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Woodinghal

Ratchet and clank rift apart. Excellent game and loads of fun. Working through tales of arise on series x now. 8 hours in and it's starting to get excellent.

Woodinghal

RR529

I cleared Tales of Arise (Steam) the other day, and it was pretty fantastic. It's more an evolution of the series rather than a table upturning revolution, but the many small changes made make it the best Tales game in a long time.

World structure isn't all that much removed from Berseria (in fact, it's probably more linear), so this definitely isn't some sort of open world transformation, however combat is much easier to grasp than the past couple games and your party will be performing fun, slick, & flashy combos of death in no time. That's not to say it's an easier game though, as I found that it was prudent to have cooking buffs active whenever entering new areas/fighting bosses to stay competitive (which isn't something I really had to do in past Tales games), and at the very start (with just 1 or 2 party members) even basic enemies could KO me with 2-3 hits. This MAY be part of a balancing push to get the player to buy the various buff/boost DLCs (of which I didn't partake), but to be honest I never once felt the need to grind for story purposes, and managed to beat bosses 3-4 levels higher than myself without much trouble. I only had one grinding session (maybe an hour long), and it was for the strongest optional boss (strongest before post game anyhow, which I haven't fully explored). The only other slight bugbear in the combat in my mind is that in late game your spellcasters get flashy screen filling attacks that can make it difficult to see the action at times.

There's a lot of other small changes that really add to the experience too (in addition to the lush modern graphical presentation). With the exception of the side quest dialogue nearly everything is fully voice acted, including EVRY skit, which by the way are now fully animated affairs (like living manga panels), and your different costume/weapon choices are reflected in all skits & cutscenes (except for the few anime cutscenes, naturally). The reintroduction of sci-fi elements to the series (in fact, I'd say the most sci-fi premise I've experienced from the series, though it's still full of fantasy too) makes the world building much more interesting than Zestiria or Berseria, and while I could see some coming, there were quite a few twists in the story & lore that were very interesting. I almost want to say it seems Xenoblade inspired (with dual low tech & high tech planets), but it still feels very much it's own thing. Character designs are generally pretty good, and their personalities play off each other nicely. Finally, while it may seem a bit heavier narrative wise than past games (honestly, I think Berseria may be just as heavy, though Arise's updated graphical presentation just makes it hit home a bit more), it still remembers to have a lighter side, in fact, I like to call it Tales of Owl-rise, lol.

For full disclosure, I did buy the Swimsuit DLC for the female party members, which does come with an extra branch to each of their skill trees. I don't believe these offer unique skills though, just further boosts to skills they learn in-game.

Currently Playing:
Switch - Blade Strangers
PS4 - Kingdom Hearts III, Tetris Effect (VR)

Balta666

I have finished mass effect Andromeda last night and had a blast with it. It is my second favourite in the series after the original one. The setting is awesome, the team mates really cool, the dialogue well written and I even preffered kett to reapers as antagonists. The animations are still off if not meme worth it by now but that is something I can live with. Definitely worth a try for someone that looked at the ***** show on launch and passed on it

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KilloWertz

@Balta666 Mass Effect 2 is one of my all-time favorite games, so saying you like Andromeda better than it means you are dead to me before I even got to know you....

I've actually never played Andromeda, so I can't give an actual opinion on it anyways. I do look forward to playing it at some point after I finish the series via the Legendary Edition. I played them back on the 360, but I'm purposely taking my time with it to spread the series out over the year. I'm actually looking forward to trying Andromeda via Game Pass at some point down the road.

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PSN ID/Xbox Live Gamertag: KilloWertz

Balta666

@KilloWertz I know that ranking is controversial .
The thing is I am not a fan of both the illusive man and the team members on ME2. It is a good game but not my favourite by far

P.S: it is also not due to nostalgia as I started the series in 2020

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Krzzystuff

I just finished procession of calvery last night. A short game that i found rather entertaining. Again something i never would have played without gamepass and without @splooshdmg recommending it.

Krzzystuff

Xbox Gamertag: Krzzystuff

KilloWertz

@Balta666 I guess it's kind of fair if you just started the series. I can't agree on the crew of ME2 as that's a big reason why I love it as I think the group is almost too deep as there were ones I barely used that i would have liked to.

Not everyone can agree of course, so oh well.

PSN ID/Xbox Live Gamertag: KilloWertz

Balta666

@KilloWertz just to be clear altough I started it last year I have finished all four games

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