Xilia was hard for me to get into because I enjoyed Graces battles so much.
I felt Xilia battles were sluggish and boring by comparison. It was a obstacle to my interest in the game. --- TOP Gaming - http://topgamingblog.blogspot.com 3DS FC: 0061-0419-7313 (Octillery, Gyrados, Azumarill)
Play Xillia first simply because Graces is better (content-wise, and imo character-wise), and it'll be underwhelming if you go with Graces first. --- 3711-9198-3781 is my 3DS FC. Creator of PokeBank Legendary Tiers. Proof: http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/696959-pokemon-x/68248309
When I played Graces f I was thinking I was over the Tales series and these stories are pretty lame. I got Xillia because of a crazy sale for like $7 and after I beat that Tales became on of my favorite JRPG series and I snatched up a few I missed and replayed some older ones, too. --- http://backloggery.com/war_lion108
Graces is weird. It has some of the best gameplay the series has to offer; but at the same time it has some of the worst writing and characters, outside of the f arc.
Basically, that's a game to throw in if you want to have some cool fights. Xillia has some twists that make it a much more engaging story, even if it all does sort of fall apart in the end. --- I'm not 100% sure, so don't quote me on this. But I don't think the purpose of the censorship was to ruin time-traveling Hitler's fun. - Curse
Yeah, don't expect any real dark secrets or major plot twists with your Graces party.
The biggest thing that happens is when Hubert returns and he's a badass while Asbel is still a goon but compared to other Tales plots, Graces is really tame with the story. --- "Cricket? Nobody understands cricket. You gotta know what a crumpet is to understand cricket."