Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Monolith Soft
Release Date (US): 2017-12-01
Site Ranking: #16
Type: Action RPG (#4)
Tags / Compare to: Open-World, Anime, JRPG
Game File Size: 13GB
Players: 1 Player
Game Length (Avg): 65 hours ($0.92 / hour)
Length & cost per hour are subjective to play style
Series: Xenoblade Chronicles
eShop: eShop Page
Website: Official Website
Twitter / Hashtag: @NintendoAmerica #XenobladeChronicles2
ESRB: T
Views: 3469 (4 today)
OpenCritic Score: 81.5 (Based on Switch Reviews)

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Game Description

As the giant beasts march toward death, the last hope is a scavenger named Rex and Pyra, a living weapon known as a Blade. Can you find the fabled paradise she calls home? Command a group of Blades and lead them to countless strategic victories before the world ends.

Each Titan hosts its own distinct cultures, wildlife, and diverse regions to explore. Search the vast open areas and labyrinthine corridors for treasure, secret paths, and creatures to battle and index.

During these escapades you'll get to know a large cast of eclectic characters, including the weaponized life forms known as Blades. Gather these allies, bond with them to increase their power, and utilize their special ARTS to devastate enemies. But to save the world of Alrest, you must first demystify its cloudy past.
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Reviews

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Review – A Flawed Blade via TechRaptor

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 does a lot of things right, but suffers under its own weight and poor design decisions. Despite everything it's the first exclusive jRPG worth owning for the Switch, and with a little more polish it could be one of the best jRPGs of the last few years.

80
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Review – Depth And Sacrifice via Game Informer

Amassing an army of allies and managing your progression is a blast, giving you enough incentive to keep going through the less compelling parts

75
XENOBLADE CHRONICLES 2 REVIEW: A WORTHY SUCCESSOR via SwitchWatch

This is my favourite game on the Switch. I really loved Zelda and Mario, but neither one of those games managed to capture my attention nearly as much as this game did. I literally could not put it down for weeks. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 set itself as a cut above the rest on this platform primarily thanks to its magnificent story, fantastic music, its deep and cinematic combat system and its stellar art direction. This game is not perfect by any means. It has some issues such as its mediocre side quests and that the battle system can feel rather slow until you learn how to fully take advantage of it. It takes a hit in its visual fidelity while in handheld mode, but if that is a great concern to you then just play it docked. Despite some of these above issues, I have absolutely no qualms about recommending this game. It is a phenomenal experience that is worth being experienced provided you don’t mind a somewhat slow start.

90
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 via SA Gamer

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a return to the heights of Xenoblade Chronicles after a dip with X. Get ready for a long adventure filled with amazing sights and revelations.

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 review -- proof JRPGs belong on Switch via GamesBeat

It's not a technical masterpiece, but Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a deep and fulfilling JRPG. It's a great game to show just how well this genre works with Nintendo's newest system.

82


DLC

Currently US Prices only

Dec 01, 2017 Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass Bundle $89.98
Dec 01, 2017 Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass $29.99
Nov 30, 2017 Japanese-Voice Pack $0.00


Comments

CRMagic
June 26, 2018 07:27:04 AM
So I just got this game a few days ago. As someone who tried and failed to get through Xenoblade 1, I feel like a good number of the issues from that game are polished away. Combat is complex, but not quite as hard to pick up and quests are more focused. This helps me keep the sidequest bug quelled. We'll see how far I get.
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Jamamp
April 16, 2018 08:34:06 AM
I'm not usually someone who gets into JRPG games but this one has had me hooked for 70+ hours so far with no end in sight. The character development is phenomenal and with 14 hours or so of cut-scenes sprinkled throughout you really get to spend quite a bit of time learning about the different facets of their personality. Definitely recommended!
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Meatballsub
March 8, 2018 12:34:08 PM
@mattgemmell I'm glad you mentioned the english voice acting because I forgot to include it in my original thoughts! I too enjoyed the voice acting for the most part. I honestly can't think of another game like this that I've opted to leave the english dub on, so that should say something in itself.
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Onething
March 1, 2018 07:52:09 AM
Takes a serious commitment to get going but really fun and interesting if you do. Highly Recommended!
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ChillyBilly
February 23, 2018 03:57:57 PM
Incredible game. One of the best I played in 2017. Finished at 130 hours and could have easily kept going. Absolutely brilliant game.
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Westang
February 21, 2018 07:30:06 PM
I just finished the game today. 2 months 92hrs on level 74. I didn’t do everything still plenty of side quests but I’m not a complitionest. I love this game. The main story is really good and the battle system gets better as you dive further in. As the dev adds dlc I’ll be very happy to return to a game and characters I’ve come to love.
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smacd
February 21, 2018 04:15:46 PM
I spent 250 hours in the first Xenoblade doing all of the side tasks, and looking back, I regret most of it because there was no real value in doing so many menial tasks for at least 150 hours. Has this game improved on the side quests or are there still tons of meaningless time wasting quests?
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mattgemmell
February 21, 2018 02:44:58 PM
I held off on this for a while, but I'm glad I got it. There's a lot going on during battles, and active/realtime isn't my favourite genre, but the visuals and story and worldbuilding are excellent. One of the few dual-language dubbed RPGs that I've left the English voices on. I love Rex's Yorkshire accent, and Nia's Welsh, even if both are toned down a bit.
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Damyck
February 19, 2018 07:02:34 AM
I'm considering buying this game after beating DQ Builders!
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ZeroX
February 16, 2018 11:04:36 AM
looks amazing i need it xD
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MikeyWard
February 15, 2018 03:50:44 PM
Trying to really take my time and hit every sidequest in this one. Not to 100% the game but to make it last as long as possible. So fun.
2 Likes
Belenus
February 14, 2018 01:20:25 PM
Really good game, worth the buy.
2 Likes
danite7
February 13, 2018 10:16:29 AM
I really enjoy this game. The only thing about it is the slow start can be a bit offputting, but once it gets going. . it is great.
3 Likes
trebber
February 13, 2018 02:54:15 AM
After spending 30 hours on 3 days, i left it because i got stuck. Picked it up again last week, i finally got past the Mor Ardain stretch of wasteland battling Zeke lvl 30-34, and playing it again.
Loving it every evening, since i can't play it in Handheld mode, it is sooo bad visually. I enjoy it more in TV-mode
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Shepherd2k
February 13, 2018 02:29:41 AM
Game completed in about 140 hours. Looking forward to NG+ to start all over again
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Irn0X
February 13, 2018 02:29:36 AM
100 Hours in with about 100 more to come once NG+ is released (for FREE)

A great JRPG that doesn't overwhelm the player with mechanics with a great story and great gameplay.
2 Likes
gtfotis
February 13, 2018 12:13:17 AM
50 hours in and I love this game :)
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Tigerbite
February 12, 2018 08:33:22 PM
After 100 hours, I'm at the final boss and I can't bring myself to finish it. This game is too good to let it end.
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CLaddyOnFire
February 12, 2018 06:30:11 PM
I’m only about 10 hours in but I’m completely in love with this game. My only gripe (and who knows if I just overlooked this) is that I wish you could find your quest marker on the world map from wherever you are. Sometimes I find it tough to figure out where I need to head, since sometimes going “towards” the quest marker isn’t the correct way
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PurpleXCompleX
February 12, 2018 04:55:03 PM
As with most the other Monolith Soft games, a fun, really huge RPG you can sink a lot of time into.
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Scorchedrailgun
February 7, 2018 08:37:51 PM
One of the best rpg's on the switch so far
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ReallyPassionateGamer
February 4, 2018 04:18:31 PM
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has what could be considered a revelation for Monolith Soft's combat systems with its canceling mechanic, adding another layer of depth atop their various systems. However, the decreased emphasis on equipment and scaling-down of customization options makes this game much more accessible than its predecessors, and is truly what I would call the best entry point for newcomers of the three existing Xenoblade games. A must-have on Switch.
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Westang
February 1, 2018 06:36:18 PM
I’m half way through this game & I love it. The combat system & story get more complicated & fun as it goes. The map can be tough to navigate at times. Also you can tell they had many different artists work on character creation, some great some not so. But overall I really like the voice acting, story, settings, & combat a lot. I’ve had a great time playing. Highly recommend
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Hellsky
January 17, 2018 01:12:00 PM
This game was incredible, when I play the full OST on youtube it gives me the chills! It is a rewarding experience, and I'd rank it the best game on the Switch if it wasn't for Breath of the Wild.

If you liked the original Xenoblade, you can expect an awesome deep story just like the first entry. For me in terms of story, Xenoblade Chronicles X was a letdown, it had a vast open world to explore and I liked the gameplay (the mecha/skell kinda ruined the postgame), but Monolith fixed it with this game. Yeah, XC2 doesn't have an open world, it's kinda lineal, but the story and the characters, oh man, they are so well crafted... just like in XC1.

This is a must buy for every JRPG lover, and if you are passionate about the music on videogames, this one is made by Yasunori Mitsuda, Manami Kiyota, ACE+ and some invited guests like ANUNA and Jenn Bird, and by far this ost is one of my top 5 of all time.
Go buy it!
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Meatballsub
January 14, 2018 08:39:00 AM
My take: (Disclaimer: first Xenoblade game and I do not watch anime). XC2 is a must buy, hands down. The game is beautiful, the soundtrack is stunning, and there's more mechanics to master over your adventure than you could ever ask for. There is no need to play the previous entries to enjoy this one (though having that foundation does make the ending portion make a little more sense).

The combat system pretty good, but comes with a few drawbacks. In the beginning hours, you are limited on your battle options. Those who don't want to wait for it to fully develop will likely be put off from that. On top of that, most encounters take incredibly too long. Unless you are severely over leveled, it isn't uncommon to have multi-minute fights even on trivial encounters. Lastly, the deepest mechanics of combat did not make much sense to me until I saw an image explaining it in detail on Reddit. The problem is that the game's tutorials play once, and then can never be accessed again.

I do not understand the hate on the english voice acting. Certainly it isn't the best ever, but it is not bad by any means in my opinion. I found that the voice acting was only considered bad in parts where the script was flawed or was trying to be overly anime. The exchanges overall were fine by me. There is an option for Japanese voice acting if that's your thing though.

Be prepared for a metric ton of cutscenes. Like, a crap ton. The vast majority of these are extremely well done, but can still be off-putting to those not prepared for it. There are definitely some instances where the "anime" side takes over and things can get very cringy if it's not your taste. Despite that, I still found most of them to be enjoyable.

Again, XC2 is definitely a buy for any RPG enthusiast. It isn't without its flaws, but is an enjoyable experience well worth the ticket price.
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