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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« Last post by Arvis on December 06, 2017, 08:33:19 AM »
I should also mention at this point that the game is reminding me more of Baiten Katos than XBCs 1 or X.

SICK burn, bro
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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« Last post by Aeolus on December 06, 2017, 01:31:16 AM »
So bought the game on Friday and am now putting it down. Just not enjoying it.

1) ok character designs are still cringe-worthy. The NPCs have more normalish proportions and then you have this anime mutant makn character. With assless chaps and a bizarre outfit. And he's supposed to be what 12? (Guessing by his height) with a mature voice? Whatever.

2) anime tropes are so heavy and cringeworthy. I guess I kind of liked the tone of the previous Xenoblade games and this one is just hard to take seriously. I guess the camera can't take it seriously since it keeps panning over to gawk at Pyra's bewbs.

3) the battle system feels like it takes a step backwards. Arts only charge if you attack and you attack only if you stand still? No stategic placing since you're not attacking and the enemy moves just as fast... can't dodge even though the attack clearly doesn't touch your sprite. And then all these different types of combos and cancelling attacks and such? And healing sucks (see posts above about potions spawning waaaaaaaaay over there...)

4) map? It's terrible. Unforgivable in a game that is supposed to have a lot of exploration.

5) the physics are really off too. The jumping is very floaty, and the swimming floatier. It just further takes me out of immersion.

At least the settings are pretty?

1. MC's bad, but he's not the worst. Not when masked Sephiroth is out-Uzuki'ing the rest of the cast.

2. Sadly, the anime is thick with this one. One of your future party members is literally FE:Awakening's Owain. Frankly, it feels like someone stapled a Tales of Plot onto Xenoblade gameplay (but then, given the Xenowhatever track record thus far, this is essentially par for the course (Xenogears was basically a bunch of old skool Giant Robot anime plots glued together with theological philosophy 541); XBC1 was just better at hiding it (and it also took its main conceit fairly seriously which helped immensely as foresight is a hell of a plot device to run with when not bullshitting with it)).

3. I'm half way through Chapter 3 and I've only just now unlocked Chain Attacks. I appreciate the game taking its time to explain shit this time around, but its also kinda moving rather slowly (and yeah, the gameplay sucks out loud with only one party member; and you don't get a full party until mid way through Chapter 2). That said, the battle system starts earning its bread once you have Blade Combos and Art/Blade Canceling, its just unfortunate that the battle system takes so long to get there.

4. Its clunky as hell and the Directional Main Quest Marker sometimes pointing at something beyond the map you're currently on, but those are its only critical flaws. Sidequests, the Main Quest marker and NPCs all show up on the mini-map, while the Map Screen gives you far greater detail.

5. The physics were even floatier in XBCs 1 & X.


I should also mention at this point that the game is reminding me more of Baiten Katos than XBCs 1 or X.
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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« Last post by Aurian on December 06, 2017, 12:46:48 AM »
So bought the game on Friday and am now putting it down. Just not enjoying it.

1) ok character designs are still cringe-worthy. The NPCs have more normalish proportions and then you have this anime mutant makn character. With assless chaps and a bizarre outfit. And he's supposed to be what 12? (Guessing by his height) with a mature voice? Whatever.

2) anime tropes are so heavy and cringeworthy. I guess I kind of liked the tone of the previous Xenoblade games and this one is just hard to take seriously. I guess the camera can't take it seriously since it keeps panning over to gawk at Pyra's bewbs.

3) the battle system feels like it takes a step backwards. Arts only charge if you attack and you attack only if you stand still? No stategic placing since you're not attacking and the enemy moves just as fast... can't dodge even though the attack clearly doesn't touch your sprite. And then all these different types of combos and cancelling attacks and such? And healing sucks (see posts above about potions spawning waaaaaaaaay over there...)

4) map? It's terrible. Unforgivable in a game that is supposed to have a lot of exploration.

5) the physics are really off too. The jumping is very floaty, and the swimming floatier. It just further takes me out of immersion.

At least the settings are pretty?
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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« Last post by Klutz64 on December 05, 2017, 11:06:09 PM »
PS4 has this issue too where games keep defaulting to two separate main menus simply because there are now two buttons to use for menus
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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Zwei: The Arges Adventure
« Last post by MonCapitan2002 on December 05, 2017, 10:54:24 PM »
Basically, if the game were a person with a face, I would pinch its cheeks.  Yeah.  Dunno where that came from.  I'll blame it on lack of sleep.
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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« Last post by Aeolus on December 05, 2017, 09:19:23 PM »
You guys are really condemming the game because it only has 1 save slot....really?
Yes.  In this day and age with large amounts of storage available (although, admittedly, the Switch is an exception), there is no reason to have only one save file for an RPG.  I consider this limitation a fatal flaw.
Well, enjoy missing out on one of the best games of this year then :/

And also Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

But yeah, there don't seem to be too many Pokefans here.

Not that I don't see their side of the story given how badly I got screwed over by a shoddy 3rd party memory card back in the dark days of the Playstation One (farewell my endgame Dragon Quest VII file; I'll see the endgame without you, even if it takes me 15 years).


The map in this game is atrocious. Just plastered little green dots on it. They didn't even bother to have icons for shops and stuff.

I've played for 5 hours and I'm not sure this game was ready to be taken out of the oven.

Welcome to the golden age of DLC.

But to view shop locations, you need to go into the fast travel menu and turn on the Shop indicators (the other indicator defaulted to 'off' are the Draw Points Collectables).

That said, the fact that the map defaults to the Goldmont's Titan select every time you open it is atrocious (and whoever decided to default it to what has been traditionally the menu button since the days of the SuperNES needs to have Chuchu sit on their head).
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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« Last post by Electricb7 on December 05, 2017, 09:06:50 PM »
The map in this game is atrocious. Just plastered little green dots on it. They didn't even bother to have icons for shops and stuff.

I've played for 5 hours and I'm not sure this game was ready to be taken out of the oven.
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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (no not X)
« Last post by MonCapitan2002 on December 05, 2017, 08:50:55 PM »
It's not one of the best games of the year when the saving function is so fundamentally flawed.  In any case, I am watching Scott play the game on the RPGFancom stream.  I get all the benefits of enjoying the story without the frustration of playing it myself.
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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« Last post by Dincrest on December 05, 2017, 07:57:44 PM »
I have no problem with the oversized letters and welcome them.  My biggest complaint in, like, all my recent game reviews is fonts that are too small and that there are no menu options to increase font sizes.  It's also why I favor my e-reader over real books, because with the touch of a button I can make the fonts bigger and read my fantasy tomes without straining my eyes. 

So this ornery old man is anything but ornery about this development and will probably complain more if these young whippersnappers take away the large print. 
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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« Last post by Starmongoose on December 05, 2017, 07:25:19 PM »
Yes, our recent survey showed that we have an ageing fanbase and really you old fogies should be thanking us.
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