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Tales of Berseria

When I mentioned to Jennifer in passing that I missed Gamervescent [ed. note: prompting Jenn to suddenly decide “Hey let’s do Gamervescent again for the holiday season!] I was absolutely sincere, but I also didn’t take into consideration that I only played one game in all of 2017, besides solo rounds of You Don’t Know Jack (The Ride edition) and attempting Mass Effect: Andromeda and not liking it (I’ll need to retry this again sometime). I haven’t had energy to do much since restarting therapy—I’ve abandoned my wigs, my makeup collection grows and stays relatively untouched—but I did take three weeks out of my moping to play Tales of Berseria. The Tales Series has always been my favorite and Berseria looked exciting and promising with a story surrounding a female protagonist.

Meet Velvet, a small-town girl who rocks the long braid and messy bangs.

Berseria starts out like all Tales games: filled with hope and whimsy, meeting your main character and getting an introduction into their life. Velvet lives a quiet existence with her sick brother Laphi and their dead sister’s fiancee. They have humble beginnings and love each other very much. Velvet spends her time doting over her family and doing her damned best to please everyone around her. I started the game thinking it was beautiful visually, as most Tales games are, wondering what they had in mind for this sweet innocent girl, and also somewhat annoyed they had pigeonholed her into  a cooking, cleaning, caring stereotype. You know, until Arthur, her dead sister’s lover, decides to murder her baby brother Laphicet before her eyes, for the good of the people. Continue reading Tales of Berseria

Talkin’ ’bout Tales

Recently I have been playing a lot of the Tales Series, because I am overly excited for the 20th anniversary …. even if it won’t be out stateside until summer of 2015. What do I mean by “a lot”? My dreams are now animated. I keep trying to force people into conversations about something they could care less about by bringing up things to tie it all back to Tales.

See Below for Example:

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I mean, Troy Baker gets the ladies going.
I mean, Troy Baker gets the ladies going.

Through the replays (and first time go-round of Vesperia) I have discovered a few things:

My favorite character is always the person who befriends you… then betrays you… who eventually rights their wrongs and befriends you again. It’s to the point where if I like a character, I know they’re eventually going to break my heart…until they woo me back with their atonement. What is wrong with me that I am all about the emotional roller-coaster? Nothing. That shit is never boring.

No he doesn't Colette, HE IS PERFECT. Look at that flaming hair and super high collar, y'all are just ridiculously overly friendly.
No he doesn’t Colette, HE IS PERFECT. Look at that flaming hair and super high collar, y’all are just ridiculously overly friendly.

Turns out I talk to everyone. [Ed.: What a surprise.  you, KayKay.] Literally everyone, in every town, anytime I see them. Sometimes multiple times because I forgot I talked to them this go-round. Why? Because the NPCs are funny.

Like this catfishing asshole. Enjoy your meal, ruiner of lives.
Like this catfishing asshole. Enjoy your meal, ruiner of lives.

When I played Tales of Xillia I should have chosen Milla instead of Jude the first time around, because her story is better. When I realized this, I also found out that I am a jerk. I assumed that the female storyline and play-through would be less fulfilling and lazily done. I was wrong! I am grateful I was wrong, for once.

YOU GET TO CHILL WITH GODS. AND ARE A GOD.
YOU GET TO CHILL WITH GODS. AND ARE A GOD.

In Tales of Xillia 2, if you use your grade to buy Ludger’s English Dub voice during your second play-through… it sounds nothing like what you’d imagined. If you are me, you felt really sexist about assuming he’d be all gruff and gravely, with a slight bit of smolder… but in reality it’s more boyish. Is it weird that I objectify video game characters? Is that weird? Should I care if it is? [Ed.: Naw.  you, KayKay.]

Sorry buddy.
Sorry buddy.

I tend to get super lost. Like on the maps, it doesn’t help that I am directionally dyslexic and will never understand a compass. So I tend to spend hours accidentally grinding monsters because I’m lost and I can’t find the fucking Ymir Forest. Life is hard, guys.

Where the hell was I going? Is this NE? Or just E? W is the L-hand, right? UGGGHHHH!
Where the hell was I going? Is this NE? Or just E? W is the L-hand, right? UGGGHHHH!

Sometimes you have to complete puzzles, which I always forget the solutions to. So I spend a lot of time cussing at my screen.

Uhm… wat? Damn it, and a compass.
Uhm… wat? Damn it, and a compass.

So, much like that deceitful NPC dude catfishing his friend, I just tricked you into letting me go on and on and on about my beloved Tales.

Thank you.

 

Kaaaaaaaaylaaaaaaaaaaan!