Tales of Xillia, currently exclusive to the Playstation 3, utilizes a new battle system coined as the Double Raid Linear Motion Battle System. Some small details were given out today regarding the style.
In Tales of Xillia characters can Link up with each other.
The DR-LMBS uses two values for action. Your common attacks will be under the “Assault Counter” value, abbreviated “AC“. For any kind of attack you’ll use up 1 point. The Assault Counter automatically restores points after the attack. It is not used up by movement or performing an act of defense. The point of the AC system is to chain up a combo of attacks and Artes for as long as the AC can support it. (Of course you will use up a large quantity of TP if you use a large number of Artes.)
The second system which many Tales fans know all too well is the TP or Technical Point. This system will be used for Artes and the amount used up is different based on what Arte it is used. Unlike AC, TP does not recover automatically and must be restored using an item or by various actions during battle.
When in Link Mode, the two characters are connected by a beam of light
Usually in Tales of games you control one character during battle, but in Xillia you can now link up with any character in the party and fight as a pair! The character you are currently controlling becomes the “MASTER” of the link. Their partner becomes connected to them through beams of light.
Your partner can help you out with attacks!
For example, the linked character and master character can attack from the flanks. In another situation, the linked character could attack the enemy who’s approaching the master from behind. The linked character could also protect the master from receiving consecutive attacks. Situations like these and more can be possible within the game.
Namco Bandai has revealed Tales of Xillia at the official website. According to producer Baba, the name Xillia arranged in English expresses the word “Xillion” which in turn means “countless.” For our case, “Xillion” is a play on words of “Zillion”. The letter X signifies the meaning of the unknown, or “crossing.” One’s life can accumulate with countless things, good or bad.
Now each “Tales of” game has a genre title, but this name was actually decided 2 days ago before its announcement. They decided to use “an rpg of unshakable faith” or you could say it is a game that stands firm.
Liese Maxia is the setting for Tales of Xillia
The story takes place in a land called リーゼ・マクシア or Liese Maxia. A world where humans, monsters, and spirits coexist. But more notably the game shows the theme of “Coexistance” with the relationship of humans and spirits. This is the key behind the story.
The graphics are different too, this time expressing something new, something different from the anime, watercolor style of previous games. The game invokes a sense of light and shadows, something atmospheric or an “airy” like quality.
Tales of Xillia utilizes the Double Raid – Linear Motion Battle.
As with every Tales game having a fancy name for its battle system, this game is no different. It is called the “Double Raid – Linear Motion Battle” derived from the Linear motion battle system of previous Tales games. But according to Baba, this battle system is not only just a simple two person battle. The details will be revealed in due time.
Jude Mathis [ジュード・マティス] Tales of Xillia
The heroes of Tales of Xillia are Jude Mathis and Milla Maxwell, they are the two protagonist acting as 2 main characters. The story progresses based on which character you choose, and you will see the story from their viewpoint. Jude Mathis is voiced by Tsubasa Yonaga. He’s trying to be a doctor as much as possible and is a medical student. He has great concentration on rescuing an ally from battle.
Milla Maxwell [ミラ=マクスウェル] Tales of Xillia
Mira is voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro. Mira-Maxwell is accompanied by 4 spirits which she controls; earth, water, fire, and wind. She’s said to be the master of spirits! She carries out her mission without hesitation. Having red eyes is an impressive phenomenon eh?
When it comes to the animation department, Baba chose unfotable. The theme song will be done by Ayumi Hamasaki. It is expected to be released on Playstation 3.
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