- Loved it! Voice lines, as there are only a finite number of them during battle, can get very repetitive, however. With voice in mind, the accents are refreshing in the sense that they aren’t trying to imitate the Japanese voices too much, and put a neat (and sometimes comedic) spin on the voice acting. Plenty of laughs throughout the game. Music is great and fits certain scenes ridiculously well and adds to the feel of the story.
The game as a whole was not what I was expecting - however, I was pleasantly surprised by the gameplay as a whole - the game simply attacks for you when your character is within range of a targeted enemy, though it is up to you to activate time and coordinate your abilities, ally specials and other combat elements. The game boasts a large variety of rare blades or weapons, each one being very customisable. That being said, while you can obtain a lot of rare blades through quests and the story, most of the rare blades must be obtained through summoning - think of a Mobile gacha game or the like. The currency required to do these are readily farmable, so this isn’t much of a problem, but it still is a factor that may affect one’s decision in getting the game. Personally, I loved it, but to each their own.
The game challenge can be adjusted. Easy or normal. With the DLC/season pass you get a custom setting and bringer of chaos difficulty, along with a prequel to the main story, set 500 years prior (mind this is a standalone game so your progress does not transfer between these two). Quests, as in most RPGs, offer you some reward of some kind, in the form of exp, items or money. Xenoblade offers you these, though the experience you get from the quests can only be accessed by sleeping at an inn. The game actually says something at some point along the lines of, “for extra challenge, you can leave the exp us allocated”. That’s what I did, and I can assure you that I found the game very difficult at certain parts, as I found myself very underlevelled. Still had a blast though!
While the game has a new game+ if you wish to repeat the story with more accessory slots, more potential rare blades and other things, this may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Even without new game+, I would guess the game has a decent length - maybe 80 hours or so? Play styles vary, so while I took longer than that to clear the game, others may choose to steamroll through the story and ignore side quests.
All in all, I loved this game to bits, and with its cast of very likeable characters, I find myself invested into listening the the character conversations and side cutscenes they have. While some parts may be cliched to give a very JRPG feel, I believe the game incorporates that to make the game really something quite special.
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Published on: 04 January 2019