Alright, I’ve been waiting to write this for a while. I wanted to beat both games before I said anything, to ensure I was speaking with all the facts known.
Let me begin by saying I played Xillia first and then Symphonia. My friend, Alex, played Symphonia growing up and I got him to play Xillia. When he beat Xillia, he begged me for years to play Symphonia but something always came up.
This Spring, I finally got around around to keeping my promise to him. For us, I prefer Xillia over Symphonia and he prefers Symphonia over Xillia. I think it’s just coincidence that the first game we played from the series is the one we like best and that it’s more what the games are talking about that makes it our favourite.