Summary: Even though games have only grown cheaper and easier to obtain over the passing decades, there still persists a belief that every RPG needs to span at least 50 hours. Outliers like Crimson Shroud, Costume Quest, and Child of Light have emerged in recent years to disprove this wrong-headed theory,...
Conclusion: Tales of Xillia 2 features the best combat in the series to date, but the novel approach to plot progression, flat storytelling, and awkward design choices weaken what is otherwise a very fun game.
Pros: Fast, highly polished combat. Tragic story scenarios create a refreshing change of pace from the more cheerful Tales norm.
Cons: Restrictive, debt-based plot progression. Limiting party system. Uninteresting protagonist.
Summary: The fetch quest, ever the bane of role-playing games of the past, has become a staple of massively multiplayer online games. Go kill X of Y because reasons, and maybe you'll get some money or an item out of it.
Excerpt: There's nothing quite as cynical in the gaming world as the quick cash-in sequel. That isn't to say that all sequels are bad — far from it, a carefully crafted sequel, unlike in the film industry, can often be better than its predecessor thanks to improvements and refinements to the formula.
Review: Tales of Xillia 2 Collector's Edition (Sony PlayStation 3)
18 September 2014
Summary: Tales of Xillia 2 brings together characters new and old in an attempt to tell a much darker tale while simultaneously filling in the missing pieces left behind in the original. It mostly succeeds, though the pacing is bogged down by forcing the player to grind for money in between chapters and the...
Excerpt: Last year, we were introduced to a new set of heroes in the new Tales of Xillia game. There aren’t many Tales games with sequels, but I am very glad they decided to go with a sequel for this one in the new Tales of Xillia 2 .
Excerpt: Most new entries in the Tales of series are set in individual universes, but is hasn’t been unheard of for developer Bandai Namco to revisit its most cherished worlds and characters on occasion, which has the double advantages of giving the company easy money and, at the same time, appeasing fans.
Excerpt: was one of the most entertaining role-playing games of the previous generation. That’s why I was excited to check out the sequel, which takes place a year after the first adventure and follows the tale of Ludger Kresnik.