Tales of Arise

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  • Release date: 09 Sep 2021
  • Genre: Action,  RPG
  • Developer: BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc.
  • Publisher: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
  • Languages: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish - Spain, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese - Brazil, Russian, Spanish - Latin America, Traditional Chinese
  • Features: Single-player, Steam Achievements, Full controller support, Steam Cloud

Tales of Arise is an action role-playing game developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game is the first game of the series with a worldwide simultaneous launch. It's the seventeenth main entry in the Tales series, and 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. 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 game is built using Unreal Engine 4. Upon release, the game received generally favorable reviews. The game, unlike many of the previous titles in the series, doesn't feature multiplayer, with the development team deciding to focus on various interactions between characters in combat, including the addition of the "Boost Strike" feature, allowing multiple party members to perform destructive attacks together under certain conditions.

Graphics

Minoru Iwamoto, one of several artists who worked on Tales of Zestiria and Tales of Berseria, returns as both character designer and art director. The game is built using Unreal Engine 4.

Information about replayability

The game is described as being more "narrative-focused" than other games in the series, with the developers stating that it will "focus on the power of words" to deliver the "message that it wants to convey to the player".

Conclusion

Tales of Arise is a Japanese video game franchise and the 17th entry in the series. It is the first game of the series to have a worldwide simultaneous launch. The game is developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment and released for Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. 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. The game is built using Unreal Engine 4 and released on September 2021.

Pros:
  • Due to the game having only one playable character, there is a lot of focus on the character's backstory;
  • The game has a big focus on evading and countering, with Tales of Graces, a 2009 entry praised for its combat, cited as inspiration;
  • Minoru Iwamoto, one of several artists who worked on Tales of Zestiria and Tales of Berseria, returns as both character designer and art director. The game is built using Unreal Engine 4;
  • Features two major endings;
  • Features a lot of interactions between characters in combat;
  • Player can't import a save from a previous Tales title;
  • Features a lot of interactions between characters in combat;
Cons:
  • Due to the game having only one playable character, there is a lot of focus on the character's backstory;
  • There is a lot of focus on the character's backstory;
  • The game doesn't have a multiplayer mode;

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