Xenoblade Chronicles 2 - Nintendo Switch

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  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1020 out of 1054)

Product Details


  • Developer: Monolith Software
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platform: Nintendo Switch
  • Genre: Role Playing
  • Release Date: 12/01/2017

Synopsis


Embark on the next adventure with Xenoblade Chronicles 2 for Nintendo Switch. Revisit the character Rex as he joins up with new pal Pyra on an epic journey to find Elysium. Taking role-playing games to fun levels, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a single-player game that lets you take on immersive battles to build your skills.

Features


Explore colossal beasts called Titans, the homes of different civilizations, offering expansive regions to discover

Form powerful bonds with Blades, unique beings granting tremendous power to their users, called Drivers

Features a deep battle system that is built on the triumphs of the Xenoblade Chronicles and Xenoblade Chronicles X games

For one player



Customer rating

4.7
97%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent, Bold JRPG with Some Minor Blemishes

    Posted
    SingingBrakeman
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    It's a shame that Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (XC2) launched so late in the year, because it would otherwise have likely been a contender for many publications' RPG of the Year awards. It is certainly the most ambitious JRPG I've played in years, managing to integrate the compelling narrative from Xenoblade Chronicles with the strong world-building and scale of Xenoblade Chronicles X. Happily, a player will need no familiarity with those earlier games to enjoy this one, since the story is entirely unique. With regard to the gameplay, the battle system is the strongest so far in the Xenoblade series, and indeed one of the more engaging JRPG battle systems crafted so far. Watching previews did not do it justice, as I feared it would be cluttered and difficult to follow. While playing, however, mechanics are slowly introduced to the player and quickly become, if not second-nature, easily grasped. The presence of environmental puzzles which require specific characters keeps the party makeup changing and adaptation of the player's strategy. Finally, there are a handful of small issues. The game's resolution drops significantly in handheld mode, though it's never unclear or hard to see. In fact, a sharpness filter is applied to the visuals which ends up making it look a bit different, which I like but may be disliked by some. Additionally, tutorials cannot be rewatched so players are advised to take screenshots when those tips appear on-screen. Lastly, while the environmental and creature design is uniformly excellent, some of the characters veer in fan-service territory. This is a bit disappointing for a series that has historically offered a more conservative approach to character design, but hardly a big deal - characters are all well-developed, so some elements of the character visual design is the only shortcoming in this regard. I would strongly recommend this game to anyone looking for a consistently engaging, beautiful world to explore. Similarly, folks looking for a fascinating story packed with compelling characters will be overjoyed to have another massive epic that can be played at home on their television or on the go.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent JRPG Experience

    Posted
    Meiru

    Before anything, this is a JRPG. If you can't stand the art style or if you don't like to grind (think Final Fantasy X levels), then this game may not be for you. This game is very in-depth, has many secrets, and is pretty grindy. Easy to pick up, but hard to master. The first impressions of the game's battle system initially threw me off. The battle system is an auto attack based system, where your main character continuously attacks in a specific pattern when in combat. The main gimmick is to use your abilities during a specific time or in a specific order to be successful. Again, originally this system seemed boring and stale to me. As you accumulate more abilities and progress through the game, you'll find that the battle system has more to offer than what's on the surface. As for the setting, characters, and story, this game is pretty much summed up as a generic action anime. The setting is interesting, with events taking place on gigantic beings known as Titans who wander a sea of clouds. The main character is fairly bland in terms of personality, most likely just to be a self insert character for the player. Other than that, pretty much the rest of the cast is interesting enough. Colorful personalities and different backstories keep meeting new characters interesting. The interactions between the characters are fun to watch, and sadly some of the more unique characters get too little screen time. Finally, the story. It has some clever twists and turns, but again, it's basically a generic action anime. The writing and dialogue aren't bad. The game does a good enough job to bring you along for the ride while keeping you interested. I do HIGHLY suggest downloading the Japanese voice pack because holy moly the English voice actors are cringey. Overall, if you're on the fence about buying the game and you are a fan of JRPG's, then you should probably just do it. If you can get past the first 10 hours or so of the game, then this is a pretty premium JRPG experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It's a beautiful game with bad dev choices

    Posted
    PurpleRobo
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    I loved the game in the end. The story was fantastic, though it took a little bit to really pick up, and the battle mechanics were much better once they were fleshed out a ways in. The only reason I can't rate this game any higher is because of terrible choices made by developers; and I mean choices that would make newer players of the series outright quit. When exploring the large and stunning areas to get to your next location, you'll certainly run into enemies that are far higher than you in level, and I mean between 20-70 levels higher. This makes it very frustrating when you're just trying to progress to the next area, but you get ambushed by a high level enemy, or a group of them, and get one shot, having to start over from the last landmark. Speaking of one shots, there are too many of them! In battles, mainly with bosses, but many smaller enemies can do it too, you will suddenly find your self from max health, to zero. That's not too bad, but in other instances, your whole party will go from max health to zero health out of nowhere. It is very frustrating especially when you have no control over it. The enemies/bosses that do these moves usually do them when their almost dead, so you know you either have to kill them as fast as possible, or you're dead. Some final major issues are with navigation. The compass on top is not helpful in the slightest. When you have multiple objectives in the same direction, they will stack on top of each other making it impossible to tell how far away each objective is. The mini map is useless a lot of the time when expanded, it doesn't show much of the area. The only way to see where side quests are and the location of the main mission is to pull up the fast travel menu, scroll through all the areas until you find the one you are in. It's a giant hassle and takes quite a while to look through. Even knowing where you need to go is not enough sometimes. It's very easy to get lost and wander around for hours (I and mean HOURS) trying to find the right path to follow, this game does not have good leading. Considering all these flaws, it'd be expected for me to give a lower rating, but the actual combat gameplay and the story alone are so well done that it offsets these issues. It really is a must-play in the end. Honestly it'd be worth buying a Switch for.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Better and worse than expected. 3.5 Stars

    Posted
    tshimp
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    This is a hard review for me, and would probably give a 3.5 star. I love the game, but it isn't without its faults. I think a pro and cons list is the best way to break it down. Pros: Graphic - Looks stunning in both handheld and on the TV. Frame Rate Battle System Varied side quests Easy to use menu Save system - Save anywhere Varied locals Large worlds even though the areas are restrictive/enclosed Controls - just feels right. Neutral: Inventory Management Map Implementation Story Controls when diving - quick use of the A,B,X,Y and it lack of response at times. I am putting this under Neutral as this might be me, or input lag with my TV? Cons: Pop-in - Can take a little while for the textures to fill in when using docked. Too much swearing Too little clothing on the females. Camera angle in closed spaces and in the the cloud water. Inconsistent enemy ratings Direction pointer is all over the place, and side/main quest markers sometimes overlap causing issues. Mini game to upgrade popie Tora - Character voice has actually pushed me to play muted much of the time, and can't seem to switch him out. Not letting you use some battle items until later in the game. Example..combos. Those should be usable up front IMO. Tutorial - Can be lacking on describing what is going on The use of high tide/low tide - Based on when you sleep and not time. Hitting "A" when digging or selecting a treasure seems to require you to select it twice. This is a very fun game, with a lot of flaws that keep it from greatness. If you are a parent looking for a kid friendly game I would stay away unless you do not care about profanity or scantly clad women. I actually would let my child play Skyrim over this one. Also, it would bump up a 1/2 star if not for Tora. Most annoying voice and dialect of all time in any game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun Gameplay, Cringeworthy Aesthetics

    Posted
    raihidara
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    First off, I'd give this game a 3.5 if I could, but I rounded up. It's a fun game overall. Battles start out somewhat breezy but eventually become 5 minute slogs, though fortunately the battle system remains fun since it is so rhythmic. Hopefully a patch comes through to better balance enemy HP, because you will find that it makes more sense to avoid battles and do quests instead, and no game should be balanced to avoid playing it. The environments continue to show that Monolith are masters of environment design and are a joy to explore...or would be with an industry-standard map system. This game astounds in how many ways it is both well-designed and more archaic than a first-generation PS2 game. Now for the worst parts of the game. The story might as well be "Generic Anime: The Game". There is nothing that you haven't seen before in this game. The writing is amateur and the story hits every cliche that every mid-tier anime series has hit for at least 4 decades. The voice acting is very spotty as well, though not as bad as the internet has made it seem. Then there's...the women. If you're a young boy or teenager, well, you'll have some material to keep you occupied in your room for a while. But otherwise if you're too old for this stuff, it's just embarrassing and is the most obvious pandering I have seen in a good while. Before someone gets mad though, I'm not going to let this affect my rating, as the game has enough technical problems as it is. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is certainly not a worthy successor to its forebear, but somehow it has maintained my interest more easily, so I have to give it credit for that. It's worthwhile as a game, but for anyone looking for anything more than a time-waster until much better games come out next year, I suggest you look elsewhere.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    4.5/5 - A Flawed Masterpiece

    Posted
    JazZelda
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    I'll round up to a 5 since we can't do half stars. The first Xenoblade Chronicles on Wii might be one of my top 10 games ever. It was a near perfect RPG. Because of that I have had massive expectations for the two games that followed it. Chronicles X on Wii U was a good game but it ultimately let me down. This game, while definitely flawed, proved worthy of the legacy of the original for me though. My biggest nitpicks that stop me from giving it a 5-star rating: - performance in handheld is noticeably worse -- but far from unplayable - character animations are occasionally stiff and some character designs are a little too fan-servicey for my liking - voice acting, script, and cutscenes are mostly good but do suffer problems that plague any foreign game/movie: awkward pauses, under/over acted lines, imperfect translation. I expect them but they are still distracting at times. May not be a problem if you are ok with playing in Japanese. I could go on about the good forever but it basically does everything that the first game did well and refines it. The combat is a fun and unique RPG style with tons of customization options. The over-arching story is entertaining with loads of twists and turns. The cast of characters is deep, diverse, and fleshed-out. The soundtrack is unbelievably good. What really got me was the finale though. Everything gets dialed up to 11 over the last third of the game to create an impact that stays with you long after you finish the game. With another solid entry Xenoblade has solidified its spot as one of Nintendo's epic adventure franchises along with the likes of Zelda and Metroid. If you have a Switch, buy this game!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A worthy (but flawed) successor to Chronicles

    Posted
    Nivk
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    Rather than return to the foundation that X laid out, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 follows more closely in the steps of the original game with mostly great results. The gameplay is as engaging as ever, the world and characters are interesting, the music once again is amazing, and the story (while not amazing) keeps you hooked throughout the lengthy main quest. However, there are some odd design choices and areas that really lack polish which leads me to believe that the game was rushed to meet the end of the year. The interface can be a pain to navigate, there are some bugs and optimization problems (had a softlock in the menus that lead to some lost progress), and the map and compass aren't always helpful leading to some "where the heck do I go?" moments. One of the most annoying aspects of the game (and my second biggest complaint, first being that if the player character gets KO'd when the party gauge isn't filled enough you automatically lose the battle) is that the field skills that you need to advance in some of the sidequests are locked behind irritating RNG and grinding where you need the right blades with the right level skills to advance. Dragging your butt all the way to where you need to go for a sidequest only to discover that you can't advance because one of your skills happens to be one level off is insanely frustrating. These drawbacks are disappointing, but Xenoblade 2 it's still very much worth playing if you're into JRPGs or enjoy the Xeno series. Plus the developers are working to patch out the map and interface problems and technical issues that I mentioned. Hopefully they'll do something about the field skill system too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing game

    Posted
    mprime
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    This game is breathtakingly remarkable. I am over 80 hours in and finished the game with lots of stuff to do to fully achieve 100%. I have finished xeno 1 and X and loved both but this game has the best bits of both and masters over them in story and complexity. The story with no spoilers absolutely pulls on your heart strings and I have never experienced such an emotional roller coaster in my 40+ years of gaming. Monolith Soft I hope you are reading this as I have all gaming platforms, pc, ps4, xbox x and switch. This game has truly conquered them all with absolutely without trying. Haha I just hope I don't pass away before you release the next xenoblade :). The game does have some graphical glitches when played hand held to dock as resolution often stays grainy. Just restart game in docked mode sorts this out. The mini map needs some work and travelling. Although developers will patch soon. Battle system - complex but superb Story - amazing Graphics - Good but not perfect - this is expected with Nintendo. Although games make consoles not graphics. replayability - excellent Music - breathtaking Looking forward to expansion next year and hoping it carries on from end game and not a different era.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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