Xillia 2: BEATEN! :D
, that Ludger voice option. You don't even see his lips move, your "in-game choice" is just read to you from the R1/L1 screen. :S It adds some life to the role, for sure, but feels real half-assed (and Ludger has a great voice!).
= I dunno.... I liked the emotion in this game; but the pacing felt kinda crappy. We only get one real chapter to hang out with Julius, and only one chapter dedicated to Elle and Alt Milla's relationship (that she then realizes is super-important to her for the next 3). The ideas work and work really well, just the pacing feels rushed.
it's actually both sad but maybe realistic that the party just can't warm up to Alt Milla in the same way or that she's almost quickly 'forgotten about' when she's killed. Alternate Milla ISN'T *their* Milla. That bitter streak in the fractured version seem appropriately complex for it, and the party's own reaction seems... sadly human.
= The plot was good, but still has a lot of "magical mumbo-jumbo" that makes the story-telling too much a product of its own made-up issues. The details feel complex and somewhat turgid. ORIGINS TRIAL, KEY OF KRESNIK, SOUL TRANSFER, CANAAN, CHROMATIS, MAXWELLIANXILLIANBRRRRGLGGLRRRR. Okaaay~~~ I'm not even too sure how much sense I could really make of it especially with respect to how the Keys of Kresnik worked and what went in and out of dimensions
As a whole, I liked the character quests much
more than the actual plot. It certainly doesn't help that Elle is a pipsqueak cheerleader with a big mouth and Ludger doesn't really "have a voice". Elle is feeling sad...PAUSE TO THINK ABOUT HOW YOU SHOULD CONSOLE HER.L1 Hold her Hand / R1 Tell her "man up or 'daddy' will put you up for adoption"!
= Love the post-game. Love the alternate endings. I actually kinda regret buying costumes since a lot of the in-game offerings actually look quite wonderful (and it's nice to see the game offering free costumes after Xillia 1 giving you few options in that regard). Love the EX Giganto Monsters too. They're wonderfully difficult!
= I liked Origin's design. A little creepy, but a nice change of pace given how detailed (or sometimes downright tacky) the rest of the spirits and cast are.
= Holy fuck, Muzet's face at the end of her chapter
... No party member has seemed more curious, horny[?], and downright insane.
= I like how all characters generally improved in likability. Even Ivar.
= Plot-wise, Gaius and Muzet felt pretty pointless, but they were great additions for battle. On that note...
= omg, 3 party members isn't enough for the amount of experimenting I wanted to do. I love everyone!!!!
= I like when Tales tries to be political too. I liked the amount of tensions there were between Rieze Maxians and Elympions. It feels real and makes the world feel more comparable to perhaps real life situations for it. I like that Leia writes about the tensions, I like that Alvin is a [struggling] salesman between the nations, I like Rowen and Gaius have political unrest as region-representatives and leaders.
= Honestly, the only ship I ever cared about in this game is Alvin x Leia
. ...I happily got that off my chest. I think more because they're nonchalance and 'chumminess' would probably work best IRL as buds (so I was happy they were "dimensional partners", so to speak).
I kinda felt the same for Yuri and Estelle --- maybe I just like it when the writers don't try so hard to write about lovers and just focus on relationship-building
romance building) -- it was that "ship" that almost sank all of Xillia 1's plot for me. You go Jude, one of few protagonist's whose crush led him to become a hero.
= This game is my FF13-2. Is it great? Yeah, I guess, it *definitely* does the job and the risk of a lot of "sequelitis". But MAN you can get a lot of mileage out of it, recycled content or not.
...I will say it's a lot more playable than X1.
= I'd love another Tales sequel --- but more like Tales of Destiny 2. I'd love to see them take a world like 10-15 years (or more!) into the future of the first installment.
Personal Grade: 8.5 Fat Cats out of 10.
Less Bias Grade: 7/10.