developer: Bandai Namco Entertainment
publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Game mode: single player
Tales of Arise is the next installment in a popular series of Japanese RPGs, started by Tales of Phantasia, released in 1995 on SNES console. The game was developed by an internal studio of Bandai Namco Entertainment.
The action takes place in a universe combining elements of fantasy and science fiction. The plot of the game revolves around two planets - Dahna and Rena. The inhabitants of latter have been plundering the first of the valuable resources for the last few hundred years. The game tells the story of a group of heroes from different parts of the conflict.
Tales of Arise is an extension of the ideas from previous installments. Players receive a Japanese RPG, in which they explore the world and fulfill numerous tasks. The world has a partially open structure and is fully three-dimensional.
The heart of the game is a highly arcade combat nature of the gameplay mechanics. Players have access to a wide range of attacks and special techniques, and their own reflexes are more relevant to the outcome of the battles than their heroes' abilities. The system for developing character statistics and collecting better equipment also plays a key role.
Tales of Arise offers attractive three-dimensional visuals designed in a highly cartoon-like style. The game is based on Unreal Engine 4. Gamplay is enriched by animated cutscenes developed by the industry-famous anime studio Ufotable.