ANIME & MANGA - Review
15:00 - 2nd November 2014, by Matthew Edwards

Tales of Xillia 2

Just like Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, the Tales series is something that we strongly suspect will go on forever. Tales of Xillia 2 stands as the 14th instalment, and while that’s a sure sign that it doesn’t reinvent the JRPG genre (or even attempt to), its frantic combat system is still one of the best in the business. It’s all about forming a formidable band of misfits and then using their wide range of techniques to dish out some savage combos.

Leading the charge is Ludger Kresnik, a 20-year-old chef who gets sucked into a world of dimension jumping and debt consolidation when he crosses paths with a mysterious young girl named Elle. What follows is a journey of discovery and tough decisions as Ludger helps Elle search for the Land of Canaan, and along the way, they bump into many of the characters that featured in the original Tales of Xilla.

We wouldn’t call it a tearful reunion, but Tales of Xillia 2 is a worthwhile investment for anyone who enjoyed the first game. At times, it gets too wrapped up in loan repayments and money grinding for its own good, but when the main story kicks in and you’re just a few minutes away from the next epic boss battle, this game really comes into its own. Not bad for a series that normally avoids numbered sequels like the plague.

The wait for Tales of Zestiria will likely be a long one, so this is definitely worth a look in the meantime.
SCORE: 3.5/5
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