Tales of Arise review: A sprawling, enchanting story

Tales of Arise tells the story of Dahna's enslaved people, fighting back against the tyranny of the Renan empire. (image credit: Bandai Namco)
It's morally complex stuff that is occasionally a bit shallow, but has real heart throughout. (image credit: Bandai Namco)
You'll gather six main party members and meet loads more as you travel the world, and their interactions are consistently rewarding. (image credit: Bandai Namco)
Similarly excellent is the combat system, which is rewarding and satisfying right from the off. (image credit: Bandai Namco)
The game is well-acted and has loads of voiced cut-scenes and discussions to enjoy, especially if you're keen on the optional skits. (image credit: Bandai Namco)
Plus, you get to watch your six main characters grow and learn to work together in ways that pay off nicely. (image credit: Bandai Namco)
The Tales series is long and intimidating, but this is the perfect place for newcomers to jump on in. (image credit: Bandai Namco)
Tales of Arise is a superb Japanese role-player (JRPG) that's well worth sinking your time into, especially when it looks so gorgeous on next-gen consoles. (image credit: Bandai Namco)

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