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Tokyo Xanadu hands-on – Perfect for PS Vita owners needing a JRPG fix

by Ron Duwell | September 17, 2015September 17, 2015 6:00 am EST

I’ve been all about Tokyo Xanadu since it was first announced, and now that I’ve finally gone hands-on with it at Tokyo Game Show 2015, I know that my faith was not misplaced.

Tokyo Xanadu is a Nihon Falcom game through and through. For those who aren’t quite sure what that means, imagine a game that is light, easy to pick up, and flashy thanks to blazing attacks that require minimal button input. Simple, shallow, and a whole lot of candy anime fun.

The game stars six high school kids who pulverize demons in other worldly dungeons in between their high school social lives. If you are picturing Atlus’ Persona series in your minds, you are not far off.

Tokyo Xanadu shakes up the formula by bringing light action and RPG elements into the fray through simple battles with waves of enemies. Two of the six characters can be controlled at once, and they can be swapped on the fly, even in mid combo. I chose the knuckle based cutie in the school girl outfit and her nerdy sidekick with the lightning rod and green jacket. Each of my fighters came prepared with normal attacks, aerial attacks, charge attacks, ranged attacks and of course, super attacks with a meter.

Plenty of different attacks to choose from, and each with different ways of interacting with the meters in the bottom corner.

Tokyo Xanadu’s control is really smooth, and combat feels great. Blowing up monsters also throws countless gems and rewards at you, making you hear, see, and feel the fruits of your struggles. Nihon Falcom has always been brilliant at making you feel rich after every fight. The Ys games are the exact same way.

I got all the way to the final boss of the demo, who plays just like the final boss from the first Devil May Cry for some reason, and he stomped me into cheese. It’s a fun game, but I wish it had a bit more English to teach the subtleties of the RPG systems. Hurry up with that, whoever is localizing this game. You have a solid hit here!

This will be perfect for Vita owners who need a light RPG fix to ease the pain of this drought. Put it on your radar if it isn’t already there.

Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...