The first of Tales of Zestiria's review scores in Japan are now out!
Famitsu gave Tales of Zestiria scores of 10/9/9/8, with a total of 36/40. Famitsu notes that it takes roughly 40 to 50 hours to complete the main scenario, but the other things to do in the game (sub events and such) substantially increases this time. Events and battles have been skillfully tied together, showing a big evolution from previous games. Though the battles are exciting, the "close-to-the-wall" view of the camera makes characters sometimes block the enemies while in battle, making them hard to see. They also note that transition between Armatization modes are smooth. Some parts in the tutorial (i.e. what to do next) are a bit hard to understand. And lastly, though the field gimmicks are varied, once you get used to it, they become somewhat tiresome.
Dengeki PlayStation gave Tales of Zestiria 95/90/85/95, garnering a rough average of 91. Dengeki comments that this is probably the Tales of Series's finest masterpiece. Gameplay is smooth with the new seamless battle transitions feature. You can retry battles you're annihilated in. The reviews also again mention the "close-to-the-wall" view of the camera.
Thanks to @ExeForce87 for the scans.
Tales of Zestiria will be released in Japan on January 22, 2015, and in North America and Europe sometime in the future. Pre-orders are now available at the following shops:
- Regular Edition (US) - Play-Asia | Amazon
- Regular Edition (EU) - Play-Asia | ShopTo.net (UK)
- Regular Edition (JP) - Play-Asia
- Lalabit Market Collector's Edition (JP) - CDJapan
- Famitsu DX Collector's Edition (JP) - Play-Asia
- Regular Edition (AU) - EBGames AU
- Lalabit Market Limited Edition (JP) - CDJapan