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I’ve played a fair share of Tales games over the years, each with their own story, characters, and battle system. Many Tales games have dark stories, but none of the ones I’ve played could top what Tales of Berseria has to offer. Bandai Namco has given us their darkest plot yet. It’s all about revenge and what that’ll cost you. You could almost say the protagonists are the bad guys!

As far as the story is concerned, the length is a bit deceiving at first. At one point I felt a bit cheated because I was already where Velvet, the main hero, needed to go to face off with Artorius. Once I went past that, however, I realized there was so much more to go. The story is dark in Tales of Berseria. Velvet’s brother was murdered by Artorius. It came down to the one person versus the whole world debate. Unfortunately, Artorius is a man of reason, so he chose the world instead of his nephew. Velvet, who was once a sweet girl who just wanted to take care of her family, became consumed with hate and revenge when her brother was killed, becoming a daemon in the process. This starts her and those she meets along the way down a long and dark path. She claims she’d do anything to kill him, and that’s shown time and again with how she treats the rest of the world. Velvet isn’t afraid to leave destruction in her wake if it takes her a step closer to killing Artorius.

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Persona 5

Now that Persona 5’s fourth promotional video has released, ATLUS has finally, finally, graced us with a release date. Well… a Japanese release date, but hey, that’s still reassurance that the game is indeed real and it will come out for the rest of us one day. ATLUS did say that the next stop for the Phantom Thieves will be at E3 so maybe we’ll get lucky and they’ll give us western fans a treat.

Just as a point of reference, the last main Persona game (Persona 4) came out in 2008, nearly eight years ago. Sure, we had Persona 4: Golden in 2012 but we’re all ready now for a new cast and a new story. So, while we’re eagerly anticipating any new scrap of news from Persona 5, let’s look back on a few of the hidden facts and symbolism from Personas 3 and 4.

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2016 is going to be an immaculate year for Japanese Role Playing Game fans across the globe!  While there are numerous JRPG titles launching this year, I have accumulated a list of my top 3 highly anticipated JRPGs that are set to release in 2016. Be prepared to immerse yourself into numerous worlds, new and old, as these titles fly off the shelves this year.

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The gaming market seems to be undersaturated with stellar JRPG titles these days. With Final Fantasy releases taking years to finally drop, to long awaited titles such as Kingdom Hearts 3 and Persona 5 still  just being teased to players, JRPG fans have been neglected in the home console market. However, a little indie title called Edge of Eternity may have slipped under the radar of avid JRPG fans, and it may have the power to help bring back a resurgence in the genre.

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Drakengard 3: Collectors Edition and the goodies it comes with have been announced along with a release date of May 20, 2014. This version of the game will only be available on the Square Enix Online store and they are only making 5,000 copies so you’ll have to grab it quick if you’re interested.