If you minus the DLC and re-release of games coming out this December, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is the last big title to hit 2017. This Action RPG serves as a sequel to Xenoblade Chronicles but features a new cast of characters that venture into yet another world-saving journey. While Monolith's latest entry to the Xeno series isn't in the same reception as it's Nintendo buddies such as Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, it has received mostly positive reviews. Based on the reports, it's one of those RPGs that will grow on you as you grasp its complex systems and story, which sounds about right when it comes to games developed by Monolith Soft.
Here's The Round-up:
Kotaku: "Inelegant and tedious, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is the anti-Nintendo game. In a year full of triumphs for the spunky Switch, this massive role-playing game is a disappointment."
Daily Express: "Xenoblade Chronicles 2, despite its flaws, is a great game that many JRPG fans will find plenty to love about." - 4/5
Polygon: "For all its sloppiness, Xenoblade 2’s combination of classic RPG concepts and flexible on-the-go play make for one of the most engrossing takes on the genre I’ve encountered since Dragon Quest 9, which possessed a similar appeal. " - Review in Progress
Gamespot: "Adventurous types that enjoy complex combat systems can easily spend more than 100 hours uncovering Alrest's secrets and developing their team of Blades, provided they can come to terms with a handful of unavoidable shortcomings. " -7/10
Gameinformer: "Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is brilliant behind the curtain, but its myriad mechanics don’t always translate to fun gameplay. The battle system is the biggest offender, emphasizing long encounters rather than tactically interesting ones." - 7.5/10
Nintendo Life: "Plenty of Switch owners will be playing this long into 2018, and they probably won't mind. Battles have an enticing flow to accompany the complexity, the world is varied and beautiful enough to encourage exploration, and the storyline is suitably bombastic." - 9/10
USGamer: "Despite its flaccid side-quests and its sometimes-baffling systems, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 puts a very nice lid on an incredible year for the Nintendo Switch, and for RPGs in general." - 4.5/5
VG24/7: "I’ve spent a while touching on my main criticisms, but ultimately if you enjoy high-quality character customization around combat in an RPG these criticisms are likely to melt away after you’ve spent a few hours navigating the more hand-holding tutorial sections of the game."
Destructoid: "To the delight of many, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is less X and more traditional Xenoblade. Although they all have a special place in my library, I appreciate the return to what brought Monolith Soft back into the public eye after a series of portable games" - 8/10
Eurogamer: "Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a crunchier, more chaotic proposition than the rest of Nintendo's recent output, then. Monolith Soft either doesn't have the resources or the relentless tenacity to explore every one of its game mechanics with the rigour and finality of Nintendo EAD
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has been out since December 1 exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. Based on iTech in the Philippines, the game is priced at P2,895.
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