Tales of Berseria is the sixteenth game in the popular Tales series. It was released in the US and worldwide in January 2017. In this RPG, Velvet Crowe joins a crew of pirates to take back control of her homeland from an oppressive force. This game is playable on the PS4 and on Windows PCs. This Tales of Berseria review will give an overview of the plot and characters, storyline, and design of the game.
|Type of game:||J-RPG|
|Total Play Time:||63 hours|
|System Requirements:||CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz or AMD Phenom II X2 550, 3.1GHz
GPU: GeForce 9800 GTX or AMD Radeon HD 4850
RAM: 2 GB
OS: Windows 7/8/10
HDD Space: 15 GB
The World of Tales of Berseria
Tales of Berseria is an immersive RPG that allows the player to fight alongside the main characters. The game follows Velvet Crowe’s quest for revenge against the oppressive regime of the Abbey. This Tale of Berseria review will detail the atmosphere and location, main characters, storyline, available DLC, and expansion packs. This game is rated T for Teen by ESRB.
Atmosphere & Location
This game, along with others in the Tales series, is made in the anime JRPG style. The plot and characters are influenced by Berserk, which is another game by the same publisher. The visual design of the game takes its influences from other games in the series and from contemporary anime and manga. Yoshimasa Tanaka directed the game.
The game’s visual effects largely follow the example of other Tales games. Some reviewers panned the game for taking on too many of its predecessors’ visual effects without many changes. The game was created for PS3 and then ported to PS4, so the game does not take full advantages of the upgraded console. Character design follows the anime RPG mold.
Motoi Sakuraba composed the music for Tales of Berseria. Like the other games in the Tales series, Tales of Berseria features gentle main themes on synthesized piano and violin. Other themes in the game have rock and metal influences, especially the boss theme. This game has not received high marks for its music. Many critics find it derivative and dull.
The enthralling cutscenes were animated by ufotable. The cutscenes are cinematic in scope and influenced by many popular films. Reviewers cited the cutscenes as one of their favorite things about the game.
- Velvet Crowe: As a young girl, Velvet Crowe became a Daemon after her brother-in-law Artorius sacrificed her younger brother in a ritual. Imprisoned, she became consumed with rage and revenge. Velvet is the first solo female protagonist in the Tales series. With her demonic powers and vengeful feelings, she falls into the category of antiheroine.
- Laphicet: A type of supernatural being known as a Malak, Laphicet is taken from the Abbey’s control by an escaping Velvet. She names Laphicet after her deceased younger brother. The character begins to come into his own as the quest continues.
- Rokurou Rangetsu: Another Daemon who escaped from prison with Velvet. She helped him find his sword, and he has a debt to her.
- Eleanor Hume: Eleanor is an Exorcist for the Abbey. She joined the party at the express orders of Artorius in order to retrieve Laphicet from Velvet. She has a deep-seated hatred of Daemons because her mother died protecting her from them. As gameplay progresses, Eleanor comes to understand that the Abbey is evil and works with Velvet to defeat them.
- Oscar Dragonia: A high-ranking Exorcist who tries to recapture Velvet and her band. Velvet blinds him during her escape from prison.
- Eizen: Velvet and her friends join Eizen on his pirate ship, the Van Eltia Eizen is motivated to join Velvet’s band so she can help him search for a missing friend. His younger sister Edna is the main character in Tales of Zestiria.
- Artorius: The game’s leading antagonist, Artorius rules the Abbey with an iron fist. He does everything in his power to remove Daemonblight from the world, but his methods are suspect. Artorius grieves for his dead wife, Velvet’s sister Celica. Celica has been reincarnated into the Malak, Seres, and Artorius’s primary motivation is to get her back.
Players of the game are transported to the world of the Holy Midgand Empire. This is a fantasy environment with elements of dark magic. The world is under siege by Daemonblight, a disease which turns its victims into dangerous Daemons. The Abbey, a religious organization, attempts to control the Daemonblight by removing human emotions. The Abbey is trying to raise the powerful Malak Innominat to serve their goals. The Abbey’s priests, the Exorcists, believe they have humanity’s best interests in mind, but they are corrupted by power.
Velvet Crowe is transformed into a part-Daemon as a child. She seeks revenge for the death of her younger brother, Laphicet, at the hands of her own brother-in-law Artorius. She is imprisoned for three years and later escapes with Rokurou Rangetsu. She vows to stop Artorius and his powerful religious order, the Abbey.
Velvet joins a group of allies who are searching for a way to defeat the Abbey. Each member of the diverse group has his or her own reasons to battle against the controlling powers. Velvet’s primary mission is to stop the Abbey from erasing all emotion from humankind. She and her friends must defeat the Exorcists and sacrifice their souls to gain the aid of the other four Empyreans.
The game concludes with a dramatic battle between Artorius, who has merged with Innominat, and Velvet. Velvet makes a sacrifice by imprisoning herself with the defeated Innominat so that the others can survive. Laphicet becomes a powerful Empyrean and reshapes the world. He transforms into a dragon and removes all malign influence from the world, returning Daemons to their human shape.
DLC and Expansion Packs
The studio offers many DLC items for Tales of Berseria. Weapons, clothing, adventure items, and collectible items are all included. These items range from $1.99 to $19.99 US depending on the type of item and the size of the set.
The game can be sped up considerably by purchasing the Super Item Pack. This means that players do not have to grind to obtain weapons and resources. Other DLCs are mainly cosmetic and are fun for players to have, but are not essential.
The publisher has not created any gameplay expansion packs for Tales of Berseria. This game is part of a large and growing series, and anyone interested in an expansion pack would be well served by playing another game in the series.
The game takes the Tales series in a new direction, providing a darker storyline and a well-rounded lead character in Velvet Crowe. However, as the sixteenth game in the series, Tales of Berseria takes too much from its predecessors. It does not strike any new ground where effects, music, and gameplay are concerned. The interplay between characters is interesting, and the plot is more complex than most games of this type. If you play this game and are bored in the beginning, don’t give up. Wait for the interpersonal storylines.
While this is a technically solid game, you may not enjoy it unless you are already a fan of the Tales series. Tales of Berseria is attractive but doesn’t have the novelty or originality needed to make it a great game.
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