Tales of Berseria is the latest title from the Tales Of series. We follow Velvet, the seriesâ€™ first solo protagonist, as she sets out in search of revenge, driven by her strong emotions. Through Tales Of Berseria players are taken along on Velvetâ€™s journey and her encounters with those who forego emotion, believing that only reason will bring order to the world and its internal conflict. The Holy Midgand Empire governs a great, sprawling nation of landmasses and islands. No two areas are the same as climate, temperature and, subsequently, the lifestyle of civilians varies wildly across the lands. However, vast changes are taking place across the globe as temperatures inexplicably drop. And while trade has been good, thanks to advances seafaring and shipbuilding technology, bustling trade has a tendency to attract pirates who are waiting for their opportune moment. Featuring beautiful animation from famed studio Ufotable, and crafted by some of the seriesâ€™ greatest creators and producers, Tales of Berseria is a stunning masterpiece that builds upon the Tales Of seriesâ€™ rich and successful history. It stays true to the series traditional qualities, returning with an evolved linear motion battle system and encouraging strategic and dynamic play with new features like Break Soul and Switch Blast. All while providing an authentic, delightful JRPG experience for fans and newcomers alike and inviting players to dive into the epic world of Berseria. Tales of BerseriaÂ Â is aÂ role-playing video gameÂ developed and published byÂ Bandai Namco EntertainmentÂ forÂ PlayStation 3,Â PlayStation 4, andÂ Microsoft Windows. It is the sixteenth main entry in theÂ TalesÂ seriesÂ and a prequel ofÂ Tales of Zestiria.It was released in Japan in August 2016,and was released worldwide in January 2017. Tales of BerseriaÂ is aÂ role-playing video game, where players navigate the game's world through the game's characters from a third-person perspective.As with previousÂ TalesÂ games, characters can interact through Skits, animated clips that play outside cutscenes and battle: characters are represented by head-and-shoulder portraits, and conversations can range from serious to comedic. 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. As with previousÂ TalesÂ titles, the game uses a variation of theÂ Linear Motion Battle SystemÂ (LMBS).Â Berseria's version is dubbed the "Liberation-LMBS": when in the battle zone, players can freely move around the arena and rotate the camera at will. 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. A key element in battles is the Soul Gauge, which replaces the move-governing mechanics of earlierÂ TalesÂ games: each character has a separate gauge showing up to five Souls, which are used up when Artes are used. While characters can still attack with a depleted Soul Gauge, their attacks can be easily deflected by enemies, but the Soul Gauge automatically recharges with time. Souls are dropped by enemies in battle that can be "stolen" to refill the gauge, a mechanic that enemies can also use to steal Souls from the player.If enough of the Soul Gauge is full characters can activate unique states called the Break Soul, where they can exceed their combo limit and bring unique effects into battle: for instance, Velvet's Break Soul triggers her arm to become bestial and different elemental attacks are triggered depending on enemy type. The main party consists of four characters, which can all be assigned as the controlled character during battle, with the other available playable characters held in reserve.While primarily designed forÂ single-player, localÂ multiplayerÂ for battles is supported.A mechanic called the Switch Blast can be used when changing characters: by consuming a portion of the Blast Gauge, the controlled party member switches out for a reserve member, who delivers a free attack. The Blast Gauge is also depleted by performing power attacks called Mystic Artes.