Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 59 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 59
  2. Negative: 3 out of 59
  1. 90
    Tales of Xillia 2 boasts a constant feeling of progression through the entire game, and though the leveling has a new, and somewhat particular, skill-based development, the complete RPG package can be found within this wholehearted sequel.
  2. Aug 17, 2014
    88
    It feels like a big expansion, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't buy it. Actually, it's one of those games RPG fans cannot miss.
  3. Nov 15, 2014
    85
    A Japanese style RPG with fast'n'furious real-time combat. There's a lot of stuff to do and nothing deviates too much from the tried and tested Tales of -formula. Maybe it should, though. [Nov 2014]
  4. Sep 1, 2014
    85
    Thanks to a radical change of atmosphere and to a general revamp of the game mechanics, Tales of Xillia 2 is a very good JRPG, much better than what the limited scope of the production would suggest.
  5. Aug 19, 2014
    85
    Follow up of one of the best JRPGs released exclusively for PS3. Almost as good as the original.
  6. Aug 18, 2014
    85
    A fluid combat gameplay meets a great character progression system. The story does not reach the quality of the first episode, but the adventure is long and full of quests.
  7. Sep 29, 2014
    84
    Tales of Xillia 2 had the potential to be one of the best games in the franchise. While it hits many notes perfectly, it also gets some things terribly wrong.
  8. Aug 24, 2014
    84
    I would recommend Tales of Xillia 2 to any Tales or JRPG fan.
  9. Aug 19, 2014
    83
    Playing Tales of Xillia 2 is like go to the movies and watching a sequel that has all you want one more time on screen. If you enjoyed the first journey through Rieze Maxia, you'll love to find out what happened with Jude, with Milla and the rest of the crew. An improved combat system, more side-quests and a better story, its a shame the Debt system ruins this a little, but in general, a great way of closing the whole journey we begun just one year ago.
  10. Aug 18, 2014
    83
    Tales of Xillia 2 arrives as a worthy sequel. However, quite a repetitive unfolding of the plot and some senseless plot twists leave a strange sensation once you end the game. That being said, it's recommendable to any RPG fan.
  11. Sep 15, 2014
    80
    Tales of Xillia 2 is without any doubt a very good JRPG that will delight fans of the series but, like many of the others before; it’s a shame than it cannot reach higher.
  12. Sep 15, 2014
    80
    A huge improvement over the original with a better, well-paced and engaging story, refined battle and upgrade system and excellent new musical tracks. It does everything sequels is supposed to do; build on the original and improve. If you can look past the debt system and disgusting reuse of assets you’ll find yourself engrossed in this fast-paced JRPG for hours on end.
  13. 80
    For all my quibbles regarding Tales of Xillia 2 from a general design standpoint, it still manages to shake up the series’ formula in the right ways.
  14. Sep 4, 2014
    80
    Tales of Xillia 2 is a very good game, but it is definitely not better than the original.
  15. Aug 28, 2014
    80
    Several unnecessary complexities may hold the sequel back for some, but the strong story, engaging battle system, and brilliant character development should appeal to both casual and hardcore JRPG fans alike.
  16. Aug 28, 2014
    80
    Tales of Xillia 2 is more like an expansion than a true sequel: there are tons of things to do, but you will do them in the very same environments and dungeons explored last year, listening at the same music and fighting with the same spells and artes. And that's totally fine, because battles are a blast: too bad they serve a mess of a plot which at least ends on a high note after forty hours of nonsensical gibberish and morally questionable choices.
  17. Aug 27, 2014
    80
    Tales of Xillia 2 for the PlayStation 3 is a great sequel to Tales of Xillia, with a better story that has a more mysterious vibe than the first one, triggering you to continue playing until the end. The battle system has gotten more depth with the new weapon weaknesses, but also gained some flaws with an overpowered protagonist and a somewhat confusing leveling system.
  18. 80
    Bandai Namco should be commended for taking an already good RPG in Tales of Xillia and expanding on that storyline in a way that pays respect to the original and builds so much on top of it. It is hard to make a sequel that is worth of the original and Tales of Xillia 2 does just that.
  19. Aug 24, 2014
    80
    This is an easy recommendation for anyone that has already played through Tales of Xillia and yet another good reason to force you to if you haven’t yet.
  20. Aug 22, 2014
    80
    Tales of Xillia 2 could have represented a net improvement of its predecessor in every field, but some bad choices in game design make it a title only marginally better than that which preceded it.
  21. Aug 22, 2014
    80
    Still, even with all its rather glaring flaws, it’s still well worth checking out. That’s especially so for the fans of the original, who will surely love all the bits of fan service Xilla 2 has to offer.
  22. Aug 18, 2014
    80
    Tales of Xillia 2 is a great JRPG with a few big issues. The silent main character is an interesting addiction in term of pure role playing, but it affects the whole gameplay ruining the typical narrative of the Tales Of series. The awful debit system is the worst design element of the game. If you'll be able to pass through these elements you'll find in Xillia 2 a great JRPG with a interesting and quite mature storyline.
  23. Aug 18, 2014
    80
    A sound JRPG, Tales of Xillia 2 offers a fun yet deep battle system, a great story with tons of optional narrative, and plenty of in-game background information that makes it worth playing even if you didn’t play the original game.
  24. Aug 15, 2014
    80
    It's rare for a great JRPG to get a direct sequel that fully embraces what the original was all about. Tales fans -- and fans of the original Xillia, in particular -- shouldn't let this one slip away.
  25. 79
    It wasn’t my favorite Tales of experience, but it certainly wasn’t the worst, and to its credit it was really all I could ask of a sequel.
  26. Sep 21, 2014
    78
    Rough around the edges, but a charming sequel nonetheless
  27. Aug 18, 2014
    78
    Tales of Xillia 2 has its flaws, but it also has plenty of what fans of the series love: Challenging battles, great character interactions, and a story full of twists. I'm still continually lured in by the series, I just wish this entry felt like more than a sideways step.
  28. Aug 28, 2014
    77
    Gameplay wise this might be one of the best JRPGs in years. Too bad the rest of the game is cobbled together with re-used assets, enemies and characters from its predecessor. And the repetitious level grinding doesn’t help either. [Sep 2014, p.59]
  29. Aug 22, 2014
    77
    This is more remake then sequel. But since the original was an exceptional JRPG Tales of Xilia 2 still offers solid entertainment value.
  30. Aug 18, 2014
    76
    While it’s lacking on the exploration end, Xillia 2 boasts a strong story component and combat system to deliver another solid RPG.
  31. Oct 24, 2014
    75
    I haven’t seen such an interesting combat system in any other jRPG game. Who would’ve thought that I would await the next game of the Tales series more eagerly than the next Final Fantasy? [Nov 2014, p.72]
  32. Sep 16, 2014
    75
    A nice improvement on the previous game, definitely in the story and combat departments. If it weren't for a couple of boring parts, it might have received a much higher score. The lack of Japanese voice-acting isn't exactly a plus either.
  33. Sep 13, 2014
    75
    Tales of Xillia 2 combines the best of eastern and western cultures and consolidates itself as an RPG that appeals to hardcore fans of the series, thanks to its compelling story, attractive combat system, the decision-making mechanics and its anime-like aesthetics.
  34. The combat system is one of the best features of the series. It has nothing to do with the classic turn-based battles and resemble three-dimensional team fighting. Heroes are free to move around the battlefield, they know how to put the blocks, dodge, and not only execute fierce battle tricks but carrying out deadly team combos. All this looks very spectacular and saves from the boredom in those frequent moments when player runs out of desire for more grinding. Unfortunately local grind is a must – without it one never will be able to kill some bosses. [Nov 2014, p.106]
  35. Oct 19, 2014
    71
    It's a good JRPG but not a great one. [Issue#249, p.72]
  36. Sep 11, 2014
    71
    The story isn’t as well-written or engaging as the plot of the first game, there are superficial characters tossed in for no reason, and the cutting-and-pasting of previously visited locales isn’t doing us any favors. If you can accept all these drawbacks and indulge in the awesome battle mechanic, well, good for you.
  37. Oct 1, 2014
    70
    A few tweaks short of the mark.
  38. Sep 25, 2014
    70
    A game that's bloated beyond necessity, thanks to a terrible design decision, Tales of Xillia 2 does a few things to address the flaws of the first title—and then completely runs that progress into a brick wall. Multiple times.
  39. An easyish “yes” to fans of the first. A total “no” to newbs. [October 2014, p80]
  40. Sep 18, 2014
    70
    The fear of not being long enough is what makes the developer introduce an invasive mechanic that ends up severely affecting the pace.
  41. Sep 15, 2014
    70
    Ultimately, it will always be remembered as “the sequel to Tales of Xillia”, rather than as an event in its own right.
  42. Sep 1, 2014
    70
    Tales of Xillia 2 isn't exactly better than the former episode. The game from Bandai Namco recycles too many features and too many elements, and fails to improve visually. But it's not worst either. Tales of Xillia 2 unfolding is far better and integrate the so-much-asked-for optional quests very well. The possibility to visit some new locations and switch between pistols, blades and hammer during the fights bring some fresh air too.
  43. Aug 24, 2014
    70
    Tales of Xillia 2 both succeeds and fails by playing it safe.
  44. Aug 22, 2014
    70
    Tales of Xillia 2 is better than the first episode, even if it takes too much stuff directly from it, which could be disappointing for the fans. Anyway the story is still interesting and the fighting system is really cool.
  45. Aug 22, 2014
    70
    If you played through Tales of Xillia, this is an interesting but rather lumpy postscript to that adventure. If you've never played a Tales game, this isn't the one to start with.
  46. Aug 18, 2014
    70
    Unlike the last Tales sequel, 2008’s Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, Xillia 2 is a worthy entry in the pantheon of Bandai Namco’s flagship RPG series. Unfortunately, the game’s ill-advised debt-payback system to unlock new areas and story chapters sabotages the overall enjoyment at times, and some other curious design decisions make Xillia 2 a less compelling adventure than it should’ve been.
  47. Aug 28, 2014
    68
    Tales of Xillia 2 is most notable for its unusually dark storyline and strong character development. It's only truly worthwhile when played as a sequel, however, and is dragged down by poor design decisions.
  48. Aug 28, 2014
    65
    Tales of Xillia 2 ‘s greatest strengths are also its greatest weaknesses. Continuing the saga where it left off will be a joy for fans of the original who couldn’t get enough of its intricate world and colorful characters, but Bandai Namco’s choice to revisit a previous game may not satisfy those who are in search of new experiences in the Tales of series.
  49. Sep 19, 2014
    62
    Giving the player choice and narrative input is admirable, but it just doesn't come together. [Nov 2014, p.72]
  50. Sep 19, 2014
    60
    Tales of Xillia 2 feels like not much more than a repeat of the previous game. You'll spend most of your time walking through familiar environments you already explored thoroughly in the previous game.
  51. Sep 4, 2014
    60
    Tales of Xillia 2 is all about fan-service. Instead of adding new areas to explore, Bandai Namco have focused on stuffing the game with a lot of optional material, such as extra tough monsters, side quests and bonus chapters where you'll learn more about the characters. It's all fun and dandy, but after a while the repetitiveness of it all proves to be a bit much. Xillia 2 is a better sequel than Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, but it is far from being as good as many of the earlier installments in the series.
  52. Aug 27, 2014
    60
    That's Xillia 2's biggest problem: It's run time is bloated and the decisions the game presents you with are just illusions.
  53. Aug 21, 2014
    60
    Tales of Xilla 2 is a house built on a solid foundation with a rotting roof. It takes the best elements of the first game — thrilling battles and a fun, quirky cast — and drags them down by gating off content in a way that felt insulting to my time.
  54. Aug 20, 2014
    60
    It's hardly a disgrace to the Tales name, but there are other games within the series we'd far sooner recommend. [Sept 2014, p.120]
  55. Sep 5, 2014
    50
    Tales of Xillia 2 is a frustrating brew of boring JRPG tropes and needlessly repetitive busywork. Don’t let this be the first Tales game you start with.
  56. Aug 25, 2014
    50
    A disappointing and unnecessary sequel that squanders the potential of its story and is saved only by the series’ customarily excellent combat.
  57. The formula needs an update. [Nov 2014, p.94]
  58. Sep 19, 2014
    40
    Perhaps in a different world, Tales of Xillia 2 could have been the proper sequel that Tales fans wanted, one that more thoroughly explored the Elympios half of the world which was mostly glossed over in the first game. Instead, we got a game in which players collect cats and pay off their medical bills.
  59. Aug 18, 2014
    40
    It's a 20-hour game in a 50-hour package, bloated to hell and back by a design engineered to recycle content. If you're interested in playing an installment of the Tales series, you deserve much better than this.
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 146 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Aug 19, 2014
    10
    I am a big fan of "Tales of ..." series and I'm glad to see localized version of "Tales of Xillia 2", It`s a realy huge JRPG in its genre. II am a big fan of "Tales of ..." series and I'm glad to see localized version of "Tales of Xillia 2", It`s a realy huge JRPG in its genre. I recommend to all fans of Japanese games. It will give you many hours of interesting gameplay and exciting story. Full Review »
  2. Aug 20, 2014
    10
    I'm about 10 hours into the game so far and am loving it. The tone is much darker than the first game, and people may be put off by the mostlyI'm about 10 hours into the game so far and am loving it. The tone is much darker than the first game, and people may be put off by the mostly silent protagonist. That being said, returning cast members soon enter the picture and liven things up. I highly recommend this title to anyone who enjoys the Tales of series, especially those who played the first game.

    For those inexperienced with the "Tales" series, I would recommend picking up the first game before jumping into this one.
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  3. Sep 13, 2014
    9
    An incredible sequel in almost every way except for the fact that 90% of your time is spent in the exact same areas as you explored in theAn incredible sequel in almost every way except for the fact that 90% of your time is spent in the exact same areas as you explored in the first game. It's not necessarily bad that all of the original zones make a return, but it's just that you spend very little time in new areas. There are 11 or so actual new areas to go to. Besides that, the combat system is back with cool new mechanics, the story is fairly interesting, there's tons of replay to see the different endings and various outcomes, and the awesome grade system which allows you to purchase interesting perks for additional playthroughs. There are three new playable characters on top of the original cast. Best of all, the game is genuinely funny, and the characters are mostly amusing and likable. Would be a 10/10 if they could have spent more time making new areas. Full Review »