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Published: 1 year ago
My review of the "latest" jRPG release by Nihon Falcom, Tokyo Xanadu eX+. The review will be covering the game as a whole since I have not played the Vita version.

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This actually reminds me of cold steel .....

4 hours ago

Got 4 hours in, then took a break for awhile. Now 10 hours in and having a blast! Dat Falcom charm!

1 week ago

Great review, just ordered the LE new from Amazon for only $40

3 weeks ago

Nice, That's a great deal! Hope you enjoy it!

2 weeks ago

Got this game on sale on the Playstation Store, and I'm having a blast with it. Really takes time with the story and building up characters. Combat is surprisingly addicting and so far does not feel like a chore to go back and grind at all. It's challenging, and is no joke as well if you're on higher difficulty. I'm definitely going to check out more Falcom games, I keep telling myself too but this time I will.

1 month ago

Awesome! Definitely check out more falcom games! Legend of Heroes and Ys are the only other games, besides Xanadu, that I've played and they're all amazing IPs.

1 month ago

ZAHN-EH-DU fucking sped

1 month ago

The fact that Rion flies/floats and Mitsuki has a protective orb/shield helped me in some challenging levels

1 month ago

i played some of persona games, not the latest tho. tbh i like this game better. one of my fav, waiting for tx franchise

1 month ago

It's on sale for 15€ rn...
Time to use the money I planned on spending on Trails of Cold Steel I guess?

1 month ago

Unless you're planning on getting both, I'd recommend to save it for Cold Steel.

1 month ago

Want a remake of this, loved it.

1 month ago

Nice spotlight, I will be getting this for the wife and I to explore. Would love to get into YS one day but the games on Amazon are insane like 80+ to 100+ dollars for the 60$ release game...... til those prices get reasonable this will be a nice title. Oh and got the news of Trains of Cold Steel coming to the PS4 looking VERY forward to their release this year. Thanks again for this upload :)

1 month ago

+jRPGFanatic I do not have a Vita just a PS3 and Ps4 after the Pc went belly up... meant to sub before I wrote my comment took care of that issue just now :). Yes Gamestop is putrid but a sad necessary evil sometimes to the married gamer on a very slim budget :). Yes Cold Steel will be a day 1 purchase.

1 month ago

Thanks! I'm surprised that Ys 8 jumped in price like that. You're best bet would be to check out retail brick and motor stores and hope for the best. I hate gamestop, but in situations like these their prices would beat amazon. Also check NIS's store page. I know the US store has Ys 8 (Vita) for regular $40. As for older games, the best option for price alone would be on Steam (digital).


I am also looking forward to Trails of Cold steel. I never played the steel games so I'm excited to get into especially after being blown away by the Liberl and Crossbell Arc!

1 month ago

Does anyone know the music he used at 1:25? It sounds really nice.

1 month ago

It's called "looking for clues" on the OST. It's a great track :) (Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQoFoEqQ79A)

1 month ago

Zan a due

1 month ago

I just saw the collector's edition on Amazon for $49. Being the Falcom collector that I now am, I think I'll buy it. Some people say it plays like a basic version of Persona 4, which I think is great.

1 month ago

Will definitely be checking this out! Awesome review! Earned yourself a sub:)

1 month ago

Its such a stark Persona copy cat but it doesn't seem as well made in any category... It looks fine I guess but again... Persona exists so why would I play this isntead of just play one of those?

2 months ago

Different story, characters and combat? It was one of Falcoms weaker games but it was still a pretty good game. "Weak" for Falcom is still great and would be most other developers high tier.

2 weeks ago

So this is basically a budget persona

2 months ago

No,it's budget Trails of Cold Steel, but with Ys action RPG style.

4 weeks ago

Finished playing this last night. Really great game! 😁

2 months ago

I love "Believe it."

2 months ago

After playing persona and trails series, this was a good change of pace from the usual turn-based to action jrpg. And yes, cool music!

3 months ago

If you like persona you'll like this. I LOVE this game. One of my fave jrpgs ever. Ya the dungeons are like he said.. but the game is sooooo charming.

3 months ago

The only other falcom you've played? Holy crap man... Get on the legend of heroes trails in the sky trilogy and then the cold steel games right freaking now!!!

3 months ago

+anthony sweat Yeah I am, still needs a bit of work but it's passable. Also no Turbo is killing me so I'll probably look for a speedhack sometime soon.

3 months ago

+jRPGFanatic ah ok right on.. lol. It just showed up on my feed. Falcom is pretty great they have become a fav. Are you playing fan translations of the crossbell games? I need to do that.

3 months ago

Haha, this was over a year ago. I've beaten all the sky games and I'm trying to finish Zero and Ao before the PS4 CS remakes release in 2-3 months.

3 months ago

those minigames look familiar like I have seen them before in another game I have on my computer trails of cold steel 2 is where I have seen them before

3 months ago

TX was probably my favorite game of 2017 (with YS8 tied or just right behind). They took the great story format of the Trails series as well as their good writing (the story content itself could've used a bit more work but the way it was written was great) and YS's awesome combat system (mainly derived from older games like YS Oath in Felghana or Origins).

With that said though there was 1 aspect that pissed me off and that was Aksys's piss poor translation of the game. On the PS4 it's not as bad but the Vita version is filled with grammar, mispellings, and contextual mistakes constantly from chapters 5 or 6 onwards (chapters before that weren't as bad and mostly the same to the PS4's translation but it takes a noticeable nose dive from that point onwards on the Vita), thankfully they fixed many of the most egregious issues in the PS4 release but even so it just makes it look like they just halfassed the Vita version because they didn't expect it to sell or they just got the PS4's rights at those chapters and started to focus on that version over the Vita and took google translate, wait google translate could do a more competent job than what they did, to the Vita version of the game). Falcom's only mistake was giving the localization to a shitty translator like Aksys since most of their other translations have been bleh as well, would've loved Xseed but the whole reason they went with other companies for TX and YS8 was because Xseed was too busy with other projects that we'd probably still be waiting for the game to come over.

4 months ago

I love Ys and Legend of Heroes. But I was in doubt if I bought this game now or not.



I got the impression that the fighting is slow. I would like the game to be a rpg by turns ...



Anyway, the review helped. Thanks.



I'm still in doubt whether to buy or not, but it look better than before.

4 months ago

As others have noted, this is literally Trails of Cold Steel with the combat of Ys and a coat of paint (not saying this is bad as I love both those series). The characters, friendship events, free time, mini games & "materia" system are pulled straight out of ToCS and given different names.

4 months ago

This game is on sale so I was considering it. Think I'm gonna wait for a better sale tbh. Not sure why a Vita port is $60 anyway, even if it is enhanced.

4 months ago

So it's like a Persona game, just real time and quite inferior. I'm sold

4 months ago

+jRPGFanatic thanks. yes it's now 60 bucks on amazon. YS 8 was amazing.

4 months ago

+Dog4life Nice, someone else said they bought it for $60 which is a really great deal since it comes with a figure and also the card minigame which is cool. Yeah I loved Ys 8 as well but Tokyo Xanadu is also quite inferior to Ys as well lol. Have fun!

4 months ago

+jRPGFanatic i may get the limited edition, it's on sale right now :) pretty much loved Ys8... so no doubt i will enjoy this one too.

4 months ago

Haha, mostly just outside of combat it incorporates some persona like elements (bonding, time management, social stats, and a school setting). Definitely gave me some Persona vibes but you don't get any cool personas you can summon to use.

4 months ago

Snagged the limited edition on amazon today for 60 bucks. man what a huge saving! lol!

4 months ago

+D E N V R Nice, hope you enjoy it!

4 months ago

I got the standard edition on the ps store today for 23.99, it looks like a interesting game so I came to see the review while it’s downloading

4 months ago

That's a great deal. I'm jealous lol. I paid so much more for mine.

4 months ago

I'd give it an 8/10. Had started as 9, but things like the dungeons getting a bit samey, the game adding slightly annoying platforming, the weak after story that felt a bit like an extended replay of the final chapter and Kou's catchphrase kinda degraded it for me, to an 8.
Still enjoyed it a lot though! But CS 1 and 2 will always be better games for me.
maybe till I get into Ys.

4 months ago

+TheLazyWanderer Yeah, there were definitely some good moments in there. Lol, the day I want to kill myself from alcohol poisoning, I'll play that game.

4 months ago

I was just really satisfied with the characters (as expected of Falcom), even cried at times, it's just other things that made me not really love it.

Also, try and take a shot each time Kou says "koitsu wa" in a full play through. ;)

4 months ago

Haven't played CS 1 or 2 yet (will get to it once it comes out on PS4) but I think Xanadu is probably the weakest IP they have, at least out of their more recent line-up. Ys VIII was very well made, combat was great and the story and characters were appealing. That was an awesome game. So far from what I've played of trails in the sky, I only expect great things from CS. Tokyo Xanadu felt like it was lacking all around and didn't really excel at much. It's great that you enjoyed it for the most part though.

4 months ago

soooo, basically nihon falcom persona?

5 months ago

+TheLazyWanderer has social stats and has "social links", so yes, like Persona.

4 months ago

Ooooh, it takes place in a school and it has monsters, so it's like Persona.


No.

4 months ago

+jRPGFanatic don't worry, nothing can be as good as persona

5 months ago

You could think of it like that lol. Just don't expect it to be as good as Persona.

5 months ago

It seems to be the fusion of Trails of Cold Steel and Y's Lacrimosa of Dana

5 months ago

Yeah, just keep your expectations in check lol.

5 months ago

The combat looks really fun, albeit a bit simple, but it still has some mechanics that look interesting, like socketing your weapon. However, the high school portion looks incredibly dull, and I feel like, if I got this, I would be inadvertently rushing through it just so I could get to the actual gameplay. Relationship building isn't something I have any interest in, nor have I ever, and this game doesn't look like it would change that. It looks more like padding here just to make the game longer, when the developers should have made twice as many dungeons and maybe added some more to the combat.


That having been said, how much actual combat gameplay is there in relation to the high school parts? Is it 50/50? Or maybe 70% dungeon, 30% high school? I just want an idea, because I may get it on sale and try it if it's at least mostly combat.

5 months ago

Unfortunately for you. 75% city adventure, 25% Dungeons

5 months ago

ONE OF THE BOSSES OF THE GAME
Was so damn difficult to beat
The witch monster she appears in the opening theme of the game
She made me lose interest in th e game cuz I thought she Was the final boss but she was 3 chapters away from the ending
After u finish the game u still have epilogue to finish

5 months ago

the graphics are fine
i like the gameplay it is simple and easy
the story is typical and predictable
the interaction between the main characters only fine at first then after they get shio the rest is boring and predictable
i mean i like it when there are little conflicts between characters or little teasing or romance
but in this game( as many other games) it lacks them
i don't expect the lil romance but even the little teasing conflicts are gone
they are all so thoughtful and peaceful it is annoying to me so i lost interest in chapter 5 but then i liked the gameplay so i continued the other annoying thing in this game that u have to talk to stupid ppl in city and the free time but u can skip it
for someone like me who wants to complete the game 100% or try their best to accomplish that i had to go throw them

5 months ago

(I agree with 1st 3 lines.)
I like the X.R.C. interactions with each other their so unexpectedly peaceful and friendly with each other. because in-group fighting usually causes easily avoidable problems which easily piss me off.
especially the birds of a feather dynamic with Sugar-and-ice Stoic Kou and Defrosting Ice Queen Asuka

1st time i played this i almost did a natural 100% run(100 hours) but i didn't.
so i just did a New Game+, 100%(222 Hours total)

5 months ago

Well I like persona so I think I'm sold

6 months ago

I agree I like this game too despite what everyone says... it is like if trails of cold steel and YS had a car crash, true, but still I find it enjoyable

6 months ago

is this persona 3? hahaha

6 months ago

Sooo like, persona with active combat

7 months ago

And not nearly as good but yes.

7 months ago

So like every other mediocre jrpg out there, every thing is locked at the end-game segment, right? I'm currently playing this on the vita. the intro is tooo boring and that battle animation at the beginning is sooo ugly it gave me eye cancer, and it doesn't look like i'm gonna engage in any gameplay anytime soon.
* Sigh * is there anything, just anything out there like nier automata, i just want a good action jrpg for fuck'sake.

7 months ago

FYI, this game is training for employees and testing new technologies in falcom.. The story yah its slow.. But the ending is epic. After finish the game I'm rly wish for new series. Just when you play don't compare that's all. For me I play it like watching anime every day one chapter.

7 months ago

+jRPGFanatic been playing ys for a long time, a fantastic Ajrpg if you ask me, memories of celceta felt pretty meh, the checkpointing was bad and the overall world is boring, it has a nice combat though, and the interesting different story is what kept me hooked, but the other entries in the series were great.
I really love it when nihon falcom does things right, luckily their miss ups aren't game killers.
I'm gonna give tokyo xanadu another chance, i don't really have that much of choices on the vita.

7 months ago

Nothing is "locked" per se. It just gets better once you get more characters and get more options for customization. Even then it's just mostly the same. I just like some characters play style over others (these characters happen to come later). There isn't anything I've played that comes close to Nier but that doesn't say much since I haven't played too many action jRPGs. Have you tried the Ys series?

7 months ago

It’s on sale right now but I’m not fully hooked yet

7 months ago

Damn u

5 months ago

BigBrutus50 What broke it for you?

7 months ago

Yeah I just got a used copy I’m taking it back

7 months ago

Cuttino Sharpe But instead I bought Hell Blade lol

7 months ago

Christian Lied ikr?

7 months ago

oh gosh this game looks so much like a copy and paste of trails of cold steel, lol

8 months ago

It's 50% off right now, bought it :D

8 months ago

That comment about sidequests confuses me a bit - does the general majority of JRPG-fans dislike sidequests? I always thought its about how they are implemented into the game system. Beyond that I think there are simply good and well-written ones and boring/bad ones.

8 months ago

yeah, it depends. I feel like "a lot" of jRPGs just have a bunch of side quests that don't really add anything to the story. Usually they're just fetch and kill quests with very little substance or reward. Sometimes they're just a bunch of activities to do in list format. A few games that immediately come to mind are Star Ocean 5, Sword Art Online (outside of character side stories), FFXV (except Tour quests), Shining Resonance and I even feel that way about the side quests in Octopath Traveler.

8 months ago

Somebody doesn't know how to pronounce japanese long vowels

8 months ago

You havent played legend of heroes yet? You have to brooo!

9 months ago

+jRPGFanatic Trails in the sky

3 months ago

haha, I know! I've started Heroes in the Sky, but barely made any progress. Will have to get back to it at some point.

9 months ago

Trails in Disguise

9 months ago

Dang, aside from the combat, this looks so much like it's some modern day DLC campaign for Trails of Cold Steel II. The graphic design, art style, menus, text boxes, movement, cinematography and whatnot seem practically identical.

9 months ago

i need more persona in my life, but this will do

9 months ago

Just go play trails series

3 months ago

Just keep playing persona or any vanillaware game, this one is gonna bore you to death.

7 months ago

fucking weebs

9 months ago

i got this on steam and counted 10 cliche's in the first 10 minutes before regretting it. the thought of meaningful gameplay ahead thanks to this review has stayed my hand at getting a refund.

9 months ago

i'm cool with them appearing, but back to back one after the other, i feel like there's no creativity, or they're fishing for vets like me, so that they can pull one over on me. kinda like the doki doki literature club shenanigans. i write video game stories and design combat systems, so originality is a pet peeve of mine, that's all. thanks for replying and hearing me out.

9 months ago

Haha, I'm totally fine with cliches. I'm not sure how much it bothers you but you should trust your feelings about the game before your 2 hours are up. I thought combat was fun towards the end but the core gameplay remains the same. You're just stronger with more options which is always a nice feeling to have. I'm not entirely sure the combat will make the undesirable cliches bearable for you.

9 months ago