By Spencer . January 28, 2011 . 1:41am
Party members in Tales of Xillia have character specific actions. Jude, a cool and collected character, has focus evasion, which lets him backstep to avoid an enemy strike. Magic casting Milla’s ability powers up spells. When she activates magi her "fireball" spell will change into "flare bomb," which has an explosive effect. Alvin’s charge ability boosts techniques. If you keep pressing a button after landing a technique you can do a charge attack. All of Alvin’s techniques can be charged.
Who’s Alvin? Kosuke Fujishima designed this wandering mercenary who doesn’t talk much about himself. He has a calculating personality, although it seems like he acts without concern for others. Alvin carries a sword in his right hand and a gun in his left.
Famitsu also mentions map actions, a new feature that encourages players to explore in Tales of Xillia. In past games, small ledges were a dead end. You’ll be able to cross these in Tales of Xillia and players that search every nook and cranny may find surprises.
Tales of Xillia is slated for release on PlayStation 3 this year in Japan.