Tales of Berseria Review Roundup


Tales of Berseria’s weak presentation and dull world design may not excite, but they only account for a piece of an otherwise enjoyable tale. The refined combat, and the darker tone, paired with the sinister characters, makes for a more engaging experience overall . In these ways, Tales of Berseria actually takes the series in an intriguing new direction.


Tales of Berseria does some interesting things, and is the most captivating Tales storyline in some time. I like the majority of its ideas, but the execution often feels half-realized. It still feels like the franchise isn't making big enough leaps, and is just content to bring its fans more of the same. By now, you probably know if you're okay with that. Nothing ever made me stop playing, but the flaws are impossible to ignore. 


As it stands, Tales of Berseria may not be the most ambitious or innovative JRPG, but that's perfectly okay. It makes up for this by providing a highly polished and entertaining experience, and I can say with absolute certainty that I'm excited to see this story through to its completion.

God is a Geek:

2017 is off to a strong start with some great games already out in just the first month. Bandai Namco Entertainment really impressed me with Berseria. With a couple of tweaks and fixes, they can really achieve great things with this franchise. I’m glad fan feedback was taken into account for this release. If you are in the mood for nice action RPG with great characters and addictive combat, Tales of Berseria is for you.


At the end of the day, it needs to be said: Berseria is a great game. It is truly the best Tales game released since 2011. It took the Xillia framework and polished it wonderfully. However, the game still plays it very safe and is largely unambitious. Many of its additions are less “additions”, and more things we have come to expect from this series that have been strangely missing since Xillia. I can't really imagine anyone being offended or put off by this game simply because of how safe it plays its hand....

This Week's Famitsu Review Scores

Drive Girls (PS Vita) – 7/7/6/7 [27/40]

Drone Fight (3DS) – 7/6/6/6 [25/40]

Orfleurs (PS Vita) – 7/7/7/6 [27/40]

Raging Loop (PS Vita) – 8/8/8/8 [32/40]

Touhou Genso Wanderer: Reloaded (PS4) – 8/8/8/8 [32/40]

Touhou Genso Wanderer: Reloaded (PS Vita) – 8/8/8/8 [32/40]

Twin Star Exorcists (PS Vita) – 8/8/7/7 [30/40]

Resident Evil 7: biohazard (PS4) – 9/9/9/9 [36/40]

Resident Evil 7: biohazard (XBO) – 9/9/9/9 [36/40]

Gravity Rush 2 Review Roundup


With a wealth of stories big and small to chew on, Gravity Rush 2 fulfills the needs of both a sequel and a prequel. The first Gravity Rush had enough going for it, but Gravity Rush 2 is stuffed with things to love. 


Even if it wasn’t a good game at its core – which it is – it’d at least get some credit for the soundtrack. I realize this is an odd note to end a review on, but I couldn’t find a natural fit for it in the rest of the text and just had to make a note of how great these bloody tunes are!

Push Start:

It has heart and soul, and is genuinely fun to play. Gravity Rush 2 is not for the fainthearted gamer; the controls and gameplay will frustrate many people, but in the end the payoff is worth it.


Gravity Rush 2 is the kind of game that makes me want to do everything. If there's more DLC beyond the upcoming free Raven campaign, I'll play it. If there's some uncovered secret or time trial I haven't done yet, I'll find it. Now that the series is unchained from the ill-fated Vita, I hope it gets the recognition it deserved the first time around.

US Gamer:

Gravity Rush 2 is absolutely brilliant – one of the biggest gaming surprises I've had in ages. I mean, I was expecting it to be fairly good based on the pedigree of its predecessor, but I really wasn't prepared for something quite so uniquely cinematic, charming, and as thoroughly fun as this is. 

The Verge:

Like Kat’s control of gravity, it sometimes loses control, and soars off into an unexpected and unclear direction. But like the free fall, the adventure is most enjoyable when you relax and simply see where it takes you.


Coming in fresh, I found Gravity Rush 2 so bright and original that I'm still playing it, even after the end credits. Gravity Rush 2 has its stumbles — the camera often feels at complete odds with what the game requires of you, a real problem in a game that so aggressively eschews standards physics. But even with so many directions to fall head over heels in, it lands on its feet — just like Kat.


But even with all the new abilities and mission types, too much of Gravity Rush 2 is dedicated to tasks that don't make the best use of your ability to control gravity. Falling around the various locales is a lot of fun, but that doesn’t assuage the nagging feeling that with better missions and less frustrating side content, this series could go from a fleeting joy to something truly great.

This Week's Famitsu Review Scores

Birthdays the Beginning (PS4) – 8/8/8/9 [33/40]

Gravity Rush 2 (PS4) – 10/9/9/10 [38/40]

Hana Oboro: Sengoku-den Ranki (PS Vita) – 8/8/8/7 [31/40]

Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World (3DS) – 9/8/8/9 [34/40]

SG/ZH School Girl/Zombie Hunters (PS4) – 6/7/7/6 [26/40]

Tank Troopers (3DS) – 8/7/8/8 [31/40]

Valkyria Revolution (PS4) – 8/9/8/7 [32/40]

Valkyria Revolution (PS Vita) – 8/9/8/7 [32/40]

This Week's Famitsu Review Scores

Chronicles of Teddy: Harmony of Exidus (PS4) – 7/7/7/9 [30/40]

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (PS4) – 10/9/9/9 [37/40]

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (PS Vita) – 10/9/9/9 [37/40]

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue (PS4) – 8/9/8/9 [34/40]

Otakara Defender: Pharaoh no Hihou (3DS) – Source forgot to provide score

Rollercoaster Dreams (PS4) – 7/6/8/7 [28/40]

Steep (PS4) – 8/8/8/8 [32/40]

Steep (XBO) – 8/8/8/8 [32/40]

Wild Guns Reloaded (PS4) – 7/7/7/8 [29/40]

This Week's Famitsu Review Scores

Dead Rising 4 (XBO) – 9/8/8/9 [34/40]

Dogos (PS4) – 6/7/7/6 [26/40]

Dogos (XBO) – 6/7/7/6 [26/40]

Job Simulator (PS4) – 7/7/7/9 [30/40]

Legna Tactica (3DS) – 7/7/7/6 [27/40]

Paranautical Activity (PS4) – 6/7/6/6 [25/40]

Paranautical Activity (XBO) – 6/7/6/6 [25/40]

Super Stardust Ultra VR (PS4) – 8/7/7/7 [29/40]

This Week's Famitsu Review Scores

Ace of Seafood (Wii U) – 7/7/7/8 [29/40]

Adventure Story of the Goold Old Days (PS4) – 7/7/6/7 [27/40]

Adventure Story of the Goold Old Days (PS Vita) – 7/7/6/7 [27/40]

Blue Moon (Wii U) – 7/7/7/8 [29/40]

Brave Dungeon (3DS) – 7/8/8/8 [31/40]

Final Fantasy XV (PS4) – 9/10/9/10 [38/40]

Final Fantasy XV (XBO) – 9/10/9/10 [38/40]

Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 6: Gentou Rondo (PS Vita) – 9/8/9/9 [35/40]

Hatsuru Kotonaki Mirai Yori (PS Vita) – 7/7/7/8 [29/40]

Here They Lie (PS4) – 7/7/7/8 [29/40]

Ken ga Kimi: Momoyo Tsuzuri (PS Vita) – 9/8/8/7 [32/40]

Momotaro Dentetsu 2017: Tachiagare Nippon!! (3DS) – 8/8/8/7 [31/40]

Osomatsu-san Matsu Matsuri! (3DS) – 8/7/8/7 [30/40]

Re:Birthday Song: Koi o Utau Shinigami – Another Record (PS Vita) – 8/7/7/7 [29/40]

Sega 3D Fukkoku Archives 3: Final Stage (3DS) – 8/8/8/8 [32/40]

Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter (PS4) – 8/7/8/7 [30/40]

Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki (3DS) – 10/9/9/9 [37/40]

This Week's Famitsu Review Scores

Adventure Time: Nameless Oukoku no Sannin no Princess (PS3) – 7/7/7/6 [27/40]

Adventure Time: Nameless Oukoku no Sannin no Princess (PS Vita) – 7/7/7/6 [27/40]

Adventure Time: Nameless Oukoku no Sannin no Princess (3DS) – 7/7/7/6 [27/40]

Akiba’s Beat (PS4) – 7/7/7/6 [27/40]

Battle Garegga Rev.2016 (PS4) – 8/7/9/8 [32/40]

Dishonored 2 (PS4) – 9/9/8/8 [34/40]

Dishonored 2 (XBO) – 9/9/8/8 [34/40]

Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball Heroes (3DS) – 7/8/8/7 [30/40]

The Last Guardian (PS4) – 10/9/9/10 [38/40]

Quest of Dungeons (3DS) – 7/7/7/7 [28/40]

SaGa: Scarlet Grace (PS Vita) – 8/8/8/8 [32/40]

This Week's Famitsu Review Scores

The Banner Saga 2 (PS4) _ 8/7/7/9 [31/40]

Driveclub VR (PS4) – 7/8/7/9 [31/40]

Gudetama: Okawari Ikagassuka (3DS) – 7/7/7/7 [28/40]

Megami Meguri (3DS) – 8/8/8/8 [32/40]

Miitopia (3DS) – 7/8/8/8 [31/40]

Puyo Puyo Chronicle (3DS) – 8/8/8/8 [32/40]

Yakuza 6 (PS4) – 10/10/9/10 [39/40]