How did Tales of Xillia 2 do in some big-name website reviews? Pretty great, actually.
Starting this off with IGN, Tales of Xillia 2 receives an 8.0. Though Xillia 2 is visually pretty much the same as Tales of Xillia, IGN mentions that the game is a whole new game on its own, with dozens of features to keep you playing for a while longer than you thought you would.
GameTrailers gives the game a 7.6, praising the game's expansive, branching story and intense combat, but again points out the virtually no change in terms of graphics. They seem to have enjoyed the game's narrative more than anything else.
The people over at PushSquare gives the game an 8/10. To directly quote them, "Several unnecessary complexities may hold the sequel back for some, but the strong story, engaging battle system, and brilliant character development should appeal to both casual and hardcore JRPG fans alike."
Metro UK gives the game a measly 5/10, pointing out that the game has too much recycled content from Xillia, the debt mechanic being nothing but irritating, progression being more linear and character customization being more simplified (the Allium Orb, I believe). They still praise the game for having one of the best battle systems across other JRPGs, though.
EuroGamer gives Xillia 2 a 7/10. To quote, "It's not an essential sequel, but it has bags of charm, a fascinating combat system and a storyline that manages to feel noticeably different to its genre peers. But it's also constructed and paced in such a way that its best features take too long to become apparent or are buried underneath mindless busywork. If you played through Tales of Xillia, this is an interesting but rather lumpy postscript to that adventure, but if you've never played a Tales game, this isn't the one to start with."
So far, Tales of Xillia 2 is doing pretty good with reviews across the board. Most of the reviews question the need to make Ludger "mute" during the first playthrough when his voices could have just been added on the get go.
Are you guys enjoying your copies of Xillia 2, as well?
In a latest interview with Tales Series Producer Hideo Baba, he mentions that Sorey and Alisha from Tales of Zestiria are fixed party members in battle, possibly.
What does this mean? Baba-san mentions in the interview that the characters Sorey and/or Alisha (when she's actually in the party) are party members you have fixed in battle. With either Sorey or Alisha in battle, you can only actually change the Divine they are paired up with using the Partner Change feature. Can Sorey and Alisha be paired up? We don't know, but he mentions that it's mainly the Divine that you change around. Whether this is what he meant exactly is left for future clarifications.
In other news, Tales of Zestiria will definitely be at Tokyo Game Show 2014 this September 18-21. Baba-san mentions they'll have new screenshots and images, a playable demo during the game show, and a stage event.
Bandai Namco's Tales story-telling app will be ending this October, apparently.
Tales of Bibliotheca, "scenario book and battle application," lets you relive the scenarios of the Tales games using new illustrations depicting scenes from the games, some select battles to fight per chapter, and fully voiced dialogue. So far, it only had the chapters for Tales of Vesperia, with a promise to release chapters of other games in the future.
But just recently, Bandai Namco has announced that they will be terminating the game's service this October 30, 2014. By September 30, chapters can no longer be downloaded, either.
New character videos for Tales of the World: Reve Unitia are now up, featuring Stahn Aileron and Leon Magnus from Tales of Destiny.
In Leon's video, we have him in difficulty of getting through to Sophie from Tales of Graces. Sophie touches Leon's cape and comments that it's the color of a pretty flower. Leon brushes him off, telling her not to touch the cape. Sophie then mentions that she actually placed a flower at the back of his cape. Leon demands that she remove it, but Sophie claims he just told her not to touch the cape, so she kind of can't.
In Stahn's video, he stumbles upon Annie Barrs from Tales of Rebirth writing in her diary. Stahn comments that having a diary is a good thing, since the things you experience can become better memories when they're written. Annie mentions that it's exactly why she started one. Stahn then proclaims he'll start a diary, too, and that they should exchange diaries. Annie comments that a diary is sort of private and to exchange it would be weird, but Stahn's already gone off.
Tales of the World: Reve Unitia will be released in Japan on October 23, 2014 for the 3DS. Pre-orders are now available at the following shops:Play-Asia | CDJapan | Amiami | YesAsia
>> Check out the Tales of Marathon Stream 2 Celebrating Tales of Xillia 2's Localization!
Hey everyone, PanbanRichard here. Just like last year, I'll be holding a marathon stream of Tales games from this Sunday, August 10th to Monday, August 18th called Tales of Marathon Stream 2. It is an event to celebrate the localization of Tales of Xillia 2 outside of Japan.
Essentially, I'll be playing through three games straight from the Tales series before the US localization of Tales of Xillia 2. Two of the games were determined by votes a while ago, and they are Tales of the Abyss and Tales of Destiny. The last of which is Tales of Xillia, as it makes sense to end off the marathon on the prequel of the next localized release.
Commentary will be provided by myself and the following guests who'll appear throughout the stream:
- Aselia Con committee members Anthony, Matt & Jhericca - Youtube challenge players Vercsase and dagoldenclip2 - Absolute Zero translator throughhim413 - ClesStahn, webmaster of Tales-Central & Clesstahn.com - Shawn, webmaster of Tales Union - Bandai Namco Games/Tales of Europe Community Manager Isshak - Europe's 2013 Tales of Ambassador Shiina - Europe's 2014 Tales of Ambassador Lex
Click here for a link to the stream. Each day, the stream is scheduled from 10 AM to 10 PM (-6 GMT) consisting of eleven hours of gameplay with two breaks in between. Just like last year, there will also be a Tales of Xillia 2 Collector's Edition (US Version) giveaway during the stream. Rules for the giveaway can be viewed here, and are illustrated in the video below:
Hope to see you all there as we wait for Tales of Xillia 2's localization!
Posted by PanbanRichard on Aug 08, 2014 - 09:55pm PDT     Post a Comment (0)
>> Tales of Zestiria Nico Nico Douga Stream Videos Available in HD
Several videos from previous Tales of Zestiria Nico Nico Douga Streams have been uploaded to Bandai Namco's official Japanese Youtube account in HD. Check them out here.
June 20th, 2014 Tales of Zestiria Nico Nico Douga Stream videos:
Sorey Focus Video
Alisha Focus Video
July 30th, 2014 Tales of Zestiria Nico Nico Douga Stream videos:
Mikleo Focus Video
Lailah Focus Video
Field Map Battles
Be sure to check out the new Tales of Zestiria scans featuring new characters and more here.
Tales of Zestiria will be released in Japan, North America and Europe sometime in the future. Pre-orders are now available at the following shops:
The latest issue of Tales of Zestiria features Sorey's Kamui mode transformations, new key characters and status art illustrations.
Pressing L1 activates Kamui mode with Sorey's partner. Note that Sorey's Kamui mode form actually has the same look, just with different colors and attack features.
For Mikleo's, Sorey uses a bow and arrow in Kamui mode, which can have long ranges both horizontally and diagonally. When you chain 3 consecutive attacks, the bow and arrow transforms into a massive, more powerful one.
Edna's allows the use of fist power as well as the ability to summon rock pillars from the earth. Chaining 3 consecutive attacks turns the fists into gigantic ones.
Dezel's uses swords that spin around like a tornado. When chaining 3 consecutive attacks, the swords take the form of giant wings.
Also in the scan mentioned are the Normin creatures, which is what the small doll Edna has is based on. Normin are creatures of the Divine found in various places, and meeting them grants special abilities. The Normin apparently have a Kansai dialect.
We also have two new characters, one mentioned already in Jump. From the look of things, these guys seem to be more like key characters or NPCs, but we're still not sure at the moment.
Sergei Strelka (Serugei sutoreruka, romanization not yet official) Voiced by: Hideyuki Hori "I humbly ask of you, Priest Sorey. Can you find out the truth about the Caridnal?" - The hot-blooded leader of the knights of the Lowlance Empire. His complete loyalty to the Empire and dedication to the people has earned him everyone's respect, including the deep trust of those under his ranks. His battle prowess crosses that of a normal human, meaning that he is able to react to even the unseen attacks of the Divine.
Lucas (ruukasu, romanization not yet official) Voiced by: Takanori Hoshino - A mercenary whose name is known even between the two countries' generals. The men under his leadership are said to compare even to that of an army. At present, he is under the employment of the Highland Kingdom.
We also have what seem to be the status art illustrations of the characters by ufotable.
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