Xenoblade Chronicles 2 ~ Torna: The Golden Country

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Gameplay – 10/10

+ Felt like a step up from the original Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Battle System.
+ Swapping Blades and Drivers with unique switch arts as well as freestyle blade combos was nice, even though it kept the extra depth with special blade combos.
+ I already loved the base game’s battle system, but it felt a lot nicer to be able to play as different characters in battle.

Visuals – 10/10

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+ Honestly felt like the graphics improved from the base game, and that they mastered the system.
+ Cutscenes were still great as ever, a particular favorite of mine (spoilers).
+ Landscapes and level design were nice as usual from the Monolith team, and combat specials felt smooth and nice to look at.

Story – 5/10 (8/10 if you’ve played Xenoblade Chronicles 2)

– I feel like the story left us still with a lot of questions, especially if the base game has been played.
+ Some things were done well, such as the explaining of the Tornan Titan and how Lora meets Addam amongst other things.
– They could have used some more time developing characters with Hugo and Aegeaon coming to mind specifically.

Content – 4/10

+- A lot of sidequests to do, this is good because it adds gameplay and exploration, however they pad the story content with mandatory sidequests. This has good plot connotations because of the fact that Addam is seen as a hero though, however.
– A lot of the game would be better if the story was just a little longer.
+ Camping and crafts were a nice touch.

Music – 10/10

+ This is impossible not to give a 10/10, considering I had this theme on loop for like 3 weeks straight.
+ I would give it a 10 just for that theme, but here are some more. Gormott, The Acting God, The Kingdom of Torna (Day),
+ Mitsuda, Kenji Hiramatsu, ACE+, and Kiyota do it again. The use of different instruments for arrangements from the base game is super nice. The Kingdom of Torna is super relaxing.

Extra Notes

+ All in all, I think Nintendo and Monolith Soft did a great job with this expansion DLC, it felt really fruitful to play and I enjoyed it a lot.

39/50

Silverae Notes

– I can’t believe they did almost the full combat tutorial in one battle.
– I really enjoyed Minoth, Haze, Hugo, Jin, and Addam in this DLC.
– The themes in this game carry over to the base game really well, and I felt terrible for Jin. Jin is such a good boy. I ship Jin and Lora for sure.
– I wish we could have seen where Lora resonates with Haze, since Haze seems to be a special blade. And maybe a bit of Hugo and Addam’s interactions in the past, but I just wanted to see more since I love Xenoblade Chronicles 2 so much.
– Gort was really creepy.

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Protect this hecking good boy, please.

 

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 ~ Torna: The Golden Country

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

 

Gameplay – 10/10

+ Blade and Driver combos were extremely fun to play around with.
+ Blade Switching and Arts Cancelling gave the game a fun rhythmic pattern.
+ Chain attacks became really satisfying, honestly one of the most fun overall battle systems I’ve ever played.

Visuals – 10/10

+ The artstyle matches the world of Alrest beautifully, notably places like Tantal
+ Cutscene visuals are immense, nothing beats a Xenoblade cutscene in terms of action.

Story – 8/10

+ Tie-ins from the first game were great, didn’t expect that at all.
+ One of my favorite coming of age stories in a video game format
+ Party is wholesome
+ Lore was really fun, looking forward to the prequel.
– Some characters, like Morag especially could have used more.
– At times there is quite a bit of filler (Gormotti kids stealing Roc’s core crystal)

Content – 10/10

+ Story is quite long, with a good load of gameplay and cutscenes.
+ Gameplay depth is quite large as well, lots of drops and things to collect.

Music – 10/10

+ Absolutely banging, I love the group of ACE, Kiyota, Mitsuda.
+ Cutscene syncing with the music was really great.
+ OST so good I had to buy it.
+ Jen Bird’s singing on Drifting Soul.
+ The whole OST is seriously amazing, but here are some standouts: Jin’s Theme, Spirit Crucible Elpys, Gormotti Forest, Counterattack, Tantal, Torigoth, Incoming!, The Tomorrow With You, Uraya

Extra Notes (-2)
– Tutorial was not done very well.
– Field Skills needing to be equipped, and the compass.

46/50

Silverae Notes
– My favorite characters are Nia, Jin, Zeke, Morag, and Brighid but I really fucking love Nia
– I didn’t mind the gatcha system, I think it’s fun to experiment with different Blades.
Elysium of the Blue Sky should have been the title screen theme.
– This was my favorite game of 2017 for sure, and 2017 was a stacked year in terms of gaming too. Playing this game made me nostalgic for Xenoblade 1, after X I wasn’t sure if I’d get the same feeling but I did. But it simultaneously felt different, and I love it for that.

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