Alas, the life of a Western fan of the “Tales of” series is a rather trying one. Some of the flagships of the Tales series (most notably Symphonia, Vesperia, and Abyss) have been ranked as some of the greatest RPGs ever made, and continue to gain popularity years after their initial release. Unfortunately, the series has not had the best track record for localization outside of Japan. The legendary RPG series has spawned fourteen mothership titles, and only half of those have been released internationally. However, the fifteenth anniversary has finally brought with it a new localization! Two years after its release in Japan, Tales of Xillia made its long-awaited North American debut earlier this month. Does this new title live up to the standards set by its critically acclaimed predecessors, or does it fall to the crippling cliches and development flaws present in many JRPGs today?
|Standard JRPG Protagonist Squad: ASSEMBLE|
|The beautifully rendered world of Rieze Maxia|
|Milla and Jude unleashing a powerful “Final Gale” Linked Arte|