Tales of Berseria Reviews

Tales of Berseria is ranked in the 79th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
70 / 100
Jan 29, 2017

Aside from the stunning, fully animated cut scenes, the visuals feel right out of the PS3 era, if not earlier.

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8 / 10
Jan 25, 2017

Tales of Berseria takes a positive turn with a much darker theme, a great cast of characters, and perhaps the best storyline that the series has seen for quite some time. The fast and tactical battle system is also a definite step up, but the game is starting to look dated and needs to lose its last-gen shackles. For those disillusioned fans of recent Final Fantasy outings, however, Tales of Berseria might just be the game that they're looking for, with a more traditional Japanese RPG setup that sticks closely to what it knows, while offering a new and exciting narrative direction.

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Dave Aubrey
Top Critic
8.3 / 10.0
Jan 24, 2017

With a fantastic combat system and a good story, Tales of Berseria feels like a return to form in a lot of ways, despite being more adventurous with the combat than ever before. A great series making a triumphant return.

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4 / 5.0
Feb 28, 2017

While Final Fantasy continues to make sweeping changes to its JRPG formula, Tales of Berseria keeps refining the classic template it’s known for, resulting in an enjoyable adventure for series fans. The lack of any revolutionary innovation might disappoint those looking for something different. Fans of classic JRPGs, however, will like the polished familiarity of this title.

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Feb 16, 2017

Tales of Berseria, the 17th entry in the Tales series, is always pushing through to bigger and better things.

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9 / 10.0
Feb 9, 2017

The Tales series has always found a way to satisfy my itch for a story rich JRPG with deep character development and exciting combat. In that regard, Tales of Berseria does not disappoint. The story is gripping from the very beginning and keeps hold throughout the entire game. When it comes to the new battle system, I felt that Tales of Bersaria proved to be easily accessible to newcomers as well as offer extra benefits to those who’d like to master it. Even though the environments lacked any big steps forward for series, I felt myself constantly exploring and enjoying every moment. Berseria has quickly become not only one of my favorite games in the series, but also one of my favorite RPGs of all time.

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Atomix
Top Critic
86 / 100
Feb 8, 2017

Tales of Berseria is, simply put, one of the best entries in the series. Its dark an emphatic story and additions to its familiar gameplay, turns this game in one fresh experience. Albeit it has flaws like a story with ups and downs or a linear design in all of its dungeons and map sections, this game offers so much content that will guarantee dozens of hours of entertainment. It is a game that every fan of the genre and franchise should try without exception.

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Jan 23, 2017

With a good storyline, great characters and a fantastic, action-heavy combat system, this is a high point for Bandai Namco’s JRPG series – but it lacks the attention to detail, great design and polish that could elevate that series to the big leagues over here.

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7.5 / 10.0
Jan 31, 2017

Tales of Berseria isn’t perfect by any means, but it is a marked improvement over other recent Tales titles. With a couple friends along for the ride, you can squeeze quite a bit of enjoyment out of this game, despite its flaws.

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4 / 5.0
Jan 30, 2017

With everything from combat to story Tales of Berseria feels fresh, fast paced, and exciting.The darker tone for the story is a welcome change and works wonders, while the cast manages to be as memorable as any others you’d find in a Tales game.

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8.5 / 10.0
Jan 24, 2017

One of the great things about the Tales of series is that you can jump in any of the games at any time and not be lost with either the story or combat. Tales of Berseria is a great launch point for newcomers, and of course a fabulous return point for veterans. JRPG fans who have never tried a Tales of game but always wanted to, this is a perfect place to start. Be sure to have the tissues close by.

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Emma Schaefer
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Jan 23, 2017

Tales of Berseria flips the traditional heroic story on its head, taking up instead with the vengeance-driven journey of daemon-eater Velvet Crowe and the unapologetically villainous crew of misfits she picks up along the way. A fun premise and some great skits make for a good story, though middle-of-the-road combat and fairly boring dungeons and fields bog the gameplay down.

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Apr 4, 2017

Tales of Berseria is far from perfect, but the game is interesting and energetic enough that its flaws are easy to overlook. Velvet’s quest for vengeance with the help of her colorful companions is entertaining, even if it tends to drag on a little. But at the end of the day, it’s pretty damn fun, and isn’t that what really matters?

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8 / 10
Jan 26, 2017

All in all, I wasn't expecting Tales of Berseria to be as good of a game as it was. Sure there were some minor gripes with the voice acting and dialogue, as well as the extended overworld travel which slows down enjoyment, but most games have flaws in one way or another. With fun flowing combat and a pretty badass anti-hero lead in Violet, Tales of Berseria is a game you shouldn't let slip by – unless of course you are already swamped with other titles in the meantime.

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aysnel
Top Critic
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 5, 2017

Tales of Berseria is a title heavily focused on story and field combat rather than exploring the game world, which is relatively small. Still, this concept works, although we have to mind an obsolete visual layer of this game.

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8 / 10
Feb 23, 2017

A refreshing return to form for the storied "Tales of" franchise.

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Alana Hagues
Top Critic
87%
Feb 12, 2017

Tales of Berseria still has that same old Tales of feel, but it brings some much needed revitalisation to the series.

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Stevivor
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Jan 25, 2017

On top of its stellar narrative, Berseria boasts an incredible cast of characters. They may seem cliché at first but as they come out of their shells they become well-rounded and relatable. In fact, every character — well, except one — is easy to relate to whether they are perceived as good or bad.

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8 / 10.0
Jan 23, 2017

Tales of Berseria faces the struggle of being developed for both the old and the new generation of Sony platforms, and therefore is forced to stick to the beaten path. It still is a better game than Zestiria, overall, mostly thanks to its dark and gritty storyline and believable cast of protagonists. Let's just hope that the future of the Tales series will bring something new to the table.

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9 / 10.0
Feb 17, 2017

Faster, smoother, and bursting at the seams with content, Berseria delivers a much needed kick to the series.

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