Let’ s Talk About Tales of Berseria

I’ve always been a fan of Tales of Series, I played most of the games in the line. Recently I decided to try Tales of Berseria and then play Tales of Zestiria since both of them are connected and share the same time line.

(This post may contain spoilers)

If you haven’t play this game yet, I highly recommend trying it out before reading this post since it contains spoilers.

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When she was a child, Velvet Crowe and her younger brother Laphicet were saved by her brother-in-law Artorius when a Scarlet Night happened and the Daemonblight consumed their village—Velvet’s pregnant older sister Celica is killed by the disease through an event known as the “Opening”. A few years later, Velvet lives with Laphicet and Artorius in another village. The Scarlet Night returns, with the entire village succumbing to the Daemonblight: when Velvet finds Artorius, she sees him sacrifice her brother as part of a ritual, known as the “Advent”. Artorius attempts to use her for the Advent as well, but she fights back and the Daemonblight possesses her arm, mutating it and turning her into a Daemon called a “Therion”, with the ability to absorb Daemons. In a rage, she slaughters the surviving Daemons, then witnesses the summoning of Malakhim into the world, including a reincarnated Celica, now an emotionless Malak called Seres. She is thrown into a prison for Daemons in the prison island Titania, swearing to kill Artorius and avenge her brother’s murder. Over the next three years, Artorius forms the Abbey to bring peace to the Holy Midgand Empire, becoming the Abbey’s “Shepherd” and seen as a savior by the people for establishing the Exorcists.

The whole story was a bit too complex, sometimes it was a bit too much for me to understand but it plays out perfectly as it progresses but what bothered me is something pretty much every Tales of Game has to put in the story which is multiple villains to throw you off by the ending so the plot would make your jaw drop. I’ve noticed this pattern in most of the Tales games so I was expecting that part and that took the surprise factor in my opinion but I wasn’t exactly disappointed from the outcome.

I think what I mostly enjoyed are the random skits that gets triggered from time to time, it gave the characters more of a personality and of course I love the humor in them.

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Now let me talk about Velvet because her personality was very intriguing to me. For some reason, she made me want to have a black long hair like her. I mean seriously, who wouldn’t want that long hair that never tangle … at all.

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She was very interesting to me because she has that tough look with a cold glare just fixated on killing and getting her revenge but as the story progresses she reveals her softer layers and it caught me off guard at times when she shows that she cares.

Honestly when I first saw her appearance, I thought she was similar to Rutee from Tales of Destiny because of her outfit colors and of course her raven black hair. Obviously I bought the DLC that contains outfits and accessories from Tales games and sure enough Rutee whole appearance was designed for Velvet and I wasn’t disappointed.

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I have to also talk about Magilou. She instantly grabbed my attention because she reminded me of one of my best friends who has that super happy and positive face while hiding a dark side. Magilou does the exact same thing where she keeps joking and smiling all the time but the way she reveals that she knows too much, makes the whole group question her at certain times.

I was hoping that more time would be invested in her backstory just like the other characters but it wasn’t as much which made me a bit disappointed. I think she had the least role in the game but she was one the biggest triggers in most of the plot of the story.

Now the question that kept getting thrown out from time to time in the game “Why do you think birds fly?” and I thought it symbolized something but I couldn’t get a clear idea of it. Most of the answers said by the characters were a bit too obvious and broad, it didn’t have that deep meaning as the question intended to have. I admired the answer at the ending which was said by Velvet, it wasn’t that scientific and had the perfect sound in that answer.

Birds fly because they want to fly. They don’t need reason. Even if their wings may snap and doom them to die. They don’t fly for anyone’s benefit. They don’t fly because they are ordered to. Birds fly because they want to fly and for no other reason.

I really enjoyed this game, it felt different from the rest of Tales games probably because having the first solo female protagonist and also somewhat dark and evil with the lust to kill. I’m looking forward to start Tales of Zestiria and see how the ending of Tales of Berseria leads to the next part.

So tell me, why do you think birds fly ?

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Tales of Symphonia – Game vs Anime

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I’ve been a fan of the Tales Of series since I played Tales of Destiny 18 years ago (wow I’m so old) One of my favorite games of this series is Tales of Symphonia which I played on my laptop using an emulator for the GameCube version of it. I loved the story and all the characters, it was a beautiful sad story to be honest and I don’t think any Tales Of has done something like this.

Recently I discovered there’s an anime for the game and I decided to watch it since I love this game and here’s my honest opinion about it. The anime is almost like the intro video of the game since Tales of series always use an anime intro or sometimes cutscenes.

Here’s my problem with the anime, I only watched the first episode and I honestly didn’t like it because I didn’t feel the connection with the characters as I did with the game. Their personality isn’t like the game, maybe that’s just me but it felt that way when I compare. I’ll watch the rest of the episodes to judge this fairly, I’m interested to see how they’ll portray the story from the game to anime because I really love it.

18 Years Playing Tales of Destiny

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I have been playing Tales of Destiny for nearly 18 years, of course I don’t mean a one long playthrough. I’ve beaten this game quite number of times on various consoles actually, I’ve played it for the first time on PS1 back in 1998 and it was my gate to the JRPG. When my father give away our PS1, I managed to play it on PSP using eboot and now on my laptop using emulator.

In the past, a comet crashed into the world, throwing dust clouds into the sky and shrouding the world in cold and darkness. At about the same time, the inhabitants, the Aethers, discovered a new form of energy from the meteorite’s core, which they named Lens. Combining this with further research, the people were able to create cities in the sky and live in them. Unfortunately, only a select few were chosen, leaving the rest of the people to remain on the bleak surface of the planet. These people became known as the Erthers.

Over time, the sky’s inhabitants became known as the Aetherians and their Aeropolis cities. They created a horrific weapon called the Belcrant that shot down any who dared oppose them. This caused full-scale war to erupt between the two civilizations, now known as the Aeth’er Wars. However, regardless of their will and persistence, the Aetherians continued to have the power to dominate every engagement through the use of their superweapon.

In their disgust of their civilization’s elitist behavior, a group of Aetherian scientists went to the surface. There, with aid from the people, they were able to create special swords, called Swordians, that were sentient. Unlike other weapons, these swords chose their masters and were able to call upon the elements of nature to do their will. Using these weapons, the people of the surface finally had an edge against the Aetherians.

Thanks in part to the Swordians and their masters, scores of Aeropolis were sunk to the depths of the ocean. In the end, the Erthers claimed victory over the Aetherians. Thousands of years later, this story has been mostly forgotten. In the meantime, the purposeless Swordians fell into a deep stasis sleep, only to awaken when grave threats rose once again.

I have to confess, when I was young I didn’t know how to pronounce any of these nouns and identities in the main story. Not shockingly, I still can’t I actually skip few lines when the story is being said by the characters. Don’t judge me.

The story of the game begins when country-boy-turned-adventurer Stahn Aileron, who seeks fame and adventure, sneaks aboard the flying ship Draconis as a stowaway. He is found out by the crew and forced to work as a deckhand, but when a large hostile force attacks the ship, the crew is overwhelmed and Stahn breaks free during the ensuing chaos. Looking for a usable weapon to fend off the attackers, he gains access to a storeroom and discovers a “junk” sword. However, the sword starts talking to him, calling itself Dymlos and claiming to be a sentient Swordian from the Aeth’er Wars. Armed with Dymlos, Stahn fights his way to an escape pod, which he uses to escape the rapidly descending ship before it crashes into the ground.

Dymlos becomes the key to the fame, fortune, and adventure Stahn seeks as the young man meets other Swordians, quickly becoming embroiled in a battle for a relic of the Aeth’er Wars: a huge, extremely powerful Lens called the Eye of Atamoni.

So we got the main character who falls into the same stereotype of JRPG heroes:

  • Unique hair
  • Brave and always ready to fight
  • Has a backstory that include the parents
  • Wants to save the world
  • Sometimes naive/stupid
  • Is special .. somehow

Other characters from the game also categorize in the same JRPG stereotype:

  • The silent guy who always mock the main hero
  • The annoying girl who believes no such evil exists
  • The guy with the dark past
  • The guy who seem to know everything
  •  The person related to a plot twist
  • The person who has an appearance that doesn’t fit the personality
  • The couple who constantly fight and end up in love

I could go on with this list to be honest but moving on. For all the times I replayed this game over and over, I never got bored from it and didn’t want to skip a single scene or dialogue -except the game history parts obviously- which they take few comedic turns at times.

I still continue to replay this game as an annual ritual because it reminds me of how JRPG had a stronger impact on gaming back then compared to nowadays games, the newer one Tales of Zestiria didn’t appeal to me as much as this one did. Have you played this game before ? What do you think about it ?