Tin Salamunic: Despite the RPG world constantly evolving and slowly shifting away from its Japanese heritage, Hideo Baba’s beloved Tales franchise has managed to withstand the continuous western influence on the market. While preserving the series’ roots and simultaneously reshaping its mechanics, the Tales games are a perpetual reminder that JRPGs still have what it takes to capture a global audience. Tales of Xillia 2, the fifteenth Tales installment, is one of the most enjoyable JRPGs in years. Building upon its predecessor’s successful framework, Xillia 2 is not only a gratifying sequel but may be one of the franchise’s biggest highlights. From its gorgeous cel-shaded visuals to the charming cast and immersive combat, Xillia 2 is the embodiment of everything that makes JRPGs so alluring.