EGM’s Tales of Xillia 2 Review Hits All the Right Notes

The combat will satisfy JRPG aficionados but the new structure is a tad irritating.

The combat will satisfy JRPG aficionados but the new structure is a tad irritating.

Last year’s Tales of Xillia was catnip for JRPG fanatics, which is why they were anxiously anticipating the sequel. However, despite the fact that the core gameplay concepts remain largely the same, there’s one major new feature that hasn’t gone over especially well with critics.

Just ask EGM critic and Managing Editor Andrew Fitch, who explains the situation in his stellar analysis of Tales of Xillia 2. His comparison to simulating “the American student-loan process” is enough to raise eyebrows, but that’s part of why we appreciate this particular review.

In addition to this candid opinion, the review caters to both hardcore followers and potential newcomers. If you’re new to the JRPG genre, Fitch claims most Tales games are good introduction points, but he says you’ll be at a definite disadvantage story-wise if you didn’t play the first game. All in all, it’s a well-appointed, nicely paced review that covers all the requisite bases.

The game should be satisfactory for the avid followers, but there's an unfortunate twist...

The game should be satisfactory for the avid followers, but there’s an unfortunate twist…

Why We Like It:

— The critic effectively balances story, gameplay and other important elements. He doesn’t spend too much time on any one particular point, elaborates when necessary, and keeps the reader interested.

Walks the tightrope between a review solely for core JRPG fans and a simpler analysis for mainstream gamers, while still understanding that one group is far less likely to read it.

— Readers get a solid, reliable summary that tells us what we need to know. This isn’t as easy to do as it sounds.

Congrats, Andrew!

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2 thoughts on “EGM’s Tales of Xillia 2 Review Hits All the Right Notes”

This was a disappointment for me.

I loved the first one but that new payment system in the sequel is BEYOND stupid. Who thought that’d be fun? I don’t get it at all.

It’s not terrible; it’s just tedious. I would’ve thought that JRPG fans don’t mind a little grinding here and there. 😉

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