What is Xenoblade Chronicles 2?
If this game is anything like the first Xenoblade, it will go something like this:
You will roam the impossibly large land, climbing mountains and crossing impossibly large oceans, discovering beautiful vistas and mysterious landmarks. All the while, you will push forward in your quest, pulled by plot twist after plot twist. You will help the folk of different towns form relationships while helping them with their problems. You will deepen your bond with your companions, and then they will show you their true colors: will they betray you, or pull you up from the abyss of despair?
Most of all, you will spend a lot of time mastering the basics of the game’s intricate battle system, and then even more experimenting with unique combinations of party members, each with their own special attacks and attributes. You might customize your gear and your party until you find one trick that you believe breaks the game’s balance – but a new type of enemy will come along and challenge that notion. You’ll have to bash your head against that wall until you learn something new. That’s just how these games go.
Best of all, you might not even notice the dozens of hours pass by while tangled in the game’s play loops. The game’s amazing soundtrack will do that to you.
Hell, if you’re like me, you’ll feel the experience transform even before you’re done with the story. Your journey will begin with the contentment of happy days, only to plunge into despair. Then you will feel oppressed by the boundless freedom at your reach, and you will feel the tension of a developing drama. The world will become more than majestic: it will become a spiritual place. You will be nostalgic before you’re even done with the game. And when it’s done, you’ll feel a sense of loss.
It isn’t for no reason that the first Xenoblade game was acclaimed as “the best JRPG since Chrono Trigger,” a game that inspires thoughtful articles to this day. Praise that high isn’t earned easily. One time while talking about the best games of all time, I remember asking my skeptical friend, “well, why couldn’t Xenoblade be in such a list?” A year later, even after initially not liking the game, he agreed with me.