Game of the Month: September 2021

Here’s a rare event: the game I want to shine my spotlight upon this month is one that is not available on the Nintendo Switch. I do have a couple of honourable mentions for Switch games, though.
The game I’ll be focusing on is something that I decided to purchase on a whim, although perhaps a certain member of hololive English had some influence upon me, as well. It is the seventeenth main entry in its series.
Before I get to that, though, let’s start with the honourable mentions:
No More Heroes 3 – Once again Travis climbs up the ranks of assassins, this time taking on aliens. If you’re a fan of No More Heroes, plenty of great stuff to be found in here.
WarioWare: Get It Together! – The next entry in Wario’s micro games series, for the Nintendo Switch. You control the characters directly, using their abilities to take on various micro games.

Now on to the main event.Tales of AriseTales of Arise is the seventeenth entry in the Tales series released worldwide on 10/09/2021 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S. The game takes place in a setting divided the medieval world of Dahna, and the advanced world of Rena. The two worlds oppose each other, with Rena using their advanced technology to hold power of Dahna.
The main protagonists of the game are Alphen, from Dahna, and Shionne, from Rena. They team up, and find more allies from either world during their travels.

As with the previous entries in the series, Tales of Arise is an action RPG. The game updates Tales‘ so-called Linear Motion Battle System, putting a focus upon dodging and evading during combat.

If you are a newcomer to the Tales series and unsure of whether this game will be to your tastes or not, there is a demo available to download for free. It allows you to get a feel for the combat, as it lets you freely switch between the six playable characters.
I do recommend giving that a try if you’re uncertain about the game. I imagine longtime Tales fans probably won’t need much convincing to buy this game.

There is one thing that I imagine Tales fans might miss, however. This game does not offer any co-op multiplayer, unlike previous entries. A shame, but the focus instead is on the characters during combat, apparently. Something to bare in mind if you enjoyed tackling Tales fights with someone at your side.
Still, Tales of Arise is shaping up to be extremely promising, and something worth looking into as an RPG fan.

About Rory

I enjoy writing, manga, anime and video games, so naturally here on my blog, you will find anime reviews, Nintendo news and other such things that I deem interesting.
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