It is a crossover that we did not see coming: Tales of Arise just lately acquired a premium DLC pack that allows you to struggle in opposition to Kirito and Asuna from Sword Artwork On-line. The unimaginatively titled ‘Sword Artwork On-line Collaboration Pack’ is at the moment that can be purchased from the PlayStation Retailer — however is it truly well worth the quite steep price ticket? We went forward and purchased it to search out out.
However earlier than we get into the main points, let’s go over what’s included on this DLC pack.
Here is a useful listing:
- Two enviornment fights (one low degree, one excessive degree) in opposition to Kirito and Asuna
- Three outfits (one every for Alphen, Shionne, and Regulation)
- Two weapons for Alphen (rewards for beating the excessive degree struggle)
- One Artifact that lets Alphen use a brand new Mystic Arte (a reward for beating the low degree struggle)
And all of that is priced at £12.99 / $15.99.
Having accomplished the 2 enviornment fights ourselves, we are able to safely say that it’s certainly an costly DLC pack. Contemplating some video games have launched complete expansions for much less, it is a DLC that is tough to suggest until you actually love Tales of Come up and / or Sword Artwork On-line.
To be clear, there isn’t any actual story to the fights. After getting the DLC, you merely discover Kirito and Asuna standing round within the enviornment foyer. After a quick chat, Alphen challenges the duo to a sparring match, which will be accessed, as per common, by means of the sector receptionist. No in-universe motive or rationalization is given for Kirito and Asuna being there to start with, so that is very a lot a carefree crossover.
The primary struggle recommends a median social gathering degree of 25. In different phrases, it is there for gamers who could have solely simply reached the sector. A considerate inclusion, and finishing the battle nets you an Artifact that, when enabled, lets Alphen unleash a brand new Mystic Arte in fight. Mentioned Mystic Arte appears fairly darn cool, and has Alphen assault the enemy alongside Kirito and Asuna. Not precisely lore pleasant, however the animation is gorgeous.
When you’re finished with the primary struggle, you unlock a a lot tougher problem. The second and closing duel recommends a median social gathering degree of 99, so you are going to have to be within the Tales of Come up endgame, or in New Recreation+ to face an opportunity. Beat it, and also you’re awarded with two new weapons for Alphen, primarily based on the 2 swords that Kirito wields in the course of the struggle. Because it seems, these blades are two of the strongest in your entire recreation. One boasts a greater assault stat than Alphen’s finest weapon, whereas the opposite boasts a greater elemental assault stat. They appear good, too.
However what in regards to the battle itself? Effectively, it is a robust one. As you would possibly already know, enviornment battles are all the time set to the conventional fight problem; you’ll be able to’t simply knock the issue down and anticipate a neater time. This additionally applies to the Kirito and Asuna struggle, so you are going to have to be at your best possible to assert victory.
All informed, this is without doubt one of the hardest encounters in your entire recreation. Those that adore Tales of Come up’s fight system will discover a fantastic deal to love about this chaotic brawl, as you will be compelled to utilise completely different enhance assaults in an effort to put a cease to each Kirito and Asuna’s strongest skills. Assault home windows are very restricted till you are capable of break the enemy, however the battle does not really feel unfair — it simply calls for a whole lot of persistence and ability.
It is a enjoyable scrap, however in case you’re an skilled participant, it is solely going to final about ten minutes. And when it is over, that is just about it for the Sword Artwork On-line DLC. Clearly you may make use of Alphen’s new swords and the included outfits in New Recreation+, however outdoors of one other fast dialog with Kirito and Asuna, that is the primary thrust of the DLC finished and dusted.
Once more, relying on how a lot you want Tales of Come up, this pack will be tough to suggest. It is undeniably costly for what’s included, and though the fights are effectively made and enjoyable, they’re over fairly shortly. It is a high quality DLC pack, however it does battle to justify the worth tag.
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