After a two year long wait, Tales of Xillia has finally been released in the west, and I made sure to be one of the first people in GameStop the moment they opened! As you may or may not know, Namco Bandai has been going through some hard times over the year, and that has prevented many of their games (mainly JRPGs) from seeing the light of day outside of Japan. Once Tales of Vesperia came out on the Xbox 360 back in 2008, that was basically the last we had heard from the Tales of series; that is until that "contest" a few years back.
When Namco Bandai held a mini event where fans could request one game to be brought over, Tales of Graces f was the game that won, and it surprisingly sold well in the US; that is when Namco Bandai decided to localize their "newest" game Tales of Xillia as well. Tales of Xillia was released for Tales of's 15th anniversary, and it was the first Tales of game that Namco Bandai really pulled out all the stops on. They hired a high quality animation team for the anime cutscenes, they created a full 3D world (which is a first for the Tales of series), they recorded high quality voice acting and made the game almost fully voiced, and they greatly refined the battle system. The moment the game was released in Japan, it set an all time sales record for the Tales of series, and it became a flat out hit; in fact it was so big of a hit that Tales of Xillia 2 quickly went into the works and was released the following year.
Now, after that long wait, Tales of Xillia is finally here in the US. Although I'm not too far into the game (I'm about 4 hours in as of right now), the game has already proved to have been worth the wait, and I am really looking forward to seeing what happens next. For the first time in a long time I've gotten a game that has made me put all my other games on hold, and I am loving every second of it! With that being said, a review will go into the works later on, but it may be quite awhile before I'm able to finish the game and write it. In the mean time, if you have a PlayStation 3, and if you like JRPGs, anime, or action games, I recommend checking it out.
Although I didn't get the collector's edition, I did get the Limited Edition which included an art book, and a CD containing some of the game's soundtrack.