Tales of Arise is here, and we think it's very, very good. The Japanese role-playing game went above and beyond our expectations, and we awarded it a 9/10 in our Tales of Arise PS5 review. Safe to say we recommend it, but as is always the case with a big release, we want to know whether you've actually bought a copy.
Going by the amount of interest that we've seen online, Tales of Arise is probably going to be commercial hit for Bandai Namco. The long-running series has always sold relatively well, but this latest instalment could quickly become a record breaker.
So, did you buy Tales of Arise? Are you familiar with any of the previous Tales games? Let us know in our polls, and then tell us all about your adventures in the comments section below.
Had it pre-ordered, still waiting on it to arrive, but keen to play.
I've played a few Tales games, my favourite being Xillia on the PS3. Xillia 2 has the honour of killing my PS3 & the worst (best?) cat meow sound effect ever recorded, it's quite impressive actually!
I plan on it, eventually, but there are just too many games to play right now, that its not a priority.
Tales of hearts R on Vita is the only one i've played - which i loved. So i do plan on this one at some point, but i have too many hundred + hour games in the backlog atm.
I’m interested but it won’t be soon. I don’t think I played another Tales Of game.
I've never really gotten into the Tales series--only beaten Symphonia, I started Vesperia but didn't get hooked--but I am intrigued by Arise. But with Lost Judgment coming so soon, I know I don't have the time a big RPG like this would demand.
The demo didn't leave me with the best first impression but it seems to be getting great reviews across the board. I'll likely pick it up at some point but I just haven't been in a JRPG mood lately.
I literally just did lol
Loving it so far, though aside from the combat I think the changes are much more style over substance. Like, one of my least favourite things about how the series developed is that the whole world feels like nothing but a series of themed rooms that are meant to be outdoors but basically feel like the whole world is a roofless dungeon. Arise still has that. It still often has you trapped in a ravine corridor or a fairly small space with cliffs on all sides. Invisible walls aplenty, too. It's beautiful but doesn't feel like an actual world, a believable environment. There are PS2 games that do this better (e.g. DQVIII) so I think it's a shame they still can't get past that.
All that negative stuff aside, I played it for 12 hours straight yesterday so clearly I still like it a lot. 😅
Sure, have been waiting for this game for years
>long time fan of the series.
>super hyped for the game when it was announced and maintained the hype.
>preordered the game (something I rarely do)
>played the demo and stopped after like 20 min. cuz I didn't want to get used to the game and wanted to maintain my anticipation for it.
>playing it now : )
>hope it gets some nomination for GOTY.
My only favorite Tales game is the original Tales of Phantasia on Snes. This is the first Tales game which convinced me to buy it at full price.
Put in a preorder as soon as id spent ten mins on the demo!Not started it yet though.
Played every game in series except Berseria (which I have in back log).
Hopefully a Tales Of The Abyss and Graces F for Ps5 until next game in the series..
Long time fan that lapsed around Zestiria. Pre-ordered this one, having a great time with it.
Never played a Tales game, and, to be honest, I probably won't any time soon. I have two in my backlog that I bought for cheap in sales. By the time I get around to playing those, Arise will be dramatically cheaper.
I was interested, but I'm glad that I was able to play the demo. The battle system is just too much random chaos for my tastes. Just crazed button mashing, and I never really felt that I was in control of much.
I LOVED the demo so I hope to buy it in a few weeks. Really excited to play it!
Hadn’t played one before so tried out the demo and it didn’t draw me in enough to buy it right now.
Nah, I'd really love to but I want to play it in all it's glory on a PS5 so who knows when that'll be. Might cave in anyway and just play it on PS4 tho cause I love this series lol
I've played many of them and not a single one has disappointed me so far, and I'm positive Zestiria isn't anywhere near as bad as people made it seem which I also plan on playing eventually
I Pre-ordered it and its soo gooood
I'll buy it eventually. It's been really nice to see the overwhelmingly positive reception it's been having, though.
As for the second question, I've played a bunch of Tales games. It's one of the JRPG series I enjoy the most (not to mention Symphonia is my all-time favorite game) and I'd like to eventually play them all.
I did. It's a beautiful looking game and one I can appreciate without it requiring a God damn internet connection too.
Probably going to buy it in a few minutes when I head down to work a bit more on 13 Sentinels. Will be nice to have it loaded for when I beat that game in the next couple of days.
It looks good, but the constant talking during battles has me waiting for a psplus freebie.
If I saw myself in clothes like that I’d have to kick my own ass. They look like they’re wearing something Zoolander would wear during fashion week 😂😂😂
The demo was quite terrible to demonstrate the combat cuz its drops you maybe 1/4 through the story. So by then you have got quite alot of abilities so yeah seems mental, so if you play from the start and grow with characters it's not really chaos as opposed to organise chaos 🤭 I highly recommend it though if you liked the demo
No, but I bought Lost in Random, and plan on buying Deathloop and Kena based on reviews.
Pre-ordered the Collectors Edition. Don’t have it yet but it was nice of Bandai Namco to give free digital codes for those who didn’t receive it on time. I never miss the opportunity to pre-order the CE when it comes to Y’s, Trails and Tales series of games. They are easily my favorite games.
@Uromastryx Thank you for that. I do appreciate it. But even playing as the sword weilding character, just trying to whack the enemies, I was pretty confused as to what the overall setup and process were. I liked the graphics and the enviornments, so maybe I'll give the game a try later down the road when it drops to $20-30.
Not yet but i will.the demo wasamazing.probably the best demo i ever play.so im looking forward this this game.tales of arise playa.word up son
Yep. I wasn't planning on buying it at launch, but I got caught up in the launch hype & caved (though I got it on PC).
Just beat the first boss and first impressions so far are great. I thought both Abyss & Vesperia were fantastic, while Zestiria & Berseria felt like they were missing something (though the latter was better), while Arise has been absolutely cracking so far.
It almost feels as if the team lost something in the transition to fully 3D games (Abyss & Vesperia still had a sort of overhead semi-fixed camera in towns & dungeons), and it's been a multi game learning experience until they've finally gotten it with Arise.
Yup. Once I finish up a couple other games I'll start it. Wanted to show support day one as I like the Tales of games that I've played in the past.
Looked interesting but anytime I learn some RPG isn't really open world and you're walking quite a linear path with a lot of voiceless text to read, I lose interest a bit. But who knows, I might just get it one day, after all I enjoyed Psrsona 5.
I've never played a Tales Game, but this looks really appealing to me.
The game is awesome! Slow start, though!
Been waiting years for this! No way I wasn’t going to pre-order it and play it bang on midnight on release day!
Hi there fellow gamers.
Yes I bought the Tales of Arise and have also played multiple Tales of games before this one.
I haven´t been excited for a RPG in a long time and this one just looked way to cool and traditional as I wanted it to be.
Traditional in terms of certain jrpgs and anime of course.
And since I grew up watching anime, this type of game, characters and story is as anime as possible and I love it.
Already have 4 characters and the combat is even better now.
It´s really good so far. Hope it become even better.
Cheers, stay safe everyone and happy gaming to us all
Seems to be a bit overrated, this game
No new tale to tell it’s all the same thing.
Only had money for one game this or Demon Souls Remake I decided to buy Demon Souls Remake instead, but I will buy this game in the future has that Dragon Quest 11 look and I loved that game.
Just not my type of game. Cool to see Lindsay Sterling play the theme at the Game Awards though. My kid loves her music.
I haven’t played a Tales of game since Tales of Symphonia - I loved the game to death; but no other Tales of game since have interested me.
Waiting for a sale. Namco games drop fast in price. They've had a good track record for me. Code Vein was great. Loved Scarlet Nexus. Looking forward to playing this.
Hopefully quicker plat than Berseria, that took me 115 hrs.
I'll buy it in the future. Have way too many games on my plate at the moment. But it will be my first Tales game, which is exciting.
I like the look of everything in this game with exception of the combat style which seems to be the typical dated rubbish we see in so many jrpgs, it obviously has it's fans but it's not for me
Going to pick it up after I finish Horizon Zero Dawn and get that Platinum Trophy! I played the Tails demo and just loved the combat and world of Arise.
Was planning on buying it Day 1, but then was underwhelmed by the demo. I know it's a JRPG, but it was a bit too immature for me and random scenes not having dialogue recorded for them like Yakuza: Like a Dragon hurt it. Really took me out of the game when you have to watch characters lip sync to dialogue going across the screen. Maybe coming from the more mature Final Fantasy 7 Remake to that didn't help with the immaturity.
I still might give it another chance though at some point if I have an opening in my gaming calendar.
Nope, doesn't need an internet connection, so not interested.
Joke Just not my thing.
If it was a 30 hour games I would buy it but it does not grab me enough to invest 100 (+) hours in. I'm at a point where I like my games to finish within 20 hours and stretch to 30 only if I'm really having a blast. To many games, to little time!
Yep, day 1. Love it so far. Great combat and rock solid on PS5
Played all the one of the console generations I have owned - except the Mobile/browser stuff
Bandai Namco games price falls like a rocket but I couldn't help but pick it up day one, they deserve the support and the game so far has been excellent
Though I’ve played many Tales games, Symphonia is the only one I’ve ever completed. Had Vesperia back on the 360 when it came out and put it down just before the final boss. Never finished it. Then got Zestiria, Beseria and Vesperia on the PS4 and finished none of them. Don’t know what it was but they engaged for a while then fell flat. Which is weird because party based jrpgs are my thing. But, 6 hours into Arise and so far… it’s, ok! It’s captured me more than any of the others. The music though, that’s the best thing so far. Wow.
I was underwhelmed by the demo, too, but couldn't put the game down today, it's a lot of fun. I've put my pre-order in after seeing the reviews. Combat makes much more sense when you are not dropped into it like the demo did. Some anime tropes aside, I like the story so far as well but it's early days.
Had it since Thursday. Awesome game. Played them all. Favourite is probably tales of the abyss. Last few haven't been memorable
I'm interested since I enjoy a big JRPG and there are limited options these days, but that backlog... plus, I still haven't played Fire Emblem on Switch, NieR Replicant and Shin Megami V is coming up.
I may loop back to it when it's cheaper.
I wanted it but I couldn’t find the free upgrade path for those of us that played the demo.
I'm still interested but not at full price, will wait for a deep price cut.
I tried the demo and while I was kind of surprised to see that my laptop can actually run that thing with what seemed like near-full settings the gameplay itself didn't really wow me, I'm not really keen on RPG gameplay systems that remove the classic MP formula to begin with and for the purposes of the demo trying to learn the game is kind of tricky with 3 computers messing about, it's just a total sensory overload.
I'm hardly the biggest Tales fan to begin with but I think those ones felt a bit more comprehensive compared to this one.
Maybe I'll consider it years on the line and give the demo another shot after it gets a severe discount but for now I'm not into it.
I thought the demo was pretty good, the combat seemed mental but I reckon it could be easily mastered as you build up your Artes throughout the game. I wasn't really that impressed with the 'open world' enviroments, they look pretty sure enough but it's more open hubs than a vast open world. The thing I liked most about the demo was all the skits. Adorably dorky as ever!
Pre-ordered the collectors edition. Still waiting for it to arrive. Dying to play it and was hoping to have had it for the weekend
To be fair I always appreciated that there were no really open environments. Instead of huge squares to run around there were just twice the number of rectangles. This made it easier to 100% explore every space and be more certain of finding all chests. Also easier to see and pick up regrown resources. I’m generally not a fan of big open world games though.
About 12 hours in and I don't want it to end. First Tales game for me and I'm thinking of trying some others.
One day. I've played Phantasia on GBA, Symphonia on Gamecube and PS3, Graces on PS3, and Vesperia on 360 and Switch.
Played it for a few hours today, never played one before - seemed a very sold RPG, reminded me of FF or Dragon Quest. Nice graphics, and decent maps. An all round fun 3rd person action RPG. Despite crashing a number of times…
Not being at all interested in JRPGs, I’ve never heard of this game.
Not yet, but I plan to buy the game after I finished ratchet ps5 maybe in 1-2 weeks later.
Pre-ordered and waiting for it to arrive.
I've played the majority of Tales games, Xillia 2 almost killed my love of the franchise, Berseria fully rekindled it and I have been really looking forward to Arise... Hopefully it gets here tomorrow for after I finish work.
I can't afford more time to yet another series. I know if I like this one I'll try to go back and play the rest of the series. This and the "of Mana" series will probably be reserved for a dry year of games (when multiplayer/battle royale dominate the scene... -shudders-) when I have much less that I haven't played through.
No I didn't.
I can't stomach RPG's.
When I play, I wanna be entertained and thrilled. RPG's just don't do that for me.
Will get this in about two weeks, once I have been paid.
Never played one of these games before, not even touched the demo - but going solo let by reviews and other comments - it looks brilliant.
I will get tit.
Pre-ordered Kena, though.
Looking forward to that one, too.
Getting next week its payday wahoo,im a bit skint otherwise it would've been launch day ,love me a tales game and after that great positive review from shogun its a definite ,90 hr jrpg goodness yum yum 😁
@Vacuumator ...seems a bit strange to comment on it then 🤷♂️
Well... this poll is BS.
No, i didn't because the spammy combat sucks, like it did in the last 2 games and i don't buy into biased reviews.
Every Tales game is hyped like the best thing when they come out, and they never are. Don't worry, in a couple of months the honest reviews will start showing up.
Don't buy into the hype, it's a trap and only based on the graphics upgrade. The game design itself is still the same as the last 2 games you didn't care about because they were mediocre. This is the same with shinier graphics.
@Hootnoodle try zestiria, i loved it ,and its cheap as chips,the only one I couldn't get into was berseria,maybe it was the anti hero running around in her knickers i dunno.
@ATaco I played the demo for about 10 min and turned it off, it wasn't that I didn't like it ,it was great ,im just not a fan of demos that start you off hours into the game.
Hooked to the series since Tales of Symphonia on the Gamecube. Loved the demo. I'll take the full game for a spin tonight. Can't wait!
@vapidwolf I agree with that. I have no connection to these characters yet and yet it's showing me random conversations with them that have no context. Best way to do stuff like this is make a self contained demo scenario instead of just tossing you in a random point of the game. Danganronpa was a shining example of what a good demo is, it's basically just extra content that you don't want to miss out on.
Just did. I'm very surprised, as I figured it being a reboot would have this turn out slightly above average but all the reviews and friend recommendations got me to bite.
Not yet; i'll get my copy with my PS5 once I buy that next year.
I watched a couple of reviews for this game, but decided it's not my thing after all.
As a side note - to PS : why no Poll about Sony's latest showcase ? It would have been much more interesting.
I loved the series through Xillia, but Zestiria was so boring. I'm not a fan of how it and Berseria felt way too button mashy. I played Arise's demo, still felt button mashy to me (though adding a regular attack helps it). Maybe if it gets really cheap down the line, I might consider retrying it (though it looks like you can remap the buttons, which would probably make the game playable at that point for me)
I would respectfully disagree. The question is whether or not readers have purchased a particular game. The answers can’t be purely made up of “Yes, I did”, or “I’m planning to, but not just yet”. Is it not justifiable to voice the opinion that one is not going to buy the game?
I managed to get it cheap and I'm enjoying it so far. Even though I prefer turn based combat the combat system is good in this one. On the surface it looks like button mashing but you have to use intelligent combos to maximise your attacks. Button mashing is punished with diminishing returns
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