Xenoblade Chronicles 2

1st reviewer: The world setting is done firmly, and the appearing characters are also appealing, so you’ll get immersed into the story. The highlighted scenes have properly hyped presentations which are the best! The music is also lovely. Battles are complex as you have to memorize so many things, but the features get gradually unlocked based on the progression; a good way of creating [the system]. With the “Blade Switch Battle” system, where you fight by switching between 3 types of Blades based on the situation, lets you taste a deep level of strategy which is a good point. 9

2nd reviewer: I get the impression that it has quite a lot of moments watching events, but without realizing it, I got pulled by the story with hype developments, so I enjoyed it with a sensation like watching an anime. It’s a good thing that you can switch the Blade and change the techniques that can be used as well as your roles during battles, and you will also grow affections toward Blades, which are beings with well-established characters. During explorations, although I got forced into hard work as I get chased by tough enemies, being able to go on a journey in a fantastic world where a huge variety of species live in greatly raises my mood. 9

3rd reviewer: The dramatic story, the very unique characters, and the mysterious yet enormous game world are appealing. The battles are good as they have high strategy element, from the Blade characteristics to the sealing effects from combos. Producing Blades will also make your heart throbbing. However, as you’ll have to do some grinding plays such as farming money, there are some places where the tempo felt hard and disrupted. The world is so vast that I sometimes got lost with the rather hard-to-understand maps, but the “Skip Travel” feature was comfortable. 8

4th reviewer: The world tree, the heavenly scales, the giant Titans, and more; From the very first request there has been a continuous flow of story development that won’t even let me catch my breath, what a good work to pull me into the story. This world has the Titans’ bodies right as the fields. Each of them has different views, compositions, and ecology, so just exploring them is already fun. Also as for the battles, once you’re able to change the partner’s Blades, the selections get increased to infinite which is hype. The duration of a single battle tends to get long, but considering you can enjoy various kinds of battles, it’s alright. 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.