Tales of Berseria
BEST RPGs of 2017
We’ve finally hit the end of 2017, and the year has been jam-packed with releases on every platform. RPG fans in particular have had a lot to be happy about, so it’s time we look back on what the year’s had to offer so far. We’ll be taking a look strictly at RPGs for now, either Western or Japanese on any platform.
The Tales series is one of the longest running JRPG series around, with numerous entries on almost every platform since the PS1. Tales of Berseria, however, manages to take Tales in a darker story direction than ever before. Berseria is a story of revenge, focusing on protagonist Velvet after she’s betrayed by someone close to her and turned into a powerful daemon.
Berseria features many of the hallmarks of the Tales series like a well fleshed out ensemble cast, fast-paced action combat system, story skits, and more. The title constantly calls into question the morality of everyone, both your allies and the enemies, allowing for a story filled with much more gray than the usual good vs. evil we’re used to with Tales games. Amazingly, Tales of Berseria also makes the previous entry, Tales of Zestiria, an even better game by being a prequel that ties up some loose story threads and plot holes. It’s easily one of the best JRPG experiences of the year, and one that only grows deeper and more engaging the further you get.