Story - 88%
Graphics - 76%
Audio - 72%
Gameplay - 79%
Replayability - 82%
Part of the famous Japanese Tales series, Tales of Vesperia was the tenth game to be released in the mainline. It was originally released back in 2009 for PS3 and Xbox 360. Now to celebrate the decade anniversary of this game, a definitive version has been released on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Switch.
The story mainly goes about Blastia, a type of energy source used by the people of Terca Lumireis. Some bad things happen when one abuses the power of aer (a mystical substance that powers blastia) and in turn some nasty monsters are trying to devour the world. It is up to you (Yuri) and your friends to save the world.
From the look of the game you can see that they did some minor remastering work for the game to look better on the new systems but no big graphical changes. Luckily with these games, they already looked great on PS3 and Xbox 360 so there isn’t much you can do to up the scale unless you re-design from scratch.
The gameplay is relatively the same as well with minor tweaks to accommodate new control layouts. I felt a bit lost in the beginning as there isn’t any big tutorial when you start, instead it has a learn as you play method where you will only be explained a certain section of the game when it needs to be used. It works and there is nothing wrong with it, but I go exploring in all menus so at points it felt confusing.
Combat is a bit different in this JRPG as to many other JRPGs. Instead of battling it out in a turn-based combat style and issuing commands to your players on what to perform, in Tales of Vesperia, the combat plays like an action game, or a fighter. You have a button assigned to an action and the combat plays out in real-time, you can change the button assignment better for your needs if you like.
Tales of Vesperia is a cool game and I can see why they released a definitive version to celebrate the ten years. There is also great content in this game that was never before released outside of the Japan region. Japanese Role-Playing gamers will enjoy this title greatly and if I never new that it was release ten years ago I would’ve still enjoyed it just as much and wouldn’t have thought that it was a re-release.
Release Date: 11 January 2019
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Reviewed on: PS
Like: Great story and interesting concept
Dislikes: Sometimes audio doesn’t work with dialogues or you are not sure if it should