Last updated August 3, 2022 at 06:54 AM
After Astral Chain (we will talk about it in another article) I decided to go back to a game that was less intense in action and more oriented towards history. A really long Adventure JRPG was the kind I needed. It would give me time to save money and try other things.
When launching the console Nintendo Switch, we talked a lot about Xenoblade Chronicles 2 . Although tempting I decided to wait for the port of the first episode of the series Xenoblade Chronicles to get started.
In this article, after more than 5 hours of games here are my impressions (spoiler-free) on Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition.
Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition - My opinion (without spoil) after 5 hours of play - Epic combat and turnaround in the rendezvous Click to tweet
Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition for Nintendo Swich
This JRPG is first published on Nintendo Wii . Today it is ported to the console Switch from Nintendo after some graphic overhauls and new adventures after the end of the games. Hence the term Definitive Edition.
If you've played Xenoblade on Wii before, you'll find it with improved music, new stories at the end of the game, and probably other surprises that I didn't mention. For the simple reason that this is my first time playing it.
If you are like me, (you are playing it for the first time), we can put back the musical theme of the Wii version or the new theme during the adventure without interruption. We're lucky to be able to experience the game for the first time and enjoy new stories at the same time.
In case you don't know the game, don't panic, in the next section I will introduce you to Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition before getting to the heart of the matter.
Presentation - a simple trailer is enough
Embark on an adventure that will take you beyond the horizon, into a world ravaged by a devastating invasion. Will you be able to change the future, or are your people doomed to extinction?
My opinion after more than 5 hours of play
Overall the story is interesting and we can advance normally without doing side quests of the game. The arcs are also full of twists and many questions to be resolved. Already from the start of the adventure, the game does not waste time presenting you with difficult opponents. But you can avoid them at will. Let's start with the beginning.
At the beginning, like most other players, I look for action right away. You are in a plain and you have time to fight against the wild monsters to know the combat system of the game. Besides, I recommend that you get into combat very early to quickly level up because things can get complicated very quickly.
My remark the first time I tried to fight is that the characters… are screaming too much. It is the rather embarrassing observation that I made from the first fight by way of training. By advancing you will quickly form your first team of 3. Later you will have the choice between several characters that you can integrate or replace in the main combat team.
As I said you will have the impression that the characters were doing too much for each little action, but… As soon as the group is complete and I entered the mood for the adventure, these cries that I found annoying will become elements that will facilitate immersion in the game.
For information: I like to put for movies and games, voices in the original language of the characters and the translations in subtitles. In the case of the Japanese game Xenoblade, I put Japanese as the spoken language and so far I am not disappointed.
The fights are designed in such a way as to create hype when you have a hard time with an opponent. I found that the new powers and special combat abilities were added very quickly to the game and it made it uncomfortable to have a little too much to master on the first try. The great thing is that the more you fight wild animals and monsters, the more comfortable you will be with the techniques and new powers that you have been given.
While it is possible to rush into the game's story quests, I highly recommend that you fight any monsters that are your level or a few levels above to improve your character and practice. The reason is that you can quickly be surprised by a cutscene of appearance of bosses and the latter will not give you any gifts even if you have just started.
To wrap up this little part, the game's combat system is well balanced and even if you train in the plains, you will still find opponents stronger than you in the story mode. Even if you are of the same level the difficulty lies there. Choose your battles wisely because there are monsters that are completely out of reach.
History and universe
The story of Xenoblade takes place in a special universe that immediately arouses the desire to explore.
I'm going to give you a pretty crude summary of the game world, but believe me it's not a lie. You are a lifetime among so many others born on one of the two corpses of Titant who killed each other several millennia ago. In Xénoblade Chronicles, the names of the villages are like colony 1, colony 2…. and regions are of the style “Leg of bionis” “forearm of bionis” etc…
It is important for me to mention this because it took me a while to realize that I was on the leg, arm or knee of a Titan corpse. The game tells you that right off the bat but it's hard to realize that you are driving around on a corpse.
During the quest the parts that marked me the most are the fights against the bosses which can constitute an arc ofanime fully fledged. From the start of the game (after the first chapter), we have lots of questions about the famous Monado sword, the reasons why you are invaded. Many questions about your opponent who comes from the other corpse of Titan. So far in the adventure, I still wonder why these opponents all look like robots? Oh I didn't tell you, we don't even know why these two Titans were fighting each other.
I hope to find answers to all these questions by the end of the game.
Like I said, my best parts are the well-animated boss fights and twists that are integrated naturally into the gameplay. I'm not yet talking about cutscenes that fit well into the game without preventing enjoyment.
Nothing is very spectacular in action except the plot when you know that the current event is going to end very badly and that you have to change the course of the story. Each time, even if you know it will end badly, it is very difficult to know how to prevent it and how it will happen. Sometimes you will succeed and sometimes not !!! it's part of the history of the game and it's one of the elements that spice up the final version of Xénoblade Chronicles.
In short, you have the power to predict the future and every time it's tragic. I haven't seen any good predictions yet.
Some tips to better enjoy the game
You have to get used to saving the game very early on at each important point or just before a fight. The reason is that when you lose even by accident the games can take you very far back.
Backing up often allows you to be closer to your goal or pick up where you struggled to achieve.
In short, the most valuable advice to remember during the game is to regularly save your progress. Even the games tell you that before you start.
What I remember from Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition
- The story and the universe of the games is captivating. enough to want apprendre at every step on the secrets around the legendary sword, the war between the two great nations and a landscape that has formed on the corpses of Titans.
- The combat system quickly becomes immersive and tiresome with difficulty. Especially since other members are added to the team when we progress in history.
- We have the choice between different characters, which brings variations in the mechanics of the game.
- The gameplay of the game is less punitive if you get into the habit of saving.
- The endearing characters? I play it by being more and more curious about the events to come.
Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition game details
Xenoblade Chronicles is an Open World Action Role-playing video game developed by Monolith Soft and published by Nintendo for the Wii console. Originally released in Japan in 2010, it was later released in PAL regions in 2011 and then North America in 2012.
Initial release date: 10th June 2010
developer: Monolith Soft
Series: Xenoblade Chronicles
Composers: Yasunori Mitsuda, Yoko Shimomura, Manami Kiyota, ACE+
Creators: Tetsuya Takahashi, Koh Kojima
platforms: Wii, Wii U, New Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch
I haven't finished the game yet but I decided to post my thoughts while I'm still very hot and I am dying to know the rest of the story.