Tales of Xillia was released on the 9th August 2013, developed by Namco Tales Studio and is a PS3 exclusive game. It is a part of Namco Bandai’s Tales of franchise, which includes Tales of Symphonia, Tales of Vesperia and Tales of Graces. There is a sequel coming out this year to Tales of Xillia.
ToX is a more anime styled appearance graphically then many other role playing games out there. The graphics are beautifully constructed and some of the background scenery isn’t too bad to look at. The characters have been created brilliantly, Although this is all just based on my perspective. Some might prefer the grittiness of Skyrim or Dragon Age. The overall feel of the game is really good, which for some other games it did not work out well for. Graphics 4/5
ToX has a linked artes system (for those who haven’t played this game artes is the characters special attacks), basically pulling the right trigger at the right time when your character is linked with another during battle causes them to do a unique attack. Which comes in handy especially when you get around to fighting them pesky bosses. I found that levelling on this game is more enjoyable then some other JRPG’s out there, plus it helps if you can try to max out your character as quickly as you can. The Lilium Orb system is very unique as well but will look kind of familiar to those who have played FFX. The Lilium Orb s the levelling up system for ToX. A piece of advise to those yet to play this game, level up wisely stick to the characters strengths eg Jude uses his fists so adding to his physical attacks+defence. That is a brief covering of the battle system. Battle and levelling up system 5/5
Moving on to the storyline, don’t worry no major spoilers here. It has a very gripping storyline, which is a very important thing to have in RPG’s these days. The brief run down of the beginning of the story; the player gets to chose the main character they wish to play as, So that’s either Jude or Mila. Say you went with Jude, He starts out in a Medical University in Fennmont the capital of Rashugal. In the process of searching for some professor Jude gets caught up in all kinds of trouble with the Rashugal authorities and so escapes Fennmont with the help of Alvin. Let’s just leave the story there because if I went into detail I would end up spoiling it. It’s one of those boy-meets-god who happens to be in the body of a woman storylines at the beginning of the game. As you progress through the game you pick up more people for your party to go forth and battle evil with. Storyline 4/5
If you find yourself stuck at any point it might be worth in buying some of the DLC to help you, there is no shame in this. The PSN offers a level up DLC which allows you to go up 10 levels, they have two of these as well as two level 5 add ons . They also offer money DLC so you can gain 300k in game which is handy if you want to invest in shops to get the better weapons sooner. Some call this cheating or not playing the game at a challenging level, it can help those who just want to play it for the story aka the casual gamer. PSN also offers new outfits for all the characters (if you are in to that sort of thing), at this moment in time there is no add on levels for the game. Downloadable Content 4/5