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).