Parents' Guide to

Tales of Arise

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

A fantastic fantasy tale packed with fast-paced action.

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After a nearly five-year hiatus, this fan favorite series has finally returned. With its brand-new look, brand-new characters, and a brand-new story, Tales of Arise serves as a great entry point for newcomers while also keeping the fast-paced action and character bonding that serves as a love letter to longtime fans of the franchise. Visually, the game is like a work of art, with a mature and polished anime style that makes use of a vibrant palette of colors. The detail's phenomenal, especially on the PC and newer generation consoles, and the animations are silky smooth in motion. While there are some moments where the voice acting is a little dry or forced, most of it is superbly done and conveys a real sense of emotion and drama in the characters. Couple this with a deep and engaging story, and the game has all the makings of an epic cinematic fantasy.

Tales of Arise might have the presentation and plot down pat, but how does the gameplay measure up? For those unfamiliar with the series, it's the combat in the Tales games that's always stood out, and Tales of Arise is no different. Instead of the usual turn-based, menu-driven fighting of most RPGs (role-playing games), players here take control of their chosen lead party member and drop into fast-paced, button mashing, arcade style combat. The rest of the party fights of their own accord and can be called on for additional support or to take part in spectacular combo attacks. Years of tweaks and refinement to the Tales system take the spotlight here, creating a seamless blend of action and adventure that can appeal to a wide spectrum of gamers. It's got more than a little something for everyone and is an experience that doesn't disappoint.

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