Finally beat Xillia. I will express my thoughts with major spoilers below:
Okay, I lied, NOW I will express my thoughts with major spoilers (not kidding this time, there will be major spoilers):
Seriously, the whole thing was incredibly dull. Sure, it's solid overall for gameplay, but the whole game I felt like: "Who cares?" Oh, Alvin betrayed us again? Whatever. Alvin shot Leia? Oh well. Rowen watched Nachtigal die? Boo hoo. Muzet went all crazy? Meh. Jude and Milla had to part at the end? Good riddance.
I was cheering for Gaius the whole time. He was a cool dude. Also: dull ending.
The combat system was good, but I kept thinking "Not as good as Graces" the whole time, so that brought it down for me. The overworld was lifeless, bland and repetitive. I liked that some costume-things were included as NOT paid DLC. I liked the shop upgrade system, but I didn't like that every shop sold the same thing--even [SPOILER]
on a different world!
While all that sounds very negative, like I said, it was a solid game--just very by-the-numbers and disastrous for characters and plot. I did finish it though, so I guess that says something.