Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  1. Dec 22, 2017
    90
    Tokyo Xanadu eX+ is the definitive version of one of my favourite games of the year and a fantastic overall package for JRPG fans.
  2. Dec 7, 2017
    90
    Those jumping into Tokyo Xanadu eX+ for the first will find that the wait was well worth it.
  3. Dec 18, 2017
    88
    Whether you played the original Vita game or not, Tokyo Xanadu eX+ is such a phenomenal action RPG dungeon crawler that every fan of the genre needs to check out with its satisfying fast-paced team-based combat, great soundtrack, and charming world.
  4. Jan 2, 2018
    83
    Like I said, that’s not enough to make Tokyo Xanadu eX+ worth checking out if you’ve already played it on the Vita. But it does mean that if you never played the Vita version, and you’re looking for a big game with smooth combat and a decent enough plot, then it should fit the bill.
  5. Feb 6, 2018
    80
    For those planning to pick up one of the versions of Tokyo Xanadu, eX+ would be the recommended one for the extra event scenes and character interactions that come with it. Its improvements — including an assortment of minor quality of life upgrades — mean that it is the better release, but those who prefer to play on handheld shouldn't feel at all shortchanged by the original; the extras are more a bonus than anything and players are getting a substantial and greatly absorbing experience either way. Nihon Falcom's charm permeates throughout and its incredibly easy to get attached to Morimiya City and its residents.
  6. Jan 4, 2018
    80
    2017 may have been an exhausting year filled with quality videogame releases across different genres and multiple platforms, but Tokyo Xanadu eX+ is still worth setting aside some time for, especially for those starving for more Action RPG hybrids. The exp and loot grinding is still there for hardcore fans, but the smooth and solid action adds an extra layer of responsiveness and fun that can’t always be felt with turn-based battles, resulting in a winning combination that will eat up more of that free time no human could possibly have at this point.
  7. Dec 21, 2017
    80
    While there can be quite a bit of hand-holding, which may turn off more hardcore fans of the genre, Tokyo Xanadu eX+ offers a great respite from other, bigger holiday releases.
  8. Dec 12, 2017
    80
    With all the improvements made to this enhanced re-release, it almost feels as if the Vita version of Tokyo Xanadu can be considered a beta version. Even if you have already played the Vita version, all the new additions and readjusted gameplay provide a completely fresh and definitive experience for the game. If this is your first time playing Tokyo Xanadu, I would recommend picking up the PlayStation 4 version. However, Vita players must ask themselves if the battle tweaks and story additions are worth a second purchase.
  9. May 24, 2018
    75
    If an editor had taken a serious red pen and streamlined the narrative, Tokyo Xanadu EX+ would be fantastic. As it is, this is a game with stellar JRPG action and a story that will try the patience of all but the most dedicated players.
  10. Dec 18, 2017
    75
    Overall, it’s a good game. Titles like Persona 5 and Trails of Cold Steel are much better, but if you’ve played them and you’re looking for something similar, it’s a good option.
  11. 70
    Tokyo Xanadu is good. It’s a lot of fun and Nihon Falcom has a real touch with combat systems that its developers deserve real respect for. The biggest challenge I found with the game was finding the motivation to actually finish it; it might not get anything wrong, but it’s such a lengthy quest that it really needed a greater thematic depth to maintain my interest, and unfortunately it wasn’t quite able to replicate Nihon Falcom’s own, brilliant, Trails of Cold Steel in offering that.
  12. Dec 7, 2017
    70
    There are legitimate moments of fun and almost a harkening back to major JRPG classics in Tokyo Xanadu eX+, but all too often the pacing detracts from being truly great. The battle system is excellent, with a single but significant flaw of fighting with only one character, despite the large crew acquired. The entire game would be better served immensely by being about half its length, as nothing truly gets kicking before it burns out on itself.
  13. Jan 17, 2018
    60
    In the full spectrum of things, Tokyo Xanadu eX+ is a title that offers just enough to be considered entertaining, but not so much that it tries to excel in its genre.
  14. Dec 18, 2017
    60
    Tokyo Xanadu eX+ is a wonderful way to spend several hours thanks to a delightfully fun combat system. The standard JRPG storyline means everything feels very familiar, but it's not all bad. Overall, the game's nothing special -- certainly not to look at -- but there's at least plenty of content here, and the title does a decent job of keeping things fresh.
  15. 60
    If Asksys Games and Nihon Falcom were serious about porting Tokyo Xanadu to the PS4, there was a lot more that could have been done. Graphics needed a major overhaul, and the additional side stories were merely fluff that didn’t contribute a lot to making an already bland story more interesting.
  16. Mar 12, 2018
    55
    Those who couldn't get enough of Tokyo Xanadu's combat will no doubt be pleased with the extra content here, especially a robust post-game that takes place during Halloween. Everyone else, however, is better off passing this one up. eX+'s additions are so flimsy and superfluous as to actively detract from the original game, dragging out an already thin premise to another 25 hours.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 46
  2. Negative: 7 out of 46
  1. Dec 27, 2017
    7
    medicore story, characters, music and game play.

    structure is similar to trail series. combat is similar to Ys series. Ok to play but
    medicore story, characters, music and game play.

    structure is similar to trail series. combat is similar to Ys series.

    Ok to play but you will find nothing particularly good.
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  2. Dec 12, 2017
    7
    Tokyo Xanadu feels like a mixture of the Trails series mixed with Ys battle system. You can spend time with friends to raise your relationshipTokyo Xanadu feels like a mixture of the Trails series mixed with Ys battle system. You can spend time with friends to raise your relationship with them, read books and answer questions for wisdom, complete difficult dungeons with high grades to raise bravery, and complete side quests to raise kindness. These kind of reminded me of Persona's gameplay a little and I really enjoyed it.

    The only down sides are only one character can fight at a time so you have to constantly switch characters during battle to hit enemy weaknesses or use different attack types and they all share the same energy bar as well as control the same way. It feels like the game only needed one character but uses multiple characters instead. That isn't bad though it just felt unnecessary. I think the weapon type should also matter instead of just their element. The eclipse has different styles but they always stay the same so grinding means going through repetitive hallways and monsters that you have played before.
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  3. Jan 19, 2020
    8
    Tokyo Xanadu Ex+ (shortening to TXE from now on) it's the upgraded version of Tokyo Xanadu for the vita and it's an action jrpg with a lot ofTokyo Xanadu Ex+ (shortening to TXE from now on) it's the upgraded version of Tokyo Xanadu for the vita and it's an action jrpg with a lot of emphasis on story, characters and collecting...and before someone might say "it's just like persona" I am going to stop you there and tell you "this is actually like Trails of Cold Steel", complete with the same UI, same ideas, same questing system, same event, and bonding system, literally same everything. Except the combat that is.

    The story revolves around Kou which is your generic grumpy and unlikable MC who suddenly sees the generic tsundere love interest of the game getting into a portal to another world and from here the game will soon open up to the fact there are organizations aimed to clear these dungeons and that everything is all undercovered in the underground.
    While the obvious similarities to persona is there, I would at least say "it's similar to persona 3" which is my favorite persona of the bunch, especially with all the "secret organization vibe going" that I really enjoy.

    However, the main issue with the story it's the characters: they're the most generic and stereotypical anime characters you can find and it's a hard swallow for those who aren't into anime culture like me. For example, Kou looks like your generic uncaring guy with a potential harem surrounding him, Asuka is so tsundere (or kuudere?) it makes me yawn how much she hides her personality, and Sora is the ultra generic childhoodfriend-love interest-tomboy-love triangle rival it's so painful to watch. I didn't get all of the characters but it's really annoying the first time you meet them and while the characters do improve with time, it does have an anime vibe that might discourage normal players to get into it.

    To put it on perspective, TOCS cast is also very generic and clichè but they do show their best and their improvements early on, and the cast is bigger so you have a lot of options.
    In here it feels like I'm watching some sort of super sentai show with harem elements. It's really hard to watch at times.

    Overall, if you're heavy into anime, the cast won't bother you really that much and the story is interesting enough to keep you hooked, plus if you played TOCS you're pretty much already acknowledged of how the game works. Heck the game is so similar to TOCS even Towa is in thanks to the power of Mary Sue.

    But if the system and gimmicks work a lot like TOCS, the actual game itself is completely different and it's more similar to a Ys game: the combat is action-based and you're going to fight in long, semi-linear dungeons in an attempt to get the highest rank possible and getting S so to get the best results. The combat is pretty fast and it uses an elemental base system to fight against enemies and each character can use up to 2 elements (you start with 1) to fend them off and it's heavily encouraged in order to get S rank, which improves Kou 3 main stats (Courage, Wisdom, Virtue).

    You have different types of attacks you can upgrade the Grid system and each slot can be upgraded so you can put different Elements, including a Master Core. Sound familiar?
    Jokes aside, the system works but it does feel overcomplicated for the wrong reasons, however upgrading slots - which requires materials to grind - do give bonuses to your stats and it will force some extra grind to make yourself viable. If anything money is much easier to obtain.

    Overall the combat system does work...but man it's tough as nails!

    I'm not going to beat around the bush: TXE is pretty hard and I think it's because you have fewer enemies on screen than a regular Ys game, which means they compensate for the lack of enemies by making each enemy much more difficult to take down. I'm not kidding when I say that I actually died on the first bosses because of the damage output they make and how tough it is to dodge their attacks, however, the dodging system is a lot clunkier and it's much easier to get hit, despite having a "timing" gimmick where you can be invulnerable for a few seconds but after that, you can get hit very easily.

    Honestly, the problem with the combat's difficulty is that you usually fight alone, enemies have a lot of mechanics and moves to predict (especially in Calamity) and especially at the beginning you can easily lose more than half your entire hp bar, if not die completely, if you get hit with several attacks in a row. It's relentless but the combat system isn't as smooth or polished as ys 8, which makes it a lot harder to grasp and less satisfying to master.

    Bottom line, do I recommend? Yes but at the same time I'd recommend to get a copy of Ys8 and play that game first, which is a lot better in every aspect and you can find it everywhere for cheap (except switch which I highly discourage because of poor framerate. You've been warned)
    But if you played that game already and hoped for some action jrpg, this could be a good choice. Just don't expect Ys8!
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