In the US at least, obviously these games are gargantuan in Japan. Although not all of us can say ToX is the best, as far as critics are concerned the general consensus was that this series is on the cusp of greatness, but there are some flaws holding it back. What're some small things Namco/Bandai could change that could make a big difference.
I have 2 suggestions/criticisms:
1. There was way too much laziness in ToX. The most recolors I have ever seen in any game, very little enemy properties (only elemental basically). No final dungeon, and the EX-Dungeon is just old areas with the contrast lowered and every fight is 15 frames per second. The dungeons were meh and pretty clear cut (at least Graces had puzzles out of pity). It just seems that in Tales games you're either on the field, or in battle. Never do they have to give you a new set of controls to do a task (remember the turtle thingy in Star Ocean 3 in the cave? Or doing the acting as Zidane in FFIX..what happened to this kind of stuff!?)
2. Better cinematics. Why even show the sniper when -youknowwho- gets killed? If the arrow had just appeared right before the handshake it would have been much more epic. Also, the characters are not physical enough with each other. Why don't they push each other when they're super heated and so on, it helps to express the emotion. And of course, more anime cut scenes!
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It's hard to say. Tales' has made it pretty clear they're going to cater to their domestic fanbase first, and it should be that way considering how big it is there. So I'm not going to expect them to change to cater to the West.
Hell, that's what Capcom has been doing lately, and I wish they'd stop since they have no clue what us Westerners want.
Still, the number one thing I'd ask from the series at this point: Can we have a straight-up, evil villain for once? I understand the series loves to play with the moral gray antagonist, or even lately with the antagonist that has the same beliefs but the methodology is what causes you to butt heads. But man, would it kill you guys to have an M. Bison or Hazama running the show for the baddies.
Now Playing: Tales of Xillia (Jude Story), Fire Emblem Awakening