LET’S PLAY: Tales of Berseria – Japanese Demo (PS4)
09/08/2016 Leave a comment
Late last week Bandai Namco Entertainment Japan released a playable demo of Tales of Berseria, the latest instalment into a long-line of JPRG titles and the second ‘Tales of’ title to be released onto the PS4. onto the Japanese Playstation Network Store and since the game is a ‘much-talked-about’ product within Europe I thought it would be fun to give the demo a go and share my experience with it.
Tales of Berseria will be coming to western auidiences at some point in near future for the PS4 via Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe; but for the time being those wishing to sample a small portion of the game can download this playable demo from the Japanese Playstation Network Store. Oddly enough despite being a JPRG game, and a rather big game at that, this playable demo is under 800mb and features two relatively small areas to explore – all of which is presented in Japanese with Japanese text.
The first area, which is the left option shown on the screenshot above, takes place within a beach environment and while players can freely navigate the area and interact with enemies it does offer a more ‘narrative drien’ experience as throughout this portion of the demo dialogue will appear disrupting the flow of the game. As I do not fully understand Japanese it is unclear what their are talking about; however the objective of this portion of the demo is to locate the boss and defeat it – which is actually rather simple. The second area, which is the right option on the screenshot shown earlier, is more combat focused and will see the player navigate a variety of locations in order to defeat several mini-bosses; each of which are highlighted in red. Unlike the previous portion of the demo there is no storyline dialogue so it’s pretty much a straight fight to finish.
Whichever portion of the demo you decide to take part in you will find yourself in a team with four characters taking part in fights during each battle sequence and despite the areas being relatively small you are free to explore the areas for as long as you like. In regards to combat then Tales of Berseria uses the newer free-form/free-style combat mechanics whereby characters are able to freely move and attack at will but of course some limitations are in place. For starters characters can only attack a number of numbers (up to five times) before having to wait for a few seconds – additionally players are able to freely change characters during combat for that ‘ultimate team work’ experience; however this can only be done a number of times before having to wait for a lengthy period of time.
The Japanese Tales of Berseria Demo may only be in Japanese but it is an easily accessible demo so if you have any interest in this game then I would suggesting creating a Japanese PSN account in order to download it. For the time being at least Tales of Berseria will be available in Japan for the PS4 and PS3 later this month; an english localised version is expected to be released for the PS4 in the near future within the UK and Europe.