Critic & User Reviews
posted by FullMetal7 (BRONX, NY) Aug 13, 2013
Member since Feb 2013
9 out of 9 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Tales of series gets better and better
posted by xXShYnXx (IRVINGTON, NJ) Aug 19, 2013
Member since Nov 2010
2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Awesome Tales game
posted by whatnow12012 (NEWPORT, TN) Aug 13, 2013
Member since Oct 2011
6 out of 9 gamers (67%) found this review helpful
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.
A Solid, but Unspectacular RPG
posted by rshadix86 (DAYTON, OH) Jan 28, 2014
Member since Jan 2014
1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
Great Until the 31 hour mark
posted by doortothe (LAS VEGAS, NV) Aug 17, 2013
Member since Aug 2013
2 out of 5 gamers (40%) found this review helpful
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
posted by nero9880 (HOOVER, AL) Aug 29, 2013
Member since Aug 2013
1 out of 4 gamers (25%) found this review helpful
great game with a satisfying ending
posted by guamson (EL PASO, TX) Oct 10, 2014
Member since Oct 2014
A refreshing change
posted by cag151 (GRANITE CITY, IL) Sep 25, 2014
Member since Dec 2010
An amazing adventure and a most for jrpg tales fan
posted by Jetknight (CLEVELAND, OH) Jun 20, 2014
Member since Nov 2008
I loved this game!
posted by David18012 (NEOSHO, MO) Jun 13, 2014
Member since May 2014
posted by KouOkami (TUCSON, AZ) Jun 9, 2014
Member since Jun 2014
Good, but not amazing
posted by AquaOrange (OJAI, CA) Apr 25, 2014
Member since Jun 2012
+ The combat is improved from previous titles, giving a more complex way to go about fighting enemies. It seems a little slower paced which isn't a bad thing.
+ Character development is quite grandiose, giving you an almost limitless way of leveling up your character.
- Filler. There is no "world map" and instead there is a transitional zone between locations that is nearly identical to each other one. You spend 60% of your game time in this zone, avoiding monsters and picking up loot that respawns which makes it very monotonous. This is one of, if not the worst part about this game. The lack of world map makes you feel isolated and does not immerse you, and this zone makes it even worse.
- Extreme clichès. Every JRGPs has its gimmicks but this one has many more than previous titles. Some of them include:
-- Powerful little girls. I'm not sexist, more of a realist.
-- Talking and floating cute doll things. Looks like Tales started taking ideas from Final Fantasy.
-- Strange humor. Not bad by itself, but not successful in this game (in my opinion).
- Cringe-worthy dialogue. This game simply not flow. Every dialogue seems to have 3-10 seconds between responses, making it a very awkward game. Combine this with characters with poor personalities (besides Alvin) and you have conversations that are not entertaining.
Overall: 7/10. Although with my bashing it might seem like it's a bad game - it's not. I figure most people will enjoy it, especially if you're new to the series, but compared to other games it is poorly made. Rent it and see for
A so-so RPG experience
posted by bigjake12345 (FOREST HILL, MD) Mar 10, 2014
Member since Dec 2013
I played through with Jude......and did not exercise the option to play through again with Milla.
Get out of here Ivar
posted by Grettles (LITHONIA, GA) Mar 7, 2014
Member since Feb 2014
Simple and Sweet
posted by kgfan3 (MCKINNEY, TX) Feb 27, 2014
Member since Mar 2012
The story, however, is one for you to use your imagination on while at the same time piecing together the many side stories that come with the game. I found myself adding in plot lines and wondering what the game could be if I were to get a hold of it, which in my mind means that I am intrigued with the game and what it is bringing me.
The best part about the game were the artes. The way you can link together MANY combinations of artes with everyone one of your teammates every time makes the game worth trying to see what you can string together. Very well done system.
Terrible review done right here, but if you like easy and fun, this is a GREAT game to run through while you may be looking for an RPG with some in your face emotion and, while bland acting scars the game a bit, gives you a sense of understanding of what they are going through, then do it. Highly recommended for some Tales fun.
Extremely Enjoyable to Play
posted by Valinur (BOISE, ID) Jan 26, 2014
Member since Jan 2014
-Game type: RPG with four-character parties; every character can be played in battle
-World type: Mostly open world, linear in certain storyline sections
-Difficulty: Not overly difficult for experienced RPG players; played on hard until end (except last boss)
-Interest level throughout game: Held my attention from the start to the end
-Comparison to similar games: Much better than Tales of Graces F, slightly better than Tales of Vesperia, better than FFXIII-1 and 2
-Replay value: Better than previous Tales games, since you can select a different primary character and get a different perspective on the game's events
- Characters are the best characters I've encountered in Tales games, even slightly better than Vesperia (full disclosure: I've only played Vesperia, Graces, and Xillia 1)
- Battle system is honestly enjoyable to play, although it is a bit repetitive after 40-50 hours of gametime. Still, you can play a different character and mix it up a bit, so it shouldn't get boring.
- Storyline moved fairly quickly; a little slow in a couple sections, but it was well-done. The characters behaved in a mostly believable fashion, and the main characters actually experienced personality progression, which is a step up from Graces/Vesperia.
- Abrupt ending, although Xillia's ending video at least provided more closure about the individual characters than the previous games.
- Near the end of the game (encountered this in previous Tales games as well), the storyline seems...rushed. It's difficult to describe, but the plot just becomes less enjoyable near the 85-90% completion mark.