Tales of Xillia

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Tales of Xillia
Tales of Xillia Cover.png
North American box art
Developer(s) Namco Tales Studio
Publisher(s) Namco Bandai Games
Designer(s) Hideo Baba
Kōsuke Fujishima (character)
Mutsumi Inomata (character)
Artist(s) Daigo Okumura
Composer(s) Motoi Sakuraba
Series Tales
Platform(s) PlayStation 3
Release date(s)
  • JP September 8, 2011
  • NA August 6, 2013
  • EU August 9, 2013
  • AUS August 9, 2013
Genre(s) Role-playing video game
Mode(s) Single player, co-op
Distribution Blu-ray Disc

Tales of Xillia (Japanese: テイルズ オブ エクシリア Hepburn: Teiruzu obu Ekushiria?) is a Japanese role-playing game released for the PlayStation 3 on September 7, 2011 in Japan.[1] It is the thirteenth core product of the Tales series, developed by Namco Tales Studio, and published by Namco Bandai Games. The game was localized for North America on August 6, 2013, followed by Europe and Australasia on August 9, 2013.[2][3]

The game takes place in a fictional world called Rieze Maxia where humans and ethereal spirits live in harmony. The protagonists are Jude Mathis and Milla Maxwell who are pursued by government officials after sabotaging a weapon of mass destruction known as the Lance of Kresnik. The plot's central theme is Yuruginaki shinnen no RPG (揺るぎなき信念のRPG?, lit. "RPG of Unwavering Convictions").

Tales of Xillia's reception in Japan was highly positive. It became the most preordered Tales game in the series and sold over half a million copies in its week of release;[4][5] the game also received awards from Sony and Famitsu. The English localization received positive reception for its battle system with mixed reviews for its presentation. The sequel, Tales of Xillia 2, was released on November 1, 2012 in Japan and is scheduled for a western localization in 2014.[6]

Gameplay[edit]

Tales of Xillia consists primarily of two major areas: the field map and a battle screen. The field map is a realistically scaled 3D environment traversed by foot.[7] On the field maps, various skits between the characters can be viewed. They involve animated character portraits, subtitles, and full voice acting. Skits concern anything from character development to side details. The battle screen is a 3D representation of an area, in which the player commands the characters in battles against CPU-controlled enemies.[7]

A battle gameplay in Tales of Xillia

During battle sequences, the game uses the Dual Raid Linear Motion Battle System.[8] Four characters are chosen to battle and characters not controlled by a player are controlled by artificial intelligence with instructions set by the players beforehand.[9] The "Assault Counter" (AC) denotes the number of skills and actions a character can perform; usage brings the AC down and is recharged over time.[Game 1] Skill usage costs "Technical Points" (TP) which can be refilled by attacking or using items. During battle, characters can link to each other to perform unified attacks.[8]

Plot[edit]

Two millennia ago, humans developed a power source called Spyrix that kills spirits in order to supply energy. In response, the spirit Maxwell gathered humans who were compatible with spirits, and created a barrier around a large territory to isolate it from the rest of the world and to escape the Spyrixs' influence.[Game 2] The isolated land came to be known as Rieze Maxia and the outer lands as Elympios. Twenty years prior to the present, Elympios bypassed the barrier and formed a terrorist organization known as Exodus; the group wants to destroy the barrier to resupply Elympios' diminishing spirit supply. In the present era, Rieze Maxia is ruled by two countries called Rashugal and Auj Oule. While the two countries appear to live in harmony, they both initiate black operations in order to conquer the other and unite Rieze Maxia under one rule.

In the present, medical student Jude Mathis investigates a military research facility in order to search for his missing professor. There he witnesses a Spyrix-powered weapon called the Lance of Kresnik absorb the professor. The military prep Jude as the next victim, but he is saved by Milla Maxwell, Maxwell's successor. To counter Milla, the lance is activated which renders her powerless, forcing her and Jude to retreat.[Game 3] Jude and Milla decide to confront Rashugal's king who endorsed the Lance's creation. During their travel, they are joined by Alvin, Elize Lutus, Rowen J. Illbert and Leia Rolando. After Rashugal's king is defeated, Exodus activates the Lance which temporary disables the barrier around Rieze Maxia allowing Elympios' army to invade.[Game 4] Assisted by Auj Oule's king, Gaius, the party defeats Exodus at the cost of Milla's life.[Game 5]

After a period of mourning, Jude leads the party to meet Maxwell in order to convince him to dispel the barrier to save both Rieze Maxia and Elympios.[Game 6] Reunited with Milla, who has been reborn as a spirit, they convince Maxwell of their cause. However, Gaius and the spirit named Muzét seal Maxwell within the Lance of Kresnik, intent on sustaining the barrier until all Spyrixs are destroyed; Maxwell sends the party to Elympios before he is subdued.[Game 7] There, the party learn about Elympios' dependence on Spyrix and an ongoing research on Spyrite, a power source harmless to spirits.[Game 8] With renewed conviction, the party defeats Gaius and Muzét, and free Maxwell. Maxwell dispels the barrier and disperses its energy around the world to temporarily power Spyrixes until the completion of Spyrites. The party returns to their normal lives with Jude joining a Spyrite research team, Milla resuming her role as Maxwell, and Gaius uniting Rieze Maxia under a single rule.

Development and release[edit]

The game began development after Tales of Hearts was completed.[10] A Tales game was announced for the PlayStation 3 in July 28, 2010's Weekly Shonen Jump and officially announced by Namco Bandai Games on August 2, 2010.[11][12] On December 15, 2010 Tales of Xillia was unveiled in Weekly Shonen Jump and its official website was launched.[13][14] Its staff, battle system and two main characters were revealed along with the game's main theme, Yuruginaki shinnen no RPG (揺るぎなき信念のRPG?, lit. "RPG of Unwavering Convictions").[14][15] Between January 2011 and April 2011, the other four playable characters were revealed.[16][17][18][19] The game's release date and theme song, "Progress" by Ayumi Hamasaki, was announced in May.[1] Before the game's release, a Korean game guide of the game was leaked onto the internet.[20] Due to time constraints, some planned features were excluded such as an onsen scene and having Gaius or Muzét as playable characters.[10] The game was released on the Japanese PlayStation Store on September 8, 2012.[21]

In March 2012, Tales of Xillia was trademarked in Europe and North America.[22][23] A western world localization was officially announced by Namco Bandai Games Europe on July 6, 2012 on Twitter.[24][25] On November 5, 2012 Ted Tsung, the North American producer for Tales of Xillia, announced completion of the English voice recordings.[26] On the same day, Europe's localization was revealed to have subtitles in English, French, Spanish, German, and Italian.[27] On April 4, 2013, the game's North American release date was announced to be August 6, 2013.[2] On April 11, 2013, the game's release date for the PAL regions was announced for August 9, 2013.[3] That same day, a collector's edition was announced for the North American and European release.[3][28] In North America, the first print of the game were released as a limited edition bundle.[29]

Downloadable content[edit]

Tales of Xillia offers costumes for the playable characters as downloadable content. Ayumi Hamasaki's album Five contains a download code for a songstress costume for Milla.[30] The first print run of the game also contained a code allowing downloadable access to a Tales of Phantasia outfit for Jude and a Tales of Destiny outfit for Milla.[1] On the game's release date, character palettes, costumes from Star Driver, and hair styles were made available as DLC.[31][32] On September 15, 2011, The Idolmaster 2 costumes were released for Milla, Leia, and Elize along with a swimsuit set for all playable characters. Between September 22 and October 6, 2011, three costume sets were released: The maid and butler set, the school-themed set, and a Tales series set.[31][33] On December 1, 2011 a Santa Claus costume set was released.[34]

In the English localization, the Tales of Phantasia and Tales of Destiny costumes were given with preorders of the collector's edition;[3][28] North America's Limited Edition and the PAL region's day one edition also contained the codes.[3][29] The DLCs were released simultaneously for North America and PAL regions. On launch date, the maid and butler costume set along with the swimsuit set were made available.[35][36] Following its release date, the Tales series and Idolmaster costume sets were released on August 20, school costume sets on September 3, and the Santa Claus costume set on November 26.[37][38][39][40][41][42]

Media adaptions[edit]

Manga[edit]

Tales of Xillia spawned four manga adaptions: two anthology collections and two traditional manga series. The first anthology collection is Tales of Xillia Yonkoma Kings[JP 1] by Ichijinsha. Its two volumes were released on November 25, 2011 and February 25, 2012.[43] The second anthology collection is Tales of Xillia Comic Anthology[JP 2] also by Ichijinsha. Its three volumes were released between December 24, 2011 and July 25, 2012. The two traditional manga series are Tales of Xillia Side:Jude[JP 3] by ASCII Media Works and Tales of Xillia Side:Milla[JP 4] by Media Factory;[43] they are adaptions of the game's storyline and follow one of the two protagonists. The Jude manga has three volumes released between February 2012 and March 2013, while the Milla manga has four volumes between February 2012 and October 2013.[43]

Books[edit]

Shueisha, Yamashita Books, and Enterbrain each published a strategy guide for the game.[43] Tales of Xillia was adapted into a novel series under the same name. It is published by ASCII Media Works and three volumes were released between November 10, 2011 and March 10, 2012.[43] A play diary by Famitsu was published by Enterbrain on December 8, 2011. Tales of Xillia Illustration: Matsumi Inomata X Kōsuke Fujishima's Character Work[JP 5] is a book by the game's character designers and was released on December 27, 2011 by Ichijinsha. It provides details on the characters' back story and how their design came to be.[43] On the same day, Tales of Xillia Official World Guidance[JP 6] was released by Yamashita Books and details the in-universe information of the game.[44]

Audio CDs[edit]

Five drama CDs based on the game's plot were produced by Frontier Works. DJCD: Talesring Xillia[JP 7] volumes 1 and 2 were released on May 23 and June 20, 2012.[45] Anthology Drama CD: Tales of Xillia[JP 8] volumes 1 and 2 were released on September 26 and October 24, 2012. DJCD: Talesring Xillia Comic Market 83 Limited[JP 9] was released January 26, 2013 in a regular and limited edition. It contains a cameo from Tales of Xillia 2's Ludger Will Kresnik and Elle Mel Marta.[45] Tales of Xillia Original Soundtrack[JP 10] soundtrack was released by Avex Group on September 7, 2011 in a regular and limited edition;[45] it peaked 31st on Oricon's charts.[46]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 77.40%[47]
Metacritic 78/100[48]
Review scores
Publication Score
Edge 7/10[7]
Electronic Gaming Monthly 7.5/10[49]
Famitsu 39/40[50]
Game Informer 8.25/10[53]
Game Revolution 4/5 stars[51]
GameSpot 7.0/10[52]
IGN 8/10[54]
Joystiq 4.5/5 stars[55]
Official PlayStation Magazine (UK) 6/10[9]
Polygon 7/10[56]
Awards
Publication Award
Playstation Awards 2011 Gold Prize[57]
Famitsu Awards Award of Excellence[58]

Tales of Xillia was received positively in Japan. It became the most preordered game in the Tales series, and sold over half a million copies in its first week.[4][5] During Sony's PlayStation Awards, Tales of Xillia received the gold prize and the User's choice award.[57] Famitsu praised the game for its attentive visuals, accessibility, and fast battle system.[50]

Tales of Xillia became one of the top selling games on the North American PSN on its release.[59] English reviewers praised the battle system and generally described it as fast and engaging.[7][9][49][52][54][55][56] However, Electronic Gaming Monthly, Game Informer, GameSpot, and PlayStation Official Magazine expressed criticisms about the map designs, calling it repetitive, lifeless and bland.[9][49][52][53] Meanwhile, the presentation received mixed reviews. Game Informer called the plot "investing" and praised the balance in tragic and lighthearted moments.[53] Joystiq praised the execution of the plot for its avoiding the usual JRPG "info dumps" and how small plot-lines intertwined into a larger conflict.[55] Electronic Gaming Monthly, GameSpot, and Polygon however, noted the dual-protagonist execution caused incoherency in Milla's story.[49][52][56] Game Informer, GameSpot, and Joystiq, praised the interaction between the characters.[53][52][55] Edge noted the characters avoid many cliché and are generally likeable.[7] Oppositely, PlayStation Official Magazine called the plot and characters a typical JRPG fare;[9] Polygon agreed, adding how character progression is predictable, and calling the trope usages lazy.[56] Game Revolution and IGN described the voice acting as a mixed bag with both reviewers panning Milla's voice acting.[51][54]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ テイルズ オブ エクシリア 4コマ Kings Teiruzu obu Ekushiria Yonkoma Kings?
  2. ^ テイルズ オブ エクシリア コミックアンソロジー Teiruzu obu Ekushiria Komikku Ansorojī ?
  3. ^ テイルズ オブ エクシリア Side:Jude Teiruzu obu Ekushiria Side:Jude ?
  4. ^ テイルズ オブ エクシリア Side:Milla Teiruzu obu Ekushiria Side:Milla ?
  5. ^ テイルズ オブ エクシリア イラストレーションズ いのまたむつみ×藤島康介のキャラクター仕事 Teiruzu obu Ekushiria Irasutorēshonzu Inomata Mutsumi X Fujishima Kōsuke no Kyarakutā Shigoto?
  6. ^ テイルズ オブ エクシリア 公式設定資料集 Teiruzu obu Ekushiria Kōshiki Settei Shiryōshū?
  7. ^ DJCD「テイルズリング・エクシリア」 DJCD: Teiruzu Ringu Ekushiria?
  8. ^ アンソロジードラマCD「テイルズ オブ エクシリア」 Ansorojī Dorama CD: Teiruzu obu Ekushiria ?
  9. ^ DJCD 「テイルズリング・エクシリア」 Comic Market 83 Limited DJCD: Teiruzu Ringu Ekushiria Comic Market 83 Limited?
  10. ^ テイルズ オブ エクシリア オリジナル・サウンドトラック Teiruzu obu Ekushiria Orijinaru Saundotorakku ?
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  1. ^ Your AC (Assault Counter) shows the number of consecutive attacks you can use. [...] Artes consume both AC and TP (Technical Point) numbers. As long as you have AC and TP left, you can use attacks continuously.
  2. ^ Maxwell: Two millennia ago, spyrix appeared in the world. Spirits Perished. Nature withered and died. Humans began following the path of annihilation. So I saved all the spirits and animals as I could, and I gathered humans born with the ability to produce mana. It was then I created Rieze Maxia and sealed them all inside it, to provide a haven from the spyrix. The world is an ark that must sail until Elympios falls.
  3. ^ Event List (Secret of the Research Center): "She discovers the Lance of Kresnik, but the girl they defeated before has set a trap for them. Milla loses The Four Great Spirits, but thanks to their quick thinking, Milla and Jude are unharmed. Milla and Jude are able to escape the research center"
  4. ^ Event List (Mounting Anxiety and The Mysterious Voice): "Through Milla's disclosure that Rieze Maxia is covered by a grand arte known as the schism, our heroes learn that these mysterious soldiers come from a separate world named Elympios."
  5. ^ Event List (An Intention): "Jude tries to stop Milla, who is hell-bent on using the Lance of Kresnik by herself. [...] The Lance of Kresnik repeals the arte. Milla is killed in the collapse of the Zenethra."
  6. ^ Event List (Freedom of Choose): "The party meets the real Maxwell at last on the Temporal Crossroads, the space that connects the human world to the spirit realm. Jude tells Maxwell hat the schism should be destroyed. At this, Maxwell flies into a rage, believing that Jude is a traitor who would destroy Rieze Maxia."
  7. ^ Event List (Freedom of Choose): "Maxwell promises to dispel the schism, but he is prevented by Gaius and Muzét. With the help of Maxwell, our heroes are spirited away to Elympios to recoup and find time to retaliate against Gaius and Muzét."
  8. ^ Event List (New Possibilities): "Our heroes learn about spyrite from the rescued Balan. It may be possible to control the spyrite and save both worlds."

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