Switch launched earlier this year and it has already received some incredible titles. However, that didn’t mean that Nintendo would slow down as they have released yet another exclusive game, and it is another success. After the awesome Xenoblade Chronicles X, it was hard to imagine that the developers would be able to make anything better, but they have. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has anime type visuals, but that doesn’t stop it from being an awesome game. The overall story still revolves around the hero named Rex, who has to save the world against all odds. He would be accompanied by various characters on his journey and all of them will have an important role to play.
Exploration has been a huge part of Xenoblade series and it wasn’t any different this time around. The world of Xenoblade is enormous. You will always be coming across new places and all of them are beautifully crafted. All of the places that you discover have depth and if you explore them deeply and even find the secret areas, you will be awarded with high-end loot. Some of the areas are locked in the beginning, but as you progress through the story and learn new tricks, you will be able to enter regions that you weren’t able to access before. The unlocked areas always have something new in them, which make the backtracking worth your while.
Soundtrack is very important in RPGs and the developers behind Xenoblade Chronicles 2 understood that. Every location you visit has its very own soundtrack and they are all amazing. The soundtrack fits perfectly with the environment and that’s what makes it memorable. Soon, the music and songs will start to play in your head and just by the music, you can tell which area you’re in. As far as ambient sound goes, it is pretty good. However, the voice acting of the characters is sub-par. They English voiceovers feel generic as they have no life or emotion at all. In RPGs, you spend most of your time talking and listening to the conversations, but when the voice acting is this mediocre, it is hard to do so. Thankfully, the Japanese voiceover module is available for on the Switch store for free, so you might as well download that. The Japanese voice acting is remarkable as every character feels genuine.
Just like previous Xenoblade games, there’s a ton of stuff for you to do. There is main story, the side quests, the exploration, finding hidden areas, and so much more. The side quests are a bit mundane, but they help you level up, gain experience, and visit places that you might miss out on otherwise, which make the effort worthwhile. The combat keeps on getting better and better as you find new weapons and tricks along the way. All of your party members grow stronger as well, and you are able to take on the bigger challenges. If you want to go through all of the stuff available in the game, then you are looking at more 100 hours of playthrough, so before diving in, know that you will need to invest a lot of time into Xenoblade Chronicles 2 to get the best out of it.