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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Xenoblade Chronicles X (over 300+ hours of gameplay!?)!!!

This post is about a upcoming Wii U exclusive game called Xenoblade Chronicles X. Now before we get that, there are a few things I want to say.

First, the main hero of the original Xenoblade Chronicles is playable in Super Smash Bros 4. See below.


For those who had not played Xenoblade Chronicles it's about a war between "Homs" (the Xenoblade version of humans) and killer robots called Mechon. Plus a plot twist around halfway through the main story.

Anyway, This post is about Xenoblade Chronicles X, which when you look at the title, first thing most people think is "Yep, direct sequel.". This game is NOT a sequel. It borrows traits of the first game, improves the gameplay, and has a MASSIVE over-world. But as far as we (The public) know, none of the characters from the first Xenoblade will return. Nor will it continue the story (which is a really good story, by the way).

This is EVERYTHING we (again, the public) know(s?) about Xenoblade Chronicles X. There are two alien races. They hate each other. A LOT. So they decide to have a showdown RIGHT ABOVE EARTH. Yeah, not a good idea. Earth is caught in the crossfire (and blown up) and the human race is forced to evacuate the planet. Which is sad. But it IS impressive how two alien races, who weren't even deliberately trying to destroy the Earth, somehow managed to destroy it anyway.

But the human race escapes (barely, because again, the aliens weren't even trying to destroy them yet they somehow gunned down almost half of them) and finds a planet called Mira. Obviously the humans claim Mira as the new Earth and try to rebuild humanity.

Unlike the previous Xenoblade Chronicles, where the main hero is Shulk, this time around you play as a character you create yourself. Very detailed!!! You can customize hair, gender, height, eyes, tattoos, and much more! If only you can make your character a Nopon...

In case you don't know what a Nopon is, they are adorable little rabbit dudes. Here is a picture.

They are so CUTE!!!

But in all seriousness, changing the race of your character does not seem to be an option. At least one of the NPC teammates is a Nopon.


First thing to note is that Monolith Soft (who are making this game) said that the whole game has 300+ HOURS WORTH OF CONTENT AND GAME-PLAY. OVER 300 HOURS. That is Monster Hunter Tri and Monster Hunter 4 combined!!!

First part of game-play is that if you can SEE something, even if it looks like just eye candy put in the background, YOU CAN GO THERE. That mountain way off in the distance? You can go there. Those beautiful waterfalls? You can go there. Not only that but EVERYWHERE IN THE GAME IS SO PRETTY!!!!

The world of Planet Mira!!!

Plus there are giant robots called Dolls that you can pilot to make travelling easier! Also, the Dolls can be used for combat. Speaking of combat, all generic attacks are used automatically as soon as they are within range. This was in the original Xenoblade, but now you can equip two weapons and switch between a gun for long-range attacks, and a knife/katana/riot shield/Dual Swords/Lightsaber (okay, not really. There are usable weapons that look like Lightsabers, though) for melee attacks.

The difference between long-range and melee is that 1: Melee attacks do more damage, at the cost of every enemy in the battle targeting you exclusively. And 2: Melee attacks build up a thing called "Technical Points" much faster (more on that later). And Finally, Long Range attacks are safer than running up to a 50 foot gorilla/dinosaur hybrid thing with a ninja sword.

50 foot gorilla dinosaur thing.

Now for Technical Points (also called T.P.). Your character uses T.P. to power up and fuel Dolls. Dolls are not necessary but make battles easier. Besides, why would you NOT try to kill 50 foot gorilla dinosaur things by Shooting him in the face with a Doll's LASER CANNON!?

There are also classes that improve the use of certain weapons. One of which reminds me of a anime series that my friend watches (SPOILER ALERT: THE CLASS IS CALLED FULL METAL JAGUAR). For info on classes please research it because I CAN'T FIND ANY OF THE CLASSES WITH THE EXCEPTION OF TWO.

Finally there is a Union system that works KIND OF like the job system in Fantasy Life. I forgot the names of the Union's but remember what each one does (humorously one Union focuses on doing mundane tasks such as breaking up street fights or rescuing cats stuck in trees).

That is all the info on this game I have AT THE MOMENT. Please look forward to A: more info. And B: the game itself. I will be getting this game because it looks amazing but I will attempt to avoid discovering the ending when doing more research.

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