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Come see what all the fuss is about Tales of Xillia 2

Wednesday, 11th June 2014 00:53 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Namco Bandai’s Tales of RPG series is hotly requested among western fans, so the publisher has stepped up to deliver. This E3 2014 trailer shows off Tales of Xillia 2, the latest release.

The video and screens below show off the PS3 exclusive’s chops. It released in Japan last November, but won’t hit Europe and North America till August. That’s a comparatively short wait, actually; some Tales of games have taken much longer to come over – if they made it at all.

Tales of Xillia 2 contains some ties to the first Xillia, but tells the story of two new characters – Ludger and Elle. Ludger’s family has the power to prune alternate timelines and keep history balanced, and he’s hired to do just that to pay back a debt earned saving Elle from a train wreck apparently caused by his own brother.

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4 Comments

  1. salarta

    Excellent, excellent stuff.

    It feels more and more like the Tales series is replacing Final Fantasy as the best RPG franchise out there.

    #1 3 months ago
  2. fihar

    @salarta
    Haha, no.
    Tales is indeed better than the current FF, but FF was never the best.
    I’m pretty sure I can at least name 5 RPG series that I consider to be better than these two.

    #2 3 months ago
  3. salarta

    @fihar Depends on the criteria you’re using and how broad or narrow your scope is. And of course, personal taste can conflict.

    Ys is pretty good. Chrono games are great. The SaGa games are alright. Shadow Hearts is fuckin awesome. The Xeno games I’ve played were alright (I keep meaning to play Xenogears and keep putting it off). Arc the Lad was good. Growlanser was interesting. Ar Tonelico was above average. Hyperdimension Neptunia has neat concepts and execution but way too much emphasis on otaku fanservice stuff. Persona is a very fun franchise that I’d say has replaced Final Fantasy if they put out main games more often. Valkyria Chronicles was great, and for a while there Sega looked like they’d stop screwing up. Suikoden was great but not as good as Final Fantasy, in my opinion. .hack was fun, especially the cross-media element, but still not better than Final Fantasy (and is currently not in use). The earlier Star Ocean games were better than the recent ones. The first Valkyrie Profile was the only one that really did anything awesome. Lunar was highly enjoyable for its time. I’ve never played much of Shining Force or Fire Emblem and don’t really care enough to do so, though I may play Fire Emblem eventually. The Souls games might count as RPG, and are great, but I think of them more as action; same with Kingdom Hearts. Everything else I can think of either only lasted for one game, or I don’t see as an RPG.

    #3 3 months ago
  4. dazedonthemoon

    I’ll join. Grandia 2 was one of my favorite rpgs of all time. Though not many remember/talk about it. Square needs to revive that series.

    #4 3 months ago

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