Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country

1st reviewer: It’s not the common type of additional scenario based on the main story; In addition to the new adventure place and protagonist, the systems have also been changed, so you can enjoy it as a properly created side story. Taking place in an era of 500 years before the main story, this story which depicts activities of Shin and Laura is very interesting. The battle system, which has been shaped and become easier to play, is also good. This game being created for not only people who have obviously played the main story, but it can also be played on its own, which is also a good thing. 9

2nd reviewer: It’s interesting to see the past of the main story being depicted, with a focus on Shin and Laura; you will be pulled by the story which tightens your chest. While it’s an additional scenario, you can also play it on its own which is a good thing, and it’s also constructed in such a way that people who come from the main game can enjoy it too which is nice. The battle development tempo has raised up as you fight while switching between the Attacker and the Blade. And with effects like health recovery and skill charge, substitutions become the core of the strategy, which is good. 9

3rd reviewer: I got pulled by the story which carved Shin’s situation; he was extremely charming in the main story. The Human Ring system, which provides various experiences, is a good device that makes you immersed in the game world for a long time. Running around the beautiful Alrest is already fun as it is, but I felt that some points around the map are a bit inconvenient. Some of the systems in the main story have been omitted; it’s compact and easy to understand, so it’s also possible for you to start from this one by buying the physical version. 8

4th reviewer: The relationship between Driver and Blade is being kept as is, but I’m surprised that you can fight with a new battle system. By including the sense of volume from the story, this is being created closer to a “side story” or “sequel” rather than an additional episode. Blades are elites in few numbers, but I’m glad that I can freely switch them during battles and control them directly. You will definitely get to think that the battles tend to get long so that you can enjoy combinations of techniques. The setting of Blades that do not inherit memories is being used well in the story. 9

Total score: 35/40

Review originally appeared in Weekly Famitsu magazine, and is translated by BlackKite. This translation is © Copyright Japanese Nintendo. Please link to the Japanese Nintendo website (https://japanesenintendo.com/) at the top of the review if posting elsewhere.