Summary: Fun, but unbalanced. Pacing and some character interactions, where quite unrealistic with in the context of the over arching story. I would go further, but would spoil story. I enjoyed Tales of Grace F, much more.
Summary: For fans of the Tales series, if you're hardcore, you may still find this modern take that's been going strong since Symphonia to be right up your alley. For someone whose enjoyment maxed out at Tales of the Abyss and have been getting moderately bored with the series ever since, this game does nothing to draw you back in. Plus a star for being able to pick the sex of your character, though the storyline progresses similarly despite your choice.
Summary: Finally, a tales game worth playing. Take "Tales" off of Xillia and just call it Xillia, this one stands far apart from the originality of previous tales games. It doesn't have the cookie cutter content and is truly an incredible game to play. I'd say this is probably the best one so far. Don't get me wrong, I love RPGs but not too much of the anime type. There are some however with exception (Valkyria Chronicles, Ni No Kuni, Persona, or Atelier etc.).