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Tales of Xillia 2 has one brilliant idea. It's something that presents an entirely new spin on the familiar structure of a Japanese role-playing game, and it even has an allegorical relevance to the real world. It's one of the most intriguing ideas I've seen in a game of this genre. Sadly, for all its conceptual brilliance, it's also one of several factors that make this a slightly disappointing entry in the Tales series.
The idea in question is debt. Your lead character, Ludger Kresnik, is in hock to the Spirius Corporation following a devastating terrorist attack apparently carried out by his own brother, an elite Spirius agent. Despite trying to prevent the atrocity, Ludger is stung with a 20 million bill for his medical care, and then forced to pay it off while tracking his fugitive brother down.
When this bombshell is dropped after the introductory sequence, I was honestly thrilled. Here was a concept that echoed the financial reality of the world - relevant when the game originally launched in Japan in 2012, and arguably even more relevant today - and also added additional jabs at privatised healthcare and unscrupulous lending. Subtext and depth, and the game hadn't even properly begun!
Namco Bandai's PS3-exclusive Tales of Xillia doesn't launch in Europe until next month, but that hasn't stopped the company confirming we'll see its sequel.
The imaginatively-titled Tales of Xillia 2 will also arrive exclusively for PlayStation 3, and is due sometime next year.
Namco has also already promised its HD remake of the excellent Tales of Symphonia for Europe next year, too. Re-named as Tales of Symphonia: Chronicles, the remastered edition will include sequel Dawn of the New World.