In 2017 we had great games like zelda, horizon, nier: automata and persona 5. All of these games can be portrayed as a kind of RPG or Action / RPG with an epic story. Both won many people’s best games of the year. I loved all these games, but in this article I want to say that my game of the year was Xenoblade 2, exclusive to Nintendo Switch.
Zelda stood out for its infinite range of possibilities, horizon for its graphics and history, Nier and persona 5 for addressing philosophical issues. Personally, none of these games managed to overcome the story of Xenoblade (Wii) launched in 2010 with an open world and beautiful graphics for its time. There are 10 hours of story scenes and tactical gameplay in real time that has distanced itself from the herd of equal games.
I thought that nothing could be better than the story of the first Xenoblade. When I saw the trailer for the second game (other than the spin off X), I thought it would be “aaaah cool”. I didn’t even want to accept that the soundtrack would be better, even with composer Yasunori Mitsuda. I thought that the idea of having pilots and blades would be quite bizarre.
The graphics didn’t seem to be better than the Xenoblade X (Wii U), the world also seemed to be much smaller. The characters changed their faces to look like anime, at first I found it strange, but even with that they managed to get it right. I’m glad I was wrong.
Of course Xenoblade 2 it is not for everyone. The game is a JRPG aimed mainly at the Japanese audience and full of references and anime clichés. The battle system does not please everyone, but I personally consider it much better than playing a traditional turn-based RPG.
The story of Xenoblade 2
The game consists of 10 chapters, being possible to navigate around the world of Alrest any time you want, even after having entered places that theoretically would be impossible to leave. Enabling you to improve your skills to fight the bosses. I’m terrible at talking about the synopsis of things, let’s try:
The game universe takes place in a sea of clouds that have giant titans that serve as islands and countries where humans live. The story begins with a diver named Rex who lives in a small titan and joins a group called Torna in search of a wreck. There he meets the protagonist Pyra (Homura in Japanese).
The protagonist promises to take this girl to the top of the world tree in a place called Elysium (rakuen in Japanese which means paradise). On the way, other people appear to help in this impossible mission. In the game you use primordial crystals to release blades that are characters that help you in the battle.
It sounds cliché, but just playing to get you to understand the depth of the story, how much it touches the bottom and questions things about life, truth and the universe. Each character can use 3 arts (skill) and 3 blades. Each blade has its weapon that you use, they also have 4 special gear. The battle system is complex and requires patience and time to catch up.
Me and most of the people who played didn’t expect anything from this cliché story. Just playing for you to delve into the universe and see how epic it becomes. There are issues involving politics, war and especially the relationship between humans, blades and titans. The game is full of religious, mythological and cultural references everywhere.
Some may consider Spoiler: Like the first game, Xenoblade 2 mixes science with fantasy. Heavy spoiler: The creation of the universe was made by the same scientist from the first game Klaus.
Why is Xenoblade 2 the best?
While the second game in the franchise (X) of wii u it followed a different route and provided an entire planet to explore, leaving history entirely aside. Xenoblade 2 managed to rescue all the essence of the first game franchise in every way. If I were to list the reasons:
- Improved battle system;
- More charismatic characters;
- Infinite characters for battle (blades);
- Combos system;
- Chain attack system;
- Over 14 gigantic locations / world to explore;
- Huge replay factor;
- It passed Level 60 (something that was not possible in X);
- Perfect soundtrack;
- Side-Quest rich in details and dialogues;
Like the first game, Xenoblade 2 gives the impression that it is ending but it is not. The feeling of playing it is the same as if you are watching a high quality anime with an epic story. I have already expressed in my article my wish that this franchise receives a TV adaptation. (See a bit of the soundtrack below :)
Xenoblade 2 manages to be one of the most ambitious games on the Nintendo Switch. The game has thousands of things to do, the universe is beautiful and neat, with epic scenarios to shine your eyes, with a unique and alive ecosystem. Don't let gossip about performance in portable mode or 720p in the dock discourage you from purchasing this masterpiece.
Xenoblade 2 is mandatory!
After playing all these epic games in 2017, I'm still able to say that Xenoblade 2 was the one that stuck me the most in the universe. There are still thousands of things to do that provide you with more than 300 hours of smooth play. The game has its flaws like any game, but it must be something mandatory on your Nintendo Switch.
I am not very good at writing detailed game reviews. I'm just telling you to buy this game without fear! If you were in doubt about buying the switch just because of Zelda and Mario, you can add this and several other releases to your priority list.
While most current games don't teach people anything but violence and disgrace, with Xenoblade 2 you will have a different and totally fun experience with an epic story that Nintendo games don't usually deliver. The game manages to deliver action and adventure in a unique universe full of possibilities.
Congratulations to Monolith Software for once again delivering an epic story that makes us reflect on life. I hope that this game will reach more people this time, something Xenoblade 1 was unable to do because it was released at the end of WII's life and because it looked like a niche game.
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