Excerpt: Tales of Xillia is the thirteenth entry in the somewhat popular Tales franchise, a series well known for campy plots focused on character development and intricate, combo based combat. Tales of Xillia is no departure from this concept as the battle system has been expanded yet again and for the better, this time forming a system of combat that is deep enough for the unskilled as well as those who prefer a challenge.
Summary: Some things never really change. Sharks, for example, have existed for millions of years. These creatures have witnessed the birth and extinction of countless species. They endure as time ceaselessly marches forward. A constant in an ever-changing world, they remain the image of ancestors that once patrolled the oceans at a time when dinosaurs walked the earth. Like sharks, the Japanese role-playing game is essentially a living fossil.
Excerpt: Tales of Xillia is the latest in the long running and highly successful (at least in Japan) “Tales of” series. It offers another quality Japanese action-RPG experience with a fun battle system, good quality graphics and environments, some decent characters and a reasonable plot that doesn’t descend into too much melodrama. It’s one downfall for me is how easy everything is, it’s a bit like autopilot.
Excerpt: Tales of Xillia is a Japanese RPG in every possible way, from its anime style and focus on characters to its progression system and occasional quirkiness. It also happens to have been played in Japan for more than two years, as the game is only now releasing in America. But while calling Tales of Xillia “new” may be a slight misstatement, it’s not inaccurate to call the game entertaining, if not a bit derivative.
Summary: Tales of Xillia is a great fantasy game that unifies human experience and emotion with something outlandish and otherworldly. Despite the monsters, aliens, magic and the mythology of a world totally unlike your own, the main draw in this game is finding within all of that chaos, something relatable and totally human. Tales of Xillia succeeds in this way by creating a game that reminds you why you chose to play video games in the first place.
Pros: A rich world with many great characters. A fun battle system that provides enough strategy to never become stale. Plenty of side-quests that never become too tedious. Fun mini-interactions during gameplay help break up the monotony of traveling through various fields and dungeons.
Cons: At times gameplay is a little too simple, and overall, Tales of Xillia can serve to be a bit more challenging. Rewards are nice but at times can serve no real purpose. The battle system can be a bit busy while the Lillium Orb system never forces you to make difficult decisions when it comes to leveling up your character.
Conclusion: It has been a couple of years since I’ve dived into the world that is “Tales Of”. Which the gameplay mechanics and avenues of story-telling have evolved, the true essence of the experience remains the same. Tales of Xillia is a joyous experience that’s chalked full of heart and soul. Each character has his or her unique story that’s part of the greater experience.
Excerpt: A Tale for the Ages. There's just something about the Tales franchise that tickles this old man's nostalgia bone. Though the series is by no means stuck in the past, it bears the unmistakable stamp of the JRPG of yesteryear. You have high drama giving way to playfully light-hearted banter, elaborate combat, and progression systems, and characters who somehow manage to remain relatable no matter how outrageously they react to the events unfolding around them.