Last entry was about the feeling if something you really enjoy is about to end, well this sweet little game was partly responsible for that one. Many things this game made where really awesome. Although I quiet enjoyed Tales of Graces F, it wasn't as great as Tales of Symphonia GC years back. Tales of Xillia felt similar. What I missed in Xillia were my two favorite Spirits Origin and Shade. Seeing Celsius and Volt really made me think they appear as well. Well they didn't.
But more for the game itself.
What really drove me nuts was the missing sidestep dodge and the the Coliseum where you could easily land outside, ending the match. That there were only like 30 monsters in different coloration was not nice but I could live with it.
As always in Tales of... games I really got attached to the characters though Leia was a bit stressing.
The story itself surprised me though. I expected something like a "True Story" after you played with both Character through but not here, too bad. I did theories on how the story unfolds, I always do that when playing RPG's or (Action-)Adventures, it's just a bit more fun to me this way. Sometimes I was close, other times I really got surprised, quiet enjoyable. I had happy, sad and "really?" moments with it. The theme of Willpower and Conviction was well worked in.
The way with the Skit pop-ups was sweet as well. From what I can tell in past games they where only available at certain points on the world at a certain time. Here it's more like after meeting the conditions or entering/passing a certain place they eventually appear on their own, despite your place. Having the categories "Main", "Sub" and "Etc." also works good. I hope Hideo Baba and his team will keep that up.
While Tales of Xillia 1 did many things right and was pretty nice the end left a bitter aftertaste with me. After the whole story I really wanted Jude and Milla staying together to show both worlds the right way to end the Spirit killing without sacrificing too much. Now they are like separated by worlds/dimensions forever. So in the end there was a big sacrifice to be made in order to achieve a future for Rieze Maxia and Elympios, the relation between Jude and Milla. Unless Tales of Xillia 2 brings out something to substitute Milla as Maxwell so she can go back to the human realm, I highly doubt that. If you have played Xillia 1 why not share the experience of it with me. I'm curious to hear (or read if we wanna be picky) and if you played Xillia 2, please keep quiet. I don't want to know anything about it until I played it.
Have a nice day and see you soon.