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- Search for the ultimate paradise, Elysium, with your companion Pyra.
- Explore an endless ocean of clouds, where the last remnants of civilization live on the backs of colossal beasts called Titans. Experience the story of Rex and his new friend Pyra, a mysterious being known as a Blade who grants him tremendous power. Together, search for Pyra’s long lost home Elysium, the ultimate paradise for all of humanity
- Lost in a sea of clouds, entire civilizations rest on the backs of Titans. As the giants march toward death, the last hope is a scavenger named Rex-and Pyra, a living weapon known as a Blade.
- This special edition includes the game, a sound selection CD, a special metal game case, and a 220 page hardbound art book.
- Can you find the fabled paradise Pyra calls home? Bond with Blades to increase their power, and utilize their special ARTS to devastate enemies.
- Each Titan hosts its own distinct cultures, wildlife, and diverse regions to explore.
- Gather these allies, bond with them to increase their power, and utilize their special ARTS to devastate enemies. But to save the world of Alrest, you must first demystify its cloudy past.
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Lost in a sea of clouds, entire civilizations rest on the backs of Titans. As the giants march toward death, the last hope is a scavenger named Rex-and Pyra, a living weapon known as a Blade. Command a group of Blades and lead them to countless strategic victories before the world ends. This special edition includes the game, a sound selection CD, a special metal game case, and a 220 page hardbound art book. Can you find the fabled paradise Pyra calls home? Bond with Blades to increase their power, and utilize their special ARTS to devastate enemies. To save the world of Alrest, you must first demystify its cloudy past. Each Titan hosts its own distinct cultures, wildlife, and diverse regions to explore. Search the vast open areas and labyrinthine corridors for treasure, secret paths, and creatures to battle and index. During these escapades you'll get to know a large cast of eclectic characters, including the weaponized life forms known as Blades. Gather these allies, bond with them to increase their power, and utilize their special ARTS to devastate enemies. But to save the world of Alrest, you must first demystify its cloudy past.
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The Special Edition is bigger than I expected! This Special Edition is similar to Xenoblade Chronicles X. You are given a beautiful 220 page art book that shows the illustrations of Elysium. There is a CD that has around 13 songs. This is nowhere near the total amount of songs in the game. There's possible over 100 songs. However, this is a CD sample, perhaps 13 songs filled up this CD sample fast!
This review was only to review the Special edition itself. I'm satisfied with all of the items included, the artbook is the major highlight. It's a nice treasure to have for any fan or collector. Anyways, enjoy the game and have fun!
Note: There's DLC available for this game as a season pass ($30). Handheld mode is okay, but playing this game on the big screen may be more enjoyable for you. Also, the game's back cover is illustrated inside the metal case.
*Edit* 12/02 Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Review
Story - It was said that humans all used to live on the paradise called Elysium with their creator that sits on top of the world tree. One day they were banished from the paradise but their creator took pity on them and sent his servants to help the people. These were the titans. For hundreds of years people have been living on top of the back of these massive titans. However the titans are starting to die out, as all living things must eventually die. There is a looming threat of the humans falling to the cloud sea and dying as a species all together. We start the game with a boy named rex, he is a salvager that dives in the cloud sea to find treasure were he can make a living but also help with his folks back home. He is given this important salvaging job were what happens will change his life forever. From there you will have to play the game yourself, im not spoiling anything.
Gameplay - Monolith is a master at creating huge and open worlds. Every single titan you cross on will have its own unique background. Some will be lush with green while others being cold as ice. There are tons of secret locations in the open world just like the original xenoblade chronicles. Combat has been more simplified, but it's also more tactical. The game might start slow but it picks up the pace pretty quick. You have to understand the story is 70+ hours even without doing any side quests. It's something you will have to invest in a lot of time for. We have the blades, which are spirits that grant you their wepons and arts. You play as the driver, utilizing differnt arts and specials in combat to pull off some sweet combos. One thing that is different from the previous xenoblade games is that you actually have to stop moving to attack. The system is auto attacks so in this way it gives you more tactical maneuvers even though I admit it IS slower than the previous games but by no means is it less enjoable. There are these field abilitys were if you raise your blades skill you maybe able to access new areas. In a way the game does kind of REQUIRE you do get blades that can open pathways towards the end anyways. You can customize your blades with core chips, giving their wepons different appearances and stats. You only have accessory slots for equipment. There is also the pouch that gives you small boosts for a limited amount of time depending on what you put in there. You can get new blades by either defeating enemies in battle or buying them. The system is rather randomized. There is really no way to tell what blade you will pull out. There are normal blades and then the rare blades. The rare blades are obviously the ones you want to get because these guys have field abilities that you NEED to finish the game. Don't worry, they are pretty easy to get. This wouldn't be a xenoblade game if it didn't had affinitys. There are the heart to hearts were you can bond with the main characters and yes, even with different rare blades other than rex's main blade. Finding that certain quest giver or finding someone in town to raise the affinity star level for the area ARE marked this time. No more running around for an hour trying to find that ONE guy, girl or noppon. Anyone you haven't talked to have a yellow star next to their name or maybe new dialogue will pop up. The quest are ALL marked from the map were you can see were you have to go rather than having to run around a huge map for hours. Collecting for that certain item is no longer a nightmare, they are all clearly marked in specific locations. Rex can dive into the cloud sea for loot as he is a salvager. Sometimes ge might pull up an enemy along with it so be careful. That being said, about 90% are pretty chill with you while the rest will pretty much attack on site. Just be aware of your surroundings, you don't want to be ambushed by a higher leveled ape or something. Thankfully you can actually lure enemies this time, avoiding getting overcrowded with enemies. That about covers the basics, there is still more features I left out but I don't want to drag this review.
Graphics - Is it just me or did it get a downgrade? Idk the trailers made it seem so crisp and fresh but when you actually play it it has a lot of jagged pixilated edges. Yes even in docked mode 1080p it looks like this. Can't really complain though, the game still looks amazing due to its artstyle alone but I am slightly disappointed that nintendo was obviously running this game at a higher resolution for their trailers than what it really was. This is MORE apparent in handheld mode were it was VERY pixilated..... Shit I almost thought I was playing the first game on my 3DS because of the low ass textures until I realise that this was a switch game. However the game is sooo good that this is rather forgivable. Fun fact, hentai artists (and other anime artists) also helped with the art for this game. This is obviously apparent with pyras design and others, but not being over sexualized either.... You just know it's there is all. In any case, the game does have a very good presentation to it, just like how the original xenoblade chronicles took advantage of their graphics to give it more of a sense of identity. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 also does this very well. Overall the game does look good 👍
Sound - You know I thought it was an exaggeration that the composer who made the OST for the game cried while making it. But I can see now that the games soundtrack is just bloody amazing. I still wish that nintendo release a FULL soundtrack of xenoblade chronicles 2 as the in game has over 100 tracks while the sample CD only has like what... 13? Even if they are one of the best ones. Anyways I haven't fallen in love with a games soundtrack this much since persona 5 and 4! It really is the best thing ever. The english VA did a good job in my opinion. The game has duel audio so there is really no reason to complain about one dub acting in favor of another. So please ✋ and enjoy.
Final Verdict 5 out of 5 or a 10 out of 10 or a 100 out out a 100 depending on the raiting system. There is just SOO much bang for your buck here. You can easily spend 300 hours in this game if you really wanted to. If you enjoy JRPG's Xenoblade Chronicles is for you and will be enjoyed for years to come. Gosh so much text when I would rather be playing the game right about now, but its all good if it helps other people make an informed decision on the game even though you really should be doing your own research anyways lazy people😃
As for the special edition itself, it has a gorgeous 220 page hard cover art book and i think its hard cover only in the US version, the metal case feels high quality with a beautiful art of the game characters also the music CD contains a sample of the game soundtrack not all of them.
I have just barely started the game so I don't have any final opinions or reviews on it, but I am loving it so far. It is more story driven than Xenoblade X, so more similar to the original. Did I mention the music is amazing? I recommend playing with headphones on.
Edit: I'm 20 hours in now, and I have to say this game is absolutely incredible. If you enjoy the combat of the previous Xenoblade games, you will love this game. This game probably has the best combat system between the three. It is more complex yet at the same time easier to understand. There's more variety in how you approach combat. I spent half my time just fighting tough enemies to test my skills. It's so satisfying when I land a very long combo that I had to plan and set up.
The game is gorgeous; you may get reviews elsewhere, so I won't go in details. Either you like it or not, it is not Final fantasy but its own thing. Great J-RPG game with a lot of complexity, while the combat system is slow paced and you have to try it to see if you enjoy it.
English dubbing is OK; I prefer the JP dubbing with subtitles; probably the best way for me to play it.
The extras are cool; the artbook is gorgeous and well worth the price. I was expecting a smaller booklet but it is quite large, and fits perfectly close to my Skyrim collector edition art book. Paper is very nice, it is hardcover and mostly the reason why I did get the collector edition.
The CD with the soundtrack is fine; nice BMG on it, which are what you hear in the game, although there are only 12 BGM; while it seems the game has more than that. The cover is just a cardboard sleeve; quite disappointed at that, since they could fit it better in the metal case maybe, instead of making it look so cheap.
The metal case is nice; although it is not something I would carry around.
Overall very pleased, like everything of it.
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