Also On: PC
Publisher: Aksys Games
Developer: Nihon Falcom
I’ll be honest: if you played Tokyo Xanadu back when it came out on the Vita a few months ago, you probably don’t need to pick it up now that it’s been repackaged and re-released on PS4 as Tokyo Xanadu eX+. Notwithstanding claims that the newer version has extra characters and missions, the fact is, this is basically the same game with just a few cosmetic tweaks.
Mind you, that’s not the worst thing in the world. While I may not have loved the Persona-esque social aspect of the game, Tokyo Xanadu’s dungeon-crawling combat was top-notch, and I’ve gone back to it many times since I reviewed it back in November. It may not have made our staff-wide GOTY list, but as far as I was concerned, it was one of the best Vita games I played in 2017. If this extended version of the game on PS4 brings it to a few more appreciative players, that can only be a good thing.
Not too surprisingly, what made Tokyo Xanadu a fun game is also what makes Tokyo Xanadu eX+ a fun game. The combat is smooth and free-flowing. It’s easy to chain together huge combos. There’s a huge cast of characters, which means you have plenty of options for putting together parties. The enemies are challenging without being impossible, the dungeons are varied, and everything — save for the social interaction, which is still a bit of a chore — fits together perfectly.
Like I said, that’s not enough to make Tokyo Xanadu eX+ worth checking out if you’ve already played it on the Vita. But it does mean that if you never played the Vita version, and you’re looking for a big game with smooth combat and a decent enough plot, then it should fit the bill.
Aksys Games provided us with a Tokyo Xanadu eX+ PS4 code for review purposes.