Why You Should Play Xenoblade Chronicles 2 on Nintendo Switch - Cebu X-Geeks


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Why You Should Play Xenoblade Chronicles 2 on Nintendo Switch

After recent events in my life that hindered me from purchasing new games, here I am again with a new game and a new console: Nintendo Switch and Xenoblade Chronicles 2. After playing 70 hours of gameplay, I am here to report on my findings. There’s a lot to unload here, so bear with me.

Title: Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Initial Release Date: Dec. 1, 2017
Artists: Eiji Takahashi, Masatsugu Saito
Composers: Yasunori Mitsuda, ACE, Kenji Hramatsu, Manami Kiyota
Series: Xeno
Writers: Tetsuya Takahashi, Yuichiro Takeda, Kazuho Hyodo
Gaming Platform: Nintendo Switch

Superb graphics and a culmination of art

With the release of Xenoblade Chronicles 2, this has tested and proven the true power of the Nintendo Switch. It was wonderfully designed by its developers that it combines a bit of cuteness and beauty into one awesome bundle. The main cast is beautifully designed by its designers and also the rest of the monsters, locations, villains, and even the NPCs. It does not look boring at all.

The best part is the fact that different designers and artists collaborated with the game developers of this game. They made their own BLADE characters with their own signature designs and artwork. This made each rare BLADEs to look unique each time they were summoned.

The special effects are on point as well. Nothing seems to be wrong in its designs and it definitely makes every scene look better with power blasts and lightning effects.

The only thing that I have noticed was its slowdowns in loading up the rest of the graphics. Sometimes when players skip travel to another location, only the raw 3D models would load up and the rest of the design will slowly load. It can be disregarded, but I can easily notice it when it happens and it kind of annoys me a bit.

Graphics: 9

Fun gameplay and tons of things to do

Another feature of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 that I love is its gameplay. Players have so many things to do in this game that you will burn a lot of time in doing so. There are so many sidquests to finish, each with its own story to enjoy. From what I have played so far, there are only a few minigames to play like Tiger Tiger, which plays like an old school game and salvaging for parts. Each game has its own purpose and they are equally important to finish.

The main gameplay in fights is not boring at all and each battle is exciting, even if your party is overpowered. Getting the right timing to press certain buttons in order to release powerful attacks make it more engaging for the players. You can also freely make your character move around in the battlefield for a better position.

Gameplay: 10

Game has a deep story to follow, gets you hooked

If you are a fan of stories, plot twists, intriguing sub plots, and more, you are going to love this game. While I may have not finished the game yet, I can already tell that this is going to have some sort of a plot twist at some point that will blow my mind. All of the characters in the main cast are interesting enough to get curious of and I love how they mixed certain genres.

The comedy is pleasing too. It’s not that embarrassing to view or annoying to hear, but every comedic scene is pleasing and lighthearted. Well, at least to me that is. I didn’t see any scene that fell flat on its comedy, so that a big plus for me.

The main character is not annoying at all. He quickly adapts to the situation he’s in and does not annoy the rest of the party unlike a certain game and movie that I know of… *cough* AC3 *cough*

Story: 10

Download Japanese voices ASAP

I will make some parts of this category short and I will focus on the one that really matters: the voice dubs. First off, I love the music in this game. I really want to purchase the special edition to listen to the soundtrack, but I didn’t have the cash so I took the standard edition. The game is blessed to have such wonderful musical tracks included and I really love listening to it. Battles are intensifying with the battle tracks and exploration is such a soothing journey with another track. A truly well done inclusion for the game

Now, let’s talk about the DUBS. First off, who the bloody hell did the voice acting for the English version??? They are so off and cringy that when I turned it on and replayed a certain scene, I almost vomited in my mouth. Seriously, everything was so off! A certain scene was intense and dramatic, but the voice sounded so relaxed, and it felt like he did not care for it at all. I applauded and loved other voice acting in other games like Xenoblade Chronicles X, but this is just… ugh…

The Japanese voice acting, on the other hand, is just perfect. Every scene, every battle, every voiced interaction felt almost lifelike because you could feel the intensity, care, drama, and every emotion that they could convey with just a voice. This is why I mostly like Japanese dubs over English dubs. I can only count a few games that have perfect English dubs.

Music, Voice Acting, Sound Effects: 6 (English)/ 9 (Japanese)

Replayability value high due to sidequests, future DLCs

After finishing the game, this will not let you stop there. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 offers a lot of sidequests to finish and few DLCs to acquire after its launch date. They will get to experience new sidequests, new BLADE characters, and more. So the fun will not stop after the story ends.

Replay value: 8

Overall, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a solid video game to play. You will enjoy tons of hours, fight different types of monsters, finish tons of sidequests with interesting stories, excellent Japanese dubs, beautiful graphics, and an enjoyable journey. Just download and turn on the Japanese dubs, a’ight? Because English dubs… *shudders*

Overall score: 8.6 (English) / 9.2 (Japanese)

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