Xenoblade Chronicles appreciation/Xenoblade Chronicles 2 hype Thread

Discussion in 'Switch - Games & Content' started by Xzi, Nov 20, 2017.

  1. Xzi
    OP

    Xzi Console Hacker and PC Gamer

    Member
    3,544
    2,385
    Dec 26, 2013
    United States
    Spiraling Out
    So I've been dumping some hours into Xenoblade Chronicles with ye olde Dolphin. I've found it to be an extremely meaty MMO-like party RPG every bit worth the time investment. Top-notch music and art direction. The game is seemingly locked to 30 FPS, but I thought you guys might appreciate some screenshots. 1440p internal res, 4K screen res setting, 4xMSAA, 16xAF.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    So insanely hyped for XC2 after getting a taste of the first game. I've already dropped the $48 for a physical pre-order.
     
    Soulsilve2010, Ninn, KingVamp and 6 others like this.
  2. Patxinco

    Patxinco Riding a Shooting Star

    Member
    683
    278
    Apr 18, 2011
    Already preordered limited edition, is gonna be a nonstop when XC2 cames out...
     
    Xzi likes this.
  3. Athlon-pv

    Athlon-pv GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    641
    4
    Feb 25, 2005
    United States
    It seems like a very nice game I pre ordered as well. Haven't seen the expansion pass anywhere else then on the Eshop hope that changes soon.
     
  4. Cha0tic

    Cha0tic GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    513
    156
    Mar 14, 2013
    United States
    Does xeno2 follow xeno1? I remember playing xeno 1 on 3ds and it was a great game and story till i got stuck.
     
    fedehda likes this.
  5. GunzOfNavarone

    GunzOfNavarone Advanced Member

    Newcomer
    83
    36
    Aug 16, 2016
    Is there much stuttering from the shader compiler? And does Valak Mountain load without crashing?
     
  6. Youkai

    Youkai Demon

    Member
    2,212
    293
    Jul 1, 2004
    Germany
    Germany , NRW
    Hmmm I have only tried the 3ds version and the first fight you got in was so insanely horrible and bad already (not because it was hard or anything but because the fighting system was the worst piece of junk I have ever seen) ...

    Is it any better on WiiU/Switch ?
     
  7. Athlon-pv

    Athlon-pv GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    641
    4
    Feb 25, 2005
    United States
    http://gbatemp.net/threads/xenoblade-chronicles-2-nintendo-direct-stream.488727/

    There are a good deal of youtubes posted (last page) with gameplay and explanation on how some of the new combat system plays , it is different but it is not Diablo ;)
     
    Last edited by Athlon-pv, Nov 20, 2017
    H1B1Esquire likes this.
  8. Cyan

    Cyan GBATemp's lurking knight

    Global Moderator
    18,705
    9,003
    Oct 27, 2002
    France
    Engine room, learning
    it's the same setting : people living on giants.

    it's the same battle system.
    lot of people expected to play an action RPG, while it's still a ATB system with auto-fight (like FF12, you can't escape an attack), except you can position yourself around the targeted enemy and it has its importance.
    it's a mix between ATB and ARPG, it's a little confusing at the first fight I agree, but I liked it after getting used to it. it had a lot of tactics due to combo with other playable character's skills.
     
    Last edited by Cyan, Nov 20, 2017
  9. Xzi
    OP

    Xzi Console Hacker and PC Gamer

    Member
    3,544
    2,385
    Dec 26, 2013
    United States
    Spiraling Out
    I don't think I've gotten that far yet, but no issues up to this point. Pretty much locked at 30 FPS save for a couple drops to 27 when a new scene is popping in sometimes. PC specs in the signature.
     
  10. Nah3DS

    Nah3DS Madre de Dios! Es El POLLO DIABLO!!!

    Member
    3,685
    1,954
    Feb 9, 2010
    Argentina
    I played the crap out of Xenoblade 1. I've put +250hs on it, enjoyed every second.

    About Xenoblade 2.... i didn't like anything of what I have saw so far.
    I don't like the new artstyle.
    I don't like the blade/driver mechanic. It looks it's only purpose is to have a larger character roster.
    I found both the GUI and camera position to be zoomed in to overcompensate for the fact the game is on a portable console (but maybe it's just me).

    I want to like it, but so far I'm not hyped at all.
     
  11. Xzi
    OP

    Xzi Console Hacker and PC Gamer

    Member
    3,544
    2,385
    Dec 26, 2013
    United States
    Spiraling Out
    Though I like XC1 a lot so far, that system looks to be a massive improvement for overall combat mechanics. XC1 is almost too laid back like an MMO.

    The default camera in XC1 is zoomed in far too, but you have manual control. Will probably be the same in XC2.

    The old art style itself is pretty generic, but they made it pop with the design and direction of it. I think they can probably make something special again. The new style is a good way to add detail without demanding too much rendering power.
     
    Last edited by Xzi, Nov 21, 2017
  12. Athlon-pv

    Athlon-pv GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    641
    4
    Feb 25, 2005
    United States
    Anyone heard anything about the expansion pass being available through other means then the Eshop bundle ?
     
  13. BORTZ

    BORTZ You get a hat, and YOU get a hat!

    Supervisor
    GBAtemp Patron
    BORTZ is a Patron of GBAtemp and is helping us stay independent!

    Our Patreon
    11,754
    14,905
    Dec 2, 2007
    United States
    Pittsburgh
    I appreciate you screenshots dude. I have considered doing the whole "HD upres packs" too, but I probably don't have the time to play Xenoblade 1 again. My Xenoblade 3D file was maxed out, at least I think it stops counting after 99:99. I lost my save in a really dumb way. I was exchanging some files from my computer to my SD card and when I went to eject it, Adobe was indexing it for "media" (what an awful feature) and I lost all of my data on the card. I did beat it once though and had lots of fun. The battle system was probably the most engaging I have ever played. I wish there were a little more options to fighting other than going for topples all the time but it was fun none the less. I didn't do all the sidequests and quite frankly I didn't invest a lot of time into figuring them out. I had a little trouble with leveling due to that, but I finished it in the end.

    I am playing Xenoblade X on my Wii U and while its quite different in terms of atmosphere and exploration rather than focusing on characters and story, I am still having a great time. I am a little worried as the story isn't really gripping me like I would have liked. I am getting the most enjoyment out of side quests (if i can find them to do, I seem to have a big problem figuring out where to find "normal missions" to complete sections of the hexagon mappings). I am not very far in, only getting the pre-recs for chapter 4. Hopefully I can stick with it. I don't feel like the game is flowing in a natural progression but maybe that's just me.

    Xenoblade 2 looks awesome, I have no issue with the more "anime" feel then went with. I thought that Xenoblade 1 and X were already pretty anime to begin with (at least 1 with the whole
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    The idea of there being a bunch of living titans this time is very interesting to me. Even if the kingdoms located on each's back seem pretty typical, I still think its cool. The game looks like delicious eye candy. XC1 looks great too, but it was never in true HD and XCX never truly achieved the while over saturation that I love.

    UNFORTUNATELY, I don't have a Switch yet and probably won't for a bit. I promised I would finish the WiiU games I wanted to play before I sold my WiiU and got a Switch. I still have to finish:
    Xenoblade X
    Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE
    Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2
    Donkey Kong Country 2 Tropical Freeze
    and there are a few others.

    I don't have an issue waiting, the Switch is kicking ass and taking names. It looks like a perfect companion to sit next to my PS4.
     
    KingVamp and grossaffe like this.
  14. Cyan

    Cyan GBATemp's lurking knight

    Global Moderator
    18,705
    9,003
    Oct 27, 2002
    France
    Engine room, learning
    oh, you finally played xeno 1?
    I think we talked about it once. I'm glad you liked it.
    especially the battles, as it's the main reason a lot of people didn't play the game. (first battle -> bad game)
    even if the battle evolve and are not as static as the first one, people didn't give it a chance.


    I've played it 100%, completed all the quests and citizen's link, but some quests have different paths an unlock only based on your choices, so I can't say I did all existing quests. but I watched all possible player's cutscene (tried all of them before deciding which one to choose).
    the only things I didn't do is "kill enemies LV124" while your own level is capped at 99...
     
    Last edited by Cyan, Nov 23, 2017
    DarthDub likes this.
  15. BORTZ

    BORTZ You get a hat, and YOU get a hat!

    Supervisor
    GBAtemp Patron
    BORTZ is a Patron of GBAtemp and is helping us stay independent!

    Our Patreon
    11,754
    14,905
    Dec 2, 2007
    United States
    Pittsburgh
    Oh yeah, things I didn't do:
    All sidequests
    more than 10 heart to hearts (seriously I NEVER felt like I met any of the requirements)
    Level +100 boss monsters
    literally anything with Colony 6 relocation lol

    I did have to try the game 3 times before I was able to actually stick with it. I was in the same boat, that first battle really messed me up since they didn't do a great job explaining how to inflict topple. And how only the Monado can inflict damage to mechon. I feel like for a while I didn't understand how you could play the game without having Shulk in the party.
     
  16. Xzi
    OP

    Xzi Console Hacker and PC Gamer

    Member
    3,544
    2,385
    Dec 26, 2013
    United States
    Spiraling Out
    The other season passes are available from Amazon as a digital code. I think XC2 will have that too.

    Edit: I'm sure it'll be standalone on eShop when you go to the XC2 store page as well.
     
    Last edited by Xzi, Nov 23, 2017
    Athlon-pv likes this.
  17. sarkwalvein

    sarkwalvein More coffee, please!

    Member
    GBAtemp Patron
    sarkwalvein is a Patron of GBAtemp and is helping us stay independent!

    Our Patreon
    5,415
    5,843
    Jun 29, 2007
    Germany
    Niedersachsen
    Last edited by sarkwalvein, Nov 24, 2017
    Soulsilve2010 and Xzi like this.
  18. Cyan

    Cyan GBATemp's lurking knight

    Global Moderator
    18,705
    9,003
    Oct 27, 2002
    France
    Engine room, learning
    ah, you are right. I thought "no hurry, I could play it in few months"
    but then, I'll have to avoid all spoilers everywhere è_é

    I might as well buy a switch and that game at release. (or train to avoid xeno related comments)
     
    BORTZ likes this.
  19. Cenvo

    Cenvo Newbie

    Newcomer
    9
    9
    Nov 19, 2017
    Sweden
    I'm looking forward to Xenoblade 2.
    I haven't played any of the other xenoblade games so I'm new to the series, must finish my playthough of BotW hardmode first though. ^^
     
    Xzi and BORTZ like this.
  20. SignZ

    SignZ Timelord

    Member
    2,114
    792
    Jul 16, 2008
    Germany
    Pre-ordered this with no idea what I'm getting into. It's gonna be my first Xeno-game since Xenogears on PS1, so that'll be interesting. :D
     
    Alkéryn, Xzi and BORTZ like this.