Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition: First Impressions

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I beat Xenoblade Chronicles on my 3DS recently and was really excited to get the Definitive Edition on the Switch so I could play the game the Future Connected story and also having the option to replay the game on a bigger screen with easier controls, an enhanced soundtrack that I could hear from my TV as opposed to the little speakers on my 3DS, and improvements to make the game easier to navigate and play.

Improvements to the Main Story

The quests are now much easier to navigate. You will see exclamation points on the map and when you choose a specific side quest, the exclamation points will turn blue and a helpful path will show you where to go. No more looking everywhere and googling to find a specific item or monster!

Meeting people and interacting with them is important in Xenoblade as bonds are important to this story. It’s much easier to find characters as they appear with green dots on the map. Also the auto run feature is so helpful because the maps in these game can be massive so having the game run for you makes navigation much easier!

The cosmetic option is fun because I can put outfits together instead of having odd mismatched gear. The game comes with some already available like swimsuits for everyone or alternate colors for the uniforms they wear when they first appear in the game.

Graphics wise the game is so beautiful now! It’s a major change from someone who was playing on the lowest graphics on the 3DS and still found the game spectacular. The monsters look more realistic, characters have more details. My favorite change so far has to be Reyn. Yes, he did lose his cartoonish look, but I do love his new character model!

The soundtrack is amazing! I love the orchestra and the electric guitar sounds awesome! I love what they did to the soundtrack! I stopped to listen to the opening song when the game loads up and it was just so beautiful!

I do love that there is a Casual mode as it’s so far making the game easier on me! But, if you want a challenge there is an Expert mode. I always play on easy so I’m not about to try that, but it does appear that you can easily make this game tougher if you want to.

Future Connected

Melia and Shulk travel to Alcamoth because Melia wants to restore her home. Alcamoth attacks them and they crash land on the Bionis shoulder. They meet High Entia survivors who tell them that they had to set up the defense system of Alcamoth because a fog monster has been attacking anyone who enters.

The battle system is similar so far. Luckily, I still remember Melia’s strong Topple combo so I have been doing well in fights! There is a Nopon battle attack that unlocks when you fill the talent gauge where they will aid you in battle, but I still need to advance more in the story so I can unlock it. I got sidetracked collecting the Nopon.

The Nopon Ponspectors are my favorite part so far! You aid them in quests and then they join your party. They follow you around in a little Nopon train. It’s so cute! That’s why I haven’t advanced much in the plot. Anytime I see the Nopon Ponspector icon, I find them and do their quests so they will follow me. I have 6 out of 12. You also help the High Entia with quests as well.

A Great Game For New Players and Old Ones Too

I think the upgrades will make this much easier for someone looking to try these games! I could have had a much easier time with this game if I played it on the Switch, but I have not seen the boss battles I got stuck on yet so it may still be challenging there. On the other hand it will be easier to grind and level up now that quests are easier to track!

As for Future Connected, I am really enjoying! The Bionis shoulder is really cool with it’s cliffs and hills. I am interested to see how the story will develop once I stop collecting all the Nopon and play the story more. I really want to know what happened after the game ended! For new players, please play the main game before starting this as it spoils major plots that ruin the first time playing through the game.

What do you think of Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition? Are you enjoying Future Connected?

 

3 thoughts on “Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition: First Impressions

      1. Sounds fun! My last big RPG was Dragon Quest 11, but I did also just download Tales of Vesperia on my Switch. Perhaps Xenoblade will come after that!

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