Yeah, this is one of the few games I pre-ordered that I'm not ripping my hair out in excited anticipation for. This is more a case of "Okay, Namco, I'm giving you one more chance so don't let me down." It's bad enough that the costumes I enjoyed collecting so much in Abyss and Vesperia are held back for extra cash, but the lazy design of Xillia 1 just left a bad taste in my mouth that will take a lot to get rid of.
On the other hand, Xillia 2's release means only 4 more weeks to Theatrhythm.
It is funny for me. Looking back on the last gen, Tales and Bamco is really the only franchise/company that has pleased and surprised me to be honest.
I came off the days of the PS2 with a strong taste for Persona, Disgaea and the occasional turn based epic. Turn based epics became an endangered species, Disgaea never exactly became anything profound beyond what it offered in its first entry and Persona is still stuck in the P4-era. NIS niche' J-Game releases kept getting my hopes up over the last few years but totally let me down time and again.
If you told me back in 2008 when I bought my PS3 the best time I'd have with it would be with Tales and I'd go so far as to buy an Xbox360 strictly for Vesperia I would have laughed in disbelief. Abyss, Legendia and Symphonia all left me wanting in a big way, and my only REALLY fond memory of the franchise dated all the way back to the PS1 with Destiny.
As for Xillia 1, I too found it to be weak in many respects. The saving grace for me was the cast. Alvin and Milla in particular became all-time Tales favorites for me.
1 Day left until Xillia 2 folks! I got my gamestop pre-order pick up reminder text and am totally freakin' EXCITED!!!
Wait wha??? How-come nobody is speaking about it?
Thanks for reminding me.
Holy shit! 70$
The fuck? I ain't paying 70$ for a game with DLC.
Hell, with taxes that's 80.48$ in QC.
Yea, as I mentioned the price point was easily the most disturbing part of this buy for me too. 129.99 for the CE was downright painful to pay for a PS3 game at present. It is the only CE I bought this year actually.