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Tales of Zestiria Review - Needs more 'Zest'

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Brendan Griffiths
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Reviews
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JRPGs, PS3 games, PS4 games, Tales Of Zestiria

Tales of Zestiria Review - Needs more 'Zest'

There was a time when Japanese RPGs were big news on consoles with regular updates from the likes of Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. There have been slim pickings over the last few years though. Instead, we've seen RPG elements creep into more action-orientated games. 2015 has been no different, with the great (Witcher III) and poor (Mad Max) alike bumping their games past the 40 hour mark with skill trees and lengthy upgrade systems.

But what about something unmistakably 'Japanese'? With the Final Fantasy series going online with XIV or still being miles off (XV), it's once again up to Bandai Namco and the Tales series to bring fans a slice of old-school goodness.

Tales of Zestiria, like past Tales entries, sits very much in its own groove with an action-orientated combat system that still somehow feels 'traditional' compared to the fluid systems found in say Diablo III or the melee combat of The Witcher III.

Tales of Zestiria Review - Needs more 'Zest'

Zestiria's combat can feel limited during the game's opening hours, but it does open up once more features are unlocked. There are two melee buttons for various 'Artes' and these consume juice from a gauge, stopping you constantly hammering the buttons, as you'll occasionally have to pull back to let it regenerate.

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Tales of Zestiria gets lowest price yet

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
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JRPGs, PS4 games, Tales Of Zestiria

Tales of Zestiria gets lowest price yet

Tales of Zestiria hasn't been out long, but this deal absolutely smashes the competition. GC are selling the new action JRPG for just £28.95 with the next best deal being £34.40.

My review of Tales of Zestiria will be ready soon. If you've enjoyed the Tales of series games in the past though, you'll have fun with the latest entry. The game is a few years old though (in Japan) and this PS4 version looks very last-gen. Not to worry, as the anime humour, action-packed fights, quirky characters and item crafting tick all the right boxes for hardcore fans.

Thanks to FantasyDeals.

Tales of Zestiria gets combat-packed trailer

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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News
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JRPGs, PS3 games, PS4 games, Tales Of Zestiria

Tales of Zestiria gets combat-packed trailer

Tales of Zestiria isn't far away now, and this new trailer is packed with battle scenes. The Tales of games are more action-orientated than most JRPGs, but they're far from simple. Once you get rolling though, the fluid moves are a lot of fun, as I found when reviewing Tales of Xillia.

It's great to see a trailer show so much gameplay, instead of random story points that have no meaning without the context (like most JRPG trailers). Take a look, and if you like what you see, how about one of these cheap Tales of Zestiria PS3 or PS4 preorders?

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Tales of Zestiria cheapest preorders found

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
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JRPGs, PS3 games, PS4 games, Tales Of Zestiria

Tales of Zestiria cheapest preorders found

The latest in the long-running Tales series is currently on schedule to land later this year on PS3 and PS4. There's a sizable discount if you're content to play on PS3, but the PS4 price isn't bad for a new release either.

We don't expect the graphical upgrade on the PS4 version to be particularly noticeable given the animated style, so that cheaper last-gen version is looking pretty tempting. While you're here, have you seen the new Tales of Zestiria combat trailer?

New locations revealed for Final Fantasy XV

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Final Fantasy XV, JRPGs, RPGs

New locations revealed for Final Fantasy XV

With Final Fantasy XV finally committing to a 2016 release, it's time for the hype train to step things up a gear. We've just had an info drop from Square Enix about some new locations that we'll explore with Noctis and the gang. Better yet, there are a few screenshots of these new locals to enjoy.

Click here to see some images and info on the new locations.

Tales of Graces f & Symphonia Chronicles pack on PS3 - £10.99

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Action RPGs, JRPGs, PS3 games, Tales of Graces f, Tales of Symphonia: Chronicles

Tales of Graces f & Symphonia Chronicles pack on PS3 - £10.99

This compilation bundle includes Tales of Symphonia Chronicles and Tales of Graces f for just £10.99. You'd usually expect to pay around £15 each for these, so I'd get on this fast! This is the best price I've seen for the collection too.

This is a seriously good deal, with over 100 hours of excellent action-RPG gameplay from Japan. This is a perfect entry for newbies to the Tales of series and will surely get you hooked for the upcoming Tales of Zesteria. Be sure to check out Tales of Xillia if you like what you play here too.

Final Fantasy VII Remake facing drastic changes. Is Square-Enix playing with fire?

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Final Fantasy VII Remake, JRPGs, PS4 games, Square Enix, Tetsuya Nomura

Final Fantasy VII Remake facing drastic changes. Is Square-Enix playing with fire?

Hands up. Who'd given up on ever seeing a Final Fantasy VII remake? I certainly had, especially after reading one interview with Square-Enix a while back where they said they wouldn't even consider it until they'd made a game as good as FFVII. Considering the XIII trilogy (they made three!) exists, it didn't look good.

But as we saw during Sony's presser, it is happening and will be coming to PS4 first and presumably other formats afterwards. We're getting what we want. But are we?

Exactly what do we want from a Final Fantasy Remake? Take the original with those -still gorgeous- prerendered backgrounds, if the remake went down the route of sticking to the original, we'd be seeing redrawn visuals, but exploration gameplay would still favour this isometric view, or we'd run towards the painted backgrounds as our character got smaller.

It's unlikely this will happen. Square-Enix is more than likely going to design fully 3D stages with a modern controllable camera throughout. Who wouldn't want to have a deeper look around Midgar or poke their face into the darker corners of Nibelheim Mansion? We've already seen some famous locations remade in 3D in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII on the PSP, so it's not much of a stretch.

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Tales of Symphonia Chronicles & Tales of Graces f pack on PS3 - £13.96

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Action RPGs, JRPGs, PS3 games, Tales of Graces f, Tales of Symphonia: Chronicles

Tales of Symphonia Chronicles & Tales of Graces f pack on PS3 - £13.96

This compilation bundle includes Tales of Symphonia Chronicles and Takes of Graces f for just £13.96. You'd usually expect to pay around £15 each for these, so I'd get on this fast!

This is a seriously good deal, with over 100 hours of excellent action-RPG gameplay from Japan. This is a perfect entry for newbies to the Tales of series and will surely get you hooked for the upcoming Tales of Zesteria. Be sure to check out Tales of Xillia if you like what you play here too.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 available today for £26.59 on PS4

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, JRPGs, PS4 games

Final Fantasy X/X-2 available today for £26.59 on PS4

The PS4 version of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is at its cheapest price yet at £26.59. That's a great deal considering most outlets are charging around £35.

When we played the PS3 and Vita versions, we found that FFX has aged wonderfully and offers up huge depth for you to discover all over again or even for the first time if you're really lucky. It'll take you ages to finish and it turns out X-2 has aged ok too, despite being a bit unnecessary. We'd opt for the Vita version over the PS3 or PS4 because of the handheld's handy sleep function, but this PS4 preorder is bound to be the best graphics wise.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 PS4 preorder drops to £27.70

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
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Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, JRPGs, PS4 games

Final Fantasy X/X-2 PS4 preorder drops to £27.70

The May 15th preorder for the PS4 version of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is at its cheapest price yet at £27.70. That's a great deal considering most outlets are charging around £35.

When we played the PS3 and Vita versions, we found that FFX has aged wonderfully and offers up huge depth for you to discover all over again or even for the first time if you're really lucky. It'll take you ages to finish and it turns out X-2 has aged ok too, despite being a bit unnecessary. We'd opt for the Vita version over the PS3 or PS4 because of the handheld's handy sleep function, but this PS4 preorder is bound to be the best graphics wise. The game will be released May 15th.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 only £28.90 on PS4

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
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Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, JRPGs, PS4 games

Final Fantasy X/X-2 only £28.90 on PS4

The May 15th preorder for the PS4 version of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is at its cheapest price yet at £28.90. That's a great deal considering most outlets are charging around £35.

When we played the PS3 and Vita versions, we found that FFX has aged wonderfully and offers up huge depth for you to discover all over again or even for the first time if you're really lucky. It'll take you ages to finish and it turns out X-2 has aged ok too, despite being a bit unnecessary. We'd opt for the Vita version over the PS3 or PS4 because of the handheld's handy sleep function, but this PS4 preorder is bound to be the best graphics wise. The game will be released May 15th.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 only £28.90 on PS4

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, JRPGs, PS4 games

Final Fantasy X/X-2 only £28.90 on PS4

The May 15th preorder for the PS4 version of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is at its cheapest price yet at £28.90. That's a great deal considering most outlets are charging around £35.

When we played the PS3 and Vita versions, we found that FFX has aged wonderfully and offers up huge depth for you to discover all over again or even for the first time if you're really lucky. It'll take you ages to finish and it turns out X-2 has turned out ok too, despite being a bit unnecessary. We'd opt for the Vita version over the PS3 or PS4 because of the handheld's handy sleep function, but this PS4 preorder is bound to be the best graphics wise.

These great yet overlooked JRPGs are the real stars of the PlayStation Easter Sale

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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JRPGs, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games

These great yet overlooked JRPGs are the real stars of the PlayStation Easter Sale

The PlayStation Easter Sale is now live, but it's a bit of a free-for-all that's burying some absolutely fantastic bargains. Especially, it turns out, for a host of brilliant niche JRPGs that weren't even mentioned on the PlayStation Blog.

Having reviewed all of them, however, we'd like to shine the spotlight on what we'd consider to be the highlights, and explain exactly why they deserve your attention.

Tales Of Hearts R | £19.99 (Vita)

These great yet overlooked JRPGs are the real stars of the PlayStation Easter Sale

"Tales Of Hearts R is a fantastic handheld RPG and one of the most impressive remakes of recent years. Expect a top-quality JRPG experience from start to finish, even if it's a touch familiar in parts." - 8/10 review

Tears To Tiara 2 | £15.99 (PS3)

These great yet overlooked JRPGs are the real stars of the PlayStation Easter Sale

"Tears To Tiara 2 is nearly crushed under the weight of its sluggish opening act, but once it gets going, this fascinating SRPG hits a unique groove. Great turn-based tactics, superb characters and surprisingly accurate Punic Wars setting make for a rough little diamond that deserves your attention.

If you have the time and patience to spare, Tears To Tiara 2 could well be one of this year's left-field highlights." - 7/10 review

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Tales of Xillia 2 - Day One Edition down to £14.99

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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JRPGs, PS3 games, Tales of Xillia 2

Tales of Xillia 2 - Day One Edition down to £14.99

As far as I'm aware, there is no standard edition of the game, but £14.99 as most other sites are still over £30.

This edition includes a steelbook and a CD of dev-selected music tracks. I really enjoyed the original game and have been tempted by this one for a while. Well, when I can find a spare forty hours or so to really lose myself in it that is. Unlike many JRPGs, the action ditches the polite turn-based battles for real-time attacks with you switching between party members on the fly and working with specific partners to unleash unique combo attacks.

Tales of Symphonia Chronicles & Tales of Graces f pack on PS3 - £14.99

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
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Action RPGs, JRPGs, PS3 games, Tales of Graces f, Tales of Symphonia: Chronicles

Tales of Symphonia Chronicles & Tales of Graces f pack on PS3 - £14.99

This compilation bundle includes Tales of Symphonia Chronicles and Takes of Graces f for just £14.99. You'd usually expect to pay around £15 each for these, so I'd get on this fast!

This is a seriously good deal, with over 100 hours of excellent action-RPG gameplay from Japan. This is a perfect entry for newbies to the Tales of series and will surely get you hooked for the upcoming Tales of Zesteria. Be sure to check out Tales of Xillia if you like what you play here too. This collection will be released on March 27th.

Suikoden and Suikoden II only £3.59 each for PS3/Vita/PSP

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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JRPGs, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PSP games, Suikoden, Suikoden II

Suikoden and Suikoden II only £3.59 each for PS3/Vita/PSP

In addition to the sweet Final Fantasy deals we posted earlier, you can also pick up another pair of RPG classics for just £3.59 each on PSN. Suikoden  and Suikoden 2 are only £3.99 each, but using today's discount code you can chip them down to £3.59. Note: the code will only work once, so make sure you're happy with your basket's contents before applying it.

The original Final Fantasy games available from £3.60 on Vita/PSP

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Final Fantasy, JRPGs, PS Vita games, PSP games

The original Final Fantasy games available from £3.60 on Vita/PSP

Fancy playing the very first Final Fantasy title? Well, now's your chance as the latest PSN sale combined with today's discount code sees many of the originals going for just £3.60 for a download to your Vita or PSP. Note: the code will only work once, so make sure you're happy with your basket's contents before applying it.

The games may have aged a little harshly over the years, but for £3.60 we think Final Fantasy fans will get a kick out of seeing where it all began. The game was originally called Final Fantasy as it was set to be the company's final game before they went of business. However, it sold exceptionally well and the rest is history as they say.

Thanks to FantasyDeals.

Tales of Xillia 2 - Day One Edition only £13.67

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
JRPGs, PS3 games, Rakuten voucher codes, Tales of Xillia 2, Voucher codes

Tales of Xillia 2 - Day One Edition only £13.67

As far as I'm aware, there is no standard edition of the game, but £13.67 is a great price and the cheapest deal we've ever seen for Tales of Xillia 2. Don't forget to use the discount code too.

This edition includes a steelbook and a CD of dev-selected music tracks. I really enjoyed the original game and have been tempted by this one for a while. Well, when I can find a spare forty hours or so to really lose myself in it that is. Unlike many JRPGs, the action ditches the polite turn-based battles for real-time attacks with you switching between party members on the fly and working with specific partners to unleash unique combo attacks.

Pre-order Final Fantasy Type-0 HD + FFXV demo on PS4/XO from £32.75

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Final Fantasy XV, JRPGs, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Western Final Fantasy fans have had to wait years to get their hands on the former PSP-exclusive, but now Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is coming to PS4 and Xbox One. The cheapest pre-order available currently stands at £32.75. If we're honest, the price of this one should fall not long after release, it would appear Square are cashing in on fans eager to play the FFXV demo included.

Type-0 is a more action-orientated title in a similar vein to the excellent Crisis Core on PSP. To sweeten the deal, Square Enix have included a demo for the upcoming Final Fantasy XV, which will be live from Type-0 HD's launch on March 20th.

Pre-order Final Fantasy Type-0 HD + FFXV demo on PS4/XO - £32.85

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Final Fantasy XV, JRPGs, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Western Final Fantasy fans have had to wait years to get their hands on the former PSP-exclusive, but now Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is coming to PS4 and Xbox One. The cheapest pre-order available currently stands at £32.85.

Type-0 is a more action-orientated title in a similar vein to the excellent Crisis Core on PSP. To sweeten the deal, Square Enix have included a demo for the upcoming Final Fantasy XV, which will be live from Type-0 HD's launch on March 20th.