Namco Bandai Games – Tales of Xillia 2 and Tales of Hearts R

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During E3, we got a chance to take an in-depth look at the upcoming Tales of Xillia 2 for the PlayStation 3, as well as a chance to play Tales of Hearts R for the PlayStation Vita at the Bandai Namco Games gaming area.

Tales of Xilla 2 takes place one year after the events of Tales of Xillia and focuses on two new characters, Ludger Will Kresnik and Elle Mel Marta. It begins in Elympios where technology reigns while draining the life and power of the spirits. At the start of the game Ludger is forced to pay off a huge debt. The game’s progression will be based on how fast you pay your debt to proceed. You may not be able to proceed until you make money by fighting and taking jobs.

The game uses an enhanced battle system known as the “Cross Double Raid Linear Motion Battle System” which is almost identical to Tales of Xillia’s battle system. However, it adds the ability for Ludger to change his weapons in battle, and can even unlock a special form in battle which is tied to his bloodline. A new buddy system has been added, which was jokingly compared to a dating sim game. The relationship grows as you link with your partner in battle. The more it grows with you, the more you receive items from your teammates.

The cast from the original Tales of Xillia will also be in the sequel. Each character will have their own story chapter which are completely optional. You can even take a look at what they have been up to since the end of the first game.

Tales of Xillia 2 will release on August 19th, with a regular and Limited Edition.

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While not a lot was talked about for Tales of Hearts R for the PlayStation Vita, the game will be released will be released in Winter 2014 and will feature Japanese voices with English subtitles. When asked whether would we see a Limited Edition for the Hearts R, we were told they are still working out on many details of the game, so stay tuned.

 

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.