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...
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.
Summary: Namco Bandai's Tales series of role-playing games has had a long, strange, on-again-off-again existence outside of Japan, with the series being localized in bursts only to subside in years-long lulls.
Pros: Gorgeous visual style, Engaging, endearing central cast, Fast, fun action-based combat
Cons: Confusing story that practically requires two playthroughs, Shop upgrade system and lack of dungeons dampen exploration
Excerpt: The Tales series of JRPGs has always been just on the cusp of being amazing. The battles are interesting, the skits wonderful and often hilarious time wasters, and really the only thing keeping the series from standing toe to toe with the best of the best like the Persona series is the presentation.
Excerpt: There are so few role playing game franchises left that we RPG gamers need to do what we can to keep the genre alive. Tales of Xillia is the latest in the Tales franchise from Namco Bandai Games. This Playstation 3 exclusive game contains certain elements we have all loved about the franchise.
Summary: It's only been a little over a year since Tales of Graces F was released for the PS3, so it's kind of surprising, and impressive that Tales of Xillia was released so soon. Though we're about two years behind since the Japanese release, I'm happy that another game in the long standing franchise is...
Summary: Tales of Xillia is that rare combination of a role-playing game that’s both action packed and genuinely funny. Some of its best bits are tucked away behind optional dialogue events, but little effort is required to enjoy some of the strangest, funniest dialog in the series.
Conclusion: Even with subpar graphics and rehashed environments, those are only a few flaws in an otherwise fun game. The story may not be the most amazing, but it certainly isn’t bad. The characters are all endearing in their own ways and the dialog is spectacular.