Dress Jude And Milla Up In Schoolwear In Tales of Xillia This Week

By Ishaan . September 5, 2013 . 9:00am

This week, Tales of Xillia received “Back to school” costumes and haircuts as downloadable content, and Namco Bandai have released a trailer that shows them off. Take a look at it below:



While Tales of Xillia is out in the west, Namco aren’t done with the Tales series yet. Tales of Xillia 2 and Tales of Symphonia Chronicles are slated for release in 2014.

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  • Lucius

    I miss the days when I didn’t have to pay to unlock most of the game’s costumes.

    • pimpalicious

      Tales games didn’t have a lot of costumes before DLC though did they? I don’t remember much with Symphonia or Abyss.

      • Zonder88

        Abyss had quite a few, all in-game of course, being pre-DLC and all.

        • Revorse

          Exactly. Abyss had at least 3 or 4 for each character minus Asch. And Symphonia had a bathing suit, a dinner party suit and then a few characters had their own, like Genis’ Katz katz katz costume.

          • Mike Pureka

            Abyss has more than you people are giving it credit for. The SMALLEST number of costumes anyone (Except Asch, whatever) had in Abyss was 5, and Luke had like 8.

        • Lucius

          If I remember right, Vesperia had a good amount of costumes too.

      • JustThisOne

        In Symphonia, everyone had two or three. Each character had around four costumes each in Abyss. Everyone had around four or five costumes in Vesperia. In Graces F, it went back down to about two or three costumes each. I think everyone has about two in Xillia, not sure. Keep in mind, I’m averaging it out here.

        In short, there has been a slight decline of in-game costumes.

        • katzedan

          i’ve read that in Xillia are two for Milla and one for just Jude and Alvin … just this :(

          *not confirmed since I’m still playing*

          • School Idol Addict

            Yeah that’s all.
            1 for Jude and Millia to finish their side of the story and 1 for Millia and Alvin for exchanging 400 black feathers.

    • TeddyAltman

      I was just lamenting this the other day. Abyss had such a huge selection of costumes. People who try to defend DLC like this by saying “it’s optional; doesn’t affect the game!!” really annoy me because, yeah, yeah it does.

      • The Watcher

        To each their own. Some people don’t mind.

      • ShadowDivz

        …it’s just aethetics dude. I don’t really see the problem.

        I understand wanting costumes to be in the game, like symphonia and every other RPG before DLC. But let’s be honest. costumes dont REALLY affect the game.

        What if you never knew about the DLC and played the game only to find out about it after. how would you feel then?

        • TeddyAltman

          Because it used to be fun to unlock and wear these costumes. You cannot honestly sit there and tell me that I shouldn’t be pissed that there used to be content in these games before DLC was a thing that I now have to buy (wow sorry confusing/bad sentence).

          So when you tell me that it’s “just aesthetic,” yeah, it is just aesthetic. But it’s something “just aesthetic” that I WANT but am sane enough to not pay $3 a piece for.

          • ShadowDivz

            Well, it’s out of hour hands. The only real choice we have now is to pay or not to pay.

          • TeddyAltman

            There’s a third choice here obviously: complain on the internet.


    • Ladius

      Older Tales games never included so many costumes, though, and while Xillia does have less in-game costumes than most it has a tons of in-game attachment to customize your party.

      It’s still a better deal compared to most other jrpg series, where there are either no costumes aside from DLCs or DLCs are centered around more essential things like characters or story events.

      • Mike Pureka

        I dunno; Abyss seems to be pretty comparable in costume count to the number of costumes I know about from Xillia (not just the ones that have been released over here).

        Also, while Xillia has a lot of attachments, I swear, like a thirdof them are stupid glasses and other garbage that I’m NEVER going to use, so…

    • BizarreJelly

      This so much! That was one of the things I loved about Tales, fun little sub events that would unlock awesome costumes.

      Different times we live in now though – gotta make a buck in as many ways as possible. But heyho they are purely cosmetic so it’s not too bad, it could be worse they could be cutting out chunks of story. I do think they are a tad pricey though, could definitely benefit from a $ off the price.

    • Revorse

      Right?! This is what we used to get for free.


      • The Watcher


      • MrTyrant

        Aaah the good things about getting titles. I remember that getting a new title gave you things like costumes…for free of course.

        Some of them were even loong sideevents and minigames related to one character.

        • Crimson_Cloud

          Tales of the Abyss had a really great set of clothing, to that level that they could be really good for a new character. I spent days and re-plays in order to get majority of them.

  • Michael Connell

    What? Teepo doesn’t get a costume? Ripoff!!

  • Neppygear

    Alvin. <3

  • katzedan

    You know, I would not mind get every dlc from this game… but man, 2,99 for costume is too expensive!

    It’s near 18 dollars for all six costumes… and I want the maids/butlers costumes too, so it’s 36 dollars :(
    If I put the [email protected] costumes that I already got in this total, it’ll be 45 dollars…
    I can get a new game for that price :(

    it hurts Namco … it really hurts :(

    • pimpalicious

      There are definitely too expensive. Especially since in Xillia they are only for appearance and not also more titles/skills like in Graces f.

      • katzedan

        yeah. if it was like this I would not mind too much.
        probably if it was 1,99 I would not mind much either xD

        I’ve read some people saying that the dlc from Xillia 1 are compatible with Xillia 2 in the JP version, so at least it’s not a bad deal if it happens on the NA/EU release too.

        • School Idol Addict

          2$ is still too expensive imo, it should be 1$ each costumes and 5$ for a bundle of all 6 costumes set.

    • Mike Pureka

      Yeah. I would totally buy a pack of 6 costumes for maybe…$10, tops No way am I buying costumes piecemeal for $3 each. x.x

      Super secret tip Namco: Selling me lots of costumes at like a dollar a costume is going to get you WAY more money than selling me like, one costume at $3.

  • greg_67

    It be great if they did bundled costumes sets for US PSN at least if it saved a few bucks doing it that way.

  • Nitraion

    Tales of DLC costume is evil…
    They are so good.. but so expensive ==”

  • harmonyworld

    I ended up skipping the school costumes and getting the tales of costumes.
    I noticed that Alvin has a nice but….and Milla looks awesome in a cape.

  • Spirit Macardi

    When are we getting the Star Driver costumes?! D:

    • puchinri

      Oh man, this. ;A;
      I need those costumes!

    • Revorse

      Has that been confirmed?

      • Spirit Macardi

        Namco said they were going to localize ALL of the DLC. Though… Knowing them they’ll cheap out like they did with the Code Geass Costumes for Graces.

        • Brandonmkii

          People who have explored the data on the disc found costume data for everything BUT the star driver costumes, so it probably won’t happen.

    • Wappuli

      Sadly, most likely never.

    • MrTyrant

      Those come with music or something else?

      • Wappuli

        Nope, but they do change some things that characters say in battle to what corresponding character says in the anime.

  • MB_cl

    I don t see a problem on dlc price as long as it doesn t cost more than a mc donalds or subway.

    I want that soundtrack. Im a sucker for Sakuraba s work…<.<

  • MrTyrant

    Too late I got bored of the game already don’t even want to play twice even with the other main character. Is there any interesting extra?

    • leingod

      Is it boring? That’s a shame… I’m planning to get it :/

      • Ladius

        It really isn’t, in fact it’s one of the best Tales games released so far in my opinion. It’s an extremely strong package, and it does a lot to improve the series in terms of narrative and presentation while still sporting a fantastic battle system.

        • SerendipityX

          I love Tales but Xillia is a terrible Tales game. Good characters,interesting story but everything else is meh.

          • Ladius

            I respect your opinion, but I couldn’t disagree more. The world is one of the most interesting and inspiring in the series, the story is fast paced and surprisingly well written for a jrpg, the characters are among the most believable and interesting in the franchise and the sub events do a nice job in fleshing out the story even more. Even the battle system has lots of depth, and is the best one made in the tradition of Team Symphonia. The overworld areas are also bigger compared to Graces’, and the cities are quite beautiful.

            I will never get the hate against Xillia, even the criticism regarding the lack of contents was faulty, and while it has indeed less extras compared to the series’ bigger entries (like Graces f, which was an upgraded port) it’s still a game that took me some 70 hours to fully complete and some 80 to platinum. The only real criticism I have against the game is the lack of a crafting system and the lesser amount of puzzles compared to Graces, even if I imagine this last bit is really subjective.

          • SerendipityX

            I think your misinterpreting criticism against Xillia as hate. But there were too many glaring problems for even the most devoted fan to ignore. It was clearly rushed and it shows when you play the game.

          • Ladius

            Again, I didn’t feel that way at all, and I spent almost an hundred hours on the game.

            I think Xillia has lots of contents to offer, and the criticism for the absence of features such as guest arena fights, Namcobanda Island or beach scenes ignores how the game has a really different atmosphere compared to the more playful ones in Graces or Vesperia, and how such things would have felt out of place in Rieze Maxia.

            If anything, Xillia felt like the best paced Tales game in years thanks to the lack of fillers, while still being a big game with plenty of things to do (optional areas and bosses, an hundred sub events that are easier to pick up thanks to the sub skits, two scenarios, the traditional post game dungeon).

          • NightzeroAX

            I don’t know if you read up on previous info on Xillia but even Baba said the game was unfinished and rushed. Which is why there’s ToX2. Just saying. Also I remember when costumes were unlocked in Tales games :/

          • Ladius

            No, he never said it was “unfinished” (it’s bizarre to think he would, since he would damage his own work after it was really successful), he simply said they had to sped up development because of the anniversary, exactly what happened with Abyss years before. Also, there isn’t a single game out there who hadn’t contents cut or deadline issues during the development process.

            Then, some fans twisted that phrase and used it to affirm things he never said in order to damage the game, for example he never said that Xillia 2 was made because Xillia was “rushed”.

            All this “rush” talk mainly focus on the absence of some minor features that a minority of the fanbase idolized, while conveniently ignoring the huge improvements Xillia made in lots of fields and the big amount of side contents the game still has.

            Regarding costumes, this game has some in-game ones and a free palette swap dress pack, and it has by far the largest amount of attachments in the whole series, so you have plenty of customization option even without DLCs.

          • NightzeroAX

            Ok he didn’t say the game was unfinished (my fault on that) but its clearly noticeable. Yes he said there was a deadline I read that but that doesn’t mean the game is complete. About abyss that game felt complete and has alot of replay value. I’d go on but I dont want to spoil the game for anyone. Compared to the other games I felt as if I got my money’s worth. I’m aware of the attachments I don’t care much for them. My problem with the DLC is that you’d think they’d learn the first time with Graces F. Oh and get that “I don’t understand the hate for this game” mentality out of your head.

          • Ladius

            I beg your pardon, but I still don’t understand your reasoning. You started by saying the game must be incomplete since even Baba said so, then when you were proven wrong you said the game is still incomplete without actually providing any concrete reason.
            Having completed the game two times there isn’t anything spoilerous that could justify that line of thought, even the issues about the last dungeon were overblown by some people.

            Regarding costumes, which lesson are you talking about, exactly? Almost any game out there has cosmetic DLCs, and both Graces and Xillia still have more free customization option than any other jrpgs, so the issue is with the industry as a whole rather than with Namco or with Xillia.

            And no, I think I will keep my ideas about some people’s unwarranted criticism about this game, thanks. I read the criticism from the usual vocal importers before the game was out, and they turned out to be either false, very biased (since they ignored tons of things while focusing on the details that furthered their views) or subjective.

          • NightzeroAX

            Incomplete as in,
            No cameo battles
            Towards the end the story feels rushed.
            Lack of puzzles
            Compared to the recent Tales game Graces that game was much harder later on compared to Xillia.
            The final dungeon was so…. not epic compared to past games.
            Overall compared to past titles which had meaty content this game lacks severely in this department.
            I have poured over 500 hours into Symphonia, Abyss, Eternia. Most tales games I’ve played took me 60+ to beat while Xillia is roughly 33hours.
            Thankfully most of these things were fixed in ToX2 with the exception of reused areas and battle quotes.

            What I’ve enjoyed about the game, the battle system, skits, and the ability to choose 2 heroes.

            As for the DLC selling them as packs would be more easier on the wallet instead of selling them for $3 for each character. $2 is reasonable.

            Was this game worth 60? No. I dont hate the game infact the only Tales game I hate is Radiant Mythology I for PSP.

          • Ladius

            The game hasn’t cameo battles and has less puzzles than Graces, that’s for sure, but that’s pretty much the only things I can agree with.

            The story doesn’t really feel rushed anywhere in the game: the pace is consistently fast, and there are tons of side events to flesh out the plot if you don’t mind delaying the story events. In fact, there are hours of completely optional quest and events near the end of the game, and the game even prompt tons of sub skits in the last dungeon just to remember the player there are still lots of things to do.

            While Xillia has less puzzles than Graces, it has still a better dungeon design than Vesperia and lots of other Tales games (or jrpgs in general), and it has many completely optional areas you can explore outside of the story (why didn’t any importer mention this, when they were so keen on nitpicking minor details to promote their views?). Fields are also bigger and better than Graces’, thanks to the interactions you can have and the need to explore to find loot.

            Regarding hour count, pardon me if I don’t consider your figures particularly relevant; you can put any amount of hours in a game, but that doesn’t mean it’s actually that long (I don’t even know how many complete playthroughs of Eternia you could fit into those 500 hours). A 100% run of Xillia is shorter than Abyss, Vesperia and Graces f, but it’s longer than any other Tales game and is far above the average jrpg length, not to mention having two scenarios actually made New Game + more interesting to play right after completing the game the first time.

            If you didn’t find Xillia worthy of 60$ (but I’m a bit confused by this, since in another post you said you haven’t bought it yet) then I don’t really know which jrpgs could do better, since most of them are shorter, more linear and have a smaller amount of meaningful extra contents.

          • NightzeroAX

            I have watched streams of the game in Japanese (Does MasterLL or Omegaevolution come to mind?) and played the game thanks to my roommate who had imported the game. The only thing missing for me from the game at the time was understanding the story. Then eventually Xillia was announced for the west. After it was released I watched someone stream the game from beginning to end because I was eager to understand the story. I’m glad I did watch the stream because now I don’t have go buy it anytime soon.

          • Ladius

            If you want to criticize a game it would be better if you experienced it in its complete form instead of referencing a Japanese playthrough where you didn’t understand what happened and a second-hand experience via streaming.

            For example, the ton of subevents and subquests in the last stretch of the game aren’t something you’re going to fully enjoy unless the streamer is a completionist, and even then it’s a rather shallow way to approach a jrpg.

            On another note, the game has lots of optional areas you can visit because of subquests and optional bosses, and you won’t notice them if you don’t understand the subevents because they’re in Japanese or are watching someone who is aiming for the next plot event.

          • Nitraion

            I agree on all of your comments…
            i don’t understand hate of this game….
            When i played it i expect to be so bad bad game…
            then when playing i just feel “this is just played as the name it is “Rpg”, so what’s wrong with it?”
            though my complaint is odd and differ like ability to teleport to another town without traditional “airship” or something

          • Crimson_Cloud

            You shouldn’t waste your time, some people just don’t get it. For me, I’m loving it. I wish more games had this level of interaction. I love when characters talk and comment while you’re climbing some terrain or you’re storming through ship ports. Nonchalant talks bring up the atmosphere even further. ^^

          • SerendipityX

            Man there’s so much I wanna say but I can’t since Im typing on my vita. Darn it. You win today Ladius~

          • leingod

            BTW, I’d love a Tales game on Vita.

        • MrTyrant

          I don’t want to call you fanboy but man reading all that you said makes me think of another amazing game that wasn’t Xillia. First of all the combat isn’t that good in fact if very similar to previous games and not very fast paced. The story is good, the characters interesting with their good moments and the world not so bad yet It felt pretty rushed at the end both story and maps/dungeons were poorly designed being overly simple and short, you can see this by the end of the game. The characters weren’t well developed either even if they were linkeable.

          An as personal opinion I didn’t like Milla or Jude as main characters even if both complement well. This is purely a matter of taste of my part.

      • MrTyrant

        Nah- it’s a good game but some people just idealized the game a lot including Siliconera reviewer. If you enjoyed previous “Tales of” games you SHOULD play this one, there is not reason not to do it and we may get the second game that brings lot of improvements.


    Had to get the ones for Leia and Elize :)

  • Eh, I’m not impressed.

  • Sakurazaki

    In other news, I think Xillia just lowered down to $50 here in the US and other related areas?

    Or was it always like that?

    • doubleO7

      Nope, it was $60 when it came out.

  • NightzeroAX

    I was gonna get this game but I preordered Kingdom Hearts instead. I’ll wait till the price drops cause those DLC be expensive mang.

  • That’s Maxwells best outfit

  • I really like Milla’s outfit and hairstyle. Also,

    “I’m on fire!” lolz

  • Freud_Hater

    i actually love the school uniform battle song, so I’m surely gonna buy this XD

  • Kevin Schwarz

    We’ve got Xillia so late in generation, at least they should give us one of the DLCs for free…This one or the Maid one.

  • Linhua

    … is it just me… or did that victory fanfare music sound a lot like Donkey Kong Country’s Victory Fanfare… XD

  • Crimson_Cloud

    Maybe I’ll get for Milla, that one looks cool. Too expensive to get for others… But then it stands out too much from other characters if it’s only one… I wish they made more custom clothing that fits the time within the game.

  • Steven Justin Brañas

    Even though I’m one of the few that has spent a pretty coin for every costume in Xillia so far, it is understandable with the whole overpriced dilemma. The only thing I suppose I justify with the costumes is that they all come with an outfit, its accessories, a change in battle music, new victory quotes, and hairstyles. It’s a lot for $3 sort of, so to each his own.

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