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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: 72 out of 663
  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 14, 2019
    10
    I purchased this game when it first came out without any previous knowledge about the xenoblade series. I was looking for an open world RPGI purchased this game when it first came out without any previous knowledge about the xenoblade series. I was looking for an open world RPG with good character development, soundtrack, scenery, and battle system. I was blown away by XC2. I have since logged +300 hours completing NG+, the Torna expansion and have all but two blades (not Kosmos ^.^). I am looking forward to any Xenoblade ports that may be coming our way. I am certainly stoked if / when we get another sequel to either XCX or XC2. Expand
  3. Mar 26, 2018
    10
    No spoilers so you can go and read

    This is just amazing! My favorite JRPG for sure! Better than x or first game. Characters are interesting
    No spoilers so you can go and read

    This is just amazing! My favorite JRPG for sure! Better than x or first game. Characters are interesting and I like them. (I miss Shulk though) There is just so much to explore and it's so much fun. And... music, oh god... I love it. If you don't know what game to buy and want some new game... BUY THIS!
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  4. Feb 20, 2022
    9
    Un juego absorbente, desde el minuto uno quedé atrapado durante las más de 90 horas que me llevo completarlo.
  5. Dec 2, 2017
    9
    You can't go and compare this game to x, but seeing as it's been named a sequel to the original title, there's bound to be some comparing.You can't go and compare this game to x, but seeing as it's been named a sequel to the original title, there's bound to be some comparing.

    You will definitely find a lot more challenge in this game than you will in the original. The enemies are less merciful and even sometimes aim directly at showing you your place. If you think you're just going to speed through this game, you'd better think again. That level number matters and so does your equipment. Though, that can be said for both this and the original Xenoblade.

    The combat is made infinitely more complex by the ability to cancel certain arts and cancel all auto attacks. There is also the ability to quickly charge some Blade Arts by simply abusing that cancel of auto attack. You coulld call this a glich, if you wanted, but with how the animation runs at times, I highly doubt they didn't know it was there. Sometimes, I'm also left to wonder how my CPU Team can still charge faster than I can, reaching tier three special far faster than should be possible otherwise.

    Onto the skills themselves, your positioning once again feels extremely important for most skills. Some of it is also watching and making sure your team can follow-up to your set ups, which is telegraphed better than it ever was in the original Xenoblade, due to the fact that these skills have a tendency to be one blade and not any other, unless you want that. That's not to say that the AI is flawless, as sometimes it can go off and do something else entirely that what you planned for, but that's with everything that has them.

    As for the element that's more or less absent entirely... there is no proper Armor System like there has been for the original and X. I don't understand this decision, but it's not a deal breaker for me.

    I can't lie. I don't much care for Rex or Pyra's... well... "eye-catching" attire... It's fan service, but it's not the kind you want. However, it couldn't and didn't ruin the game for me.

    Now for the Graphics, music, voice acting, etc.

    The artists knew exactly what sort of art style they were going for, even as the art style seems to be implemented by a mix of several artists. It's anime as heckle and that's what you should go in expecting. The special effects used express this fervently, as well as make some environments more complete than they ever could have been without. Honestly, I can't see why people have a problem with the fact that this is the feel of the game, being that Xenoblade has always been anime-esque, but to each their own.

    The music is INCREDIBLE. I can't praise it enough, nor get sick of it. I actually have several places in which I have left the system running merely to hear the music alone for an extended period of time. If there is any song at all that is "bad" in the entire ost, it's only because I favor others over it.

    ... Now for the ENGLISH voices. The guys over at Monolith knew how bad the English casting was. I say that because they put the infinitely more professional Japanese dub over as FREE Day One DLC.

    I went in hoping that the rumors were false, but I found myself HATING Rex's English actor simply for the fact that he can not scream worth a cent. I sort of want to know why he got the roll of Rex, but there are plenty of other english voices that don't match their bodies or ages. So, I believe I can denominate the fact that it was simply the wrong people handling VA casting....

    THANKFULLY, the Japanese Dub is better in nearly every way, making for a far more pleasing result. I say nearly, because you can't understand what they say in the after fight conversations unless you speak the language yourself and find yourself confused about the Japanese names used, for the most part. For example: Pyra is the red-hair heroine's English name, but Homura is her Japanese name.

    As for the story, all I WILL to say is this: Monolith Soft has done it again and I LOVE them for it. 9/10
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  6. Jan 3, 2018
    8
    Xenoblade chronicles 2 is arguably one of the best JRPG's of 2017. Featuring a vibrant world, great story and colourful cast of charactersXenoblade chronicles 2 is arguably one of the best JRPG's of 2017. Featuring a vibrant world, great story and colourful cast of characters with great characterisation and even though the game starts off simple, you'll find that a few hours in, the battle system is surprisingly varying and complex.

    The game takes place from the perspective of main protagonist, Rex, a simple young boy who scavengers for a living. He is offered a job which gives him a payment of $100,000 and heads out on a flying ship where he discovers a blade who called herself Pyra. The two sets out on a journey to Elysium. That's the basic premise of the plot. Sound simple? well, it is. The story is very focused, yet I found it to have a very basic layout compared to the complex epic with twists and turns all over of Xenoblade chronicles. Rex was someone I found to be intolerable annoying at the start of the game. However, at about 10 hours in I started to warm up to Rex a bit and found him to be somewhat decent even if his northin Yorkshire accent can put me off. Pyra is just there. She lacks personality and only seems to serve as a plot device rather than an actual human. While she's one of the more interesting characters in this story, she failed to deliver in being engaging as a character in anyway. Coming with these simple, yet likeable characters also comes some surprisingly cringeworthy dialogue and voice acting. Yes, I get it, you called a man in his thirties elderly, calm down.. It's not that funny.

    While the story is a major downgrade from the original masterpiece, the presentation of Xenoblade chronicles 2 is far superior. The art style is a gorgeous anime adventure wrapped inside of beautiful environments, locals and.. fan service? to explore. Additionally, the sound track is ear melting, it really lives up to the standards of the original unlike xenoblade chronicles X with some of my favourites being "counterattack" and "Elysium of the blue sky." But in all of xenoblade 2's beauty, there are some flaws. Some of the cutscenes have some very.. Awkward animations in them. When Rex started touching Pyra's chest I felt very awkward, it was like a less sexual version of hentai and when Pyra started Naruto running all the tension the scene could've had was broken by my laughter.

    While the game isn't perfect, easily the best part of Xenoblade 2 is the new improved combat system. The party gauge has been revived from the grave I though xenoblade X had left it in and thank god is all I can say. You only have access to three arts in this game instead of eight and instead of being cool down based, you have to build up the power to use them by landing regular attacks. The new mechanic this time is the blades, characters like Pyra are known as blades and can be equipped to Rex at any time. Each blade has there own unique special art which can be built up to three different levels, meaning you have access to seven arts on each blade. All five party members can equip up to three blades at a time which you can switch between at will, leaving you with a total of 21 different arts at your disposal. The possibilities are truly endless. There are even more possibilities in battle I haven't even covered. I only have two issues with the new interface: The first one is that you have to be standing still to auto attack. It really breaks up the pace of the fights as at the start of the game you're just standing still waiting for a chance to press Y instead of moving around FEELING like you're actually doing something even when you're not. The other change I'm not happy with is the affinity chart which is a lot more cumbersome to use. Monolithsoft, don't fix what isn't broken.

    In the end, xenoblade chronicles is a gorgeous, vibrant RPG adventure with a simple story and occasionally cringeworthy writing but extraordinarily fun and rewarding combat. If you like JRPG's then you'll love this, if you don't then you'll be somewhere between liking and hating it.

    While the story
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  7. Feb 25, 2022
    0
    I rarely write a review but this game really deserve it. The world is amazing, characters and some story situations are really very funnyI rarely write a review but this game really deserve it. The world is amazing, characters and some story situations are really very funny (like when Rex said that Pyra is heavy and she cried). It remind me old school jrpg from psx. It remind me also style of FinalFantasy which was my most favorite jrpg in the past. I had no idea before buying how good this game is. Expand

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