* AlasPoorScrappy: Tell the cheeringly annoying Nova that [[spoiler:Other Milla died for Prime Milla's sake]], and you'll feel like an ass afterwards.
* BaseBreaker: Alternate Millia is massively split between those who like her, and those who really dislike her.
** Ludger being a HeroicMime also caused a split between those who like it, and those who greatly dislike it. There's a third party that like it, but hate that he does not talk the lines out unless you do a NewGamePlus.
* BreatherBoss: The first fight with [[SmugSnake Redeaux]] comes off as this, especially after the [[WakeUpCallBoss brutally hard boss fights against Chronos and Catalyst Muzét]] immediately beforehand. He's utterly ''pathetic'' in comparison to those two, but it's probably intentional, as finally getting to smash his {{Jerkass}} face in is a huge CatharsisFactor.
* BrokenBase: There seem to be three opinions on the game. One is that it's a lazy Tales of game, the second is that it's a very good sequel that is DarkerAndEdgier, while the third group says it's basically an ExpansionPack for a unfinished game.
* ComplacentGamingSyndrome: Due to the sheer difficulty of the game, you are more or less required to use Elize for her multi group healing.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The theme song, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EVE_QHvL3w Song 4 u]] by AyumiHamasaki.
** In general, the game's music is considered much better than Xillia's, giving a more epic feel to it.
* DisappointingLastLevel: [[spoiler: [[TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon The Land of Canaan]] ]], while technically not very long, is incredibly obnoxious to navigate, forcing the player to go through a maze of disappearing platforms and walkways that all look nearly identical on top of being so thin that fighting the montsers there is almost unavoidable. The battles themselves aren't all that hard, but it gets annoying very fast.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Rollo. Lots of people love the fat cat. The fact that Rollo is part of a Link arte takes this even further.
* EsotericHappyEnding: [[spoiler: The Tales of Xillia Official World Guidance Book reveals why the "Sacrifice Elle" ending is this. Yes, Ludger is alive, meets Lara Marta, and will have Elle as his daughter. But he's inevitably continuing a cycle of losing the Alternate Elle, having his dimension's own Elle, then losing that Elle to a different dimension, which is hinted to have happened multiple times (Victor's fractured dimension included). To drive the point in further, it's called the Fate Repeater Ending.]]
* FanNickname: The Fractured version of Milla is often called "Tsundere Milla" or "Tsun-Milla" [[{{Tsundere}} for her drastically different personality]] compared to the original Milla.
* GameBreaker: Ludger's Chromatis mode is broken beyond repair. Some see it as a way to have Mystic Artes in a one on one boss fight. Ludger can use it at any time in a fight, as long as he has the meter up. It allows him to, for the duration of the time, not take damage, have infinite TP, increase in damage, changes all of his artes to much more powerful and destructive ones. Not to mention it removes any arte lag meaning you can spam most of his artes. Many boss battles became easier simply by knocking them in the air and just constantly jabbing them a few times before following it up with a Mystic Arte...which can hit almost all the enemies stuck in it.
** Even ignorin this, Ludger effectively has ''three'' movesets he can swap between on the fly, and can take advantage of any physical weakness an enemy has. If he wasn't [[CantDropTheHero forced in your party for most of the game]], you'd probably still use him anyway.
** Gaius and Muset's support abilities are a lot more powerful than those of the rest of the party. Gaius can unleash a brutal counterattack just by blocking any enemy attack and forward-stepping, while Muset lets anyone she links with teleport right next to the enemy or a HUGE distance away instantly, even while getting hit, making hit-and-run tactics extremely safe and easy. Ludger can also use these when linked with them.
* HarsherInHindsight: As if the violently protective behavior of [[spoiler: Victor, and prime Ludger if you choose]] wasn't scary and tragic enough, the World Guidance book reveals that [[spoiler: Ludger's mother Claudia, who trying to hide Ludger's existence from Spirius, tried to kill a thirteen year-old Julius when he discovered them by pure chance and she mistakenly thought he was going to take Ludger from her. What makes this sadder is that when Julius came to care for Ludger, he was upholding Claudia's wishes that her son wouldn't be involved in the Origin Trial like her late sister, who was Julius' mother.]]
* HilariousInHindsight: With the inclusion of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' outfits, any serious scene including Elise with the outfit on becomes funnier.
** In one skit Gaius drinks some alcohol and gets drunk from it. Considering he's voiced Creator/TravisWillingham who is infamous for his [[NoodleIncident tequila shot incident]], it's quite ironic.
** The costumes base don other characters from the Tales of series when combined with different character skins allow...[[http://24.media.tumblr.com/61dd5ac1ef707746700d2d79dbf05075/tumblr_mm8h90n5I61sonzqho1_500.png interesting]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SPxbK4Twnc combos]]
* JerkassWoobie: Alternate Milla is a very unpleasant woman. But the fact remains that her entire world was destroyed, no one seems to be bothered by it, and she's surrounded by people who she believes see her as a cheap substitute for the Milla they know, and she's right to a degree, at least at first. [[spoiler: In the end, she's either abandoned so Elle can be saved and the "real" Milla brought back, or she willingly sacrifices herself for those same reasons.]]
* LauncherOfAThousandShips: '''Ludger'''.
* LoveItOrHateIt: The general opinion of the game. Many like the changes, darker story, and new characters, while many hate the fact that it's (at least to them) more of a expansion pack then a full game and just hate the game for existing.
* MostAnnoyingSound: "MUTTON, FRESH MUTTON" has been confirmed to return in the localized version.
** Elle shooting out an enemy's weakness every time Ludger hits it gets old fast, even more so because there's already the same means that the first game had to determine an enemy's strengths and weaknesses that make her doing that completely unnecessary.
* NightmareFuel: [[spoiler: [[http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/8696/musee.jpg Musee's rape face.]]]]
* PlayerPunch: [[spoiler:Milla]]'s death. ''Especially'' if Ludger chooses to [[spoiler:immediately sacrifice her so he can save Elle instead; the look on Milla's face as Ludger lets go of her hand is heartbreaking]].
** The entirity of Chapter 12. You find a dimension that seems like a Good Future for the Xillia universe... [[spoiler: except the ''entire cast was brutally murdered''. And as you keep going, it becomes obvious who the culprit was: Ludger.]] But THEN you find out [[spoiler: this world's Ludger, is ''Elle's father''. Not an alternate version of him, her ''actual'' father. And he's the Catalyst, so you have to kill him.]] But there's a much deeper punch here, [[spoiler: when you realise Ludger killing the rest of the party and becoming Victor is the game's Bad Ending... and you, the player, have to bring it about yourself if you want 100% Completion.]] In other words, it's a rare ''gameplay'' example of a SelfFulfillingProphecy
** Being forced to kill [[spoiler:Julius, who may have been TheRival but was still a loving brother to Ludger and an overall decent guy]]. You can be excused for choosing [[spoiler:to save him instead]].
* TheScrappy: Nova has gained a small hatedom for being the face of the game's debt system, which restricts your travel to certain places. She also has a tendency to harass you with phone calls asking for payments, often by "playing robber" to Ludger who is legitimately being blackmailed and robbed, all while never losing her GenkiGirl attitude. However, the game ''does'' acknowledge that her always-on cheeriness can be annoying, and you get a chance to yell at her later (which makes her nervous whenever she calls for the next couple of chapters). She asks outright at one point that you not hate since she's just doing her job.
** Rideaux is an in-universe Scrappy, but the game still goes out of its way to make you hate him with the same passion the game characters do.
* ScrappyMechanic: The above mentioned debt system. To break it down, it requires the player to pay a specific amount of money whenever you reach that amount over and over throughout the game or they'll be unable to travel to new areas. What makes it annoying is the travel restrictions as a result of it seems to exist just to prevent the player from going to areas they aren't supposed to be at yet when the same thing could be accomplished better by other means, the game will frequently prevent the player from going to said areas even when there's no reason they shouldn't be able to, (i.e. walking there) and it means that the player is constantly strapped for cash. The only benefit the system seems to have is that items are left in Ludger's mailbox for those diligent repayers to pick up (which means you have to backtrack there repeatedly to get said items) many of which the player could have easily purchased on their own or acquired by other means if they hadn't been forced to pay off a debt.
* TierInducedScrappy: Leia is an interesting case in that she hasn't really got worse since the first game, but changes to other characters made her less unique and useful than she used to be. In the first game, she was probably the best physical CombatMedic of the party, and was important due to several party members having no healing at all, and being one of the few members with Resurrection. Now that ''every character'' has at least one healing skill, and Muset has Resurrection, there's suddenly a lot less reason to use her. To make things worse, she's OutOfFocus for most of the main plot, the few story fights she ''is'' involved in [[ThatOneBoss make you wish you had Elize instead]] and her sidequest arc is the least combat-related of the party, giving her few chances to truly shine. Becomes HarsherInHindsight when you remember she had fears of being TheLoad in the previous game.
* ThatOneAttack: Chronos Tetra Spell is a GameBreaker. Unlike other spells, it has a very low casting time, and it's very basic on paper as he simple sends water, fire, and earth at you. The problem? It's all at once, not one at a time as you'd expect. The water hits from beneath you making it virtually impossible to block, the fireball and rock coming right away after. It's a OneHitKo during the first fight.
** Gaius' counter is pretty nasty too. If you accidentally hit him while he's blocking, he can insta kill you before you know what you did wrong.
** [[spoiler: Every single one of Victor's Artes when he's in Chromatus. They hit about as hard as when the player is using them, come out extremely quickly, often have immense range, and can be followed by a Mystic Arte that will likely kill everyone caught in it.]]
* ThatOneBoss: Chronos is the most extreme example in the game. Every time you fight him, he has the ability to reset the fight if your not able to stop him in time, he always has support from several rings that can nearly OneHitKo your party members and each time you fight him, your unable to set your own party up until the final boss fight with him...which is at the end of the game! It doesn't help that on the second time you face him, your playing with just Ludger, Milla, Gaius, and Muse, which means you have no real healer. Its not uncommon to see players die easily at the fight.
** [[spoiler:Victor is a close second. Not only does he have ALL of Ludger's artes, he also has Chromatis, meaning he has two mystic artes he can hit you with. To add to that, he loves inflicting status effects with his guns. Oh, and he starts the boss fight in Chromatis form, meaning there's a huge chance he'll use his Mystic Arte and nearly wipe out your entire group...simply because they were close enough together. Similar to the above, you have no real healer save Jude]].
** Really, any boss where the player has to leave [[TheMedic Elize or Leia]] out is likely to be one of these, and Leia can't always manage on her own.
* ThatOneSidequest: Gaius' second chapter hits you with a surprise battle against ''all four'' of the Chimeriad, something that never happened in the first game outside of the Arena. And there's another semi-tough boss fight right afterwards.
** The [[spoiler: Bad Ending]] also counts, especially for those who are still trying to get used to the game. Essentially, it's you, Ludger, versus [[spoiler: the entire Xillia cast, a grand total of eight characters to plow down. In essence, you have to face everything that made the Xillia cast awesome alone, and while they only come out four at a time, with one replacing each fallen member, their sheer numbers, combined with the fact that they retain ALL of their special skills and can inflict status ailments, makes this a challenging fight.]]
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Alternate Millia strikes this way to many players, as her brash, {{Jerkass}} attitude makes it hard to feel for the character when she talks about her issues. It doesn't help that the original Millia was arguably RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap for some western players, and it's also hard to feel sorry for Alternate Millia when she calls Ludger a world destroyer like he enjoys doing it.
* WakeUpCallBoss: Volt comes at a pont where the game is still early and getting you used to the flow of the characters yet he's a nightmare. Let's see: sizable amount of health, hard to stagger for long, powerful attacks (including one that is practically a one-hit kill at this stage of the game, complete with a deceptively large AOE), and comes with two respawning minions who just love to interrupt you and keep you pinned in place so that the aforementioned AOE reaches you.
** The first Chronos fight for sure. While Chronos is ThatOneBoss already, the first fight deserves mention. Your group conisists of Alvin, Jude, and Leia so already you have no offensive spellcasters and only one semi good healer. Chronos is a MagicKnight who deals AOE attacks more then anything, and since everyone uses physical attacks, you have to go up and attack him. Leia is a single target based healer, which means you can't get a consistent amount of heals on characters. His attacks rip through both the party, and Corpse Shell Ludger. The one character who would of made the fight easier, Rowen, is injured and this without his Magic Barrier passive, Chronos spells hit like a truck. Really he's there to show you that unless you master timing Corpse Shell with Link Artes, you can't win the game.
* WinBackTheCrowd: Some fans who hated how ''Vesperia'' and its successors were much LighterAndSofter than the games made in the previous generation days very much enjoyed how mercilessly dark ''Xillia 2'' could get.
* TheWoobie
** It can be surprisingly difficult to watch Muzét's reactions when her attempts to befriend the rest of the party keep backfiring.
** Alvin's character quests, except for the last one, seem designed to make him suffer.
** [[BreakTheCutie Elle is practically a magnet for horrible suffering.]]
* {{Woolseyism}}: There's a rabbit-like doll that is extremely popular among Rieze Maxian and Elympian children alike that was originally called "Banish" in the Japanese version. A bit of an odd name for a cute bunny doll, wouldn't you think? The English translators must have thought so as well, because it's called "Bunnykins" instead in their localization.