All posts tagged: Tales Of

Tales of Berseria – Review

The Tales series continues to release new installments more and more frequently, with a new title having been released on a yearly basis for quite some time now. Other franchises releasing installments at this pace have often fallen flat and the quality of the games decreased severely. Remarkably this has not been the case for the Tales series which continues to knock it out of the park with each release, Tales of Berseria being the latest in the winning streak for Bandai Namco. Set in the same universe as Tales of Zestiria, one of the series finest installments to date, Tales of Berseria finds itself at an advantage most other Tales games do not, there is a pre-existing world and history to mine for story in interesting ways. Most games in the series start with a clean slate, Berseria however jumps back in time set around a hundred years before Zestiria and lays out how the world once was. It is interesting to note that the terminology used in the time of Berseria is different …

Tales of Zestiria – Review

For years now the Tales franchise has remained the last truly safe bastion of high fantasy JRPG. In a world that has become increasingly fascinated with cyberpunk sci-fi and techno-dystopias, the old guard has fallen to the way side with JRPGs focusing more on sci-fi settings and scenarios over the tradition magic filled fantasy of the genre’s past. The genre’s biggest series like Final Fantasy have shifted gears in recent times to science fiction and so too did the Tales series with the two Tales of Xillia games. Xillia released to a mixed reception with many claiming that some of the magic of Tales had been lost. With Tales of Zestiria, I can say for certain that the high fantasy Tales of old is back and it has never been better. Tales of Zestiria marks a significant return to form for the series as the game tackles a fantasy world once again. With influences of both medieval and biblical nature, Zestiria feels like a breath of fresh air for not only the franchise but the …

Tales of Zestiria Launch Trailer Lauches, Sorey not Sorry

Tales fans it is time to rejoice because Tales of Zestiria is merely days from release and we have just gotten a launch trailer to take a long gander at thanks to Bandai Namco. The launch trailer introduces us to the game’s protagonist Sorey, who appears to be named after the word that Kanye West’s publicist forces him to use after every time he speaks in a public space. While it is a bizarre name, it is no weirder than the usual for Tales. It pretty much goes without saying that this trailer is all kinds of awesome so I think I will let it speak for itself. ONE MAN VERSUS AN ARMY OF DEMONS. Enjoy. -30-

Fight as One – Tales of Zestiria English TGS 2015 Trailer Released

With the pedigree this game has behind it, and the information already circling the internet, I’m not going to spend too long discussing what Tales of Zestiria is. Broken down to its core elements, it’s a JRPG that takes from the Tales Of series, owing to its existence as a Tales Of title, and adds its own little combat tweak. This time around, said tweak just so happens to be combat fusion. Given the title of Shepherd, Zestiria protagonist Sorey possesses the ability to harness the powers of Seraphim. What this means for players is that Sorey can merge with spirits in order to unlock new forms and new powers. Far from spoileriffic, this trailer focuses almost solely on the comat potential of such forms, showing us why even a wyvern should be afraid of this particular band of heroes. Personally, I’m a fan of the fact that Sorey’s overall design changes when fused with a Seraphim, as opposed to merely his weapon changing. That being said, the weapons do look pretty nifty, especially those …

Tales of Future Past – Zestiria Collector’s Edition and Symphonia Re-Release Announced

If you’ve played an RPG at any point during the past 20 years, chances are you’ve at least heard about Tales Of. Which tale in particular isn’t really that crucial to my point, but the more the merrier or so they say…I think that’s how that phrase works. Anyway, I digress. As is the case with video games, those who get in early get more stuff. So it might not be completely unexpected that Tales of Zestiria is coming to players with a few pre-order bonuses. Less than surprisingly dubbed The Collector’s Edition, this package will provide the more monetarily gifted fanbase with some fun little extras. What might come as a surprise however, is that these extras are mostly of the physical variety. So prep your shelves four four chibi figures, a hardback artbook, a cloth artwork, a disc featuring the 30 minute anime and another disc featuring some music (I believe it’s known as a “CD”). The Bandai release image also denotes some extra extras for those who reside in the VIP corner, namely …

Another Story Begins – Tales of Zestiria European Release Announced

As one may have assumed, based upon the overall success of the franchise, Bandai Namco has announced that they are bringing the next Tales Of game to the European market. This time around, the tale will be one of another world, of a world known as Zestiria. An unseen evil force known as Malevolence is spreading across the land, corrupting the world and causing humanity to falter.  Players will embark on an epic journey as Sorey, a young pure-hearted adventurer whose destiny is to become The Shepard, an individual of great power that can banish Malevolence. Does Sorey have the courage and heart to wield this extraordinary responsibility for good, or will he fall prey to the evils of its power? Introducing a new version of the traditional real-time battle system, Zestiria will feature faster combat, new combos, fusion techniques and the ability to side dash, granting some nice new variation. Based uppon his unique ability, Sorey is also able to create new elemental artes by fusing with the essence of the Seraphim he encounters. …

First Batch Of Screenshots Released For Project X Zone 2

People love crossover titles. This is something I’ve always believed. The fact that Project X Zone is getting a sequel is just another sign that my belief is one that is more concrete than many others. There’s no one on the face of the Earth that doesn’t enjoy a bit of cross series, cross platform, cross generation battling, and anyone that days they don’t like that is a damn liar! Excuse my little rant, I get very passionate when it comes to games like this. Monolith Soft, the company behind the development of the game, have today released the very first batch of screenshots from the upcoming crossover sequel. Looking similar to the original game but sporting some nice new differences, Project X Zone 2: Brave New World looks like it’s going to feature a bunch of new characters from video games not featured at all in the first game. The most noticeable is Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima from Sega’s Yakuza series. Alongside the new characters there are some old favorites like Megaman X, …

Tales Of Hearts R – Review

The “Tales Of” series of video games have been around for quite some time. Like “Dragon Quest” and “Final Fantasy”, every once in a while we’re graced with just another fantastic title to add to the already extensive list of “Tales Of” video games. Each time, the games come packed with more than the last and works to excite long time fans of the series and recruit some rookies who’ll soon find themselves masters of the “Tales”. The latest release of the franchise is a remake of a Nintendo DS game titled “Tales Of Hearts R”. Developed and published by the wonderful Bandai Namco Games, “Tales Of Hearts R” hits the PlayStation Vita with full force. Thanks to Bandai Namco Games, us here at SnapThirty have been given the chance to review this new game. I’m going to try and figure out just why it is that this particular “Tales Of” title deserves to land itself a remake. Follow me on our very own tale as we hack, slash and level our way through “Tales …

‘Tales of Zestiria’ Japanese TV Commercial is Epic

The Tales Of series has been around for quite some time, roughly 20 years in fact. The series has taken fans on many fantastic adventures to different worlds meeting unforgettable characters along the way and now we reach the latest installment in the series Tales of Zestiria. Tales of Zestiria is heading to the PS3 and looks to bring the series back to its roots with a more fantasy style setting rather than the cyberpunk-esque world of the Tales of Xillia games. The Japanese TV Commercial for Tales of Zestiria has begun airing on screens across Japan and can be seen below. Could Tales of Zestiria mark a rennaisance of sorts for the Tales Of series? I for one, hope so. -30-

Bandai Namco Reveals Tales Of Xillia 2 Back-To-School DLC

The highly anticipated video game sequel ‘Tales Of Xillia 2’ has just been released outside of Japan and despite it being developed two years ago, it still seems to hold up as a fantastic PlayStation 3 title, so sayeth Western fans of the game. Seeing as it is doing so well, Bandai Namco Games Europe have decided to release the first DLC pack for the celebrated game. The theme of this DLC happens to be ‘back-to-school’ and features a whole bunch of alternate costumes for the main cast of the game, each of which sends them back in time to their school days where life was so much simpler. Ludger, Gaius, Muzet, Jude, Milla, Alvin, Elize, Rowen and Leia will all get alternate schoolyard costumes which, much like the other in-game costumes, can be equipped and shown off in both battle as well as cutscene. To make this DLC even sweeter, Bandai Namco Europe have also added a a special leveling bonus which will have characters gaining +5 and +10 levels. ‘Tales of Xillia 2’, …