Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Game Review

Jordan Samuel Jordan Samuel
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December 3rd, 2017

Content Editor, Film Critic and Writer for ComiConverse.com, the Founder and co-host of the official Nerdcast Network Podcast


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Monolith Soft creates a solid sequel in the anticipated Xenoblade Chronicles 2, which brings a more streamlined RPG experience to audiences, but the odd design elements do limit it from being a classic. 


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4
On December 3, 2017
Last modified:December 3, 2017

Summary:

Monolith Soft creates a solid sequel in the anticipated Xenoblade Chronicles 2, which brings a more streamlined RPG experience to audiences, but the odd design elements do limit it from being a classic. 

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Game Review

Veteran Japanese developer Monolith Soft surprised everyone with the excellent, Xenoblade Chronicles which brought together a spiraling open-world adventure and an innovative story into the role-playing genre. Reinventing the groundwork left in the Final Fantasy series, with quests involving hunting and massive battles.

Nintendo Wii exclusive brought joyous moments onto the table and was one of the consoles grandest installments. 2017 has been a fantastic year for the geniuses at Nintendo with the Switch launch, bringing a top of range experience. The only thing missing is an overblown JRPG which utilizes the latest technology.

Monolith Soft hopes to claim a place on the consoles fantastic launch year, with the anticipated sequel of a classic RPG title in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. A game since the announcement, everyone thought would have been delayed until 2018. But can it live up to potential? Or just forget what made the original so good. Jordan Samuel reviews Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Review

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Explore an endless ocean of clouds, where the last remnants of civilization live on the backs of colossal beasts called Titans. Experience the story of Rex and his new friend, Pyra, a mysterious being known as a Blade who grants him tremendous power. Together, search for Pyras long lost home Elysium, the ultimate paradise for all of humanity.

After the short wait, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 delivers a solid adventure which carries over the grandiose open world and robust battle system onto the handheld format. The world of Alrest is filled with gigantic titans and cloud-based locals, which take advantage of the handheld power taking audiences on a journey in the fantasy world.

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Rex is the main character of the game, a British salvager that leaves his home comforts to become an influential Xeno helmer. I enjoyed the more laidback approach to a protagonist, as his lust for adventure makes the essential environments more enjoyable to explore.

Despite odd choices in voice acting, both Rex and his party all have likable attributes, making those tough battles worth fighting for in the long term. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 follows the player on his quest with a newfound blade, to find Elysium the universes golden coast - a heaven for everyone.

Chronicles narrative is inspired by classic Japanese anime, with Rex taking place as the quirky protagonist with tons of attitude. These changes might be too much for fans of realistic looking role-playing games, but the striking visuals make the world come alive. Monolith Soft includes a stable dose of comedic elements. Quest lines sometimes lead into uncharted territory, with monster hunts and insane fetch

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 opening hours, are straight to the point and do not include overstuffed tutorial missions instead, it takes us straight into action. I for one welcome these changes in the genre as plenty JRPG's can overwhelm players, with needlessly complicated battle systems. The breakneck pace means the game can push you into new locals and quest lines, faster than most games.

The basic gameplay of Xenoblade Chronicles 2, has not changed much from the excellent predecessor. Blades (this universe version of Pokemon) are still the signature feature in the title, as players are pushed to find stronger lifeforms to get better skills and upgrades. These are done with a loot box style mini-game, which can be purchased with in-game currency: which adds layers of tension to finding a perfect Blade.

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Unlike other games which use this system, there are no microtransactions in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 instead crystals are earned through natural progression. Monolith Soft makes sure that fans won't break the bank. I became addicted to finding stronger Blades in the later hours of Xenoblade Chronicles 2, with different upgrades making combat a breeze against harder enemies.

The open world exploration in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 does have parallels to the fantastic Zelda: Breath of the Wild, as Titans all have beautiful locations to visit. I got lost for a while during quests, which was a joyous experience on the handheld console hybrid. Combat systems are similar to previous Xeno installments, as you control a team who fight in real-time and do not have to take turns in battle.

Rex can also use standard attacks with button presses, and perform special team up abilities with selected Blades is where Xenoblade Chronicles 2 fantastic in-game loot system comes into play. As various Blades can be used to aid Rex in battle with more significant effects, sometimes I did get lost with the over the top, on-screen HUD that sometimes overwhelms with too many options. Newcomers might have to use trial and error to understand the sophisticated blocking system, but once learned combat is the Nintendo Switch.

Monolith Soft creates a solid sequel in the anticipated Xenoblade Chronicles 2, which brings a more streamlined RPG experience to audiences, but the odd design elements do limit it from being a classic. But I had so much fun collecting Xeno's and definitely think its a grand finale to the perfect Nintendo Switch first year. Fans of the genre will not be disappointed with the release, as it should keep us busy until late 2018.

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Monolith Soft creates a solid sequel in the anticipated Xenoblade Chronicles 2, which brings a more streamlined RPG experience to audiences, but the odd design elements do limit it from being a classic. 

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