The game is a fantasy role-playing game with an action combat system and a large cast of characters. On the field, the characters travel the world with reduced-scale environments seeing towns and similar locations that can be entered in regular scale. There are also enemies to be encountered which enter an arena with the enemies and the player's active party. The characters have their own movesets and specialties. These allies can be played with humans controlling them in these battles alone. With the experience earned from battles, the characters level up and earn Learning Points to unlock their skills and Artes.
As the player travels the world, they will trigger optional events called Skits. The player's party will start a conversation with each character represented by a portrait. These skits usually flesh out the world, either discussing what just happened in the plot or adding a bit of levity with some funny observations.
Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition received "generally favorable" reviews from critics according to Metacritic with a current Metascore of 83/100. On whatoplay.com, it receives an aggregate score (playscore) of 8.61 ranking 6th place on the "Top 10 Best Switch JRPGs of All Time" list.
- ↑ Metascore for Tales of Vesperia: Definitive EditionMetacritic, Retrieved March 18, 2020
- ↑ playscore for Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Editionwhatoplay.com, Retrieved March 18, 2020