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Tales of Berseria - The 16th Mothership Title in the Tales series

Tales of Berseria is a role-playing video game developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows. It is the 16th main entry in the Tales series and a spin-off/prequel of Tales of Zestiria. It was released in Japan in August 2016, and was released worldwide in January 2017. As with previous Tales games, characters can interact through Skits, animated clips that play outside cutscenes and battle in which characters are represented by head-and-shoulder portraits. New to the series' Skit systems is a cut-in effect where, at certain moments within skits, characters in various poses will appear in response to the dialogue.


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Berseria follows the story of 19-year-old girl named Velvet Crowe. When she was a child, Velvet and her younger brother Laphicet were saved by her brother-in-law Artorius when a Scarlet Night happened and Daemons attack their village; Velvet's pregnant older sister Celica is killed during the event known as the "Opening". Seven years later, Velvet takes care of her sickly brother with Artorius. The Scarlet Night returns, with the entire village succumbing to the Daemonblight. When Velvet finds Artorius, she sees him sacrifice her brother as part of a ritual, known as the Advent. Artorius attempts to use her for the Advent as well, but she fights back and the Daemonblight possesses her arm, mutating it and turning her into a Daemon called a Therion, which has the ability to absorb other Daemons. In a rage, she slaughters the nearby Daemons before passing out. She awakes in a prison for Daemons on the island Titania, swearing to kill Artorius and avenge her brother's murder.

Berseria takes places in the Holy Midgand Empire, the archepelago's ruling island. The game's world is shared with Tales of Zestiria. In the game, each island is divided into "territories." Along with humans, one of the other main races is the Malakhim (singular: Malak), which are supernatural spirits whose wills are sealed and used by humans as slaves to utilize their magical abilities.

As with previous Tales titles, the game uses a variation of the Linear Motion Battle System (LMBS). Berseria's version, called the Liberation-LMBS, allows players to freely move around the arena and rotate the camera at will when in the battle zone. Characters fight using physical and magical attacks, along with performing skills known as Artes that have various effects on enemies, such as stunning them or causing status ailments. Artes can be directly mapped to different control buttons. Abilities outside attacking include guarding against attacks, side-stepping around opponents, and escaping from battle.