Japan Import: Tales of Xillia 2 gives PS3 owners a new JRPG

June 5, 2012 - 2:00 am No Comments

Japan Import: Tales of Xillia 2 gives PS3 owners a new JRPG

With E3 week upon us, I’m sure you’re already expecting lots of game announcements. I bet you didn’t expect one from Japan! Over the past week, Namco Bandai’s been counting down to a Tales reveal. It turns out, Tales of Xillia was so well received that the company decided we needed Tales of Xillia 2. It will continue with a new story in the same universe, only a year after Jude and Milla’s adventures.

Like all Tales games, Tales of Xillia 2 has a genre name and this one is “Choices spin the future.” Which makes sense, because players will be able to help Ludger, our hero, make decisions throughout the game that will have both small and large effects on the overall storyline. Which makes it the first Tales game where choices matter. At crucial moments, players will be able to press L1 or R1 to make Ludger make a decision. He will also be joined by the cat above, Lulu, and a girl named Elle. Elle should have a big role as well, as Namco Bandai’s asking players if they’d destroy everything for one girl.

Tales of Xillia 2 will also retain an active battle system. This time, it’s called the Cross Double Raid Linear Motion Battle System, or XDR-LMBS. It’s essentially a really complicated way of saying that players can chain attacks and arts together, as well as let players join together for more powerful attacks.

Aside from all that, there are only two more things we know about Tales of Xillia 2. One is that Ayumi Hamasaki’s performing the theme song and people in Japan will get to experience it before 2012 ends.

Meanwhile, we here in North America are still Tales of Xillia-less. Perhaps we’ll see it as a surprise announcement at E3 2012 this week. Make it so, Namco Bandai!

Read [4Gamer.net (Japanese)] Site [Tales of Xillia 2]

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