Tales of Xillia Review
Tales of Xillia Box Art
System: PS3
Dev: Namco Bandai
Pub: Namco Bandai
Release: August 6, 2013
Players: 1-4
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood, Mild Language, Sexual Themes, Use of Alcohol, Violence

RPG fans will notice that Tales of Xillia feels like it’s borrowing something from modern-day Final Fantasy games. The world map is pretty much done away with, opting instead for a seamless world connecting zone to zone. Players are given a mini-map that shows areas of interest in order to prevent them from being lost. Heck, even the level-up system has characters progressing from node to node on a web; it’s very similar to the Sphere Grid of Final Fantasy X or the Crystarium of Final Fantasy XIII. Also much like modern Final Fantasy games, Tales of Xillia is in love with its cutscenes, and there will be points where you’ll feel that you are watching the game more than playing it.

Tales of Xillia Screenshot

Luckily, the game is pretty enough to watch. The graphics of Tales of Xillia finally do this generation of consoles justice, unlike Vesperia, which came out too early to make the best use of the Xbox 360’s hardware, and Graces, which had to deal with the Wii’s limitations. The music distinctly feels like a classic Tales soundtrack, bringing back memories of Tales of Eternia, Tales of Destiny, and even Tales of Phantasia with its flutes and pipes mixed in with huge orchestral scores. Character models have finally grown up, straying away from the super-deformed, somewhat-chibi anime models of Vesperia and Graces, and environments are simply gorgeous; the camera sweeps around new locales as if to say, “Yeah, look at how magical and pretty this world is!”

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Overall, Tales of Xillia feels like a blending of old and new Tales styles. It combines modern-day political Tales plots with the high-magic, fantasy, and wonky time travel of the Tales of yesteryear. If you are a Tales fan, then pick up Tales of Xillia today. Just don’t expect to play it with your standard four-person Tales party. If you aren’t a Tales fan and have no idea what I’m talking about, then pick up Tales of Xillia if you want to play a decent JRPG with an interesting battle system. It’s no Ni No Kuni, but it’s certainly one of the better JRPG titles to come out this console generation.

By
Angelo M. D’Argenio
Contributing Writer
Date: August 6, 2013

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
Though the graphics pale in comparison to the games lineup of the next generation, Tales of Xillia is easily the best looking Tales game so far.
3.8
Control
The battle system is really fun if you play the game single-player. However, the effective removal of four-player multiplayer is a weird choice.
4.2
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
It’s great to hear some classic Tales tunes again. There’s less J-Pop here and more pan flutes and orchestras.
4.0
Play Value
Tales of Xillia is a great game to play single-player and an alright game to play multiplayer.
4.0
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Two Heroes – Choose one of two distinct heroes: Jude Mathis, a medical student, or Milla Maxwell, a mysterious woman accompanied by the Four Great Spirits, and experience the story from their unique points of view
  • Dynamic Battles – Action packed, real-time battles including the all-new dual raid system that expands the strategy and combo potential by linking with a partner during skirmishes
  • Creative Collaboration – Beautiful characters designed by renowned artists Kosuke Fujishima and Mutsumi Inomata inhabit the lush, expansive world of Rieze Maxia
  • Expansive Gameplay – New and traditional RPG elements expertly crafted and designed featuring dozens of locations to explore, fierce enemies and adversaries to battle, and secrets to uncover.
  • Tales of Xillia follows Jude Mathis, a clever medical student attending school in the capital city, and Milla Maxwell, a mysterious woman accompanied by four unseen beings. Players will be able to choose either Jude or Milla at the outset of their adventure through the world of Rieze Maxia, where humans and spirits live together in harmony.

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