Impressions - 20 Hours In Xenoblade Chronicles II

Available on Nintendo Switch

Thoughts So Far
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is the latest in the Xenoblade series and feels more like the Xenoblade game that came out on the Wii. The game follows a young salvager named Rex who lives in the world of Alrest. The world itself is an interesting one in that all of the inhabitants lives on and in large beings called Titans. Each Titan is different and showcases different terrain and people. Everything you love about the Xenoblade series is here. Visually, the game looks great although I will say that certain areas in Xenoblade Chronicles X look better, for the most part, this game looks great as well. I am really digging the character design as it takes a more anime style approach and yes there are a few characters that people will probably be upset about as their costumes are a bit on the fanservice side of things. Just so you know the artist that designed a majority of the characters is a woman, and honestly, I think she did a fantastic job. I also like the soundtrack and voice acting in this game, granted it does take a little getting used to especially if you aren't used to hearing Scottish accents. There is a Japanese voice option available for those that would rather hear that track. There is an oddity that happens in some of the cutscenes where the dubbing is off it happens more than once but it doesn't take me out of the experience, I just noticed it. Oh, and on the subject of cutscenes, they look amazing. Monolith Soft has done an excellent job in that department, in my humble opinion. Most of the time in JRPGs in cutscenes we don't get to see a lot of the action but here fights play out like a movie sequence and I love it. You can also rewatch cutscenes via the Event Theater on the opening splash screen, any scene you have unlocked is viewable there.

If you have any experience with any of the previous entries in this series then you know the basics of how combat works here. There are some pretty cool additions to this title that makes the combat fun and more fluid in my opinion. Each character can have up to three blades and blades can be found any time you have core crystals in your possession there are a number or rare blades in the game but they are completely random which mean you never know when you will be finding one or who you will find. Weapons can be upgraded as well as your characters specific driver arts. The combat system is very extensive and not to worry the game does a great job of explaining how everything works. Chain attacks are back and I find them to be easier to pull off than ever before, they can also hit for massive damage if done at the right time which can help immensely in boss fights. Since this is a JRPG it goes without saying that you will need to make sure you are properly prepared before you go into any fight but especially boss fights. Don't be surprised if you die a couple of times before you beat a specific boss. Even with some difficulty spikes as it pertains to boss fights I find this game to be a lot of fun.

I find the Xenoblade series to be one of my favorite JRPG series behind the Tales of series and Grandia series. The team at Monolith Soft always does a great job and this game is no exception. Personally, I think any RPG fan should have this game in their gaming library. If you are a casual fan of RPGs you may not like this, mainly because of the difficulty spikes with certain bosses (one in particular at the end of Chapter 3 can be very frustrating at times). However, after 20 hours I must say I am glad that this game is in my Switch library as I think it is a fun game with an interesting story. Are you playing Xenoblade Chronicles 2? Let me know what you think in the comments and as always thanks for reading.


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