Tales of Xillia gameplayNowadays, there are very few JRPG series that stay true to their original vision, but among them are those that have emerged from their humble beginnings and expanded into breath-taking games still set on their tradition.  The Tales series is one of those committed few, and has been a staple in the genre for good reason.  Despite some slight battle alterations, this series has captivated gamers for its lush environments, gripping stories and deep characters. Namco Tales’ latest title in the series, the long-awaited Tales of Xillia, continues that tradition, proving itself to be one of the strongest and most captivating.

This iteration in the series lets you choose between two main characters: Milla Maxwell and Jude Mathias.  At times, these two protagonists will split up and whoever you chose will be the one you control.  Features like this are really amazing because of the high replay value they offer.  An already immersive adventure becomes even more so knowing there’s a whole other story to explore.

If you’ve played past games in the series, you’ll be happy to know the Linear Motion Battle System makes a return, but with a slight revamp.  Now called the Double Raid Linear Motion Battle System, you can team up with another character on your team and unleash a dual character attack.  With a different dual attack for each combo, finding the best pairing is key to winning some of those more challenging battles.

It’s so refreshing to know that Tales of Xillia stays so true to the series while still offering fresh ideas along the way.  There’s still so much to learn about this amazing new game in series.  Stay tuned!

Tales of Xillia will be released on the PS3 on August 6.  What are you most looking forward to in this iteration of the series? Let us know in the comments below!

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Erika Szabo has been writing about video games since 2009, exploring the intricacies of mainstream, indie and retro titles. Her love affair with games started when she was six and has since escalated into a full-time freelance career. You can check out more of her work all over the interwebs, including her awesome YouTube channel! Erika joined Eggplante in 2012 and writes a regular segment called Retro Renegade.

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