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Zestiria = Bandai Namco's next JojoASB
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Bandai Namco seems to have a lot of misfortune when it comes to pissing off fans with their big-budget titles. First it was Jojo ASB, and now it's Tales of Zestiria, the latest Tales RPG installment commemorating the series' 20th anniversary. The Amazon reviews have been pretty bad on the game, currently on its way to topping 100 single stars. There's around 30 five-stars right now, but most of it are reviews from people who've been into it for 3-4 hours, right before things take an interesting turn. [b][URL=http://www.amazon.co.jp/product-reviews/B00O9SR9NK/]http://www.amazon.co.jp/product-reviews/B00O9SR9NK/[/URL][/b] Before reading on, check this [URL=http://www.mmcafe.com/cgi-bin/imageboard/file/c714bcfa.jpg][b]promo art for the game[/b][/URL]. Basically what's causing the flame is that the heroine (in the right) always seen in advertisements turns out to be a temporary character that disappears after the first few hours. This is the biggest complaint that people are fussing, and for justified reasons. - There was a lot of DLC that was released for the character, and people obviously bought them. People are pissed. - There was an anime special featuring her as the heroine, and it aired nationwide in Japan when everyone was off for the years-end. A lot of casual consumers watched it since it aired in late Evening. I watched it too. No question that it boosted the game's sales. - Overall, Bandai Namco was giving false impressions. She was announced together with the protagonist when the game was unveiled, she's in all the ads, she's one of the preorder bonus phone-straps packed in the game, and she's even got [URL=http://www.alter-web.jp/figure/15/03_1/]a figure coming out from Alter[/URL]. - [URL=http://www.mmcafe.com/cgi-bin/imageboard/file/749cc9fa.jpg][b]A sub-character that wasn't announced until a month or so to release (image)[/b][/URL] turned out to be the real heroine. Most people seem to hate her since her character design's not that great and her personality is pretty shallow. From what the Amazon reviews say, she reportedly dominates the whole storyline that even the protagonist starts to feel like a sidekick character. - To add vinegar, salt and olive oil to injury, the (originally thought to be) heroine's DLC stuff gets inherited to the new heroine. - Reportedly, the party members start to badmouth about the original heroine after the new girl comes in. (I'm not sure how true this part is since I haven't picked up the game) - Other complaints include poorframerate, poor camera work, and the lack of freedom in setting up party members because you can't take the new heroine out of battle after she joins in (meaning you only have 2 free slots). People normally don't complain as badly about twists and turns in an RPG's plot, but this was a bit too twisted. It involved DLC, and it was also a Tales game, meaning people play for like 70% characters and 30% plot. Rumor is that the producer really liked the other heroine and it might've had an effect in development. And obviously people are assuming that BanNam will do their usual thing and throw out a complete edition fulfilling the frustrations and making extra bucks. But for now, it seems plausible that this iteration may be hitting the bargain bin.
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