Parents' Guide to

Tales of Zestiria

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Combat-focused role-playing game average in gameplay, story.

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This RPG manages to keep battles fun and engaging, but the rest of the story is so plain that this is simply an average, yet lengthy, adventure. RPG lovers will enjoy the real-time battle flourishes, along with the strategic decisions players have to make to be successful in combat. You can't rely on button mashing to defeat the well-balanced enemies -- especially bosses. You have to time your attacks and plan which strikes will cause the most damage in the middle of battle. Well-timed elemental conjuring and the option to fuse two characters together from critical strikes also add new layers to gameplay; character fusion should help you achieve victory.

It's also very nice that there aren't any load times or transition sequences, which helps keep the action moving. But the largest problem is that everything else about the game isn't worth writing home about: The story line and locations are trite and uninteresting. The graphics and music look and sound incredibly outdated, especially on a newer system. And the game has lots of finicky controls and camera angles that seem designed to frustrate players rather than entertain them. Tales of Zestiria isn't awful, but it's not awfully great either.

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