage girl from a small village. She lives with her brother-in-law Arthur and real brother Laphicet in a world where a daemonblight is in play. Those who get infected by it turn into human-killing monsters who can only be stopped either by exorcists or by huge village walls.

In the very start of the game, it seems to be the story of a simple village girl leaving the village in search of adventure and greatness. But soon, she too turns into a monster with a hand that can mutate into a red claw trying to drink blood all the time. The story goes on and soon after a certain prison breakout, she becomes thirsty for revenge.

Tales of Berseria
Tales of Berseria

The game takes you everywhere in the realm called Berseria trying to fight out the mighty Abbey, an all-powerful religious institution its head who considers himself to be a saviour. You get to fight all sorts of enemies including pirates, daemon swordsmen, sorcerers and the source of magic known as Malakhim. You will have to steal ships, fight the daemons, infiltrate various outposts of Abbey and become allies with some underworld guild.

All this while, Velvet keep trying to maintain a balance between emotions and logic, evil and good, and love and revenge. The storyline is very powerful though at times it can be cheesy, dumb, silly and even laughable. It has a complex gameplay which will be familiar to those who have played a Tales before.

Tales of Berseria
Tales of Berseria

Velvet goes around with her group to different towns and areas which have clear entry and exit points like they are artificially barricaded. Each of these areas is swarming with different monsters and each time you meet one you have to fight them off. As this is a Japanese Role Playing Game, each monster you encounter is part of a group of larger monsters and so after fighting one you are sure to meet other ones from the group, often more than one groups.

Unlike Tales of Zestiria from 2015 which only had a brawler type attack system, Tales of Berseria gives you different attacks on the use of action buttons of DualShock 4. These attacks can be combined together to form lethal combos. Initially, you have only three moves in your arsenal and whenever Velvet gets tired you are only left with defensive moves until she recharges. But, each time you obliterate an enemy, you get an extra move to form longer combos.

Tales of Berseria
Tales of Berseria

You can even get to attack with a daemonic form which has an insane starting move and a following killer combo. But, you have to trade one of your moves to attain this daemonic stage. If you time things properly you can get a kill with a daemonic stage, thus, getting back your move in the end. Using the menus, you can set particular moves to specific buttons and every phase of a combo. This gives you the ability to pull off more complex combos and even some of the specialised combos.

The game also allows you to some special moves which are to be charged by the use of your regular moves. You also get the ability to switch between the two characters which reduce the cooldown time, makes your combo longer and negates the effect of status. You also have some characters fighting along with you which are controlled by CPU. You can customise their moves and also their special moves by accessing the menus. The more you get into the game the more you can do with it.

Tales of Berseria
Tales of Berseria

The amount of loot the game lets you have is scandalous and supports the amazing weapon acquisition and upgradation system the game has. You can cook all sorts of meals with different perks with the use of the game’s automated cooking system. You can also make scout ships scour the sea for you, winning battles and loots, filling you treasure stores and finding new locations. You also have to collect orbs to rescue magic kitties who reward you with apparel and accessories in return.

Although the gameplay and storyline of the game are amazing, it lacks severely in the area of graphics and looks. The first look at it may even give you the effect that an old classic is HD remastered. Even the dialogues between the characters are not all voiced and even if they are voiced the job is badly done. The game has a manga look and a comic like humour which is pretty effective but the repetitive job puts you off at times. Even the design of the dungeons is basic and look like it has been stripped off from a game about a decade old.

Tales of Berseria
Tales of Berseria

Even the dress of the lead character Velvet seems a bit bizarre as though she will go moon dancing once the fights are over. Despite all these drawbacks the games continue to entertain you and that’s pretty amazing.  But, you cannot introduce this game to those who are not familiar with the genre or the Tales games. Those who love the Japanese Role Playing Games or the Tales games are going to love it through and through. I will go with the score of 3.5 out of 5.

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