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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: 44 out of 399
  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. Dec 19, 2017
    10
    un nuevo Xenoblade la verdad que estoy tan impactado después de mucho tiempo de espera realmente vale la pena jugar este juegazo es excelenteun nuevo Xenoblade la verdad que estoy tan impactado después de mucho tiempo de espera realmente vale la pena jugar este juegazo es excelente en todos sus aspectos Expand
  3. Jul 16, 2018
    10
    By miles, this game is the best game for Switch, and no, that isn't a contrarian Breath of the Wild hater's opinion. Where BotW won out inBy miles, this game is the best game for Switch, and no, that isn't a contrarian Breath of the Wild hater's opinion. Where BotW won out in visuals, this game had everything else. It hit every cord so perfectly in terms of world structure, story, combat, pacing, difficulty, and pretty much everything else.

    The world, though not as visually stunning or free as Breath of the Wild's feels more polished and more tailored to what I want, where the monsters, loot, and quests are organized exactly how they should be across the map to make it interesting and make exploration exciting. Certain areas are walled off until you hit certain milestones in terms of blade development providing constant reason to care to go back and explore zones which you've previously been.

    The combat, which is the best part of the game despite what critics might have tried to convince you, is easy to learn, but with incredible depth that rewards you not only in increased damage output for learning and getting good at it, but also in loot. If you do well and work hard to do well, you get better and more items providing a constant motivation to not just mash buttons. This system kept me interested through to the last moments to take every fight seriously.

    The blade system, which is essentially a pokemon/booster pack opening system whereby you find certain blades in the world/story or find certain cores (booster packs) which you open with a random chance of getting something good, is fantastic. The RNG is perfectly structured where you can't just farm cores and get them all early on, but where it gets more difficult as you're getting down to your last few and pretty much requires you to wait for the cores you get later in the game. There is NO pay to win here, no loot-boxes where there could have been, just a system designed to make the game more fun, and they truly succeeded.

    To address the most controversial portion of the game, the design of women and female blades, all I have to say is recognize this game was made in Japan and that video games remain to be a far more widely-held male hobby. Add 15 points to the critics' score and 1.0 point to the use score and we'd be at a more honest place discounting political nonsense spilling into video games. Then we're at a 98 for critics and 9.4 for users, the disparities from a perfect score for critics stemming from an admitted time commitment and learning curve in figuring out the combat system and for users in not liking hard games.

    Also, if you need further verification that this game was scored unjustly for political motivations, look up some videos of the voice acting, hear how great it is, then look up reviews. Critics seriously scored lower for the game because they exclusively used European accents rather than a more diverse collection of accents, quality of the voice acting not even addressed.

    But back to the regular review stuff, the story is incredibly thought-out and expansive; not just save the world from Ganondorf but understand the world and why you are destined to fight him in various forms for all eternity level stuff. The characters are unique and likable, their individual plots and motivations enjoyable. Mechanics wise though, my only objection would be that one spoiler unnamed character should have been a different class so as to make all the characters and team selections equally viable.

    Looking forward to the expansion this fall, and though I already have the season pass, this game is so good, a big irrational part of me wants to buy the physical copy of the expansion I already have a digital copy of just to contribute to the developers.

    10/10 will play several more 100+ hour play-throughs again in my life.
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  4. Dec 1, 2017
    10
    Well it's my favourite out of the 3 Xenoblade games.
    The combat is more complex than the end game skell combat bore, and it's cycles are more
    Well it's my favourite out of the 3 Xenoblade games.
    The combat is more complex than the end game skell combat bore, and it's cycles are more varied and fun to execute than optimal skill cycling in XBC1.
    Visually it's as inspired as ever with some epic worlds and environs. While it does look it's best when docked. Handheld mode, for a handheld game looks and runs amazingly.
    Great musical theme's overall, a big step up from XBX.

    Overall it really does feel like the next XBC game, taking everything XBC did and improving on it, only real gripe from me is they took out the collectapedia, but perhaps not spending 5 hours looking for the right item is a change that will save many a frustration, even if it was rewarding in the end.
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  5. Jun 18, 2018
    9
    Something can be improved but this is a really good game with a fantastic world and great combat mechanism
  6. Dec 17, 2017
    8
    I was really looking forward to the release of the game as great JRPG's have been short in recent years, when I first got in I loved it but asI was really looking forward to the release of the game as great JRPG's have been short in recent years, when I first got in I loved it but as time progressed I started to dislike it. I'll start by saying that I played this with the Japanese voice pack, English dub for a Japanese title never works regardless of whether it's a game, anime or film.. .It's just no, play it in the language it was created for and you'll get the best experience.
    The story is fantastic! it has such depth in it and definitely kept me coming back, you learn a lot about the characters as they come and go, there is plenty of unexpected twists with some unexpected comical moments, the world is massive, albeit linear in terms of progression it's not big a deal, you can fast travel whenever and where ever you like throughout the story so you can take a break and go salvaging to develop your rating with the cities you've visited or catch up on side quests or see further blade development and then revisit the story where you left of at a later date, the freedom is great and exactly what I wanted, no restrictions on having to do the story at certain points.
    Let's talk about what I disliked... the combat system... it works but it's not that fun, after time it's just tedious and long, you can get from A-B in a few mins, but the battles in between can pad that travel time in excess of an hour if you take on all encounters, consumables aren't really clear.. lots of options but not a clear direction on which is ideally best.
    The menu system is atrocious, too many buttons to press to get to where you want and the navigation can be frustrating, too many menus within menus.
    Obtaining blades is so RNG it's ridiculous... rare cores don't guarantee a rare blade.... legendary cores don't guarantee one either... infact I got 0 rare blades from 3 legendary rolls, most of my blades came from common cores.
    You can feel at times that game reaches it's technical limitations when visiting towns with high density of polygons and effects, the game's fps starts to slow and you notice it, not a big deal but worth mentioning.
    Side quests are just fetch quests and a lot of back and fourth, the chain quests were annoying sending you to fetch and kill stuff all over the world several times over, there's no depth there.

    I completed the game with 81 hours on the clock, I rushed the last 2 chapters because I just got bored of it, the games system started to be a grind and it didn't feel fun, the story became weird as like in a lot of JRPG's towards the end.. I did expect this but it disengaged me more than I anticipated. For me it felt like they tried to cram a lot of ideas into the game but a lot of the areas needed more refinement, it started to feel more like quantity over quality... when that feeling kicks in it I lose interest in the title.
    I did stick it out, I enjoyed my time in the game, would I recommend it ? yes! is it perfect.. definitely not. This could be my first and last Xenoblade purchase.
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  7. Feb 28, 2019
    0
    Really perverted. Bad portable mode. bad combat. too much information shoved in your face for you too enjoy the game

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