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Tales of Xillia – First Impressions


I’m 20 hours in, and this game is damn FUN. I still prefer Graces’ battle system because CC >>>>>>> TP and there’s no side-stepping here, but there’s a lot of fun new mechanics that make me WANT to go into random battles. You know a game is doing it right when you actually LIKE fighting normal enemies. Boss fights, however, are rather frustrating. I’m playing on hard, and damn these bosses are annoying. The first boss was alright, but I ran out of all healing items by the end and Milla was dead (and you don’t have a proper healer at this time yet). The second boss I managed to knock him down to low HP before he started summoning mooks like crazy and I ran out of TP recovery items. I said “fuck this shit” and lowered the difficulty. The fact that it takes place in a dark area makes it more frustrating to dodge. Third boss was fine until I ran out of items when it was at very low HP, then it proceeded to murder me because none of my allies can dodge. Fourth boss was fine, since it was a one-on-one fight with Jude with no crappy ally AI, so I just had to learn the boss’ attack patterns.

I have a  feeling this is gonna turn out like Abyss. Frustrating at first because you keep running out of TP, but much better later on when you can afford Pineapple Gels. Unfortunately, I still can’t buy Pineapple Gels in bulk without murdering my wallet. Jude is also extremely fun to play as, because of his awesome ability where if he backsteps an enemy attack at the right moment, he will teleport to behind the enemy. His attacks are also fast, which makes him very enjoyable to control. For a doctor, he sure is good at beating people up. Alvin plays more like your standard Tales hero with the sword and all, but he has a charge ability that increases attack power and changes some of his artes. Then there’s Milla, who I really, really want to marry. Those delicious thighs…She has a bunch of elemental spells, but her ability makes it so that if you hold X, she casts, but mashing X will cause her to do close-range elemental artes that have no casting time. She is my favorite to use because I can hit enemy weak points like crazy, but she’s out of commission right now so I had to get used to Jude. Elise is the healer, which means I’ll never play as her for the first playthrough because I will forget to heal my allies. Rowen is a standard caster with lots of spells, but fragile defenses. I just got Leia, who seems to be a thief character with healing artes better than Jude, magic, and physical artes? Seems to be a jack of all trades.

Aside from each character having a unique ability, there’s also the partnering system. Basically you can link yourself to another character, and they will have a useful support skill. You can also perform a powerful combined Arte with your partner. Jude’s skill is Recover, which basically heals you when you are knocked down (and brings you back up). Milla can bind enemies (even bosses), Alvin can guard break, Rowen will give you and him and anyone close-by auto-magic guard (VERY useful), Elise drain enemy HP I think (never paid much attention to what it does exactly), and I haven’t used Leia enough to know what she does. I think she steals.

Plot is taking off decently, but it has slowed down a bit where I’m at.  I think I like world design better than Graces, but it’s less interesting than Abyss (so far). I like all the party members, so that’s a plus. The fact that there’s at least 3 characters that are fun to play as even on first playthrough is great.

tl;dr: Fun game is fun. 

I realized that once I enjoy a game, I will immediately seek out as many games in the same series as possible. After Xillia I might even look into some of the older Tales games (although I’m iffy about Tales without either Free Run or side-stepping), or the PS3 version of Vesperia since I heard it’s getting a The Best edition which will make it cost like $50 instead of $80+ to import. Thank Sony the PS3 is region-free.

Author: awesomecurry

A current engineering failure who likes RPGs and visual novels. Someone take me out of this unemployment...

2 thoughts on “Tales of Xillia – First Impressions

  1. Yeah, you’ll have no luck finding Vesperia for that amount. It was a one time deal last year kind of thing, can’t really find it anywhere else now. The cost difference… I was in Japan about three weeks ago, (ug… god, it’s been a month? time flies) and knew I was picking up Vesperia and maybe Xillia if I had enough money, but it was the other way around with Xillia being 1200Y and Vesperia being 5600Y. It’s easier finding Vesperia cheap for the XBOX, even with the less content, but that content sure was pretty snazzy, so that’d be up to you.

    But ohgod, Xillia is fun. Right about that. Though I haven’t actually died yet with no items, but that’s because I spam Jude’s first aid while Linked like crazy if the going gets tough. I do like the world better than Graces f, if only because I felt so limited with everywhere seeming to be dungeon style pathways, no over world at all. This is a nice compromise, I think.

    Of other tales games… Symphonia is one that kind of polished the battle system, even if Destiny and 2 had it, they’re in the realm of old style. Abyss added free run and really sucked at that, but seeing as you’ve already played it…. Vesperia, I think, is the best the LBS old style, still the tp format of the past.

    I wouldn’t touch Dawn of the New World unless you really fall in love with Symphonia, because it has the curse of sequels sucking and the main character is a whiny brat. Tales of Legendia seems like you just go nowhere and nowhere, but isn’t bad as a whole, even if it made me want to puke at times with cliche.

    Since you’re fine with Japanese versions, I’d say that if you have a Vita, get Innocence R. It’s all cute and blundering and growing up too soon versus human/godliness. Rebirth had a decent psp port, which helped gameplay wise compared to ps2, but… Rebirth looks old and sloppy, like it’s five years older than it actually is, with none of the smoothness of other recent motherships. It’s notable because Symphonia looks ten times better and came out a few years before Rebirth.

    Story wise, Vesperia looks like it’s a big cliche, and a lot of people didn’t really touch it after that, but I actually liked the story line much better than Graces f and Abyss, which are pretty solid. Symphonia is a great take on an old plot, because you can connect with how Lloyd (mc) truly doesn’t want his best friend and the world to be about sacrifice. So he kind of thumbs his nose to widespread religion.

    Obviously, I’d be a hypocrite if I told to to outright avoid any of them, and I probably wouldn’t anyway, so it’s kind of like, you can go into the really cool part of recent games, or into the deep end of the past where nothings perfect but they’re still good games. Just Old games. Like, oh, you’ve never played Final Fantasy? Well, XIII looks awesome, has a pretty good system and plot (…), or you can go for VII and below, which doesn’t look pretty but are great games.

    Ahaha, sorry for rambling… Tales is a passion of mine. Honestly, I just started out to blabhlabhblah about price of Vesperia and how awesome Xillia is. But I can never stop myself from rambling about Tales games, for some reason. It’s like Zelda. I could talk and theorize for hours and hours….

    • Actually, the “THE BEST” edition of Vesperia is coming out (you know, the cheaper release of games that sold well with ugly yellow labels on the covers ) and CDJapan has it listed for 3619 yen (~$45 USD) with August release date and I have 1361 points on that site so this might work out in my favor. I have no Xbox 360, unfortunately, or else I would have gotten the English version already. I don’t have a Vita (yet), so no Innocence R for me (yet).

      I don’t have Symphonia since I never had a Gamecube and wasn’t even interested in video games when it came out, so when I impulse bought DotNW years ago at the store I had no idea that it was a sequel. Yeah. Didn’t play much of it, because I didn’t play Wii games much and I sucked majorly at ARPGs back then. If I can find an affordable Symphonia I’d give it a go, else I’d have to pray for a Japanese port onto the PSP because that is the console that gets the majority of ports.

      Since there isn’t any particular order to play, I might as well go with whatever I can get my hands on, since the Tales team seems to be able to make solid games most of the time. I don’t mind the rambling, rambling is fun to read. And Tales can generate a lot of discussion, so it’s understandable.

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