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Tales of Xillia is pretty much what you've come to expect from the Tales series. Not much here offends, but not much stands out and makes this game a must-own. The level-up system is basically the Crystarium from Final Fantasy XIII done right - simpler and with less hassle. There's some truly hilarious dialogue that comes out of left field, but it's mostly confined to "skits" - brief interludes during overworld exploration where you can watch the characters' heads chitchat. For a system as powerful as the PS3, there's really no excuse to watch dialogue unfold in such comic book like fashion. Everything else is pretty much bog standard - you're on a quest to save the world from a mysterious entity, set in a high fantasy world with creatively designed towns and villages. After about 30 hours you'll be glad you rented, instead of bought.
Tales of Xillia starts with a lot of positives. A good story in a unique world where we are constantly learning new things and the characters are all great, with MVP honors going to Milla (the female lead) for both being able to act like an alien in human skin (which she is, you'll understand when you play the game) while also getting character development that makes her sympathetic.
The combat is great too. Its both chaotic and strategic and the linking system works great to make things even more chaotic and fun. There's a bit too much grinding but the story kept me engaged enough to not care. Also the Lillium Orb level up system is great too. To put it simply, its the Crystanium from Final Fantasy XIII done right.
At first, Tales of Xillia is truly a great game, an easy 9 and a must-buy for any Tales fan, until I got 31 hours in. 30 hours in there's a great twist that inspires a good character driven set-piece, but almost immediately after that, the story began to slowly fall apart.
Subplots were dropped with no warning at all and the game generated false tension by making other characters act like complete jerks for no reason. The final straw was when the story devolved into a worse version of the final parts of Tales of Symphonia. It felt like the game didn't get as much development time as it needed.
Overall its still a good JRPG and well worth the rent, but I would not recommend buying
People who bash this game obviously do not like JRPG games or do not have the patience for them. I have beaten every single Tales of Game minus those that havent come to N/A yet.
People will love Tales of if you are into JRPGs, the Music is really good, awesome characters, and new Ideas make Xillia Unique & Diffrent. I also like the fact that you can choose 2 diffrent characters, this was also seen in Mana Khemia 2 on the PS2 days.
But if you dont have patience then TOX isnt for you, this game is massive, taking about 50Hrs to complete, the futher you go, the harder the game will get.
Mainly Tales games are for die hard fans of the series, also keep in mind TOX -2 will come out in 2014 but it will not feature all of the characters such as Jude.
New characters, done in a diffrent way such as LR will be compared towards 13 & 13-2 thats just the way sequels are.
So if you want something that will kill time get TOX, if you dont have patience or not into JRPGs then skip TOX more than likely this means you are FPS fans of games such as COD to Halo meaning JRPGs aren not your cup of tea.
Overall excellent game I give a 8 out of 10.
Excellent story, cast of characters, and new upgraded system make this one of the best Tales since Tales of Vesperia. Also Way, way better than Tales of Graces, which was the weakest of the Tales games.