Tales of Berseria Scores 35/40 from Famitsu Review, 40 Hours Gameplay for Main Scenario

80 hours completion time if including sidequests

Famitsu Magazine has given a score of 35/40 (9/9/8/9) for Tales of Berseria.

To those who don't know how Famitsu Magazine reviews work: Famitsu reviews games with 4 people reviewing them. Each person gives the game a score out of 10, totaling 40 points per game. Tales of Berseria has received 35/40 from Famitsu's reviewers, broken down into 9/9/8/9 points from the 4 separate people.

Here are the comments of the reviewers on the game:

  • 9 points: There isn't anything particularly innovative in the new battle system, but it is high-level as a whole. It's easy to dish out combos in battle, plus it's interesting to take down enemies with the Break Soul system.
  • 9 points: The story that Velvet's character paints really shakes the heart, to the point that it draws you in. You can freely move the camera as you please in battle.
  • 8 points: In all aspects of the game's system, it really feels like it's reached its highest peak in terms of maturity of the series. However, I feel that it could have brought out a bit more of the PS4's power...
  • 9 points: I was confused at first, but it's fun once you understand the battle system. The main character's circumstances and the people surrounding her differ greatly that it makes me recall some uncomfortable moments, but it's interesting on its own.

The magazine also mentions that completing the game's main scenario would total 40 hours. If you complete everything else including sidequests, it would total 80 hours of gameplay.

To compare, Tales of Berseria scored the same as Tales of Xillia 2, which also got 35/40 (9/9/8/9) and Tales of Vesperia for the Xbox 360, which got (9/9/9/8). It's one point below Tales of Zestiria at 36/40 (10/9/9/8). The higest-scoring Tales game so far from Famitsu is Tales of Xillia, which got 39/40 (10/9/10/10).

Tales of Berseria
Tales of BerseriaTales of Berseria is the latest mothership title of the Tales of Series which was first announced during Tales of Festival 2015. The game will be released for both the PS3 and PS4 on August 18, 2016 for Japan, and on early 2017 for the PS4 and PC for the West. The game features a female protagonist named Velvet and a theme of pirates and ships. It's also confirmed as a distant prequel to Tales of Zestiria.

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  • I'm the weirdo who wishes for 60-80 hours of gameplay, long as it's not overstaying its welcome like, say, Dragon Age: Inquisition did.

    • Point_Blank

      You ain't "weirdo". I do wish for 60 - 80 hours of gameplay too, in fact they can say it lasts that long and I will still do 100+ hours plus a NG+.

    • InfinityAge11

      I'm disappointed in any JRPG I buy if I finish it under 40 hours. 60~80 is what I hope for the most too, especially with Tales games.

    • Patrick Honeyman

      40 hours or so for the main story is fine. If you're a Tales of fan you'll easily add another 10 hours or so onto that with the additional side quests I reckon.

      I'm not against this game being a loose prequel to Zestiria in terms of when it takes place. The complaints expressed about Zestiria are valid but I enjoyed it enough to see it through to the end. Perhaps the villains could have had more fleshing out but on the whole they were fine. I do hope the team has done a better job with Berseria.

      Agreed on the current-gen/PC exclusive Tales of game. I get they want to appease PS3 owners as there are stil l good sales to be gained from that audience but every series has to move forwards eventually (the new KOF XIV could have been released on the PS3 but I like that SNK made it PS4 exclusive. Forward thinking and hopefully something they can build on).

  • Point_Blank

    At first a 35 out of 40 was confusing for me, but after finding out it's the same score on Vesperia and Xillia 2(both my favorites), I think Berseria is no different than any other.
    If all, what it affect's its review is graphics, which EVERYONE is waiting for that PS4 exclusive... even tho I care less about graphics. Looking forward to play the DEMO on Thursday.

  • Shon

    I really start to suspect this magazine after they gave TOZ and TOX higher score than TOX2 and TOV (which also my favorite along with TOS and TOTA), I believe that most tales of fans (or most gamers that know how games should be played in order to keep the fan and player's interest) disagreed with these scores, but in the end of the day we all humans and we each have different taste and can make mistakes

    My advise here is to not take reviews too seriously (though they usually show the right plus and minus of the game) and see the darn thing with your own eyes 😉

    (It also may sound a bit racist but I personally have hard time trust jap's reviews when it come to games, mostly because the jap gamers community is used to different kind of games (mostly simple ones that have a lot of lines to read and choices to make with a small bonus of some mini games, or just games that are too repetitive on their gameplay formula) and also have a bit different view about them (again each person have different taste but when it come to communities you can usually see what the majority prefer) compared to western communities.
    I also dk if it just me who see it that way but I think Japanese reviewers tend to be a bit more forgiving than western ones)

  • MT

    40 hours of main scenario but twice as much doing extra things...I wonder how much post game content we'll be getting? I can't imagine the other 40 hours will be on just side quests alone...

    • Svnjay

      Kinda like The Witcher 3.

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  • Do want. Now. *nods*
    But seriously, Famitsu's scores, despite the statements being overall relatively honest are kind of weird. Testing it separately but then going for the mashup in the end usually makes the score seem rather bad for most people.

    All in all that seems to be one of the more satisfying titles we had in the Tales of series for quite some time.

    40h gameplay for a story seems okay, though I kinda wish they'd extend the story a bit more (just being greedy). Plus doing side-quests and fun stuff can easily extend that. I'm a slow player in terms of RPGs, so I guess I'll get my 100+ hours out of this without a replay/NG+ run.
    Glad that they seem to have fixed that camera, I'll load the demo from the JP store later on. :]

    All the nerdish stuff aside, thank you very much for the information!
    My friends and I will eagerly await the western release!

  • Lord Shiru

    Not bad 🙂

  • donkey3

    Famitsu is a joke. So instead of giving a in-depth review, each of them just gives a 2-sentence impression. LMAO Even IGN is more reliable than Famitsu.

  • Rivershield

    It seems that japanese public are becoming less and less critics about anything. They accept everything under their standards and it seems that they like anything that suits the stigmata, mostly outdated, of their works.
    Zestiria was one of the worst games in the entire series in my opinion. But to begin with the Tales Of series never was really inovative or apealing compared to other JRPG franchises. Tales Of is a shell of an JRPG, lack of quality improvement as if they're afraid of evolution. Their fear to realizing romances between the characters is particularly annoying, as if they were afraid of hurting the feelings of Otakus who consider the heroines as their Waifus.