Parents' Guide to

Tales of Xillia 2

By Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Complex but fun, action-packed RPG stresses player choice.

Game PlayStation 3 2014
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Tales of Xillia 2 is a solid role-playing game that pays homage to the previous game (Tales of Xillia), offers a few new elements (side quests are easier to track), and has a deep customization system that allows players to create and prepare a character for battle in a manner they find appealing. The story is a bit mired in concepts that fly past in cut scenes and are intertwined with language that might be familiar to fans of the original but are like a foreign language to newcomers. The game's translation seems to have ended at the text; spoken elements, street signs, and so on are still in Japanese (this game released in Japan in November 2012).

But it's pretty easy to skip the hyperbole and get right to the meat of the game, which is combat. The combat is rich, with a linking system between two characters that can increase damage output and allow for some spectacular combinations and finishing moves. Some segments seem as if they go on and on (the train, for example), but the game does have a nice share of save points that allow players to reload, make a different decision, and see where the new path takes them. The graphics are anime but serviceable, the control scheme is easy to comprehend, and the game does have some nice twists and turns that keep players entertained and involved.

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