Dive into the Tales series in Tales of Crestoria and battle enemies in exciting turn-based battles.
Go through the stories of Kanata and Misella to find refuge in a world that doesn’t want them.
Battle enemies with original Crestoria characters and mainline Tales games!
The Tales series is undoubtedly one of the most popular Japanese action-RPG series of all time. After all, characters like Velvet Crowe, Yuri Lowell, and Sorey are pretty well-known. Although Tales of Crestoria doesn’t carry over the action-packed combat system the franchise is known for to mobile, it is hands down, an authentic Tales experience. With Berseria and Vesperia remastered hyped dying down and Arise looming on the horizon, it serves as a fantastic warmup.
In a nutshell, Tales of Crestoria is a turn-based gacha RPG with plot and presentation elements faithful to the mainline series. Created by Bandai Namco, it has a totally original story that follows the journey of Kanata and Misella. The themes are, without a doubt, a classic example of what the franchise brings to the table making it stand out from its peers in the mobile scene in terms of story. To further add to its appeal, the game brings in loved and well-known characters, notably Velvet, without sacrificing the quality of the new cast.
Tales of Crestoria’s combat is fairly simplistic, a total opposite of what the main series brings to the table. Instead of action-packed fights with tons of button mashing, you’re limited to fighting turn-based battles. Apart from regular attacks, your characters can also perform the trademarked Mystic Artes. Even if your participation mainly involves taps and swipes, watching the over-stylized animations will definitely be a boon to your eyes. There’s an auto-battle system, but we recommend skipping it during tough fights.
Outside of battle, Tales of Crestoria is a typical gacha online game. You’ll save up Gleamstones - which are the game’s premium currency - to summon rarer and more powerful Tales characters that you’ll use in its many game modes. Speaking of modes, you’ll spend a lot of your time on the story campaign, where you fight against waves of enemies. Once you finish the levels, you’ll earn rewards like unlocking new modes and resources to strengthen and upgrade your team. One good example of an unlockable mode is Gald Quests where you can earn truckloads of gald (the game’s non-premium currency). Being an online game, there’s also the PvP mode aptly called Arena and guild raids.
One of the best things about Tales of Crestoria is its presentation. If you’ve played any of the mainline games, you’ll immediately know Crestoria belongs since its outstanding art style, graphics, and overall presentation says as much. In addition, the staple and well-loved skits make their return which will give you a funny and entertaining way to get to know the characters. Finally, the game has outstanding Japanese voice acting which will definitely add to the overall experience.
Overall, Tales of Crestoria is a must-play regardless if you’re a Tales fan or someone who is completely new to the series. It’s a great introductory game to the series even if it doesn’t have the trademarked combat system. Thanks to its strong cast of characters and well-written narrative, you’ll get to dive into an adventure that is a joy to undertake. Compared to its gacha peers, it excels and is undoubtedly one of the most polished mobile RPGs to date.