Tales of Crestoria brings good package to fans.

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With more and more producers taking their RPG series to the mobile world, Bandai Namco was expected to do something with the Tales of franchise at some point. It took a while, but finally we have a chance to check out what Tales of Crestoria can offer.

Tales of Crestoria brings good package to fans

Despite being a free title (with the possibility to purchase items in the game store), Tales of Crestoria presents a package full of things to do, including an unprecedented story, PvP and many other fronts.

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Tales of Crestoria brings good package to fans

Bear your sins

The story seen here introduces us to a new group of characters, but without ignoring the inclusion of some familiar faces. It all starts with a training session by Kanata, the protagonist of the series who has Cress (from the first game in the series) as his mentor.

After a training session, the protagonist proceeds through some classic “neighborhood hero” missions: helping acquaintances, proving that accused people are innocent and so on. However, everything changes when he discovers a somewhat evil scheme involving his father and the sale of children from an orphanage, leading him to commit a desperate and, at the same time, heavy act.

Tales of Crestoria brings good package to fans

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From that point on we are introduced to several new elements, such as marks of sin, guardians of good and evil and things like that. All this advance in history takes place in a scheme of energy expenditure, but being quite frank you will be able to progress smoothly through all the chapters available so far (the story is not complete), considering that the replacement of this energy can be done smoothly leveling up or using item.

Tales of Crestoria brings good package to fans

Although it is an understandable measure on Konami’s part, perhaps it is a good thing that it does not go on too long to make the main story fully available, as it can be quite easy to forget some details of the plot. To complement this package, we also have some side stories involving protagonists from past games, which helps to extend the life of the campaign.

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Speaking of characters

Tales of Crestoria brings good package to fans

Tales of Crestoria is a “gatcha” style game. If you are not familiar with this term, it means that you will depend on luck with the resources offered by the game (or spend a lot of money) to release the best characters, which fall into the SSR category. As a rule, you will only have these units and the SR to use in combat, with the first having a stronger blow that is used as you perform actions to fill a bar (SR units do not have this feature).

The game is good enough and offers an SSR unit to start (tip: read the guides and choose the one that will be most useful to you). I chose Luke, from Tales of the Abyss, and I don’t even regret it, but I ended up getting some others later that are worse than certain SR units. Forming the right team doesn’t even influence PvE as much, but PvP and even Raids and Phantom Tower can be committed to weaker teams.

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Tales of Crestoria brings good package to fans

It is also important to note the element of your characters (the game indicates strengths and weaknesses for the battles that are on the way) and even combine Memoria Stones to make them stronger. These stones offer specific bonuses to attributes and even groups of characters, which can be upgraded in the same way as the combatants’ abilities (using items to speed up this process).

Another detail is that in most battles you will have the chance to borrow someone else’s character, which can be a good choice in boss fights. Up to the point of the story in which I advanced (chapter 5, the last available), only one of these fights I managed to win using my team without this interference, which is even beneficial and yields points that can be exchanged for items.

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Extra elements

Tales of Crestoria brings good package to fans

If you have no problem with getting the best characters from the game in luck and in a totally random way, you will still find plenty to do here. PvP, for example, will test whether your team is really well balanced for battles, while temporary missions help to keep the game looking fresh. However, it is in the Raids and the Phantom Tower that “the bug catches”.

Raids feature battles against really powerful opponents who often need the help of other players to be won. The Phantom Tower, on the other hand, does not allow any kind of interference and brings gradual challenges, yielding beautiful rewards for those who reach the top – and I dare say, some of the most difficult battles at high levels. (worth mentioning, in Tales of Crestoria they all take place in turns and without the possibility of moving the combatants as in other titles in the series).

Finally, the game also features a Guild system, daily, weekly and special missions, daily login rewards and even cooking food to gain extra attributes in combat.

Tales of Crestoria brings good package to fans

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Worth it?

If you are not bothered by the point mentioned earlier (lucky to get characters) and the fact that the game receives recurring updates that reach 90 MB, you will certainly have fun with what Tales of Crestoria has to offer.