Final Fantasy series, it’s relatively rare to see a direct sequel in the Tales franchise, so Xillia 2 had a lot of explaining to do. While met with mixed reception on its release, it proved to be a solid addition to the series that allowed players to revisit favourite areas, hang out with beloved characters and encounter an all-new narrative. And remember: bazongas are the burning fire at the heart of manhood!
Developer: Bandai Namco
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Available on: PS3
Articles about Tales of Xillia 2
Beat lots of different foes in a variety of different ways and you’ll be rewarded handsomely.
Ludger (left) is the rather quiet protagonist; his diminutive companion Elle (right) does more than enough talking for the both of them, though.
Neither Elle (left) nor Rollo (right) participate in combat, but they’re an important part of the ensemble cast nonetheless.
There are always plenty of odd jobs to do around town.
You just can’t be mad at Nova, even though she only wants your money.
You’ll spend a lot of the game attempting to pay off a rather large, Animal Crossing-style debt.
Tick, tock, tick, tock: choose wisely!
Between plot quests you’re given the opportunity to explore the world, find loot, kill monsters and just generally enjoy yourself.
Hack, slash, chop! We’ll talk more about Xillia’s take on the Tales battle system later this week.
Elize is one of many returning characters from the previous game. Of all of them, she’s gone through some of the biggest changes as she’s grown up.
Alvin’s back, and still unashamedly Alvin.
The feeling of “companionship” persists into combat, too, thanks to team-up attacks and beneficial effects when you “link” characters together.
Power up with the Allium Orb and you’ll gradually learn more and more spectacular Artes to unleash in combat.
Mystic Artes make a comeback, and are as ridiculous as ever. What JRPG would be complete without super-moves?
Combat can initially feel chaotic if you’re not used to Tales’ way of doing things, but you’ll be surprised how easy it is to focus on what you’re doing.
The Link system, returning from Xillia 1, allows characters to cooperate in various ways. It really adds to the feeling of “teamwork” in battle.
Although much of Xillia 2’s cast returns from the first game, the relationship between Ludger and Elle is new to this installment — and a real highlight, as it happens.
One of the nice things about revisiting areas in Xillia 2 is that those you only paid a flying visit to in the original — like Trigleph here — are given much more screen time.
The core plot of Xillia 2 surrounding the fractured dimensions is compelling, interesting — and very distinct from the unsubtle environmental allegories found in Xillia 1.
Seeing familiar locations a year later through a fresh pair of eyes has its own appeal.