First off I would like to mention that there's a Xenoblade Social group, you can join by just clicking on my sig's Monado
XC is still my second favorite game of all time
XC2 is one of the games i'm most excited for. Take awya FE games and it is the undisputed #1. The faster we get more info on that game the better
Melia is the best and no one can persuade me otherwise
I have tell about my Xenoblade story before, but let me tell this once again...
Xenoblade Chronicles was the JRPG game that got my most attention due to the fact that Shulk was revealed in Smash Bros. Back then, I'm not like most people who don't know about Xenoblade, I know the game's existence, but I wasn't really paying attention to that title, or even know if that game was good or not.
To be frank I was a bit disappointed and salty when Shulk was announced in Smash, probably was because I hate the Gematsu leak and the ESRB leak (It just ruined the fun of knowing who was going to be in Smash4).
After I watch bit of the game's Let's Play, I decided to buy the New 3DS version, since I only own New 3DS and it's portable. So I can play Xenoblade Chronicles on the go, that's how my brother finished the game like in 74 hours play time (Within two months). He just want to finish the story, and I told him not to spoil the ending.
I bought the game in summer of 2015, but I finish the story only like this year's March. I have spend a lot of time on this game because it was that good. The battles, quests, gem crafting, exploring were really good, not to mention the story. Even right now I haven't complete all of the quest.
I later try to know more about the series and was surprised that Xenoblade is actually one of the meta series call Xeno- series, the first game Xenogears story concept was supposed to be the script for FF VII, which also surprised me.
And the one major reason why I love Xenoblade is it's ost, they were really really good. The best JRPG ost that I have ever heard of. My favs are "Gaur Plains", "Mechanical Rhythm", "Main Menu", "You Will Know Our Names", and "Unfinished Battle".
Similar with the first game, Xenoblade Chronicles X initially didn't got my attention until I found out Hiroyuki Sawano was the music composer. Many ost in the game are great, some my cringe to hear at first, but after listening many times, it's really epic.
Sadly I don't really own a Wii U so I have never play the game but only watch the gameplay and the story.
I recommend people to check Sawano's works if you haven't already, his works are really great.
His works on anime besides Attack on Titan, Kill La Kill, Guilty Crown etc... his recent works is Re:CREATORS, you guys can check this anime out too.
So... it may sound weird, I may be super hyped for Super Mario Odyssey, but simply announcing Xenoblade Chronicles 2 already made me gave the Nintendo Switch presentation a pass.
I know it may be annoying for me to post this trailer... but just in case if someone hasn't seen it yet.
Let me try to explain my reaction during the presentation:
When I saw Monolithsoft logo, I was in my maximum level of hype, but then like in the trailer I was confused when I saw the game was totally different and thought it was a new project or something. Until I saw Takahashi's name and then I was sure it was a Xenoblade game, but the title Xenoblade Chronicles 2 does made me think that it's a sequel to the first game. This also remind me the news where they did said the next game is going to be story driven, so I wasn't that surprised compare to most people.
Without further ado, here are reason why I am excited for XC2, and why I am actually...worried/concern for this game:
- Call me a weeb all you want when I say this (JK, plz don't), I love Saitou's artworks, so Xenoblade 2 now having a more anime style under Saitou's works does make me come up with a theory that, they want to attract Japanese audience even more since Xenoblade is actually more popular in the west. Second theory is they just want the characters to have better expressions. I won't be surprised if they release anime short to promote the game.
- The first non-ported Xenoblade game that you can play on the go, is just amazing, this is also why Switch is an awesome console. You can play home console game anywhere you want.
-Soundtrack, I'm pretty sure this game will have the largest and best soundtrack in any JRPG game. I am hoping to listen to more soundtracks when they release the samples.
-2017 is really a good year for Japanese developers, open world games, and with the success of Botw that Monolithsoft also involved with made me think that XC2 will have the chance to be the best open world JRPG for this year, even as the candidate for GOTY. But without any gameplay video yet, I still need to wait and then make my own opinion.
Now despite that I am hype for this game, I do have concerns:
- Theory that the two female characters might have ability to turn into a blade, for some reason... I am not really fond with this idea... if we only see young girls turn into blade. I just hope they have an in depth story to explain this, maybe I will change my mind. By the way, this concept is not new, just look at Soul Eater and Valkyrie Drive... so yeah... I know it won't be the same, but I hope they can give a better background for that if it is true.
-I just hope the game won't be rushed since this game is coming this year, we don't really know when the development for XC2 started. But since they are already started on recording the music, I think it's safe to say the game is almost finished.
So there you have it, Xenoblade Chronicles, my most fav JRPG series that also made me more open to other JRPG games, but still, Xenoblade Chronicles is Nintendo's "Finial Fantasy", or even a better JRPG compare to Final Fantasy... I know this statement might be totally untrue and unpopular, I don't really know much about FF or even play FF, so feel free to disagree on that. Nevertheless, I think Xenoblade has the potential to become one of Nintendo's core series along side with Super Mario, Legend of Zelda, and Pokemon, maybe it already is but it is still to hard to tell.