Tales of Arise Review: Another Step Towards the Future of JRPGs
“Tales of Arise is a huge step forward in the evolution of JRPGs and a must-play for fans of the genre.”
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So far, 2021 has been a great year for the Japanese RPG genre, and Tales of Arise just add to a strong squad. When I played its demo earlier this year, I wanted to explore more about the combat, characters, and story. The finished product lived up to the game’s promise and then some.
Tales of Arise is the latest entry in Bandai Namco’s longstanding JRPG franchise known as the “Tales of” series. However, Arise is a unique twist, adopting a whole new fighting style and seemingly benefiting from a larger budget (if visuals are anything that happens). That sense of freshness was felt throughout my playthrough, reminding me of classic blockbuster JRPGs from the old days. While the story isn’t anything too groundbreaking, the characters, gameplay, visuals, and themes of race and freedom have brought me to the top throughout my entire adventure with the cast. highlights of the game.
This is one of the most entertaining JRPGs from start to finish and one that no fan of the genre will want to miss.
Tales of Arise puts the player in control of the mysterious Iron Mask, which is later revealed to be Alphen, a member of the Dahnan race, who has an unusual mask stuck to his head and lacks pain receptors. He and the rest of his race were enslaved to the technologically advanced Renans, or “Bright Eyes”, as the Dahnan people affectionately called them. These Renans are ruled by five Lords of the five regions, with each engaged in a long game to find out who will become the most powerful lord. Alphen, a group of Dahnan rebels, and Shionne, their enigmatic Renan’s new ally, team up to bring down these rulers.
Shionne and Alphen become a powerful duo and embark on an adventure that spans the five regions of this world to take down the Lords one by one. In standard JRPG fashion, the two meet more members, their number growing as they scour the regions.
The party has always been one of the main attractions of Tales of games, as the series prides itself on “small skits”. These are comic-style mini cutscenes where characters interact with each other in conversations to reveal their quirks. Party members of Tales of Arise so interesting that I make sure to watch all these conversations that I can.
The stories of these races and the environments they share have further contributed to the building of today’s breathtaking world. Tales of Arise.
Like other JRPGs, the game delves into political themes. Alphen questions what true freedom really is and ponders what his future would look like if he completed his mission to free his enslaved brothers and sisters. These topics, as well as the race relations between the party members Dahnan and single Renan in the group, really stood out to me because of how well written they were. As a Black player, the themes really resonated with me. I loved watching Alphen’s many emotions unfold in the face of his oppressors. For example, he approaches a partner who shares the same blood as his oppressors with a little discomfort, but is also willing to show them forgiveness. He is a main character that I can get.
The stories of these races and the worlds they shared have further contributed to the building of today’s breathtaking world. Tales of Arise. I enjoyed the history of this world as the driving force behind the adventure’s storytelling. Despite such great work, I still find the game a bit generic in terms of plot. It follows the usual rhythm that many JRPGs do and instead features great characters and gameplay. The story is still interesting, it just doesn’t offer anything too groundbreaking beyond its strong thematic tones.
The Tales series has always been known for its combat. Players are constantly looking for new combos and techniques to include in the game and I’m here to say Tales of Arise won’t let you down whether you are a casual player or a hardcore like me.
The new Linear Motion Combat System is more or less what we got inside Final Fantasy 7 remake additional bells and whistles. Combos are even more important in this system, giving players a few more gimmicks to play with. For example, there are Healing or CP points, which limit the number of healing spells a player can cast before they rest at an inn or campsite or before they use an item to replenish. .
The battles are close to the hack-and-slash style of FF7Rand features launchers, jugglers and more classic stories that fans will be happy to see return. Artes, or spells and special attacks, also appear again in Tales of Arise with an added rule. The more they are used in a combo, the less effective they will be. That, coupled with the fact that they need to be regenerated after spending AG (Artes Gauge) points to use, adds additional strategy to combat, it’s a welcome challenge.
There are quite a few super attacks that are unlocked as the game progresses. includes team attacks that can be used to deal tons of damage to enemies and everyone around them when the player reaches a certain combo threshold. Boosting attacks that the player can use after the character’s boost gauge is full can directly counter enemy shields and spells. They can also extend combos with increased damage and the addition of Artes Gauge. And there are solo revenge super attacks that can be launched when a character takes a certain amount of damage without being killed.
This battle is so engaging that it makes ordinary RPGs difficult. During my study sessions, I found myself experimenting with how deep a hybrid system could get. During combat, players can perform character switching combos and wild laser gun juggling, use the menu to switch their move list, or instantly perform combos mid-attack. I like the variety of options available. And yes, as with the older one Story about In the game, the player can make allies do nothing, giving them full control over the actions of the party.
If the heavy story and complex combat doesn’t appeal to casual players, Tales of Arise’s image will. The game is absolutely amazing, to the point where it was one of the first games in a long time that made me think play on the next generation console (if you can afford or find one) is totally worth it. I played on PlayStation, so I can say definitively that you’ll still get the most out of it on both generations.
During this trip through the imaginary world, I found myself lost in environments or even just looking at the character models for a bit after changing out of a costume. Once you get to the caves and water-filled grasslands, you’ll see exactly what I mean. It’s a game that sometimes looks like a gorgeous painting.
All of these visuals are complemented by a wonderful soundtrack that is choreographed to every moment, whether the party is storming the castle to receive the next lord or relaxing by a campfire.
Story about Arise is a game I would recommend to anyone looking for the “future” of the JRPG genre. This game could easily be by Bandai Namco Final Fantasy 7. It feels tailored for the times and pushes the boundaries of RPGs with intricate combat, weighty storytelling, and stunning visuals.
How long will it last?
Tales of Arise takes about 60 hours to complete depending on how accomplished a person is and your fighting addiction. I’m both, so there’s a good game of meat for you to enjoy here.
Is there an alternative solution?
Scarlet Nexus and Final Fantasy 7 remake are powerful action RPGs for anyone looking for some alternatives. Both games offer certainly similar combat, but stronger stories.
Should you buy it?
Correct. If you’re looking for another JRPG to join your collection or are curious about the series and need a point of entry, then you should join.