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Tales and trials: Tales of Berseria demo released

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A demo for Tales of Berseria [official site] is now out on Steam, offering a sample of Bandai Namco's JRPG ahead of its full launch on January 27th. Tales may be an old series but it's relatively new to PC, so do have a bash if you're curious. If you're less interested in games than options menus and framerates, hey, I can tell you about that.

Swing by Steam and click that 'Download Demo' button to get the 874MB download started. Can your PC run it? Handily, Bamco unveiled system requirements and PC specifics and things yesterday. You'll find details on resolution option (lots of 'em), framerate caps (60fps, with an option for 30) and so on through there, as well as a preemptive defense of using the Denuvo DRM-enhancement software. Bamco say:

"We love the community: it is you guys that ensure that we continually bring more Tales games out, and to a high caliber. It wouldn't be fair to you if we didn't put any systems in place to prevent people who try to acquire the game through illegitimate means as it eventually will slow us down bringing games onto PC. Denuvo has been proven to be a reliable way to fight piracy. So far, no conclusive evidence is proven to disrupt the player experience."

Stories of Denuvo trashing performance may still be only stories but it does definitely require online activation and that has proven disruptive for some players who don't live perma-online.

Tales of Berseria is due on January 27th (or the 26th for most people west of Japan?), priced at £39.99/49,99€/$49.99. Here's a dose of drama to explain what it's about:

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