For a certain subset of folks, speedrunning—the art of beating a video game as quickly as possible—is their window into competitive gaming. But if speedrunning Super Mario World is a 100-meter sprint, a Tales race is a marathon: superficially similar but wildly different.
Bandai Namco’s Tales action role-playing series is normally pretty formulaic—a plucky group of colorful heroes joins together to save the world from some dire threat. Tales of Berseria’s protagonist just really wants to murder a guy, and her companions are happy to help.
Nothing gets me ready for buttoning through endless expository dialog like the music from the opening of Tales of Zestiria.
Upcoming title Tales of Zestiria will have the original Japanese voice track in addition to a new English one. But for most past Tales games, this hasn’t been the case.
Good news, Tales fans: Tales of Zestiria, previously announced for PS3, will also hit PS4 and PC when it comes to North America and Europe this October. If only all Japanese companies treated their western fans this well.
Here’s the first English trailer for Tales of Zestiria, which is now slated to come west this fall. (It was previously scheduled for summer.) It’s for PS3 only, sadly—keep that DualShock 3 charged until then!
Imagine if Don Quixote was a JRPG and the title character really was fighting giants while everyone else saw windmills. That game exists and it is Tales of Zestiria.
Games in the Tales series tend to follow a predictable pattern. There is always a hero, a heroine, a party of unique supporting characters, and a world-spanning adventure. But Tales of Zestiria breaks this pattern in a big way.
Since Tales of Symphonia, combat in the console Tales games has been largely the same (though with a few admittedly unique features in each one). But the newest game, Tales of Zestiria, has several changes that, while small, alter how the battles work on a fundamental level.
The newest game in the series, Tales of Zestiria, has a theme song so excellent that I’m listening to it on repeat right now. Of course, it’s far from the first game of the series to have an opening song this good.
With nearly 400,000 copies sold since its launch late last month, there is no question that Tales of Zestiria is a hit in Japan right now. So join me and let's see what all the fuss is about.
The latest Tales game, Tales of Zestiria, comes out in Japan next week, and already it's got a ton of wallet-gouging DLC announced.
It was the annual Tales of Festival at the Yokohama Arena in Japan today with Tales of Festival 2014, and Bandai Namco had some interesting announcements for its latest Tales game, Tales of Zestiria.
Here's the latest trailer for the next Tales game – with subtitles, so you can kind of understand what the hell they're saying.
Namco Bandai confirms Tales of Zestiria for North and South American release. The 20th anniversary commemorative entry in the prolific Tales role-playing franchise, which we got our first look at earlier this morning, will eventually make its way to PlayStation 3 consoles in all of the Americas.