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  • Summary: Search for the ultimate paradise, Elysium, with your companion, Pyra.

    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
    Search for the ultimate paradise, Elysium, with your companion, Pyra.

    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.

    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 builds on triumphs of the Xenoblade Chronicles and Xenoblade Chronicles X games.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 78 out of 92
  2. Negative: 1 out of 92
  1. Feb 14, 2018
    100
    Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a game that impresses by its size and its ambition. After more than 160 hours necessary to complete 100% of the game I can say that it is a gift for any fan of RPGs, being one of the most impressive games to have in the first year of a console. With varied and very beautiful music this game will guarantee dozens of hours of fun. With so many excellent qualities, Xenoblade 2 is a must-have game in your library and will make you little by little enchanted by these incredible characters.
  2. Nov 30, 2017
    92
    Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is exactly what we expected it to be: a magnificent and elaborate game, full of secrets waiting to be unlocked. The joys of exploring play a role as crucial as the writing, which is able to create a deep and original plot. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a masterpiece: another exclusive for Nintendo Switch that you simply can’t miss.
  3. Nov 30, 2017
    90
    With its amazing story and deep combat system Xenoblade Chronicles 2 offers an excellent sequel to what probably is the best jrpg of the past two console generations.
  4. Dec 5, 2017
    85
    Without being the game of the year, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 manages to offer enough good things to be a very decent JRPG game that is worth the attention of any Nintendo Switch owner, in spite of a few shortcomings like the awful clipping and framerate drops.
  5. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Feb 16, 2018
    80
    Extensive and massive JRPG. Although with a rather cliché story and characters, it comes with a beautiful world and a fighting system growing more and more complex with every hour played. [Issue#282]
  6. 80
    With Xenoblade Chronicles 2, the Nintendo Switch wraps up its first year with one of the biggest games in recent memory; JRPG fans have yet another epic game to enjoy before we head into 2018.
  7. Dec 8, 2017
    40
    The highly anticipated sequel to one of the Wii's biggest sleeper hits is one of the most overindulgent games of the year.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 471
  1. Dec 1, 2017
    10
    Awesome game. A must for any JRPG fan. Feels state of the art in it's overall world design while still maintaining that feel from the classicAwesome game. A must for any JRPG fan. Feels state of the art in it's overall world design while still maintaining that feel from the classic RPG:s. A smash hit just like the previous games in the series. Think this is a game really every Switch owner should pickup. Expand
  2. Jan 4, 2019
    10
    Took me 300 hours to finish this game, despite all those hours neeeded to complete it, I never wanted it to end, and thats a feeling not everyTook me 300 hours to finish this game, despite all those hours neeeded to complete it, I never wanted it to end, and thats a feeling not every game causes in me. And for the first time in my life, I shed a tear playing this game, the ending and story is sad, but it is amazing. Expand
  3. Dec 4, 2017
    10
    Amazing game! Well worth playing and looks brilliant on the switch either in TV mode or handheld. Tugs at the heart strings and has one of theAmazing game! Well worth playing and looks brilliant on the switch either in TV mode or handheld. Tugs at the heart strings and has one of the best soundtracks I've heard in a long time Expand
  4. Feb 18, 2020
    9
    Gran juego con una gran historia, muy criticado y no ha sido valorado con lo que se merece, no es un juego para todos pero si te gustan esteGran juego con una gran historia, muy criticado y no ha sido valorado con lo que se merece, no es un juego para todos pero si te gustan este tipo de juegos es una pasada puedes pegarte horas y horas por los mapas que son bastante amplios. Yo incluso he repetido la historia varias veces, sin duda uno los mejores juegos de Switch. Expand
  5. Dec 1, 2017
    9
    Another Xenoblade thing. I think this game is great 'n all. Despite having an anime-like animation, which drops my score from 10 to 9, theAnother Xenoblade thing. I think this game is great 'n all. Despite having an anime-like animation, which drops my score from 10 to 9, the rest of the game is still great to explore. Expand
  6. Feb 18, 2019
    8
    Now i want to get this out of the way. Xenoblade 2 is my first Xeno series game, ever but i have seen Xenoblade 1 for comparison. Even if iNow i want to get this out of the way. Xenoblade 2 is my first Xeno series game, ever but i have seen Xenoblade 1 for comparison. Even if i may be a bit blinded by love for this game (especially Pyra, who's character design i love, but i'll get to that later) it has its upsides and downsides. I'll start with those downsides.

    Cons:

    The gameplay! Oh goodness the gameplay, the compass system is atrocious! I spent literally 8 hours finishing 4 early side quests because i had no clue where to go. The aggro system when alone is inconsistent at best and lack of explanation for the more sophisticated areas of the game makes it not very beginner friendly until about 15 hours in. Now the gameplay isn't bad at all, but it could be better with some quality of life improvement. I understand Xenoblade 1 wasn't very good at this either.

    What the actual hell is the voice acting? I have cringed many, many times from how abysmal/inconsistent the voice acting is in this game. A lot of times the voice actors seem to forget what emotions are and other times certain lines are delivered like they are from a Triple A actor! What the hell? It detracts from the emotion of those moments, but when the voice acting is good, it's GOOD since the actual actors themselves are good.

    Animations/facial expressions. Look i get the anime art style is not designed with this in mind, but at least show SOME expression. I swear one of the bosses has the same dumbass grin the entire time, even after you beat him. That's another thing. Why can the heroes never canonically succeed? Even after thrashing a boss? It's fun to see your hero overcome a challenge sometimes!

    The Blade system is fun on paper, but in practice. Oof, getting a good Blade is so hard! Sure you can get 'legendary Blade's from common crystals, but it's very rare and, to me, the Blades were MASSIVE missed potential in the combat. It would've been nice to have them fight using a sub-weapon every now and then, without your commands, acting as actual support rather than a limiting anchor, and with combat as free-flowing as the type Xenoblade is known for, an anchor is the LAST thing you need. At least their special moves are nice

    Alright now that's about it for the notable bad sides of this game, let's start on the good!

    The storytelling in this game is amazing! With allusion to past events that isn't to vague or too descriptive, revelations on every corner and a story you advance at your own pace (i overlevel everything, lol) along with relatable villains you really feel for the story serves up one hell of a sometimes silly, sometimes serious dish of feels that's guaranteed to stay with you well past the ending. Good thing there's DLC and a prequel because if you love JRPG stories, you'll love this one!

    The character designs are amazing! Now this is a contentious point but i personally love the character designs, especially of the villains. Despite the cartoonish art style and lack of proper expression, the designs alone tell us a lot about who we're looking at and who they are, that is a sign you've made your character's appearance well. In terms of personality and actual characters. Mmm, not sure, that's a yes and no, some of them are rather boring.

    The open world and care taken into creating this environment where you can fight every enemy you come across (usually with disastrous results) is absolutely wonderful. I've played for hours upon hours just grinding in the open world, taking in its beauty. The artwork for this game is amazing!

    Now if you think Metal Gear Solid had good cutscenes, which it does, Xenoblade 2 has a treat for you. I don't normally enjoy lots of cutscenes, but given the occasionally adorable, sometimes silly, but funny characters, disregarding their occasional boredom, the cutscenes, which use the same art style as the rest of the game, are excellently crafted and executed PERFECTLY with these characters, in my opinion. It isn't enough to propel the game to 9/10 but just enough to save it from 7/10. Especially when said cutscene is a fight. Man those are good.

    The levelling system isn't a favourite of mine. A bit too complicated for your everyday RPG with this 'extra XP' stuff, but it's easy to master.

    Finally. Just listen to the SOUNDTRACK! Even if you don't like these kinds of games, but love a kickass soundtrack, Xenoblade has it for you, and when audio and cutscenes combine, well, cinematic magic happens since the composers did such excellent jobs capturing the feel of every moment in the game. Now i don't like some, like the replacement for 'You Will Know Our Names' from XB1 but it's still REALLY GOOD

    Final verdict. If you like JRPG's, don't mind a bit of bad voice acting and like a good story, you'll enjoy Xenoblade 2. It's a deceptively deep, fun and emotional game i'd recommend every Switch owner try for at least 4 hours
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  7. Aug 13, 2019
    0
    Actually xenoblade 2 would be a wonderful game. BUT, the fighting system is so bad! Exclusively Quicktime events ..... what I hate about it?Actually xenoblade 2 would be a wonderful game. BUT, the fighting system is so bad! Exclusively Quicktime events ..... what I hate about it? you always have to gaze at the edge of the screen instead of being able to observe the wonderfully animated figures. Since the coolest graphic helps nothing if you have to focus on something else. Too bad..... Expand

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