Excerpt: Let's tackle the elephant in the room first - I never played Tales of Xillia. I have a little experience with Tales games, having played Radiant Historia on the PSP and Tales of the Abyss on the 3DS, as well as some of the older games like Symphonia, but Tales of Xillia never found a home in my PS3.
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. But those are true sequels.
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 silent protagonist feels very out of place in the Tales universe.
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. Tales of Xillia 2 might well recycle many assets from last year’s Tales of Xillia, but it also brings to the series some interesting new mechanics.
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. He’s one of those old-fashioned silent protagonists who get caught up in a mysterious global battle. Yep, standard JRPG fare, right?
Excerpt: Tales of Xillia 2 takes place several years after the events in the original game. You play as Ludger, who wants to follow in his brother's footsteps as an agent of Spyrios, but he's a distinctly better cook than he is fighter. After failing the test to become an agent, Ludger finds himself charged with protecting a small girl called Elle during a terrorist attack on a train at his first day of work as a cook.
Excerpt: It is so nice to go back to role playing game worlds we are familiar with. Tales of Xillia 2 takes us back to the fascinating and strange worlds of Rieze Maxia and Elympios. Tales of Xillia 2 also brings in alternate versions of the worlds. Where things are different but also very close to being the same.