Saturday, January 14, 2017

—Demo Review— Tales of Berseria Demo

When a demo pops up for a game and it's a game I really want but it isn't released yet (here in the US at least)...of course I'm gonna play it...and review it.

"Tales of" games are amusing, action-packed, and just plain fun. Berseria—based on the demo alone—is no exception.

***Tales of Berseria***

Published and developed by Bandai Namco Games
To be released Jan 2017 (NA/EU)
Released 2016 (Japan) | Action, RPG
Full game for PS4, PC | Demo review: PC
*Rated T for Teen*
Violence | Blood | Mild Suggestive Themes
Mild Language | Partial Nudity | Use of Alcohol
(Click HERE for ESRB rating details.
Rating is based on full game.)

HGG Score: ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ 8/10

You have a book you can't read and you need help. Find the person who can read it for you. (That's basically the point of the Scenario Mode in this demo.)

First impressions? 
Gorgeous. I didn't expect it to be so much smoother than Zestiria, but it is. Otherwise, very similar, though attacks are a little different.

Graphics and voices? 
Very well done for the style. The voices seem to match the characters. I assume the ones in the demo will be the same ones in the full version.

Very similar to Tales of Zestiria. You can check out my entire scenario playthrough in the video below. ▼ I'm always rather awkward, especially at first, so I don't think there's really anything to complain about gameplay-wise. I'm not entirely sure how I managed to do the special attack thing, but I did manage it a time or two. 

Gotta say, I think I prefer Eizen as the controlled character, rather than Velvet. Both are pretty neat fighters, though. I don't care for Magilou. Using her was...awkward.

The demo offers two modes of play: Scenario and Battle. I chose scenario, since for me, these games draw me in with their stories and humor more than their action. This one offered a slight bit of a story, though there was no satisfying conclusion. Yes, you find the person to read the book for you, but you don't actually get to talk to them. After the boss fight, the demo ends. I assume that's the end. I didn't see anything anywhere to indicate it was a timed demo, rather than a "play through this short story/mission" demo.

Other than the girls running around half-naked? I didn't really have any complaints.

The demo definitely offers enough to give a good idea of what the full game promises. After playing it, I'm 99% sure I'll buy the full game when it releases; I might even pay full price.

HGG score? 
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ 8/10 life hearts. 

Where to buy?
You can grab the PC demo right from the game page on Steam, or the PS4 demo from the PlayStation Store. The game is set to release Jan 24 on PS4 and Jan 26 on PC.

Until next time...

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