Tales of Arise hands-on: A spectacular JRPG coming to Xbox and PC

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Dec 17, 2013
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I played Tales of Arise, and it's shaping up spectacularly.
Tales of Arise is an upcoming JRPG from Bandai Namco. Part of the popular "Tales of" pantheon, Tales of Arise launches on Sept. 10, 2021, for Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, PC, and other platforms.
The "Tales of" games are seen as one of the most iconic pillars of the JRPG genre, alongside the likes of Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. The first game dates back all the way to 1995, with over a dozen iterations since. Each game is self-contained, with a unique cast of characters in fresh worlds and landscapes. Each game shares similarities, however. The game's "linear motion" free-flow battle system, combined with recurring themes and art styles, give the brand a unique flavor in an oft-busy genre.
The latest installment is dubbed Tales of Arise, and it is, in fact, my first experience with the franchise. I recently had the opportunity to try the game for myself via Shadow PC streaming, and came away ensorcelled by its spectacular combat effects and dizzying array of RPG systems. Here's why I'm completely sold on Tales of Arise, and why it has risen high on my most anticipated upcoming Xbox games.

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