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    >> Tales of Zestiria Lalabit and Famitsu Japanese Collector's Editions, Pre-order Bonuses


    Tales of Zestiria's Japanese collector's editions from Lalabit Market and Famitsu Ebten have now been revealed. Here's also an update on the game's pre-order bonuses.

    The Tales of Zestiria Lalabit Market Edition, priced at 13,980 Yen Tax included (roughly $130), includes the following items:

    1. Tales of Zestiria game software

    2. Chibi Kyun Chara figures of Sorey, Alisha, Mikleo and Edna. The concept sketches are above. (you get the 4 figures)

    3. The Divine Records bookmarks set of 6.

    4. Sorey's Sword Ornament Charm (1 piece)

    5. A book called "Record of Greenwood Travels" (1 piece, name is temporary for now)

    6. Collection box made to look like the Divine Records book that Sorey has.

    7. The 2 pre-order bonuses: 1 of 4 straps of Sorey, Alisha, Edna and Mikleo plus the cameo Mystic Artes of Alisha, Mikleo and Lailah.

    The Tales of Zestiria Lalabit Market is now available at Lalabit. The shop is Japan only, so you will need a proxy if you want to order. Or, you can pre-order it at Nin-Nin Games.

    The Tales of Zestiria Famitsu DX Pack is priced at 11,740 Yen (roughly $110) and will include the following items:

    1. Tales of Zestiria game software (1 piece)

    2. Normin Plush Doll

    3. Special Illustration Clear Files by ufotable (set of 5)

    4. Tin pins with faces of the characters ( set of 8 )

    5. Tales of Zestiria mug cup with illustrations by Sakurai from Kotobukiya (the one who illustrates for the Tales of Friends straps).

    6. The pre-order bonus strap (1 of 4 designs) and the pre-order bonus cameo Mystic Artes.

    The Tales of Zestiria Famitsu DX Pack is now available for pre-order at Ebten. Again, this shop is Japan-only, so you'll need a proxy to order.

    Regarding the bonus Mystic Artes, they are specifically for Alisha, Mikleo and Lailah. They mainly feature Mystic Artes of older Tales of characters as a sort of cameo.

    Alisha's cameo Mystic Arte is Leia Rolando's Soulstoke Celebration from Tales of Xillia.

    Lailah's cameo Mystic Arte is Kongwai Tao's Silent End from Tales of Innocence R.

    And Mikleo's cameo Mystic Arte is Loni Dunamis's Final Prayer from Tales of Destiny 2.

    Tales of Zestiria will be released in Japan on January 22, 2015, and in North America and Europe sometime in the future. Pre-orders are now available at the following shops:

    Posted by a745 on Sep 16, 2014 - 12:24am PDT     Post a Comment (0)
    >> First Tales of Zestiria Commercial Shows Off Opening Song White Light By Superfly


    Tales of Zestiria's first Japanese commercial is now available, featuring a bit of the game's opening song "White Light" by Superfly.

    The commercial mainly shows animated cutscenes of the game, as well as a bit of Sorey's Kamui Mode transformation with Mikleo and Lailah.

    At the end of the commercial is the game's Japanese release date, the pre-order bonus straps (you get one random from the four kinds) and the pre-order bonus Mystic Artes. At this point, Baba-san has mentioned in a Tweet that the extra Mystic Artes are Mystic Artes of old characters being performed by Tales of Zestiria characters. So, in essence, they are actually more of extras than anything else.

    Tales of Zestiria will be released in Japan on January 22, 2015, and in North America and Europe sometime in the future. Pre-orders are now available at the following shops:

    Posted by a745 on Sep 13, 2014 - 07:47pm PDT     Post a Comment (0)
    >> Tales of Zestiria Scan Reveals Main Visual, New Character Rosé And Japanese Pre-order Bonuses Include Exclusive Mystic Artes


    The latest issue of Weekly Shonen Jump confirms Tales of Zestiria's Japanese release date, as well as reveals the game's main visual illustration, pre-order bonuses and a new character named Rosé.

    Rosé ( roze, romanization not yet official)
    "It's too late, you know? Even if you regret having helped."
    Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu (Sei Iori in Gundam Build Fighters, Neko in K)
    Designed by: Kosuke Fujishima
    Due to some circumstance, she will be joining Sorey and the others in their journey. She becomes the party's mood-maker with her bright and cheerful personality. For some reason, she has the same level of "Spirit Powers" as Sorey, making her able to sense (and possibly see?) the Divine like he can.

    Well, that came out of nowhere. This character seems quite important, especially if in the main visual illustration you see above, she's practically upfront with Sorey. Why they only decided to show her now is a mystery. We also see Zaveid on the illustration, so perhaps he might be playable, after all? We'll see. Also note that main visuals are usually used for the game's boxart.

    The game's release details have also been published. Indeed, the game will be coming out on January 22, 2015 in Japan for a price of 8,070 Yen ($76) + tax. Pre-order bonuses include:
    • 1 Premium Rubber Strap - There are 4 kinds (Sorey, Alisha, Mikleo or Edna) but you only get one at random.

    • Download code for special Mystic Artes for Mikleo, Alisha and Lailah that you can only get via pre-order

    Well, that's... surprising. We doubt those will be those characters' main Mystic Artes, but still... this is the first time we ever get Mystic Artes as pre-order bonuses.

    Hopefully we'll see more of Rosé during Tokyo Game Show this month.

    Tales of Zestiria will be released in Japan on January 22, 2015, and in North America and Europe sometime in the future. Pre-orders are now available at the following shops:

    Posted by a745 on Sep 10, 2014 - 05:40am PDT     Post a Comment (9)
    >> Tales of Zestiria Tokyo Game Show 2014 Sneak Peek Screenshots


    Tales of Zestiria will be getting a new trailer and its first commercial released during Tokyo Game Show 2014. Here's a sneak peek.

    Tales of Series Producer Hideo Baba has been Tweeting various sneak peek screenshots of the new content to expect from Tales of Zestiria during Tokyo Game Show 2014.

    It looks like we'll be seeing more animated scenes at the event. It wasn't mentioned if these were from the opening or from in-game cutscenes, but they're definitely from the game and not for the animated special.

    Here are some scenes from the trailer. Your typical "20th Anniversary Title is making its way to the PS3" message and some battles are shown.

    And here are Sorey and Alisha just hanging out.

    Speaking of Sorey and Alisha, the two are seen sharing a hug in these screens. Whether this is a romantic moment or a sad, angst-y one, we've yet to know.

    And one of the latest screenshots shown shows Sorey's Kamui transformation with Mikleo.

    Tokyo Game Show 2014 will be on September 18 to 21.

    Tales of Zestiria will be released in Japan on January 22, 2015, and in North America and Europe sometime in the future. Pre-orders are now available at the following shops:

    Posted by a745 on Sep 09, 2014 - 09:23am PDT     Post a Comment (0)
    >> Loni And Caius Revealed For Tales of the World: Reve Unitia


    Two more characters for upcoming Tales strategy game Tales of the World: Reve Unitia have been revealed, along with the return of two more characters from its Tactics Union predecessor.

    A scan from Weekly Jump reveals Loni Dunamis from Tales of Destiny 2 and Caius Qualls from Tales of the Tempest. In addition, the scan also shows Estelle from Tales of Vesperia and Spada Belforma from Tales of Innocence. Both characters were also already in the original Tales of the World: Tactics Union game that Reve Unitia is based on.

    Tales of the World: Reve Unitia will be released in Japan on October 23, 2014 for the 3DS. Pre-orders are now available at the following shops: Play-Asia | CDJapan | Amiami | YesAsia

    Posted by a745 on Sep 06, 2014 - 02:42am PDT     Post a Comment (1)
    >> PS3 Bargain Versions of Tales of Vesperia, Graces f, Xillia and Xillia 2 Announced For Japan


    Cheaper, PS3 The Best versions for Tales of Vesperia, Tales of Graces f, Tales of Xillia and Tales of Xillia 2 have been announced for Japan.

    "PS3 The Best" versions of a game are typically cheaper re-releases of games that sold very well. It's kind of like the "Greatest Hits" in the US or "Essentials" in Europe. In Japan, these games have a yellow label, while in the US, they have the red label. They are essentially the exact same game as their initial release, it's just that they are now being reprinted for a much cheaper price.

    If you never got these games (especially Tales of Vesperia PS3, which did not get localized), now is a great chance to get them.

    Each game will be released on October 9, 2014 for 2,800 Yen (approximately $28 ). You can already pre-order them at Play-Asia (links below):

    Posted by a745 on Sep 06, 2014 - 02:18am PDT     Post a Comment (4)
    >> Tales of Zestiria Japanese Release Date Leaked, Game Coming Out January 22, 2015 In Japan


    Tales of Zestiria's Japanese release date has apparently been leaked over at Tales Channel +.

    The post has long been taken down, but screenshots of the leak show that the game will be released on January 22, 2015. We'll have the September 13 issue of Jump confirm that, but if this was leaked at Tales Channel + itself, then this is almost 100% correct.

    With the Japanese release date on January, perhaps the Western release won't be so far off. Maybe Spring or Summer 2015? What do you think?

    Posted by a745 on Sep 05, 2014 - 03:38am PDT     Post a Comment (3)
    >> New Tales of Zestiria Scans Show New Screenshots And Recaps Info So Far


    The latest issue of Famitsu magazine shows new screenshots of Tales of Zestiria, as well as recaps everything we know so far about the game.

    The article basically covers the basic essentials we've already covered about Zestiria, like the game's story and battle system. Introductions of the characters are again shown starting from Sorey up to, surprisingly, Zaveid. The magazine also shows a few new screenshots of the game.

    With mainly a recap done, it seems we're nearing the game's release. Again, the release date will be revealed in the September 13 issue of Jump Magazine, so stay tuned!

    Tales of Zestiria will be released in Japan, North America and Europe sometime in the future. Pre-orders are now available at the following shops:

    Posted by a745 on Sep 04, 2014 - 09:25am PDT     Post a Comment (0)
    >> New Tales of the World: Reve Unitia Screenshots, Artwork and Videos - Veigue, Annie, Senel, Kohaku and Ruca


    We have new character videos of Veigue and Annie for Tales of the World: Reve Unitia. In addition, we have new screenshots and artwork of Senel, Annie, Kohaku and Ruca.

    Veigue and Annie Videos

    New Artwork

    New Game Screenshots

    View the rest here

    Animated Scene Screenshots

    Tales of the World: Reve Unitia will be released in Japan on October 23, 2014 for the 3DS. Pre-orders are now available at the following shops: Play-Asia | CDJapan | Amiami | YesAsia

    Posted by a745 on Sep 04, 2014 - 08:42am PDT     Post a Comment (0)
    >> New Tales of Zestiria Screenshots - Other Kamui Transformations, Sergei and Lucas


    The Tales of Zestiria official website has been updated with new screenshots and videos focusing on the new Kamui transformations, and the new characters Sergei and Lucas.

    Other Elemental Kamui Transformations and Partner Change

    Tales of Zestiria lets you easily change your partner in battle. This is actually where the assumption that Sorey (and/or Alisha, depending if she's available) are mandatory characters when in battle (aside from the interview with Baba-san, of course). With the Partner Change system, pressing the corresponding buttons to the elements beside Sorey's character portrait changes the partner he's with.

    Pressing L1 activates Kamui mode with Sorey's partner. Note that Sorey's Kamui mode form actually has the same look, just with different colors and attack features.

    For Mikleo's, Sorey uses a bow and arrow in Kamui mode, which can have long ranges both horizontally and diagonally. When you chain 3 consecutive attacks, the bow and arrow transforms into a massive, more powerful one.

    Edna's allows the use of fist power as well as the ability to summon rock pillars from the earth. Chaining 3 consecutive attacks turns the fists into gigantic ones.

    Dezel's uses swords that spin around like a tornado. When chaining 3 consecutive attacks, the swords take the form of giant wings. He has the ability to let the swords rain down on the enemy.

    The Fields in the Continent of Greenwood

    Here's a short video of how it is to navigate through the fields in the continent of Greenwood.


    Sergei is the captain of the White Emperor Knights under the direct control of the Lowlance Empire's Emperor. His standpoint allows him to deal with both military and political affairs, and he takes action against internal problems with much enthusiasm. Sergei (romanization official) is voiced by Hideyuki Hori. He is a hot-blodded man respected for his loyalty to the empire and his dedication to the people, earning the profound trust of those under his ranks. His battle prowess crosses that of a normal human, meaning that he is able to react to even the unseen attacks of the Divine. He is also able to use the secret arte, Beast (Shishisenkou), passed onto him by the first generation leader of the knights. He encounters Sorey because of a certain incident in the Lowlance Empire.


    Lucas, voiced by Takanori Hoshino, is a mercenary whose name is known even between the two countries' generals. The men under his leadership are said to compare even to that of an army. At present, he is under the employment of the Highland Kingdom. Though he may look like a ruffian on the outside, deep down, he has a calm and collected way of judgment and is a solid man with merits of his own right. This is an important factor that drives his subordinates to survive in battle.

    The Story So Far

    The capital of the Lowlance Empire is situated within the heart of the continent. Within its huge walls lies the royal palace and some sacred ruins, the place being several hundred years old since the Asgard Prosperity Age, technically making the entire place a huge historic ruin. In addition, a church that believes in the Divine has great power there and gathers support from the populace.

    It is the Priest's mission to look for sacred ruins such as this, hence he has great excitement upon arriving at the Empire. However, his arrival brings hostility to the Empire and the knights for they fear what he is capable of, and the church even considers his appearance as heresy. In addition, there are rumors floating around about "one who has the same miraculous power as the Priest." Sorey's arrival in Lowlance will force him to face the realities of the world.

    New Area: Valgran Woods

    A vast forest in the vicinity of the border between Lowlance and Highland. This dim area is covered in giant trees that seem to be a thousand years of age, and it serves as a route of trade between the two. There is a vague demarcation when it comes to which area rules which in the forest, hence ruffians such as thieves and bandits are rampant within the Woods, making it a dangerous place. Its insides are like a maze, hence it is unsure of a ruin lies within it, but there are rumors of a cave existing somewhere inside.

    Camelot Continental Bridge

    This is a bridge constructed by the Lowlance Empire on the sea. Specifically, they constructed it with a ruin that had sunk long ago as its base.

    Normin Creatures

    The Normin are Divine creatures that you will find throughout the world of Zestiria. Helping them out will apparently grant some special benefits. They have a Kyoto dialect.

    Edna, Dezel, Maltran Character Videos

    Tales of Zestiria will be released in Japan, North America and Europe sometime in the future. Pre-orders are now available at the following shops:

    Posted by a745 on Sep 04, 2014 - 08:14am PDT     Post a Comment (0)
    >> Tales of Xillia 2 Gets Mostly Great Reviews Across The Internet


    How did Tales of Xillia 2 do in some big-name website reviews? Pretty great, actually.

    Starting this off with IGN, Tales of Xillia 2 receives an 8.0. Though Xillia 2 is visually pretty much the same as Tales of Xillia, IGN mentions that the game is a whole new game on its own, with dozens of features to keep you playing for a while longer than you thought you would.

    GameTrailers gives the game a 7.6, praising the game's expansive, branching story and intense combat, but again points out the virtually no change in terms of graphics. They seem to have enjoyed the game's narrative more than anything else.

    The people over at PushSquare gives the game an 8/10. To directly quote them, "Several unnecessary complexities may hold the sequel back for some, but the strong story, engaging battle system, and brilliant character development should appeal to both casual and hardcore JRPG fans alike."

    Metro UK gives the game a measly 5/10, pointing out that the game has too much recycled content from Xillia, the debt mechanic being nothing but irritating, progression being more linear and character customization being more simplified (the Allium Orb, I believe). They still praise the game for having one of the best battle systems across other JRPGs, though.

    EuroGamer gives Xillia 2 a 7/10. To quote, "It's not an essential sequel, but it has bags of charm, a fascinating combat system and a storyline that manages to feel noticeably different to its genre peers. But it's also constructed and paced in such a way that its best features take too long to become apparent or are buried underneath mindless busywork. If you played through Tales of Xillia, this is an interesting but rather lumpy postscript to that adventure, but if you've never played a Tales game, this isn't the one to start with."

    So far, Tales of Xillia 2 is doing pretty good with reviews across the board. Most of the reviews question the need to make Ludger "mute" during the first playthrough when his voices could have just been added on the get go.

    Are you guys enjoying your copies of Xillia 2, as well?

    Posted by a745 on Sep 01, 2014 - 09:00am PDT     Post a Comment (3)
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