Tales of Xillia, Dragon’s Crown now available
posted on 08.06.13 at 05:33 PM EDT by (@salromano)
It's JRPG Tuesday for PlayStation owners.

It’s JRPG Tuesday for PlayStation owners. Today sees the release of both Tales of Xillia and Dragon’s Crown in North America.

Tales of Xillia (PlayStation 3)

The thirteenth mothership title in the long-running Tales series, the game follows Milla Maxwell, “a mysterious woman accompanied by four unseen beings,” and Jude Mathis, “a clever medical student attending school in the capital city of Fennmont,” as they travel the world of Rieze Maxia in a journey to restore the world’s mana and figure out why the spirits that have been peacefully co-existing with humans are beginning to die.

The game combines the series’ real-time battle system with the new Dual Raid Linear Motion Battle System, which allows two characters to link together and provide support attacks and powerful linked artes attacks.

Watch last week’s launch trailer below.

Dragon’s Crown (PlayStation 3, PS Vita)

The latest game from Muramasa and Odin Sphere developer VanillaWare, this side-scrolling multiplayer beat ’em up action RPG lets players choose from one of six character classes and journey through dungeons in search of the legendary treasure known as the “Dragon’s Crown.”

The game offers an “immersive skills system,” “rich quest system,” “expansive loot system,” unlockable artworks, cross-platform save data, online and local multiplayer, and “well over 100 hours of gameplay to fully clear the game.”

In addition to the game, a PlayStation 3 theme ($1.99) and set of avatars ($0.49 each) are now available on the PlayStation Store.

Watch last week’s launch trailer below.

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  • AnimusVox

    I knoowwwww Sal, but my TV broke last night ;~;
    Why must you mock me??? Why?

    • Charlie

      Far out, that must suck.

    • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

      That’s a real bummer! Sorry that happened to you. /comfort hug.

      • AnimusVox

        *sniff* Thank you ;^;

  • Charlie

    It’s a great day to be a PS3 owner.

  • Raoni Marques

    Man, I hope to have Xillia by friday, and I don’t think I’ll manage to buy Dragon’s Crown this month….=/
    Hope the online is still alive by the time I have it

  • DarthBrian

    UPS IS SO SLOW!!!! T_T

  • ryougazell

    Nice. Will get Xillia in 2014 though.

  • Zackasaur

    I had both pre-ordered! Now I wait for them to arrive.

  • Fantasytales

    I just picked up Tales of Xillia this morning I’m 4 hours into the game and loving every minute of it. I would be picking dragons crown this Friday.

  • Raiyu

    Still waiting on my copy in the mail…

    Hurry up UPS!

    Edit: And it looks like I won’t be playing the game tonight…thanks a lot UPS.

  • bloodiOS

    My pre-order (Tales of Xillia) arrived earlier today! I’m playing it right now and man, I’m liking it so much. That said, I don’t like the fact that the animated cutscenes were rendered with Bink Video, as I saw quite a few artifacts just watching the opening scene (especially during the darker parts.) They should’ve rendered those videos at much higher bitrate because 6.2GB for a PS3 game that uses Bink Video is way too little (passable size for an old Xbox 360 game?!) It should’ve been 12GB!

  • Guest

    My pre-order of Xillia is late!

  • Soul_Blade

    Glad to hear some people are already enjoying Xillia. Hopefully i’ll get my copy late this year.

  • OverlordZetta

    Torn on Xillia. I really want to protest the Vita games not coming over and not get it, and the Vita games not coming over REALLY shot my love of the series down, but… I still really love these games! So I’m torn.

    Dragon’s Crown is awesome so far at least. Hope it keeps the cash rolling in for VanillaWare so they can follow up the Muramasa Vita port with an Odin Sphere one.

    • MasterSensei

      If you support this game then Namco will eventually localise the Vita games! They are just not too sure on whether there is a market overseas for the ‘Tales of’ titles

      • Bobby Jennings

        No they’re aware. It’s just that the Vita isn’t doing so hot itself.

        • MasterSensei

          I’m not sure about the U.S but the U.K has just gotten a really good price drop for the Vita so hopefully the sales pick up!

          • Bobby Jennings


          • JuhRo

            and if there’s a EU version, we can definitely just import that to the US. :)

  • MasterSensei

    Why is England getting the game on Friday? that’s sooo unfair!
    But it’s a good thing that I made sure that they deliver this game the moment that it’s released.

  • LordKaiser

    GS better have my copy tomorrow when I visit them at the Mall.

    Will my DC copy have the goods? I HOPE!!!

  • DongT

    funny how UPS is only slow when im actually looking forward to a package :I

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    I own TOX Collector’s Edition and Dragon’s Crown both worth it.

  • http://xcite79.1up.com Keegs79

    I have both and Dragon’s Crown on the Vita is incredible!

  • fireemblembeast

    I got CE of xillia but the game doesn’t even have an instruction booklet :/ Did they forget to pack it or does everyone not have one? I mean I never use them but I like to look at them…

    • Bobby Jennings

      Due to some stupid West survey, we don’t get booklets.. .-.

      • fireemblembeast

        What survery? Is this to save paper? Don’t tell me they’ll start cutting holes into game boxes like nintendo, too! They even made the inside look bad by printing seizure warnings on the reverse side of the cover -_-;

        • Bobby Jennings


  • Waisheng Wong 鈴木

    lol…I completed xillia like 2 years ago…but get to say its a very nice game…feel like playing it again….:D

  • LadyK

    My copy of Tales of Xillia isn’t coming until tomorrow >.<;;
    I was looking forward in playing it when I got back today but NO. And I'm torturing myself looking through posts/vids of people unboxing Tales of Xillia.

    I'm still on the fence on Dragon's Crown. I can't decide at all dammit. I want it but I talked myself into some cons if I don't enjoy it but I see people playing it and I decide to get it but then after a while. . . I'm pissing myself off. Ok, time to think of something else.

    • MasterSensei

      Flip a coin. The moment that you flip a coin is the moment that you realise what you want…usually!

    • Kobracon

      Well what are you on the fence about? I’ve played it quite a bit, so perhaps I can answer a few questions?

      • LadyK

        Thanks ^^
        I’ve heard the repetitiveness of the dungeons, how is it for you? A lot of grinding involved? The difficulty? The wizard appeals to me, the art and game play looks fantastic. I wonder also about the scrolling bit – I might get distracted trying to line up with the enemy to damage it. Small thing but looks like something I can get frustrated with =/

        @MasterSensei – I’d flip a coin except it almost always lands on tails so I gave up~

        • Jay

          Well, DC doesn’t feel that repetitive to me because of the combat options and RPG-like skill system. The dungeons are beautifully designed, so I don’t mind revisiting them. As far as the side scrolling goes, the hit boxes are pretty generous, so it doesn’t take that much thought to line up attacks.

          It is challenging though when you play by yourself (no A.I. partners) and you’ll learn quickly, if you don’t dodge, you die. Simple button masher it is not… There are some pretty dope combos you can pull off if you have the timing for it. The hunt for S rank loot also helps to keep you coming back for more.

          TL;DR: I recommend it.

        • Kobracon

          lol Jay beat me to it.There is no beating around the bush and saying it isn’t repetitive. It will get there eventually, it just depends on your tolerance of it. The variety of the bosses and dungeons (as well as the characters to use) can either hold you for a very long time or it might not. It ultimately depends on you.

          A good test is if you can handle Dynasty Warriors and play it for a long time. Also if you love collecting loot, then this game is made for you.

  • Revorse

    Soooooooo you can’t use Link Artes with a human partner… That kinda killed this for me.

    • Tetsu

      no co-op abilities with a irl person?

      • Revorse

        Not to my knowledge. When you start a Link the human player who started the Link boots the receiver of the Link to CPU

        • Bobby Jennings

          Yeah, no link artes with human players. The link system was designed to work with the AI. It stays like that even in XIllia 2.

          • Revorse

            Ouch… Well that kinda blows considering I like playing Tales games with my friends. I mean we still can, but we can’t utilize the Battle System to the fullest.

  • Rafael Martines

    Dragons Crown *__* with Story Teller Pack Japanese audio and…. just it :)

  • PrinceHeir

    funny how i got Tales of Xillia Collector’s Edition while i haven’t gotten Dragon’s Crown PS3 yet :(

    i’ll post the pics on the open forum soon!

    i hope they offer the JPN voices of Xillia as DLC in the near future!

    • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

      It’s okay to post some in here if you want. ^^

  • new_tradition

    Oh, woe was me, Xillia is waiting at my post office and for some reason, I can’t pick it up until after 1 pm Wednesday :(

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    My copy of Xillia will be here tomorrow.

    I got my copy of Dragon’s Crown from amazon. (I have prime so I expected it.)

    (I took a few quick pictures.)

    • PrinceHeir

      wahh i hope i get the artbook!!

      i heard stories on the net having the item sold out T___T

      • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

        I haven’t heard anything about Amazon running out of them. You should get the artbook. I bet you will. =)

        • PrinceHeir


  • Learii

    I already per-order tales of xiilia and got dragon crown today

  • rainelee

    Sweet, getting Xillia tomorrow hopefully. Quick question, anyone: I heard it’s best to start Jude’s side of the story first? Is this correct?

    • kuusou yume

      I’ve never heard about that, but I hardly traffic many gaming websites

    • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

      I asked that same question in the open forum a few days back.

      This was the response I got.


      ummm without stating spoilers something happens latter in the game where jude is the best to play as and after that you come back later with milla and find out what exactly happend.


      I hope that helps.

      • kuusou yume

        Wow, so should I just start over? I’m not very far in.

        • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

          I think that’s up to you. If you plan to play it again after you finish it the first time, you will still see the story events, just in a different order I suppose?

          • kuusou yume

            I don’t even know if I will have time to replay it unless I finish it in a week per play.

            • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

              I hope you find the time. I know all about lack of time. I’m not sure when I’ll get the chance to play it all. lol =/

              • kuusou yume

                Hahah. Yeah, it’s hard to keep up with games. Especially when the games you love most are 60+ hours. I think the shooter gamers have it easy.

    • Bobby Jennings

      Yes, it’s best to start Jude’s first but you don’t have to. Just start whoever. As long as you play both stories, you’ll get all of the story regardless of who you choose first.

  • kuusou yume

    Xillia is fun so far.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    From my Facebook acct. i forgot to add in the Dragons Crown book in the pic

  • DarthNemesis

    how do people have the game? it does not release until Thursday in the US.

    • bloodiOS

      I think you’re confused. The game is released on the 6th of August in the U.S. The European version is being released on the 9th, same for Australia.

      • DarthNemesis

        Nope it says the 6th but BB and Target did not get either.Only see it online.

        • bloodiOS

          Uh… I picked my copy up from Best Buy… (I chose the “ship to store” option) and there was quite a few standard copies on shelves, too. Maybe it’s just your area? I know Best Buy was never very generous at stocking lesser-known games like this. Even in my city, the store I go went to pick up the copy is the only one that already have them on shelves (but mine is a small city though.) Try GameStop yet?

        • Elvick

          Got mine on Tuesday from EB Games… (ordered online) They also called about my CE Monday.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Figured I’d toss my copy of Xillia in here. Haven’t gotten to play it yet since my PlayStation 3 is broken.

    • http://s932.photobucket.com/ usagi_san

      Can’t wait to get mine on Friday. Sorry to hear about your PS3. :(

  • https://twitter.com/RyoonZ RyoonZ

    Can’t wait for this, maybe it’ll arrive in my home 10 days later because it’s holiday and there are no delivery service available, but at least I have Sorceress’ boobs to accompany me through the wait.

  • HassanJamal

    DC is awesome!

  • Brittany

    I am really loving Tales of Xillia. I need to get Dragon’s Crown.

  • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

    My envy right now for all of you that got both games ;-;

  • z_merquise

    I got Dragon’s Crown. Too bad there’s no artbook included.
    The game is fun, by the way.

    • Jay

      Should’ve pre-ordered :( the Dragon’s Crown art book is beautiful.

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    I got my copy of the Tales of Xillia CE. Took a few quick pictures.

    Overall, it’s a really nice Collector’s Edition. Even the box is really pretty. This is the best Tales of Collector’s Edition ever released in the west, that’s for sure.

    • LightGenx

      Props to NB for going all out with ToX. I hope ToX2 gets the same treatment.