Tales of Arise Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Tales of Arise RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network How to Get Stone Fragments in Tales of Arise https://www.gameskinny.com/5e7a7/how-to-get-stone-fragments-in-tales-of-arise https://www.gameskinny.com/5e7a7/how-to-get-stone-fragments-in-tales-of-arise Fri, 17 Sep 2021 18:59:08 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Tales of Arise Stone Fragments are a rare upgrade material used early on to enhance Shionne’s rifle in Calaglia. They’re a bit tricky to get, but upgrading the gun is worth your time.

Not long after the option to improve weapons unlocks, you’ll be facing your most difficult challenge yet. Here’s where to find Tales of Arise Stone Fragments

Stone Fragments drop from Golems. There’s one golem on the path from the Crimson Crows’ hideout to Ulzebek, but you’ll find several more in the Iglia Wastes. This is the area between Ulzebek and Fagan Castle where Shionne finds her new clothes.

Level 9 Golem beastiary entry showing the golem and its stats.

Golems are slow but hit hard if their attacks connect. Fortunately, they also telegraph their attacks pretty clearly. Once they wind up and start to swing their arms, dodge away so they don’t send you flying. Playing as Alphen works best for dealing with these, since he has a better chance of dealing higher damage to the Golem weak spot.

That’s the giant, glowing orange core that basically screams “weak spot” on the golem’s back. Attack it enough times to break it, and you have a much higher chance of getting more and rarer items after the fight is over.

It might still take a few rounds with Golems to get what you want, but once you’ve finished, head back to Ulzebek’s Inn to upgrade Shionne’s rifle.

At this point, getting a new gun isn’t tremendously important. Shionne’s going to take healer duty during the upcoming boss fight with Balseph, and her Boost Strike is more important for stopping his powerful attacks than it is for dealing damage. If you don’t have much Gald, save what you do have for Alphen’s upgrade after you find Astral Crystal Grain.

That’s all you need to know about Tales of Arise Stone Fragments, but check out our other Tales of Arise guides for more tips.

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How to Get Beast Mane in Tales of Arise https://www.gameskinny.com/vkps6/how-to-get-beast-mane-in-tales-of-arise https://www.gameskinny.com/vkps6/how-to-get-beast-mane-in-tales-of-arise Fri, 17 Sep 2021 10:39:44 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Tales of Arise Beast Mane is a rare monster drop you’ll use for weapon crafting. Getting it takes a bit of patience, and not just because it’s rare.

Alphen’s Gale Wing sword unlocks long before you get access to Beast Mane, and there's not much else you need it for afterward. Here's where to find Beast Mane in Tales of Arise.

Tales of Arise: How to Get Beast Mane

Beast Mane comes from the Ice Wolf Leader zeugle in Cyslodia and Alpha Withered Wolves in Mahag Saar, but it’s the first one you want.

Alphen’s Gale Wing sword becomes available once you enter Cyslodia, but there’s no way you can get Beast Mane until entering Rudhir Forest, after Messia 224 (and the Hard Liquor quest).

The Ice Wolf Leader fight is a scripted encounter that triggers towards the forest’s Cysloden exit. You’ll know it’s close because the “mysterious light” that restores your HP and CP appears next to the merchant.

The Ice Wolf is weak to fire, naturally, so make sure you’ve got at least one Arte on Alphen with a corresponding Blazing Sword move. Toggle Shionne’s AI if you need her to cast Burning Strike more often. If the risk/reward nature of Alphen’s Blazing Sword moves puts you too far into the danger zone, consider switching characters and playing as Shionne instead.

Her perk and Ignis Celestra attacks deal heavy elemental damage without sacrificing any HP in the process.

You’ll also need Hard Bone and Razer-Tipped Feather to craft Gale Wing. You should have plenty of Hard Bone from the Calaglia zeugles, but Razer-Tipped Feathers only come from hawks on the White Silver Plain.

Gale Wing’s biggest bonus at this point is its boost to Alphen’s strength, but its wind attribute is a handy boon once you arrive in Elde Menancia, the earth realm, as well. Any other Beast Mane you acquire from Withered Wolves have no use. Gale Wind’s refined forms don’t use Beast Mane, so feel free to sell them for extra Gald.

That’s all you need to know about Tales of Arise Beast Mane, but make sure to check out our other Tales of Arise guides for more tips.

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Tales of Arise Earth Seed Location: How to Complete Hard Liquor https://www.gameskinny.com/x56o8/tales-of-arise-earth-seed-location-how-to-complete-hard-liquor https://www.gameskinny.com/x56o8/tales-of-arise-earth-seed-location-how-to-complete-hard-liquor Wed, 15 Sep 2021 19:03:05 -0400 Josh Broadwell

You’ll have to find plenty of Tales of Arise Earth Seed to complete Hard Liquor early during your Cyslodian journey. It might be tempting to ignore the early quest, since a fair bit of grinding goes into getting the necessary earth seeds.

It’s worth the bother, though, since you’ll get a fancy new recipe for your trouble. Here’s where to find earth seed in Tales of Arise and how to complete Hard Liquor.

Tales of Arise Earth Seed Location

Ropers will rarely drop Earth Seeds. Ulvhan Grotto, the cave connecting Calaglia to Cyslodia, is swarming with Ropers, so you may already have some by the time you encounter Hard Liquor in Messia 224.

If not, backtracking isn’t required. The upcoming Rudhir Forest right after Messia also has no shortage of Ropers wandering about.

If you haven’t been paying attention to enemy names thus far, Ropers are the giant green things that resemble glowing green squids. Ropers are weak to wind, so Rinwell’s base wind spell and Alphen’s Severing Wind arte should serve you well.

Boisterous Roper enemy.

The problem is Earth Seed’s rarity. There’s no guarantee Ropers will drop any, and you don’t have battle chaining unlocked just yet. If the randomness of item drops is frustrating you, you can leave the quest until later and come back after arriving in Menancia.

Tales of Arise quests don’t expire, and the recipe you unlock isn’t tremendously useful just yet anyway.

It’s the Lohikeitto recipe, a dish that slightly boosts item drop rates — handy for later item harvesting quests, but not so much at this point. There’s a bonus effect if you cook with Kisara as well, which is even more reason to hold off on this if you don’t get Earth Seeds fast.

That’s all you need to know about Tales of Arise Earth Seed locations and how to complete Hard Liquor, but make sure to check out our other Tales of Arise guides for more tips.

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How to Switch Characters in Tales of Arise https://www.gameskinny.com/n1rjn/how-to-switch-characters-in-tales-of-arise https://www.gameskinny.com/n1rjn/how-to-switch-characters-in-tales-of-arise Tue, 14 Sep 2021 17:23:51 -0400 Josh Broadwell

If you're wondering how to switch characters in Tales of Arise, it's not just you. Arise throws dozens of tutorials at you in the first several hours, and none of them actually tell you how to change characters.

That's fine early on, but you'll want to swap characters during some of Arise's more difficult fights to make exploiting weaknesses easier. Here's how to do so in the field and in combat. 

Change Characters in the Field

The menu for switching characters in Tales of Arise, showing Alphe, Shionne, Rinwell, and Law.

You can set your lead character to any current party member in the field and have them show up as the party leader while you're exploring. This change is permanent until you choose a different character.

Open the main menu, and press "Square" on PlayStation or "X" on Xbox to scroll through the list of available characters. The one marked with a flag is the active leader.

This change is purely aesthetic. There's no exploration bonus attached to any given character.

Change Characters in Combat

Alphen using mirage to strike an enemy in combat.

You can use the same method during combat to change characters, but there's also a second way that doesn't break the immersion. Press either "L2" (on PlayStation) or the "LT" (on Xbox) to open the targeting menu. Press one of the face buttons — not the direction pad buttons — and you'll see a flag appearing over the active character.

This change, however, is not permanent. You'll have to change your active character during every battle.

We recommend sticking with Alphen, at least early on. He's versatile and fast, and once you learn some decent aerial Artes, he's not so reliant on Shionne's gun for flying monsters.

Switching to Law when facing armored foes is a good idea, though. You'll still need his Boost Strike to crack their shells, but he deals high damage anyway.

Kisara's defense-boosting Artes and guard ability make her a good choice for lengthy battles where you need to bolster your party's chances for survival. 

Dohalim, Rinwell, and Shionne are fun to use, but not quite as practical in most circumstances.

That's it for how to change characters in Tales of Arise, but make sure to switch over to our other Tales of Arise guides, including how to get Bizarre Megacore and where to find all owls.

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Tales of Arise Bizarre Megacore Location https://www.gameskinny.com/igi4t/tales-of-arise-bizarre-megacore-location https://www.gameskinny.com/igi4t/tales-of-arise-bizarre-megacore-location Tue, 14 Sep 2021 10:08:40 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Tales of Arise Bizarre Megacore is one of many weapon upgrade materials. Like most, there’s not a whole lot to go on if you’re trying to find out which enemies drop them — unless you’re up for a long round of trial and error experimentation. Fortunately, you don’t have to be. Our Tales of Arise Bizarre Megacore guide points you in exactly the right direction.

Tales of Arise Bizarre Megacore Location

You’ll find beasts that could drop Bizarre Megacore in almost every area of Elde Menancia, minus Viscent and the palace, and some enemies in Cyslodia’s waterway.

  • Granilem (the golems on Traslida Highway and in the quarry)
  • Earthen Mass (Traslida Highway, Tietal Plain)
  • Forest Roper (Gilanne Woodland)
  • Ooze (Underground Waterway)
  • Creepzilla (Adan Lake, Mobile Fortress Gradia - this is a zeugle with invisibility powers)
  • Tempestuous Mass (Aqfotle Hills)

Tales of Arise Bizarre Megacore Farm

The Ooze monsters and Forest Ropers are the easiest ways to farm Bizarre Megacore just because there's so many of them. Ooze are all over the Underground Waterway, while Forest Ropers pop up around shining light in Gilanne Wood, just before the boss area.

The problem is, as ever, actually getting enemies to drop it. You’ll get the chain tutorial after arriving on Traslida Highway, so chain fights together until the meter turns blue. That’s your sign that rarer items will likely drop and in greater numbers. You can also use Happy Bottles to increase the likelihood of better drops.

If you’re farming these in Menancia, make sure to prioritize weapons with wind affinity or, at the very least, weapons that don’t have earth or water affinity. It’s no spoiler to say in the land of earth Astral Energy, you’re going to encounter enemies and bosses wielding earth.

Likewise, if you’re in Mahag Saar, prioritize fire gear, since fire trounces wind in the Tales elemental hierarchy.

That’s it for how to get Tales of Arise Bizarre Megacore, but make sure to check out our other Tales of Arise guides, including where to find all the owls.

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Tales of Arise In Search of Medicine Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/iw2e3/tales-of-arise-in-search-of-medicine-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/iw2e3/tales-of-arise-in-search-of-medicine-guide Mon, 13 Sep 2021 14:02:39 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Tales of Arise In Search of Medicine forgets Alphen lost his memory and thinks you know Calaglia pretty well. Rinwell needs help after suffering from exhaustion and the realm’s extreme heat, but the remedy’s actual location is only vaguely hinted at in Kyrd Garrison.

To make things easier, here’s how to finish Tales of Arise In Search of Medicine so you can hit the road faster and leave Calaglia behind.

Tales of Arise In Search of Medicine Walkthrough

In Search of Medicine map location.

The quest takes you back to Mosgul first, where you’ll need to speak with Doc. You have to follow the steps even if you know where the medicine is, or else it won’t spawn in the location.

Doc tells you Kyrd Garrison probably has some medicine, so off you go again. Fast travel to the entrance outside Ulzebek to save time. The zeugles shouldn’t give you trouble by this point, and the payoffs aren’t that great either. Unless you just want a fight, avoid combat as much as you can to speed things up.

The garrison in question is probably not the one you’ve already visited if you just followed the main path so far. It’s on the area map’s western side, shown in the circled area below. The chests inside have some good loot, but no medicine. Check the bookshelf next to one of the beds to grab your medicine and trigger a short scene.

You can’t fast travel back to Mosgul, so leave the garrison and head back to Doc’s tent on foot. Then leave Mosgul and go back to Ulzebek… on foot. Fast travel is disabled here as well.

Head back to the Crimson Crows’ hideout in Ulzebek, and you’ll trigger your last big cutscene in Calaglia.

Once Rinwell joins, you’ll have access to Hootle, the handy owl radar, to help uncover any Dahnan owls along the way. There are quite a few of them, and we’ve got an owl locations guide to help pick up any you might have missed.

That’s it for our In Search of Medicine guide, but make sure to check out our other Tales of Arise guides for more tips on your way to liberating the planet.

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Tales of Arise Astral Crystal Grain Location https://www.gameskinny.com/u4840/tales-of-arise-astral-crystal-grain-location https://www.gameskinny.com/u4840/tales-of-arise-astral-crystal-grain-location Fri, 10 Sep 2021 17:59:52 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Tales of Arise Astral Crystal Grain is a small, easily missable item you'd do well to hunt down. You'll need it early on in Alphen's journey to make your first big boss fight easier, and it's Alphen you should prioritize if you have to make the choice between upgrading his weapon or Shionne's.

You won't get your hands on Astral Crystal Grain until you reach Glanymede Castle, Balseph's residence. Fight your way up to the fourth floor, and we do recommend engaging in as many fights as you can if you're playing on Moderate difficulty or higher. Balseph is much stronger than you.

Ignore the super-strong Zeugle rolling around the fourth-floor entrance since it'll kill you in one hit, and make your way to the spot indicated on the map image below.

Glanymede Castle fourth-floor map with chest location marked.

There's a chest tucked away back there, and inside are two pieces of Astral Crystal Grain. Fast travel back to Ulzebek, and get the blacksmith to upgrade Alphen's sword.

You'll upgrade Shionne's rifle as well, ideally. If you're short on cash or materials, though, just make sure to take care of Alphen's first. We recommend playing as Alphen during the Balseph boss fight. He's more agile than Shionne and able to string together stronger combos even at this stage.

Shionne's Boost Break is important at key moments during the fight, but it's mostly to stop Balseph from unleashing his special attack. How much damage her Break deals doesn't really matter. Instead, she should be on artes duty, casting offensive artes and keeping Alphen healed.

Make sure to equip Alphen with a Warrior Emblem if you've got it, and buy as many Apple Gels as you can afford. You'll need them if Shionne runs out of CP during the fight.

That's all you need to know about Tales of Arise Astral Crystal Grain, but make sure to check out our other Tales of Arise guides, including where to find all the owls.

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Tales of Arise Owl Locations: Where to Find All Owls https://www.gameskinny.com/pnvz1/tales-of-arise-owl-locations-where-to-find-all-owls https://www.gameskinny.com/pnvz1/tales-of-arise-owl-locations-where-to-find-all-owls Fri, 10 Sep 2021 16:14:20 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Tales of Arise owl locations might seem frivolous at first, but tracking them down is your ticket to new costumes and an exclusive title for Rinwell.

You’ll run into a few owls before Rinwell joins, and while they make exaggerated hooting sounds alerting you to their presence, they’re difficult to spot in some cases. After she’s in the party, Hootle pops out and makes sounds if you enter an area where an owl is, and he flies around your head as you get closer.

Finding these creatures is worth it because each one gives you a new cosmetic item, such as glasses, fox tails, or floral decorations. At certain milestones, the king of the owls gifts you with alternate colors for each characters' armor, including a copper variant on Alphen's Sincleaver costume.

If you aren't fussed over turning Dahna's heroes into bespectacled cats and rabbits, though, it's still worth the detour. Titles in Arise give characters a set of new abilities and passive buffs, and making Rinwell stronger is only ever a good thing.

Calaglia Owls

Sandinus Ravine Owl

This is likely the first one you'll encounter. It's just off the railroad tracks outside Ulzebek.

Ulzebek Owl

This one in Ulzebek is on the roof of Zephyr's meeting place.

Iglia Wastes Owl

This one takes a bit of work to get to. There's only one route to it, and it's swarming with Zeugles. Still, Arise's bosses present a significant spike in difficulty, so a bit of leveling up won't hurt before your first major confrontation.

Mosgul Owl

You'll return to Mosgul after meeting Shionne. When you do, walk up the stairs across from Doc to find this owl.

Trench of Flames Owl

Stop off at the ruined house next to where the Crimson Crows are holding the Renans back, and you'll find this one inside.

Balseph's Castle Owl

This one's pretty hard to miss. On the third floor of Balseph's castle is a group of chickens under some clotheslines. An owl is the imposter among them.

Larceda Cliffs Owl

Don't be too gung-ho to leave Calaglia just yet. There's one in the little alcove across from the campsite near the grotto.

Cyslodia Owls

White Silver Plains Owl

Hootle sounds the alarm early for this one, but you won't see it until reaching the far end of the field outside town.

Messia 224 Owl

This one's lurking near Messia's quest giver. Look in the basket behind some parcels and a cart for the feathery skulker. 

Nevira Snowplains Owls

This one's right near the Nevira campsite, in the rocky alley to the right. It's more of a story quest than an optional owl, since finding it is what opens up the Owl Forest.

There's a second owl further in the plains.

This one's seeking shelter on the small island across from the treasure chest. It's surrounded by zeugles, so make sure you either run fast or have the party ready for combat.

Cysloden Owl

The alley marketplace is where you'll find Cysloden's bird. Check behind the stall, near the small lake.

Riville Prison Tower Owl

The only challenge about finding this one is actually making it to the room where it lives. It's on the far end of the second floor, past all the guards.

Frozen Valley Owl

This one's also hard to miss. Right before the bridge near the campsite is both a recurring quest with a phony gourmand and the Frozen Valley owl. Make sure to start the quest too, since you'll get a handy recipe for your trouble.

Elde Menancia Owls

Traslida Highway Owl

Explore a little ways ahead of the campsite instead of turning onto the Traslida road. Your hibiscus-wearing owl friend is at the end of the path.

There's so much to explore on Traslida Highway that it's easy to miss this lil' fella. Head to the wheat fields near the Dahnan settlement when you're ready, and look down. It's blending in with the crops. 

Tietal Plain Owl

The Tietal Plain sits adjacent to Traslida Highway's campsite. You don't technically have to go here for a while yet, but you may as well find the bird while you're nearby.

Viscint Owl

This one's a bit tough to find at first since it's hiding behind the stall counter.

Talka Pond Road Owl

This one's easy. Just head right after leaving Viscint, and look up at the wall.

Mahag Saar Owls

Niez Owl

This one's just outside the plaza's northern entrance, though you'll need to get through some cutscenes before you're free to explore.

Aqfotle Hills Owl

This one's pretty straightforward, though you might get jumped by some flying zeugles before you make it here.

Adan Lake Owl

This one's a bit trickier to get to. You'll see and hear the owl first, under the archway to the right of the Lake area entrance. However, you'll have to go up the hill, turn left in front of the tower, and jump onto the roofs in front of you to get close enough to interact.

That's it for now on our Tales of Arise owl locations guide, but we're working on tracking down the rest of the feathery folk and will update with more soon. Meanwhile, check out our Tales of Arise review if you haven't already.

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Tales of Arise Review: Liberate Thyself https://www.gameskinny.com/4x16j/tales-of-arise-review-liberate-thyself https://www.gameskinny.com/4x16j/tales-of-arise-review-liberate-thyself Wed, 08 Sep 2021 11:14:45 -0400 Josh Broadwell

A fight rages at the top of a misshapen stone fortress, brutally carved from the rocks by slave labor. Suddenly, a beam of living fire blazes up to the sky, and an amnesiac hero cries out his name in triumph as he vanquishes his despicable enemy.

Big battles, pointy-haired and forgetful heroes, nations themed around the elements — sounds like your usual RPG fare, right? Not even close. Tales of Arise is far from your standard RPG, let alone your typical Tales game. It’s a strong, even daring, reimagining of the series and one of the year’s best RPGs.

Tales of Arise Review: Liberate Thyself

The clue is in the name, but Tales of Arise is about rebellion, or more accurately, it’s about several rebellions. Not just the big political kind either, though those certainly play a prominent role.

The twin worlds of Rena and Dahna once lived in harmony — or perhaps the existence wasn’t quite so harmonious, though that’s for you to find out later — until 300 years before Arise takes place. The Renans developed a satellite planet and military base called Lenegis, from where they launched an invasion on Dahna, conquering its people, erasing its past, and bending even the planet’s foundations to their will.

No one can stay oppressed forever, though.

Rebelling against corrupt governments is hardly unique. For most RPGs, however, simply defeating the villain or installing a beneficent ruler is enough. However, Tales of Arise answers the question, “What if a historian, political theorist, and social scientist made a video game?”

It picks up where most RPGs leave off, and the nations of Dahna are essentially anime case studies in slavery theory, revolution, and imperialism, often drawn from evident and uncomfortable real-world parallels.

One region is unmistakably based on Stalin’s U.S.S.R. and the paranoid self-destruction his oppressive regime fostered. Another region seems like a utopia, where benevolent Renans live happily alongside enslaved Dahnans in a world built on Enlightenment-era philosophies of equality.

Yet no amount of idealism can obscure the condescending paternalism inherent in those philosophies and the reluctant lord responsible for implementing them.

Arise doesn’t stop there. It follows through on every theme, with only a few exceptions, and it’s not content to settle for easy, black and white answers to difficult questions either.



It also inverts RPG tropes at points — the reason why a specific element characterizes each region stands out in particular — but more than that, Arise inverts Tales itself.

Tales builds elaborate worlds with more fancy fantasy names, wars, and official occupations than most people can remember, and often does very little with them. And that’s fine! Tales of the Abyss is one of the series’ most egregious examples of that style, but it’s also still one of the strongest narratives, despite the unnecessary complexity. 

Arise strips those layers away and focuses on the core themes it wants to explore, which evolve naturally from this point. 

That more refined focus extends to characters as well. Tales normally has roles to fill, such as the sassy prodigy or the raunchy older man, and almost any character could fill these roles with a few tweaks in writing. And that’s also fine! There’s value in adjusting the familiar, but Arise is proof Bandai took its commitment to a new start for the franchise seriously.

It has people who sometimes fall into types, but who mostly shape the story with their foibles, desires, and experiences. Whether child or adult, they’re quite sad people. Tales of Arise isn’t quite “if Yoko Taro wrote Tales,” but it’s close.

You’ll still find the series’ usual lightheartedness scattered throughout, especially in skits and most things Hootle-related. However, it is primarily a serious story, as it should be considering the themes Arise explores. It dips into melodrama occasionally, as most RPGs do, though Arise earns its sadness.

How much you end up agreeing with this will likely vary. Pacing is one of the biggest risks Bandai took with Arise, and this too is a no-fluff area. That means Arise leaves some key parts of its depth, such as the aftermath of rebellion, to the imagination while Alphen and the party forge ahead on their mission of liberation. 

I can see how some might consider this a more shallow approach to world-building, but it works in the context of Arise’s story. However, Bandai can’t get away with it a second time. Tales of Arise sets a new standard for the series’ storytelling, and, in the absence of DLC expanding on that for Arise, it’s something future Tales installments will need to surpass, including the realm of character development.

Skits further character depth, and the new camping feature opens chances to learn even more about party members at certain times. However, there’s little time for interactions unrelated to the main story.

Some long-time fans might see this as a detriment. One of the series’ unique characteristics is building a strong party dynamic through scenes that often have little relevance to the actual plot. Alphen’s party is a genuine ragtag band, though, and as with most such groups, dedication to their mission unites them more than anything else at first.

It’s a different approach, but one that makes the party’s bonds feel stronger in the end. When Alphen tries convincing one of them that they are genuinely friends, not just comrades working together, you believe him and feel the weight of his convictions. How could you not, after everything they’ve endured up to that point?

RPGs often trade strong production values for good writing and a more thorough approach to storytelling, but Arise is blessed with both. Superb voice acting, fluid and expressive character models, and an epic score enhance Arise’s core strengths, as do its graphics. 

There are a few minor hiccups. Arise suffers from some texture pop-in at times, especially in areas with numerous rock formations, but NPCs and non-voiced dialogue are the only standout issue here.

It also recycles NPC models heavily. Quest dialogue uses sound bytes instead of full voice acting, which leads to some unintentionally amusing and sometimes mildly disturbing situations when the byte doesn’t match the scenario at all. Village Man’s unhinged laughter on hearing Alphen solved his problem may haunt my dreams forevermore.

Every Tales entry intended as a milestone overhauls the combat in some way, and Arise is no different, applying its more thoughtful approach to storytelling here as well. Every party member has their usual set of standard attacks and artes, plus a perk that augments normal attacks. Rinwell the mage, for example, can stop a spell, charge it, then stack it with another one to access high-tier magic well before she learns it.

Each character has a boost gauge as well, special interrupt attacks that deal heavy damage to certain enemy types or help contain specific threats.

Then there’s evade counters, overlimits and unique artes attached to that state, and flashy moves executed with another character if you string together enough hits in a combo.

Enemy variations might be few in Arise, though balancing attacks, boosts, and combos means no encounter is dull. Button mashing won’t get you far, and that goes double for Arise’s spectacular bosses. A new approach to healing makes you think twice about your party's strategies, too. Healing artes are tied to a point system that depletes after every recovery arte, so planning is important.

You’ll learn new artes and passive abilities through the title system, which is a first for the series. Titles are the skill tree in Arise. Earning a new one unlocks five new abilities, and buying each in a title grants a permanent buff of some kind.

The skill tree also tells you what’s needed for unlocking adjacent panels. It’s both a much more convenient approach to title hunting than usual and a powerful incentive to explore as much of Arise as possible.

That’s true for Dahna’s huge, beautiful realms as well. There’s technically not much to do outside of towns, but scouring the land for ingredients, recipes, and equipment makes taking detours worth the time. Between that and the splendid visuals, Bandai finally has its world design back on track after losing its way with Zestiria

One of the pacing’s victims that’s impossible to ignore is farming. Despite featuring prominently in Arise’s marketing, farming is a slightly brutal footnote in your journey. You’ll stuff a barn with animals after acquiring it in the third realm, and… that’s it. Raise, consume, repeat.

You can’t even interact with the animals or just raise them for snuggles or to keep them safe. Maybe Bandai was just preparing for an Animal Farm-style sequel, but it’s a bit of an odd inclusion.

Tales of Arise Review  The Bottom Line

Pros
  • Thoughtful story that breaks new ground for how RPGs handle politics
  • Fresh, effective approach to pacing and story delivery
  • Strong and sympathetic cast
  • High production values
  • Engrossing and smart combat
  • Hootle
Cons
  • Recycled NPCs and annoying sound bytes
  • Farming

Bandai wanted a new start with Tales of Arise, and the team surpassed itself. The risks of telling a new kind of story — and in a completely new way — paid off. It's not just one of the best Tales games, though it's certainly that. Arise is easily one of the strongest RPGs in recent years.

[Note: Bandai Namco provided the copy of Tales of Arise used for this review.]

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Tales of Arise Preview: Tales Ascending https://www.gameskinny.com/nte4t/tales-of-arise-preview-tales-ascending https://www.gameskinny.com/nte4t/tales-of-arise-preview-tales-ascending Tue, 10 Aug 2021 10:00:01 -0400 Josh Broadwell

It's been five years since Bandai Namco released Tales of Berseria on PlayStation 4, a hefty gap in a release schedule that normally sees a Tales game launch every two years or so. I spent a few hours with Tales of Arise's opening chapter ahead of the full game's September 10 release and can safely say that gap might be the best thing that's happened to the series.

Tales of Arise’s protagonist is an amnesiac. A mysterious young woman bursts into his life on a mission to change the status quo, and they’re both hurled into a political conflict between two civilizations. He also can’t feel pain, has no sense of taste except for one specific flavor, and works alongside other Dahnans, enslaved people harvesting energy through stones embedded in them for a dominant civilization.



The opening 30 minutes alone drips with callouts to previous Tales games, especially Symphonia, Berseria, and Abyss. Arise is, for the opening chapter available in the preview build at least, partly celebrating the series and also laying aside some of its now-too-familiar trappings for something more ambitious. 

Every recognizable trope has at least one significant twist to keep it interesting — and even valuable  to the narrative. The first chapter left me with a dozen questions and the kind of eagerness to understand them that not many games leave me with, especially so early on.

That goes double for anything to do with Alphen and Shionne, who could easily end up being the series' best protagonists, but also for the broader story Bandai is telling. 

Arise’s opening act is an uprising story and a darn good one at that. It’s no spoiler to say the Dahnans eventually rebel against the lord ruling over Caliglia, presiding over their pain for his own benefit, but the execution (no pun intended) is surprising in its strength.

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Alphen and Shionne’s time in Caliglia might be brief, but there’s no escaping the Dahnan’s misery at every turn. Bits of environmental storytelling and sub-quests all help tell the story of the oppressed and, combined with some very good voice acting all around, make not getting caught up in the freedom fighters’ bid for liberation almost impossible. 

It’s the kind of story and storytelling that makes Arise feel much more like an epic fantasy than its predecessors. 

That shift is significant in another way as well, one that might not sit as well with some. There’s potential to capture the series’ usual lighthearted tone even aside from the skits — my Alphen wore a pair of Shiba Inu ears to the final confrontation with Balseph, Calaglia’s overlord — but so far, there’s no denying Bandai Namco is intent on telling a more serious story with Arise.

Of course, Calaglia is a closed territory gated off by a literal wall of fire. It’s a big world out there, and the one concern I have is whether Arise will maintain its opening excellence, solid pacing, and engrossing story.

Even if some of that does come up short later, there’s still combat to fall back on.

Arise’s combat is equally refreshing so far and the biggest enhancement since Tales of Xillia introduced a heavier emphasis on skills. Berseria’s point-based system returns, where you use normal attacks to charge your TP and chain skill combos, but it also adds new layers of strategy with several new twists. 

One is interruption attacks, where, after meeting certain conditions, a party member leaps in with an extra move. It’s handy for dealing extra hurt and vital for encounters with certain enemy types — even bosses.

Another big change is healing, which Arise unchains from TP and links to a separate pool of points. You’ll use this same pool for other important activities, and while it’s essentially shepherding resources the same as you do TP in other games, the new setup changes how you approach combat more than you might think.

That's not even getting into how Aries builds multiple skill trees in connection with titles gained through the main game and other activities. It has the potential to be a vast system, but one still doled out in easy-to-understand ways.

Of course, the other immediately noticeable difference between Arise and other Tales games is its presentation. Arise is easily one of the best-looking anime-styled games around, and that’s even with just being limited to the land of fire, sand, and death. Some character models lose a bit of their detail when the screen is crowded during cutscenes, admittedly, but it’s nothing too drastic.

Zestiria disappointed with its bland, empty, and outdated-looking overworld, but there’s mostly no danger of that with Arise so far. The wastelands around Calaglia are devoid of life, but not of interest. 

There’s substantial attention to detail in everything from flowing water to ruins and even the sound of Alphen’s boots or Shionne’s heels, to say nothing of the things you’ll find in the wilds.

True, most of it is standard fare, such as finding ingredients for cooking or things you’ll need on a quest later, but exploring always feels like a valuable way to spend some time — not something you could say for every Tales game.

In just three hours, Tales of Arise defied my expectations at nearly every turn. It's a more complete and ambitious package than most of its older siblings, and along with being bold enough to tackle a new kind of storytelling after two decades, it potentially has the foundation to pull it off and land among some of the greats.

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Tales of Arise Summer Game Fest Trailer Introduces New Party Members https://www.gameskinny.com/0u4ss/tales-of-arise-summer-game-fest-trailer-introduces-new-party-members https://www.gameskinny.com/0u4ss/tales-of-arise-summer-game-fest-trailer-introduces-new-party-members Thu, 10 Jun 2021 22:32:57 -0400 Josh Broadwell

We were treated to a new Tales of Arise trailer at Summer Game Fest 2021, and that's not just hyperbole. Aside from introducing us to two new party members, the latest Tales of Arise trailer showed just how good the worlds of Rena and Dahna look.

The scorched wastelands of Dahna contrast with Rena's lush, privileged paradise, and the Renans are determined to keep it that way — most of them, that is. Dohalim il Qaras hails from Rena and studies the arts, but he offers his aid in combat with a spear and some flashy moves made all the flashier by the smooth framerate the trailer also highlighted.

The second new character is Kisana, a knight of Dahna who, despite her origins, believes Dahnans and Renans can live together. She wears equipment made by Renans as she fights for her beliefs.

The trailer also introduced an as-yet unknown villain who seems to stalk Alphen, cornering him and baiting him into sword fights.

Lest you think Tales of Arise is entirely high fantasy, fear not. A few shots in the trailer show some elements of sci-fi integrated in the fantasy story as is true to form for the series.

Tales of Arise releases September 10 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.

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Tales of Arise Release Date Revealed in New Trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/ybg28/tales-of-arise-release-date-revealed-in-new-trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/ybg28/tales-of-arise-release-date-revealed-in-new-trailer Wed, 21 Apr 2021 12:49:33 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Nearly two years after first revealing Tales of Arise, Bandai Namco finally announced a Tales of Arise release date in an extensive new trailer. Tales of Arise will release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on September 10.

The game's delay in 2020 gave developers time to work on next-gen versions as well, which means Tales of Arise will also release on September 10 for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. Tales of Arise PS5 will take advantage of the DualSense in different ways, including different vibrations depending on the type of magic being used.

Bandai Namco also released several new pieces of information on Tales of Arise in a Famistu interview (translated by Gematsu).

The trailer revealed two new Tales of Arise characters, Rinwell the mage and Rowe the melee fighter. Both hail from the enslaved planet Dahna, like the protagonist Alphen. However, Producer Yusuke Tomizawa said more party members have yet to be revealed, including some from the dominant planet Rena.

The Tales of Arise release date trailer also showed one of the Surdo, a group of overlords responsible for enslaving and exploring Dahna's people and resources.

Combat in Tales of Arise is significantly different from previous Tales of games. Load times going into battle are drastically reduced for a more seamless experience, while there's no end screen once battle completes. It just transitions back into field exploration. 

Combat itself is fast-paced and built around evasion, Tomizawa said, and the usual Artes and Mystical Artes will return in new forms. Characters also have new skills called Boost Skills. Boost Attack is a special move unique to each character that they can perform anytime after meeting the requirements. Boost Strike is a finishing move that changes depending on which characters are in the active party.

[Source: Gematsu]

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Action RPGs in 2021: 14 Games to Look Out For https://www.gameskinny.com/c0zz5/action-rpgs-in-2021-14-games-to-look-out-for https://www.gameskinny.com/c0zz5/action-rpgs-in-2021-14-games-to-look-out-for Tue, 02 Mar 2021 17:40:53 -0500 Ethan Anderson

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Magic: Legends

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Finally, we have Magic: Legends. In this three-player co-op ARPG, you'll become a Planeswalker in the Magic Multiverse. You'll choose a class, journey out into various locales, and build decks full of spells to use in fast-paced combat.

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The deck-building mechanic leads to plenty of loadout combinations in battle, no matter whether you choose to be a Geomancer, Necromancer, Sanctifier, Beast Caller, or Mind Mage. The game's difficulty modifiers and challenges were recently outlined, and there's sure to be more news in the lead-up to the game's release later this year. 

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That's it for our list on the ARPGs to keep an eye on in 2021. There's bound to be something in this list for almost every action RPG fan out there, whether you want to play alone or with friends. Be sure to make note of each game that catches your eye, and let us know if we missed any other releases that you're looking forward to!

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Atomic Heart

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Atomic Heart looks like it's set in a post-apocalypse, but it isn't. Instead, it's an ARPG set in an alternate timeline that explores what could have happened in the USSR following World War 2.

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Set in 1955, there are plenty of surprising technological advancements, all centered on communism and aggression towards the Western world. You play as a KGB officer who finds himself in the middle of a huge robotic malfunction at "The Facility." Inside, you'll be faced with hostile machines that were originally made to be used in wartime combat.

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So much of the game is still shrouded in mystery, and it's been rumored that the game has undergone significant changes since it was first announced in 2018. 

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Horizon Forbidden West

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Circling back around to post-apocalyptic settings, Horizon Forbidden West is one of the most anticipated RPGs of the year. Period. 

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Aloy is back, and this time around, she's exploring unseen lands as she attempts to stop a mysterious blight that's ravaging the world. This blight may bring on another extinction, so it's up to her to find out the truth behind it while going up against new machines and hidden foes.

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While we don't have a definitive release date other than "sometime in late 2021," a recent Sony Instagram advertisement (courtesy of VGC), points to the game still hitting that vague release window. At least for now. 

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Dungeons & Dragons Dark Alliance

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If you thought that NEO: The World Ends With You was lacking in info, you might not be too pleased here — especially if you're a D&D fan. Unfortunately, not too much is known about Dungeons & Dragons Dark Alliance at this point.

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The good news is that it's confirmed to be a four-player co-op action RPG that supports both online and local multiplayer in the lands of Icewind Dale. The bad news is that the information more or less ends there. Regardless, this is still an exciting concept for D&D fans who are looking for their next adventure.

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NEO: The World Ends with You

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The World Ends With You released all the way back in 2007 for the DS and mobile iOS and Android devices. The game was re-released in 2018 for the Nintendo Switch, but now, 14 years after the cult hit first released, a true sequel is finally on its way.

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NEO: The World Ends With You follows four new protagonists stuck in a city playing a deadly game. Longtime fans will recognize the premise, visuals, and even the gameplay shown off in the trailer above.

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Square Enix hasn't revealed any more details beyond what's in the trailer but is sure to share more soon if the summer release window holds strong.

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Rune Factory 5

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In a slight change of pace from Dying Light, Rune Factory 5 is a vibrant RPG sim with a bit of action thrown in for good measure. After suffering from memory loss (because no farm-sim game with action elements would be complete without it), you end up in a small town where your story begins.

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Since Rune Factory is first and foremost a simulation game, a lot of your time will be spent farming, fishing, taming creatures, building relationships, and more.

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But outside of the town, there's plenty of action to be had as you become a member of a band of peacekeeping rangers. There's plenty to do, whether you choose to live a domestic life, a dangerous one, or both in this upcoming Switch exclusive. 

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Dying Light 2

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Dying Light 2 is another post-apocalyptic action RPG that should be on everyone's radars this year. Like so many other titles, this is another game that was delayed indefinitely in early 2020. Since that announcement, we've heard very little about how development's going, but hopefully, it will be ready for release before 2021 comes to a close.

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Combining survival and role-playing elements, Dying Light 2 is much like its predecessor and is played from the first-person perspective. Set in a new setting, but one that's still post-apocalyptic, Dying Light 2 follows a new protagonist 15 years after the outbreak of the virus. Your agility and talent will help you survive, but it's your decisions that will determine the outcome of your story.

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Biomutant

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Jumping from vampires to varmints, the next game you should keep an eye on in 2021 is Biomutant, a post-apocalyptic open-world RPG that somehow manages to mix shooting, kung fu, and tiny creatures into what looks to be a unique ARPG experience.

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You'll dive deep into systems involving crafting, customization, and mutant powers as you're tasked with uniting the game's many divided Tribes. Of course, you're also tasked with saving the New World from a plague that is slowly killing the Tree of Life, a task no good RPG would leave out. 

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Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2

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If you're not one for linear tales and want a bit more choice in your action RPGs, Vampire: The Masquerade  Bloodlines 2 is one of the games that you should be looking forward to the most. 

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You begin the game as a human, before getting attacked during a vampiric Mass Embrace in the city of Seattle. From then on, the discipline you choose, faction you align with, and clan you join will shape your narrative as a newly born vampire. 

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As the sequel to the longstanding cult-classic Vampire: The Masquerade  Bloodlines, there's a lot to live up to. Though it's disappointing for fans, Bloodlines 2 has been indefinitely delayed as publisher Paradox Interactive looks for a new developer. Hopefully, we'll learn more before the end of the year. 

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SCARLET NEXUS

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In SCARLET NEXUS, players will jump into a world where humans have gained extra-sensory powers. And of course, with more powers comes more problems. As if right on cue, aggressive mutants with a thirst for human brains start falling from the sky. These mutants, known as Others, are the main threats in the world of SCARLET NEXUS.

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To piece together the game's whole story, players will take on two paths from two different characters. One is the tale of new recruit Yuito Sumeragi, and the other is the tale of the prestigious Kasane Randall. How their stories intertwine remains unknown, but there will be plenty of action along the way. 

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Gotham Knights

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If shooting and looting don't scratch your co-op action RPG itch, then maybe taking down criminals in Gotham City will. Gotham Knights is basically what you get when Batman is nowhere to be found and crime runs amok in DC's darkest city. Batgirl, Knightwing, Robin, and Red Hood are filling in for him, and from the looks of it, their plates are full.

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However, despite having four playable characters to choose from, Gotham Knights only allows for two-player co-op, as seen in the first gameplay reveal for the game. That being said, a co-op game set in DC's famous city should still be an experience that you won't want to miss out on, and like Outriders, it's drop-in/drop-out, allowing players to team up anywhere, anytime. 

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Outriders

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Outriders is a third-person story-driven co-op RPG looter-shooter (a lot of qualifiers, I know) that takes place on the dangerous planet of Enoch. It's post-apocalyptic through and through, underpinned by a dark, sometimes morbid narrative. 

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Leading up to release, one of the game's most appealing features is crossplay between all platforms and drop-in/drop-out co-op throughout its entire story. You can journey across this dangerous alien world with friends, regardless of their respective setups or in-game progression.

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It's similar in nature to other looter-shooters like Destiny and The Division, but it's been made clear that Outriders won't follow the games-as-a-service model. Developer People Can Fly and publisher Square Enix have said the entire Outriders experience will be in a single package at launch. 

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There is beta/demo out now on all platforms, and it will remain live even after the game launches on April 1. That gives those interested in checking it out plenty of time to do so. 

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Monster Hunter Rise

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Monster Hunter Rise is Capcom's first follow-up to the ultra-successful Monster Hunter: World. This is another storied RPG series that can easily fill the action RPG void in your life with hundreds of hours of gameplay. Launching in just over a month on March 26 for the Nintendo Switch, Monster Hunter Rise takes its name literally, featuring more verticality than previous installments. 

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According to recent reports, it will release on PC sometime in 2022. There's no firm release date just yet, but producer Ryozo Tsujimoto said it's definitely happening. 

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If you didn't get a chance to try the game's demo earlier this year, you should know that Rise a new adventure that features four-player co-op, new locations, improved traversal, and of course, new monsters. You can read more about it over here on our game page

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Tales of Arise

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More than a few games set for release in 2020 were delayed to 2021 (or further) due to working conditions in the COVID-19 pandemic. Tales of Arise is one of those games. It was originally set for an "early 2020" release window, but now, it's slated for launch sometime this year. 

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Tales of Arise is the 17th mainline entry in the long-running series, and the last game, Tales of Berseria, came out in early 2017 for the PS4 and PC in the West (it released in 2016 in Japan). 

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For the first time in ages, a Tales game is being made without using the series' usual in-house engine used for previous releases, such as Berseria and Zestria. Sporting a brand-new Unreal Engine 4 makeover and a tweaked battle system, Arise looks to shake things up for Tales fans in more ways than one. 

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We just recently worked up a list focused on the upcoming turn-based RPGs that you should be on the lookout for in 2021, including games like the just-released Bravely Default 2, Loop Hero, and Darkest Dungeon 2. It's only right that we do the same for action RPGs as well.

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2020 gave us memorable action-oriented titles such as Nioh 2, Genshin Impact, and Final Fantasy 7 Remake. This year is looking like it will provide more than a few notable releases too.

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If you prefer more fast-paced combat in your RPGs, this is the list for you. Here are 14 action RPGs that you should definitely have on your radar in 2021.

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Tales of Arise Might See a Release Date Soon https://www.gameskinny.com/b724j/tales-of-arise-might-see-a-release-date-soon https://www.gameskinny.com/b724j/tales-of-arise-might-see-a-release-date-soon Mon, 13 Jan 2020 15:30:05 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Tales of Arise's release date might not be too far off. The latest entry in the storied Tales of franchise was first shown off during Xbox's E3 2019 event, before getting a dribble of information and another new trailer at the Tokyo Game Show. Bandai Namco has been completely silent since then, but according to Gematsu, Tales of Arise was recently rated in South Korea.

It was rated for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, all the platforms Tales of Arise will launch on whenever it does release.

Obviously, a Korean rating doesn't mean the game's going to launch next week. However, unlike all those international retail listings, when a game's rating shows up on an international board, it's a good sign the release date isn't far off.

The South Korean board rated it 12+, basically the equivalent of the ESRB's "T" rating. It's also in line with the South Korean rating for basically every other Tales of game except Tales of Berseria, which received a 15+ rating there (and, incidentally, a 16+ rating with Europe's PEGI system).

Tales of Arise follows the story of two planets, Dahna and Rena. Rena is the divine planet and is revered by the people of Dahna. The fine folk of Dahna don't realize, or just overlook, that Rena is siphoning off all Dahna's vital resources in exchange for absolutely nothing. Two people — who handily happen to be the game's main protagonists — are looking to change this relationship and forge new futures for both worlds.

While the South Korean rating suggests Tales of Arise won't be quite as dark as Velvet Crowe's journey of vengeance in Berseria, there's still a lot to look forward to. Bandai's goal for Arise is creating the most immersive world and combat as possible as a rebirth for the series, and as a way to carve a more stable home in the West.

We'll be keeping a sharp lookout on any new information, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Tales of Arise news as it develops.

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The Most Anticipated Upcoming RPGs of 2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/phq7x/the-most-anticipated-upcoming-rpgs-of-2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/phq7x/the-most-anticipated-upcoming-rpgs-of-2020 Tue, 17 Dec 2019 09:00:02 -0500 Calen Nakash

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Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

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Publisher: Monolith Soft
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: TBA 2020

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Xenoblade Chronicles was one of, if not the largest, JRPG from the Wii era. The game has quite possibly one of the strongest written and voiced stories in gaming, with twists and turns that keep coming throughout a massive, 100-hour playthrough.

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The gameplay is quick and strategic and most importantly, the title is being entirely remastered with updated visuals. Xenoblade Chronicles X and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 followed this masterpiece of storytelling, but neither quite scratched the itch left by the first game. If you're a fan of JRPGs, this is THE JRPG to look out for in 2020.

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Whether you're new to RPGs or a seasoned veteran, 2020 looks to be the year to double, triple, or quadruple dip on these new titles. It's likely that more RPGs will be announced in 2020, and with indie games being rereleased every month, this list is certainly not all-encompassing, but we hope it will get you started. 

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For more on the hot games coming out in 2020, check out the lists below: 

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Cyberpunk 2077

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Publisher: CD Projekt Red
Platform: Stadia, Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: April 16, 2020

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Cyberpunk 2077 is the next ambitious leap for CD Projekt Red since The Witcher 3. As one of the few developers with a proven track record of good consumer practices (no loot boxes), and the one responsible for making DLC longer than most games for a fraction of the price, CD Projekt Red will bring players into the future where crime, glamor, and cybernetic implants reign supreme.

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The Witcher 3 featured a huge, fleshed out story where every decision mattered, and Cyberpunk 2077 looks to carry on that tradition. There's a reason Cyberpunk 2077 is already a household name, and when this RPG launches in 2020, it might be a good idea to call in sick to work for at least a week.

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Dying Light 2

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Publisher: Techland
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: TBA 2020

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Dying Light 2 is a survival horror ARPG. Much like its predecessor, Dying Light 2 this brings parkour and superhuman skills into the mix with a main character living 15 years after the events of the first game.

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Dying Light 2 will lock off some sections of the city depending on player choices, encouraging multiple playthroughs for those who want to see everything. The game is no standard, cookie cutter zombie RPG, however, as at least one writer from The Witcher 3 writing team is working on Dying Light 2.

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Players will probably remember Karolina Stachyra from the Bloody Baron questline in The Witcher 3, which turned out to be one of the most impactful, gut wrenching "sometimes there isn't a happy ending" moments in all of media.

Look for Dying Light 2 sometime in 2020.

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Tales of Arise

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Publisher: Bandai Namco
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: TBA 2020

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The Tales games have been around since Tales of Phantasia in 1995. The series gained notoriety with Tales of Symphonia on the Gamecube, and Tales of Arise will be nearing the series' 20th entry when it launches in 2020.

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The game will feature a complete graphical overhaul, but the same tried-and-tested combat. Combat in Tales games places characters on a straight path towards their enemy, allowing them to use the directional buttons for combos like in a fighting game.

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It takes a bit to get used to, but one only needs to check YouTube's Tales combo videos, such as those for Tales of Berseria, to see the flashy results.

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Considering the history of the series, it might be best to grab a hold of Tales of Vesperia, which is available now and serves as a strong entry featuring the best protagonist according to many in the community. Look for Tales of Arise when it releases sometime in 2020.

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Nioh 2

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Publisher: Team Ninja
Platform: PS4
Release Date: March 13, 2020

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Nioh is basically Dark Souls with samurai, and the prequel title aims to do the same as its predecessor while improving on the formula. This ARPG reportedly has better skill trees, improved weapons, and a Switchglaive, which transforms as players attack and has a slower, more methodical take on the frenzied combat surrounding Nioh 2.

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We've reported on the demo before, and it seems that if you're skilled at the first game, those skills will transfer beautifully to Nioh 2. The enemies will still put you through the wringer if you make a single mistake, as most Souls games will.

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For those unfamiliar with Souls games, getting through an 80-hour playthrough of Nioh 2 when it releases in March of 2020 will be an accomplishment in itself.

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Persona 5: Royal

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Publisher: Atlus
Platform: PS4
Release Date: March 31, 2020

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Persona 5 brought the persona series into the mainstream, but it's had a long history before that. Persona 3 dealt with the topic of death and exams, and Persona 4 put players in the middle of a murder investigation where the culprit had a habit of dropping victims into another world and leaving them to die.

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When Persona 4 Golden was released on the PS Vita, it beefed up the story and threw in a ton more sidequests, content, and a brand new character to bring players back to its colorful world. Persona 5: Royal will do the same and feature even more content than The Golden, which is impressive given Persona 5's 100-hour main story.

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Look forward to rejoining the Phantom Thieves with all DLC from the original game and more goodies included when this title launches in March of 2020.

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The Yakuza Remastered Collection

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Developer: Amusement Vision
Platform: PS4
Release Date: February 11, 2020

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Playing the Yakuza series is like drinking a fine wine, served by a clown. The tone whiplash works to the game's benefit as players can go from tracking down a mob-boss with voice acting so genuine and gritty they pop off the screen to giving a shy dominatrix advice and playing with toy cars.

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Every character sounds straight out of a Japanese mobster movie, every plot thread is realized to its fullest, and the beat-em-up combat definitely gets the job done.

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The basic premise has always been to tell a plucky story about the Yakuza while peppering in various minigames across the world. And somehow, against all odds, it works masterfully. The physical Yakuza Remastered Collection will release on February 11, 2020, with remastered versions of Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4, and Yakuza 5

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This one's a bit of a cheat because buying the digital version of the collection gives you access to Yakuza 3 and Yakuza 4 now, with Yakuza 5 dropping on February 11. But any hardcore series fan is picking up the physical collection. 

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If you're unsure if you'll enjoy the collection, Yakuza 0, which acts as an introduction to the series, is available for around $20. 

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake

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Developer: Square Enix
Platform: PS4
Release Date: March 3, 2020

It's no surprise that the remake of Final Fantasy 7 is on this list. The title has been in development for a long time. As the original Final Fantasy 7 was a huge entry boasting a grandiose world spanning multiple discs, Square decided to release multiple games for the remake, the first of which will focus on Midgar.

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Midgar serves as the opening tutorial in the original PS1 title, but focusing on recreating the sprawling metropolis should allow Square Enix to expand the section and bring the city to life while highlighting the decisions Cloud and his colleagues struggle with before they set out into the world.

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Some might miss the turn-based strategy of old as the remake has opted for a more action-oriented approach, but it's still garnered high praise from those who've played it. You can look forward to this title in March 3, 2020.

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The new year is bringing with it some of the greatest RPGs to date. From remastered cult classics to Dark Souls-inspired samurai sequels, 2020 is looking to be a bad year for wallets, but a great year for everything else. Whether you've got a PS4, PC, Xbox One, or Switch, there's a little here in the gift basket for everyone. There's even a title coming to Stadia. 

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Here are eight upcoming RPGs you should be excited for, with an honorable mention to Dragon Ball Z Kakarot, which will feature a brand new open-world in the Dragon Ball universe.

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For all your other needs, keep reading.

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Mark Your Calendars: Every Release Date Announced at E3 2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/ad6d6/mark-your-calendars-every-release-date-announced-at-e3-2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/ad6d6/mark-your-calendars-every-release-date-announced-at-e3-2019 Fri, 14 Jun 2019 14:32:51 -0400 Mark Delaney

At E3, it's not just about the games we can play. It's just as much about when we can play them. E3 2019 was no different.

With hundreds of games shown off on stage and at the show floor in Los Angeles, it can be dizzying to keep up with every launch window and specific release date announced at E3, so we've done the hard part for you.

Use our recap of every release date announced at E3 2019 to see just when you'll be calling in sick to work over the next several months. 

June 2019
  • The Last Remnant Remastered (Switch): June 10 
  • Collection of Mana (Switch): June 11
  • Contra Anniversary Collection (Switch): June 11
  • Cadence of Hyrule (Switch): June 13
July 2019
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order (Switch): July 19
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC): July 16
August 2019
  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC): August 6
  • Oninaki (Switch): August 22
  • Astral Chain (Switch): August 30
  • Blair Witch (Xbox One, PC): August 30
September 2019
  • Conan Chop Chop (Mobile): September 3
  • Gears of War 5 (Xbox One, PC): September 10
  • Daemon X Machina (Switch): September 13
  • Police Stories (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC): September 19
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Switch): September 20
  • Contras Rogue Corps (Switch): September 24
  • Code Vein: September 27th
  • Dragon Quest 11 S: Echoes of an Elusive Age (Switch): September 27
  • FIFA 20 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch): September 27
October 2019
  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) - October 4
  • The Outer Worlds (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) - October 25
November 2019
  • Death Stranding (PlayStation 4): November 8
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC): November 15
  • Doom Eternal (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Stadia): November 22
Note: No New Dates Announced for December 2019 or January 2020
February 2020
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Xbox One, PC): February 11
  • Gods and Monsters (PlayStation 4, Xbox One Switch, PC, Stadia): February 25
March 2020
  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake (PlayStation 4): March 3
  • Watch Dogs: Legion (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC): March 3
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch): March 20
April 2020
  • Cyberpunk 2077 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC): April 16
May 2020
  • Marvel's Avengers (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Stadia): May 15
Holiday 2020
  • Halo Infinite (Project Scarlett)
2020 (Unspecified)
  • Crossfire X (Xbox One)
  • Dragon Ball Kakarot (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)
  • Dying Light 2 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)
  • Tales of Arise (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)

As you can expect, this calendar will be further filled in as months go on, but even right now, there's quite a range and number of major releases headed our way. Which games have you marking your calendar?

Be sure to check out our complete 2019 release calendar to see all of the games releasing this year. 

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E3 2019 Microsoft Press Conference Recap: Team Xbox Unveils Project Scarlett and a Whole Lot of Game Pass https://www.gameskinny.com/9eg1g/e3-2019-microsoft-press-conference-recap-team-xbox-unveils-project-scarlett-and-a-whole-lot-of-game-pass https://www.gameskinny.com/9eg1g/e3-2019-microsoft-press-conference-recap-team-xbox-unveils-project-scarlett-and-a-whole-lot-of-game-pass Sun, 09 Jun 2019 20:47:53 -0400 Mark Delaney

Microsoft's E3 2019 press conference just wrapped after nearly two hours of new trailers for games like Gears 5 and Halo Infinite, world premieres for games like Miyazaki and Martin's collaborative Elden Ring, and more than a little bit of info on the next Xbox, which is now officially being referred to as "Project Scarlett," after rumors have long suggested so.

If you missed the whole show or maybe just bits and pieces of it in your excitement we've recapped every moment, every reveal, and every trailer into this handy round-up. Of course, if you'd rather watch it all from start to finish yourself, that's fine too. Check that out below!

If you want to take it bit by bit with us, here's literally everything Microsoft announced at E3 2019.

The Outer Worlds

The Xbox presser kicked off with the next game from one of their new first-party studios, Obsidian Entertainment. While the space RPG The Outer Worlds isn't being published by Microsoft — it was already in development from 2K's Private Division label before the 2018 acquisition it will still be premiering in Xbox Game Pass at launch, the same as so many more games to come in this roundup, as you'll see.

The trailer avoids the game's cynical humor for the most part and depicts a more serious version of the capitalist hellhole the game was made famous for when it debuted last December. You can look forward to playing the game on October 25.

Bleeding Edge

Following quickly from The Outer Worlds, two of Ninja Theory's developers came to the stage to introduce their next game, Bleeding Edge. If you think of a melee-focused Overwatch, you're not far off. The game was in development before Microsoft came calling with big wads of cash, so the June 27 technical alpha may seem like a quick turnaround, but really this has been their project for a few years already.

Bleeding Edge pits two teams of four into maps that seem conducive to many playstyles, which should benefit players no matter which of the many teased heroes from the new trailer above. Like The Outer Worlds, it'll launch directly into Game Pass at an unannounced date.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Before we had even seen Phil Spencer hit the stage, a third Xbox Game Studios project came to the stage. The Ori sequel delivered a new trailer that showed off a ton of new environments and several enemy types that are hopefully bosses otherwise, Ori may be vastly unprepared if these behemoths are to be commonplace.

It launches on February 11, 2020 -- and yes, directly into Game Pass too.

Minecraft Dungeons

One of two new games in the Minecraft universe coming soon (though the only one shown on stage at the presser), Minecraft Dungeons' trailer highlighted brand new gameplay moments, including character loadouts, combat, and four-player co-op, which can be played either locally or online. It didn't get a firm release date but it did get a window of spring 2020.

I bet you can guess whether it's coming to Game Pass day and date with retail. If you're really stuck, here's a spoiler: it is.

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order

As promised, Jedi: Fallen Order made its second appearance in as many days on a pre-E3 stage. This time, new gameplay segments were shown off in the trailer on Xbox's stage, including more interaction with a familiar character from the film's universe. Remember, the game is officially canon now. Take that, Force Unleashed! 

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order arrives this year on November 15.

Blair Witch

After the power fantasy of Star Wars concluded, it was time to flip game mechanics on their head with a horror game that leaves you almost completely helpless.

What looked a bit like Outlast 3 at first was soon revealed to be Blair Witch, a first-person horror adventure from Bloober Team, the same studio behind recent horror games Observer and Layers of Fear.

Though it's not a first-party title, Blair Witch will be coming directly to Xbox Game Pass on August 30.

Cyberpunk 2077

After last year's exciting stinger, CD Projekt Red returned to the Xbox stage and they brought John Wick with them. Well, sort of. Revealed at the end of the trailer above, Keanu Reeves is portraying a character in the much-anticipated cyberpunk title.

He took to the stage to reveal the game's release date too. Despite what we heard about the game being too powerful for current generation consoles, Cyberpunk 2077 hits next spring, April 16, 2020, on all the platforms you'd expect.

Spiritfarer

Yet another Game Pass-at-launch title is this indie, Spiritfarer, which bills itself as a "cozy management game about dying." Well, okay then. Seems like a strange, almost contradictory setup, but I bet that's the point. get comfy with losing your loved ones, folks. This is going to be cathartic.

No release date was given yet, but the trailer does offer some cool gameplay detailing how you can customize your boathouse together with your everpresent cat companion.

Battletoads

"Do you have Battletoads?" Yes, and so will Game Pass at launch. The revived brawler from yesteryear only got a teaser last year and didn't show us any gameplay, so this cartoony melee combat is our very first look at what the hokey series can be in a contemporary setting. It feels like a game that knows it's absurd and that's exactly how you'd want it to be.

No release date was given just yet, so maybe keep calling your local game retailer for now.

The Legend of Wright

One of the cool things Microsoft has done a lot lately is make time on their massive stage for some tiny games. Hand-drawn indie The Legend of Wright is another example of that. The shifting aesthetics of the game are glorious and confusing at once. What's going on in this one?

We can't be sure yet, but we'll find out when it launches in 2020.

ID@Xbox Sizzle Reel

Speaking of indies, the annual ID@Xbox sizzle reel was up next and showed off over a dozen games, all of which will be you guessed it coming to Xbox Game Pass on their respective launch dates.

One of them, Riverbond, is even out today. I know because my wife and I spent all of our morning before the show playing it. It's fun! Check out the trailer for the rest of the games.

20+ Game Pass Titles Added Today

I don't know if you've heard by now, but Microsoft has this service called Game Pass...

Yeah, even more Xbox Game Pass titles were announced, all of which came to the service today. Big hitters like Batman: Arkham Knight and Metro Exodus were supplemented by indies like Hollow Knight and Old Man's Journey. Here's the full list of what's new to Game Pass today:

  • ASTRONEER
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Battle Chasers: Nightwar
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
  • Bridge Constructor Portal
  • Everspace
  • Guacamelee! 2
  • Hollow Knight
  • Lightspeed: Double Speer Edition
  • Metal Slug X
  • Metro Exodus
  • Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
  • Moonlighter
  • Neon Chrome
  • Old Man’s Journey
  • Riptide GP: Renegade
  • Riverbond 
  • Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun
  • Shenmue 1&2
  • Silence – The Whispered World 2
  • Smoke and Sacrifice
  • SteamWorld Dig 2
  • Supermarket Shriek 
  • Thimbleweed Park
  • The Turing Test
  • Wizard of Legend

Xbox Game Pass Comes to PC Today, Included in Game Pass Ultimate

As the company revealed last week, Game Pass is coming to PC. In fact, you can join the open beta today. The PC version will feature its own list of "over 100 games by August" including all Xbox Game Studios titles on day one just like its console counterpart. 

Subscribers to Game Pass Ultimate (Game Pass and Games with Gold combined) now also get Game Pass PC included with their $14.99/month subscription. You can also sign up for your first month of Game Pass Ultimate right now for $1.

MS Flight Sim

Coming directly to Game Pass PC, and seemingly consoles for the first time, is the latest edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator. The ever-popular sim has been a PC staple for years, and the trailer implied it'll be coming to Xbox One as well.

In the time since the trailer was shown, some are saying that's inaccurate, though Microsoft has said no such thing themselves yet.

Age of Empires II Definitive Edition

More surely coming just to PC is Age of Empires II Definitive Edition. You can see the remastered classic in action in this brand new trailer.

I probably don't need to say it again, but lest we forget, it's coming to Xbox Game Pass on day one next year. Who would've guessed it?

Wasteland 3

Another title from a newly acquired studio, Wasteland 3 continues Inxile's tradition of keeping CRPGs alive. This time it's to the cold Rocky Mountains of Colorado, giving an aesthetic makeover to the series.

Tonally, it's probably right where fans want it to be, with a similar humorous cynicism as The Outer Worlds from Obsidian and the previous Wasteland games.

Microsoft Acquires Double Fine Productions

Matt Booty twerked to the stage to reveal yet another Microsoft studio buyout. This time it was Tim Schafer's Double Fine Productions.

The studio famous for games such as Psychonauts and Brutal Legend got to celebrate their new parent company with the first-ever gameplay trailer for the long-awaited Psychonauts 2.

LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga

It was a bit weird when The Force Awakens got a LEGO game but The Last Jedi didn't. Well, now it has, along with every other mainline story in the Star Wars universe. 

The Skywalker Saga depicts all nine films, including the yet to be released Rise of Skywalker in brick and minifig form. It arrives next year, after the final movie in the Abrams run has made a billion dollars.

Dragon Ball Z Kakarot

Once known as Dragon Ball Project Z, the action RPG based on the hugely popular anime series is now Dragon Ball Z Kakarot. 

The combat of Kakarot resembled something closer to the past games in the series rather than last year's 2D fighter, though the label of "action RPG" should mean it's ultimately quite different from anything else in the franchise. It arrives in 2020.

12 Minutes

If I'm allowed to editorialize here (if you're reading this, I am!) 12 Minutes was one of the coolest reveals on stage during the Xbox show. Presented in top-down format, the entire game seems to take place in a small apartment where players control a man stuck in a Groundhog Day-like time loop, only it's one that tends to end much more tragically. 

I won't say anything else on it, as it's so stylish and well done, you should really see it for yourself.

Way to the Woods

Up next was Way to the Woods, an indie about a pair of deer, father and fawn, exploring a world, presumably to return to the woods. It has the air of a game that will be at different times uplifting and tragic, and it has me wondering which note it will end on.

*Gulp*

Stay safe, little deer!

Gears 5

The stage presence for Gears 5 was rumored to be heavy before the show, and it turns out that was correct. It got the longest time on screen of any game, featuring multiple trailers. The first, above, depicts the psychological tormet of new protagonist Kait Diaz. 

The game will be coming to Game Pass at launch on September 10, but you can access it four days early with a Game Pass Ultimate subscription or if you buy the game's Ultimate Edition.

The versus technical test will go live on July 19 during which time players can take part in a new arcade mode. Later this summer, beginning in August, players can regroup for an early look at the game's Horde mode. 

Rod Fergusson also hit the stage to unveil a brand new mode called Escape, which has players infiltrate an enemy encampment, plant a bomb, and escape amid the chaos.

Anyone who pre-orders the game or plays within the first week via purchase or Game Pass will also gain access to a character pack featuring a T-2000 robot from Terminator Dark Fate.

Xbox Elite Controller Series 2

Rumors of a new controller were loud for weeks and they were proven right on stage. Microsoft unveiled the Elite Series 2 controller, featuring "over 30" new ways to customize your experience, including new trigger sensitivity settings, new wraparound rubberized grip, and game profile settings that you can set for up to three games so each plays how you like it.

You can see all that and more in the tech-heavy trailer above.

Dying Light 2

Following the news that it's going to be published by Square Enix, Dying Light 2 got a new trailer during Microsoft's show which included a release date and some more pondering on how player choice affects the world.

You can play nice, be the bad guy, or (a gaming favorite) exist somewhere in the gray area when it hits stores next spring.

Forza Horizon 4 LEGO Speed Champions

Another one that was heavily rumored was the Forza DLC featuring LEGO. Right again! An all-brick McLaren Senna was this year's token on-stage vehicle and helped introduce players to Forza Horizon 4's second expansion: LEGO Speed Champions.

If you're a fan of both the game and the toys, it seems likely this partnership will extend to physical playsets in the near future just as it has when Forza teamed up with Hot Wheels.

Gears POP!

Returning to the stage after last year's reveal was Gears POP!, a mobile strategy game which brings together an unlikely pair of properties.

Pre-orders go live "soon" and players can pre-register (pre-pre-order?) the game starting today. 

State of Decay 2

We already knew State of Decay 2 was getting a Return to Trumbull Valley DLC. What we didn't know was it had been reworked or just expanded into the Heartland story DLC, which is out today for $9.99 and a 10% discount if you have Game Pass.

The DLC offers two parallel storylines featuring new characters in both cases. It seems likely their stories will converge, but thankfully we haven't been spoiled yet.

Phantasy Star Online 2

Japan's premiere online MMORPG is coming to Xbox as a free to play title next year. A new trailer highlighted a lot of the tropes we've come to expect from the genre like big hair and bigger swords, so even if you're new to the series, it may feel familiar.

Crossfire X

If you're going to go and get Japan's premiere MMO, why not snag China's premiere shooter too? That's what Team Xbox did with Crossfire X, a rebranding of China's most popular FPS. It's coming to Xbox next year and will launch directly into Game Pass.

They didn't reference it in the show, but this is also the game for which Remedy wrote the story content, so fans of their games may want to take a closer look when it arrives in 2020.

Tales of Arise

A new Tales game is coming, and that would've been a huge reveal if it wasn't for the fact that Bandai's site was scraped earlier this weekend and all their news were leaked.

Still, fans got the full trailer on all its glory. Watch it above if you're ready for another adventure.

Borderlands 3

A new stylish as ever trailer was shown for Gearbox's Borderlands 3 and it introduces the four primary character classes on offer in the third go-around.

What's even better is Gearbox confirmed the leaked Fight for Sanctuary DLC is real, out today, and free in Borderlands 2. The DLC is meant to bridge the gap between the last game and this September's so if you're one of the few in it for the story, this one is for you.

Elden Ring

Perhaps no game would've received bigger applause than this one if it weren't for the aforementioned Bandai Namco leak. The Miyazaki-George RR Martin collaboration, Elden Ring, is real.

No release date was mentioned, but the trailer definitely feels like something spun up from precisely these two creators, which makes for an extremely exciting prospect for fans of either and perhaps a literal dream come true for many who admire both men's work.

Project Scarlett Revealed

Phil Spencer then returned to the stage to discuss the future of Xbox. In the near term, your Xbox One will be updated this October to allow you to stream games completely for the first time ever. 

Speaking farther down the line, Spencer also introduced Project Scarlett, the next-gen Xbox project being built by the same team that created fan favorites such as the Xbox One X, the Elite controller, and more. He stressed it will be a games machine first and foremost, obviously still trying to clear away the smears left by Don Mattrick's failed vision. 

Together with AMD, his team has created a custom processor that is four times more powerful than the Xbox One X. Many of the project leaders are seen in the above trailer mentioning things like 8K resolution and near-total removal of loading screens.

The console will launch at the end of 2020. They chose to not yet confirm if there will really be two versions of the console as other rumors have stated, but we image a reveal event next spring may eventually tell us what's true or false in that regard.

Halo Infinite 

Though it's almost a year and a half away from launch, Project Scarlett has already been given its first launch title reveal, and what else would it be? 

Halo Infinite closed out the Microsoft E3 2019 press conference with an extended cinematic trailer featuring our hero, Master Chief, who awakens from near-death and immediately straps in for the fight. He doesn't waste any time, does he? 

That's everything from Microsoft's E3 2019 press conference. What was your favorite announcement?  

Be sure to check out our other E3 2019 coverage below: 

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E3 2019 Microsoft Press Conference Recap: Team Xbox Unveils Project Scarlett and a Whole Lot of Game Pass https://www.gameskinny.com/9eg1g/e3-2019-microsoft-press-conference-recap-team-xbox-unveils-project-scarlett-and-a-whole-lot-of-game-pass https://www.gameskinny.com/9eg1g/e3-2019-microsoft-press-conference-recap-team-xbox-unveils-project-scarlett-and-a-whole-lot-of-game-pass Sun, 09 Jun 2019 20:47:53 -0400 Mark Delaney

Microsoft's E3 2019 press conference just wrapped after nearly two hours of new trailers for games like Gears 5 and Halo Infinite, world premieres for games like Miyazaki and Martin's collaborative Elden Ring, and more than a little bit of info on the next Xbox, which is now officially being referred to as "Project Scarlett," after rumors have long suggested so.

If you missed the whole show or maybe just bits and pieces of it in your excitement we've recapped every moment, every reveal, and every trailer into this handy round-up. Of course, if you'd rather watch it all from start to finish yourself, that's fine too. Check that out below!

If you want to take it bit by bit with us, here's literally everything Microsoft announced at E3 2019.

The Outer Worlds

The Xbox presser kicked off with the next game from one of their new first-party studios, Obsidian Entertainment. While the space RPG The Outer Worlds isn't being published by Microsoft — it was already in development from 2K's Private Division label before the 2018 acquisition it will still be premiering in Xbox Game Pass at launch, the same as so many more games to come in this roundup, as you'll see.

The trailer avoids the game's cynical humor for the most part and depicts a more serious version of the capitalist hellhole the game was made famous for when it debuted last December. You can look forward to playing the game on October 25.

Bleeding Edge

Following quickly from The Outer Worlds, two of Ninja Theory's developers came to the stage to introduce their next game, Bleeding Edge. If you think of a melee-focused Overwatch, you're not far off. The game was in development before Microsoft came calling with big wads of cash, so the June 27 technical alpha may seem like a quick turnaround, but really this has been their project for a few years already.

Bleeding Edge pits two teams of four into maps that seem conducive to many playstyles, which should benefit players no matter which of the many teased heroes from the new trailer above. Like The Outer Worlds, it'll launch directly into Game Pass at an unannounced date.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Before we had even seen Phil Spencer hit the stage, a third Xbox Game Studios project came to the stage. The Ori sequel delivered a new trailer that showed off a ton of new environments and several enemy types that are hopefully bosses otherwise, Ori may be vastly unprepared if these behemoths are to be commonplace.

It launches on February 11, 2020 -- and yes, directly into Game Pass too.

Minecraft Dungeons

One of two new games in the Minecraft universe coming soon (though the only one shown on stage at the presser), Minecraft Dungeons' trailer highlighted brand new gameplay moments, including character loadouts, combat, and four-player co-op, which can be played either locally or online. It didn't get a firm release date but it did get a window of spring 2020.

I bet you can guess whether it's coming to Game Pass day and date with retail. If you're really stuck, here's a spoiler: it is.

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order

As promised, Jedi: Fallen Order made its second appearance in as many days on a pre-E3 stage. This time, new gameplay segments were shown off in the trailer on Xbox's stage, including more interaction with a familiar character from the film's universe. Remember, the game is officially canon now. Take that, Force Unleashed! 

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order arrives this year on November 15.

Blair Witch

After the power fantasy of Star Wars concluded, it was time to flip game mechanics on their head with a horror game that leaves you almost completely helpless.

What looked a bit like Outlast 3 at first was soon revealed to be Blair Witch, a first-person horror adventure from Bloober Team, the same studio behind recent horror games Observer and Layers of Fear.

Though it's not a first-party title, Blair Witch will be coming directly to Xbox Game Pass on August 30.

Cyberpunk 2077

After last year's exciting stinger, CD Projekt Red returned to the Xbox stage and they brought John Wick with them. Well, sort of. Revealed at the end of the trailer above, Keanu Reeves is portraying a character in the much-anticipated cyberpunk title.

He took to the stage to reveal the game's release date too. Despite what we heard about the game being too powerful for current generation consoles, Cyberpunk 2077 hits next spring, April 16, 2020, on all the platforms you'd expect.

Spiritfarer

Yet another Game Pass-at-launch title is this indie, Spiritfarer, which bills itself as a "cozy management game about dying." Well, okay then. Seems like a strange, almost contradictory setup, but I bet that's the point. get comfy with losing your loved ones, folks. This is going to be cathartic.

No release date was given yet, but the trailer does offer some cool gameplay detailing how you can customize your boathouse together with your everpresent cat companion.

Battletoads

"Do you have Battletoads?" Yes, and so will Game Pass at launch. The revived brawler from yesteryear only got a teaser last year and didn't show us any gameplay, so this cartoony melee combat is our very first look at what the hokey series can be in a contemporary setting. It feels like a game that knows it's absurd and that's exactly how you'd want it to be.

No release date was given just yet, so maybe keep calling your local game retailer for now.

The Legend of Wright

One of the cool things Microsoft has done a lot lately is make time on their massive stage for some tiny games. Hand-drawn indie The Legend of Wright is another example of that. The shifting aesthetics of the game are glorious and confusing at once. What's going on in this one?

We can't be sure yet, but we'll find out when it launches in 2020.

ID@Xbox Sizzle Reel

Speaking of indies, the annual ID@Xbox sizzle reel was up next and showed off over a dozen games, all of which will be you guessed it coming to Xbox Game Pass on their respective launch dates.

One of them, Riverbond, is even out today. I know because my wife and I spent all of our morning before the show playing it. It's fun! Check out the trailer for the rest of the games.

20+ Game Pass Titles Added Today

I don't know if you've heard by now, but Microsoft has this service called Game Pass...

Yeah, even more Xbox Game Pass titles were announced, all of which came to the service today. Big hitters like Batman: Arkham Knight and Metro Exodus were supplemented by indies like Hollow Knight and Old Man's Journey. Here's the full list of what's new to Game Pass today:

  • ASTRONEER
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Battle Chasers: Nightwar
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
  • Bridge Constructor Portal
  • Everspace
  • Guacamelee! 2
  • Hollow Knight
  • Lightspeed: Double Speer Edition
  • Metal Slug X
  • Metro Exodus
  • Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
  • Moonlighter
  • Neon Chrome
  • Old Man’s Journey
  • Riptide GP: Renegade
  • Riverbond 
  • Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun
  • Shenmue 1&2
  • Silence – The Whispered World 2
  • Smoke and Sacrifice
  • SteamWorld Dig 2
  • Supermarket Shriek 
  • Thimbleweed Park
  • The Turing Test
  • Wizard of Legend

Xbox Game Pass Comes to PC Today, Included in Game Pass Ultimate

As the company revealed last week, Game Pass is coming to PC. In fact, you can join the open beta today. The PC version will feature its own list of "over 100 games by August" including all Xbox Game Studios titles on day one just like its console counterpart. 

Subscribers to Game Pass Ultimate (Game Pass and Games with Gold combined) now also get Game Pass PC included with their $14.99/month subscription. You can also sign up for your first month of Game Pass Ultimate right now for $1.

MS Flight Sim

Coming directly to Game Pass PC, and seemingly consoles for the first time, is the latest edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator. The ever-popular sim has been a PC staple for years, and the trailer implied it'll be coming to Xbox One as well.

In the time since the trailer was shown, some are saying that's inaccurate, though Microsoft has said no such thing themselves yet.

Age of Empires II Definitive Edition

More surely coming just to PC is Age of Empires II Definitive Edition. You can see the remastered classic in action in this brand new trailer.

I probably don't need to say it again, but lest we forget, it's coming to Xbox Game Pass on day one next year. Who would've guessed it?

Wasteland 3

Another title from a newly acquired studio, Wasteland 3 continues Inxile's tradition of keeping CRPGs alive. This time it's to the cold Rocky Mountains of Colorado, giving an aesthetic makeover to the series.

Tonally, it's probably right where fans want it to be, with a similar humorous cynicism as The Outer Worlds from Obsidian and the previous Wasteland games.

Microsoft Acquires Double Fine Productions

Matt Booty twerked to the stage to reveal yet another Microsoft studio buyout. This time it was Tim Schafer's Double Fine Productions.

The studio famous for games such as Psychonauts and Brutal Legend got to celebrate their new parent company with the first-ever gameplay trailer for the long-awaited Psychonauts 2.

LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga

It was a bit weird when The Force Awakens got a LEGO game but The Last Jedi didn't. Well, now it has, along with every other mainline story in the Star Wars universe. 

The Skywalker Saga depicts all nine films, including the yet to be released Rise of Skywalker in brick and minifig form. It arrives next year, after the final movie in the Abrams run has made a billion dollars.

Dragon Ball Z Kakarot

Once known as Dragon Ball Project Z, the action RPG based on the hugely popular anime series is now Dragon Ball Z Kakarot. 

The combat of Kakarot resembled something closer to the past games in the series rather than last year's 2D fighter, though the label of "action RPG" should mean it's ultimately quite different from anything else in the franchise. It arrives in 2020.

12 Minutes

If I'm allowed to editorialize here (if you're reading this, I am!) 12 Minutes was one of the coolest reveals on stage during the Xbox show. Presented in top-down format, the entire game seems to take place in a small apartment where players control a man stuck in a Groundhog Day-like time loop, only it's one that tends to end much more tragically. 

I won't say anything else on it, as it's so stylish and well done, you should really see it for yourself.

Way to the Woods

Up next was Way to the Woods, an indie about a pair of deer, father and fawn, exploring a world, presumably to return to the woods. It has the air of a game that will be at different times uplifting and tragic, and it has me wondering which note it will end on.

*Gulp*

Stay safe, little deer!

Gears 5

The stage presence for Gears 5 was rumored to be heavy before the show, and it turns out that was correct. It got the longest time on screen of any game, featuring multiple trailers. The first, above, depicts the psychological tormet of new protagonist Kait Diaz. 

The game will be coming to Game Pass at launch on September 10, but you can access it four days early with a Game Pass Ultimate subscription or if you buy the game's Ultimate Edition.

The versus technical test will go live on July 19 during which time players can take part in a new arcade mode. Later this summer, beginning in August, players can regroup for an early look at the game's Horde mode. 

Rod Fergusson also hit the stage to unveil a brand new mode called Escape, which has players infiltrate an enemy encampment, plant a bomb, and escape amid the chaos.

Anyone who pre-orders the game or plays within the first week via purchase or Game Pass will also gain access to a character pack featuring a T-2000 robot from Terminator Dark Fate.

Xbox Elite Controller Series 2

Rumors of a new controller were loud for weeks and they were proven right on stage. Microsoft unveiled the Elite Series 2 controller, featuring "over 30" new ways to customize your experience, including new trigger sensitivity settings, new wraparound rubberized grip, and game profile settings that you can set for up to three games so each plays how you like it.

You can see all that and more in the tech-heavy trailer above.

Dying Light 2

Following the news that it's going to be published by Square Enix, Dying Light 2 got a new trailer during Microsoft's show which included a release date and some more pondering on how player choice affects the world.

You can play nice, be the bad guy, or (a gaming favorite) exist somewhere in the gray area when it hits stores next spring.

Forza Horizon 4 LEGO Speed Champions

Another one that was heavily rumored was the Forza DLC featuring LEGO. Right again! An all-brick McLaren Senna was this year's token on-stage vehicle and helped introduce players to Forza Horizon 4's second expansion: LEGO Speed Champions.

If you're a fan of both the game and the toys, it seems likely this partnership will extend to physical playsets in the near future just as it has when Forza teamed up with Hot Wheels.

Gears POP!

Returning to the stage after last year's reveal was Gears POP!, a mobile strategy game which brings together an unlikely pair of properties.

Pre-orders go live "soon" and players can pre-register (pre-pre-order?) the game starting today. 

State of Decay 2

We already knew State of Decay 2 was getting a Return to Trumbull Valley DLC. What we didn't know was it had been reworked or just expanded into the Heartland story DLC, which is out today for $9.99 and a 10% discount if you have Game Pass.

The DLC offers two parallel storylines featuring new characters in both cases. It seems likely their stories will converge, but thankfully we haven't been spoiled yet.

Phantasy Star Online 2

Japan's premiere online MMORPG is coming to Xbox as a free to play title next year. A new trailer highlighted a lot of the tropes we've come to expect from the genre like big hair and bigger swords, so even if you're new to the series, it may feel familiar.

Crossfire X

If you're going to go and get Japan's premiere MMO, why not snag China's premiere shooter too? That's what Team Xbox did with Crossfire X, a rebranding of China's most popular FPS. It's coming to Xbox next year and will launch directly into Game Pass.

They didn't reference it in the show, but this is also the game for which Remedy wrote the story content, so fans of their games may want to take a closer look when it arrives in 2020.

Tales of Arise

A new Tales game is coming, and that would've been a huge reveal if it wasn't for the fact that Bandai's site was scraped earlier this weekend and all their news were leaked.

Still, fans got the full trailer on all its glory. Watch it above if you're ready for another adventure.

Borderlands 3

A new stylish as ever trailer was shown for Gearbox's Borderlands 3 and it introduces the four primary character classes on offer in the third go-around.

What's even better is Gearbox confirmed the leaked Fight for Sanctuary DLC is real, out today, and free in Borderlands 2. The DLC is meant to bridge the gap between the last game and this September's so if you're one of the few in it for the story, this one is for you.

Elden Ring

Perhaps no game would've received bigger applause than this one if it weren't for the aforementioned Bandai Namco leak. The Miyazaki-George RR Martin collaboration, Elden Ring, is real.

No release date was mentioned, but the trailer definitely feels like something spun up from precisely these two creators, which makes for an extremely exciting prospect for fans of either and perhaps a literal dream come true for many who admire both men's work.

Project Scarlett Revealed

Phil Spencer then returned to the stage to discuss the future of Xbox. In the near term, your Xbox One will be updated this October to allow you to stream games completely for the first time ever. 

Speaking farther down the line, Spencer also introduced Project Scarlett, the next-gen Xbox project being built by the same team that created fan favorites such as the Xbox One X, the Elite controller, and more. He stressed it will be a games machine first and foremost, obviously still trying to clear away the smears left by Don Mattrick's failed vision. 

Together with AMD, his team has created a custom processor that is four times more powerful than the Xbox One X. Many of the project leaders are seen in the above trailer mentioning things like 8K resolution and near-total removal of loading screens.

The console will launch at the end of 2020. They chose to not yet confirm if there will really be two versions of the console as other rumors have stated, but we image a reveal event next spring may eventually tell us what's true or false in that regard.

Halo Infinite 

Though it's almost a year and a half away from launch, Project Scarlett has already been given its first launch title reveal, and what else would it be? 

Halo Infinite closed out the Microsoft E3 2019 press conference with an extended cinematic trailer featuring our hero, Master Chief, who awakens from near-death and immediately straps in for the fight. He doesn't waste any time, does he? 

That's everything from Microsoft's E3 2019 press conference. What was your favorite announcement?  

Be sure to check out our other E3 2019 coverage below: 

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