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about 2 years ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Hah, sure! Tales games tend to be kind of niche, but I've really liked them since the Gamecube years, so I'm a little biased. I'm looking through your Backloggery, and I'm not seeing any Tales games, so I'll make this a little more generic!

Tales games are JRPGs, but they're somewhat unique in their battle system. You do wander around and fight enemies, but the enemies are on the overworld (like Persona 3/4) and when you get into fights, they're much more action-oriented. [Link] is a quick look at how the battles/overworld work. On lower difficulties, you can just run forward and hit attack without worrying too much, but on higher ones, you have to make sure you're dodging/blocking, you have to switch between your characters (each one has a unique fighting style and skills), and you have to make sure that you're upgrading your weapons right (which is probably the worst part of the game.) One of the big selling points of Tales games is the battle system, and Zestiria's is definitely one of the better ones.

The second big selling point of Tales games is the characters! The characters are almost always great. There's little humorous skits to break up dungeons, and they all have a lot of personality even in the plot cutscenes. The localization for Zestiria is pretty fantastic (there's a lot of personality put into the menu system/tutorials), and the English voice acting for the main characters is great.

You probably noticed I didn't say much about the plot. That's because the plot is kind of... garbage. The general idea is okay, but they didn't care much about the details, so if you care a lot about plot holes or timelines not making sense, it's... probably best not to play the game. This is kind of a Tales problem in general, but this one is ESPECIALLY bad.

I'll try to give you a quick idea of what the plot is, though, in case you need it. Every so often, a very bad monster shows up in world, and a Shepherd (your main character) shows up and defeats it. There's spirits in the world, but only people who very high resonance (your MC) or are very evil can see them. You basically... wander the world, because at the beginning you're too weak to defeat the big bad, and go around purifying people/places. The way the game handles evil is different - it's very Shinto, so people who need purifying aren't necessarily evil, just... impure? Regretful? It's somewhat interesting.

This was probably too much, haha.