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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: 50 out of 460
  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. Feb 21, 2019
    10
    I heard lot's of great and bad things about this game and it made me curious because Xenoblade is a game i always was intrested in trying. andI heard lot's of great and bad things about this game and it made me curious because Xenoblade is a game i always was intrested in trying. and then i played it... AND IT WAS AMAZING!!! Xenoblade Chronicles 2 changed my life, this game has everything what you need in an JRPG. Story of this game is really really good, and it's one of the best stories in a video game it's a thrilling rollercoaster with emotions. the combat system might be slow to learn n beginning but after you play like a few hours you're in for amazing combat system this game delivers in any way. this game made me excited for what Monolithsoft will do in the next installment of Xenoblade. Expand
  3. Dec 6, 2017
    10
    The awesome game is one of the best of 2017. The graphical style is amazing, the story isn't too complicated but it's easy to follow and it'sThe awesome game is one of the best of 2017. The graphical style is amazing, the story isn't too complicated but it's easy to follow and it's very interesting, the battle system is complicated but the game slowly teaches you all you need to know with a good amount of time to practice each part. To those of you who didn't like the anime artstyle, it'll grow on you. It really conveys emotion better than the other Xenoblade games.

    Probably the only flaw of this game is the voice acting. The voice acting doesn't match up with the way the characters move their mouths, one time Rex started talking for long after his mouth closed. This isn't big enough to take off any points from the review, this isn't noticeable unless you look for it. You can even "choose" your difficulty but choosing whether you want to use bonus exp from quests.

    100/100 for me (more than that if I could). Open world with a lot to do, great story, great battle systems, great characters and characterization, fantastic music, excellent way of handling difficulty, good controls, and this game has left a positive impact on the Xenoblade Chronicles series. (compared to XCX)
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  4. Jan 29, 2018
    9
    This game is what I imagined in my head playing old school snes jrpgs... gigantic worlds, endearing characters and epic battles. I was likeThis game is what I imagined in my head playing old school snes jrpgs... gigantic worlds, endearing characters and epic battles. I was like many who didn't know if I could get into this game, but investing in it is worth it all- when you figure out the mechanics (and they are much, much easier to understand after a little play) and seeing how nicely every little system within the game fits together and feeds the experience - this game was a joy.

    The final 5 hours of the game consumed me in a way few other narratives have. There is a heartwarming philosophy at the core of this game, and though it treads in many familiar jrpg tropes it also stands firm on its own as a testament to the genre.

    Certainly, in my opinion, one of the greats.
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  5. Dec 2, 2017
    9
    Love the story
    World is awesome
    Graphics are ok but not great Lot of fun love the combat system Music is awesome
    Love the story
    World is awesome
    Graphics are ok but not great
    Lot of fun
    love the combat system
    Music is awesome
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  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. Nov 9, 2019
    0
    Uninteresting characters, plot that exists only the first half hour and the last 10 hours, all in the middles is just anime trope andUninteresting characters, plot that exists only the first half hour and the last 10 hours, all in the middles is just anime trope and sketches that makes augh only to little kids and Japanese people. Poorly written since there are far too many deus ex machina, and only one character is given space and yet it feels the most forced character in the whole party
    Fun to explore, battle system is highly subjective though having to stand still and autoattack is horrible, it basically has the gameplay as classic world of Warcraft for the 1st too many hours, to many phone game mechanics like having to wait real time with the game on to get some mission done, especially m I on that are mandatory for some Blade's quest line, and Blades are just a horrible gacha system that shouldn't have existed in the 1st place
    Oh, also those blades tends to be cringe and really point towards a kid audience. There are some references to Xenosaga, that are ruined by some evil nopon action sketch, and this also RetCon the 1st Xenoblade, erasing one of the way you could read the game, so this horrible plot is just so bad that destroyed a good one even if they have in common only a single point.
    Good game by per se, but it shouldn't have "Xeno" in the name while also being a work of Monolith soft.
    Some improvements that were made in xenoblade X aren't in this game.
    Good music from Mor Ardain onwards, bad voice acting and no, saying "just use the Japanese one" doesn't make it any better
    Honestly, Torna is the only part worth playing, it sucks that to play it you have to own the mistake that is the main game so it automatically become not worth it.
    Also the characters are so uninteresting that's almost impossible to empathize with them, even when you should. One of the protagonists is a pedophile, and there are pedophile jokes used at a funeral by another characters, that later scold someone for not paying respect to the dead. I don't understand how anyone would like this unless they are 612 yo circa and/or likes anime way too much, to the point when they don't even read or try to understand the plot, they just want to see the sketches that they have already seen in every slice of life anime ever
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