Xenoblade Chronicles and Changing Destiny

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Destiny is the second main theme of Xenoblade Chronicles 3D. It starts with the idea of using the Monado to change fate because it is the only weapon that can fight the Mechon to Shulk using the Monado to see the future. Eventually the idea of changing destiny goes to changing the fate of the world. This game is really ambitious when it comes to the story which is why I love it! For this please do not read if you have not played or finished the game as this will involve the crazy twists at the end that really shake up the story and universe! 

Shulk and the Monado

Shulk is the only character that can wield the Monado properly as most people end up getting hurt by the weapon. Shulk also gains special abilities from the Monado such as visions. At first it seems like they cannot do much as his vision that Fiona will be killed still ends up to her death.

But, once he starts talking to people and being open about his visions, he is really able to change the future. One moment I remember is when he sees a vision that Sharla will die trying to save her brother Juju from a Mechon. He is able to stop the future by warning Sharla and Juju is saved.

The gameplay also allows you to change the future. Shulk can see what will happen in battle and you can tell a character how to avoid the attack or stop it yourself with the Monado. For example, if you see that a character will take enough damage to kill them, either tell them to put a shield up or use a Monado art and they will survive the attack and take less damage.

World

The world was actually designed to fight each other due to Zanza, the creator of this world. It seems like the people of Bionis and Mechnois can never get along, but he wanted that. Zanza wanted power and to do that he decided to destroy Mechonis. He brought the Monado to earth so that someone would be foolish to pick it up. Zanza needs power because without destruction, he will cease to exist. The people of Bionis give him energy when they die.

When someone did, Zanza took over their body and started fighting Mechonis. Egil, the leader of the Mechonis revolution, witnessed this destruction he vowed to destroy Bionis to kill Zanza. Egil at the end sacrified himself to protect Bionis from Zanza and the Mechon started helping Bionis defend against Zanza.

The fate of the High Entia were also changed. High Entia had this rule where they wanted a Homs and High Entia to produce children so they would be more like Homs. At first that seemed really weird, but they were trying to change their fate. Zanza created them so that they would turn into monsters called Telethia who would kill the people of Bionis for Zanza when he commanded them to. Melia and the other half High Entia were able to avoid becoming Telethia and were able to live a normal life though they mourned the loss of their families.

Creator and Destiny

Zanza and Meyneth, the creator of Mechonis, have two different visions of the world they created. Zanza wants the world to fuel him. He enjoys conflict and destruction because it gives him power. Meyneth only wants the people to have a happy future where they can decided their own destinies.

This world was created by Zanza (which is where the ending just really changes the story). So the world was created as a computer program to look at how universes are made and evolve. Zanza, or Klaus as he was known, decided to execute the world before it was fully tested. That led to the destruction of our world and the beginning of Bionis and Mechonis. The Monado has power in this world because it is the computer that build this world.

Ending and Lessons Learned

When Zanza destroys the universe, Shulk and his friends fight him. Shulk is able to create his own Monado and can still see the future. He is able to defeat Zanza by seeing the future. After that he gets to decide the fate of the universe. He decides to let the people decide their future and the people of Bionis and Mechonis live in harmony on Colony 6.

This game teaches us that destiny and fate can be changed. We are not stuck on one path if our future is not how we envisioned it to be. Instead we can create our own future with persistence. Shulk tried everything he could to change the future over an over 100 hour story and he was able to change it and create his own future. So whenever you feel stuck or like your future isn’t going the way you want it to, know that the future belongs to you.

What did you think of the ending of Xenoblade Chronicles? 

Xenoblade Chronicles and Perseverance: Tough Bosses

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Xenoblade Chronicles 3D has to be the hardest game I have ever played. I had to retry the entire game 3 times in order to get grinding and quests right. The first time I made way too many mistakes and ended up being very underleveled for all boss fights. I decided to retry again a couple years later, but loss\t interest. The third time I decided to try again, I had forgotten everything about the game so I decided to begin a fresh save. Now I am finally at the final boss. I actually managed to do pretty well with this game except for two bosses which taught me about patience and strategy.

Gadolt

This was the first boss that I ran into major problems with. Usually after doing most of the side quests, I could easily take a boss down, but not this one. He is also apparently one of the hardest bosses in the game which is how I got the achievement Phoenix for 50 game overs total (a good chunk was from him and also Metal Face).

The first thing I did was grind by doing all side quests to try to get closer to his level. That helped me a lot, but he still was hard. He’s a hard enough boss with his deadly attacks (I can still remember hearing “This shot will take you down” before he basically killed most of my party). So I looked on YouTube and also at posts by others who were stuck on the fight.

After trying to use different party members, I believe I won using either Shulk or Melia with Reyn and Sharla. Sharla healed everyone while I took out the guardians and eventually just kept knocking Gadolt out until the fight was over.

Disciple One

This one had me wanting to quit the game. She is known to be the hardest boss in this game. She summons enemies that grant her 100% defense against physical attack unless you take most of them down. On top of that she has powerful attacks and also she is a large boss in a small area surrounded by toxic ether. She can push your party members and you into the toxic ether just by moving around. I died here more than Gadolt and was very annoyed by hearing “You will pay for your insolence” several times during this fight.

Looking up help for this one was actually funny. It would go between helpful advice to hearing that people just quit the game at this point because of how tough she is. I just grinded until she was not in the yellow (yellow means that the boss is slightly harder because your party is too low).

Then, I just kept trying different party combinations. I eventually just used Melia, Riki, and Sharla because two of those mostly attacked using ether instead of physical attacks. It was basically luck that got me to win because I used chain attacks to take her down. If I wasn’t lucky she would take Melia out which would cause me to lose the battle fairly quickly.

Lessons Learned

I learned that with patience, strategy, and trying multiple times, I can do anything! I really learned about patience when I needed to wait a while to do quests and grind before I could fight a boss. I also learned strategy with choosing the right party that went could help each other out, making sure they had the right equipment with gems to increase certain stats, and making sure they had the right Arts selected. After I tried multiple strategies I would eventually defeat any boss.

I am currently stuck on the final boss who has three phases, but I managed to get through the first phase. I am using what I have learned to defeat the final boss!

What lessons have tough bosses in video games taught you?

Importance of Bonds in Xenoblade Chronicles

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I am currently working through Xenoblade Chronicles 3D on my Nintendo 3DS. I have now played 99 and a half hours and I still need to complete the main story. This game is long! While playing I have come across two main theme I wanted to write about. The first being about love and relationships and the second one I will write later once I have finished the game. The second theme requires more story in order to discuss it properly. Warning: Full spoilers up until the Gadolt boss battle where I stopped.

Party Relationship

The standard for any RPG is usually some form of party. This game has a special mechanic were the more you sync up with your party with attacks, the more a link for fills up. Once this link fills up, you can do chain attacks. You also need to encourage your teammates in battle when they get discouraged. During battle, team mates will cheer each other on like “We can definitely do this”. Battle also encourages skill links which create special effects during battle such as an Agility buff when the battle begins with higher level enemies.

There’s also Heart-to-Hearts which unlock special cut scenes from a character’s affinity link. Affinity links are basically how much they get along which increases as they battle together.

In terms, of story the party generally bonds as the story progresses. You see Reyn and Shulk, the first main party, deepen their friendship as they work to save Bionis. Sharla, a woman who joins when you meet Colony 6, and Reyn get closer along the story as well. Reyn clearly likes Sharla and tries to bond with her which she does find adorable.

Family Bonds

Family is also an important part of Xenoblade. Dunban and Fiora are brother and sister who look after each other. Fiora nurses Dunban back to health after he injures himself wielding the Monado and he looks after her when she gets a Mechonis body and needs to stay hydrated.

Melia has a brother named Kallian and a father named Emperor Sorean. Melia is very close with her family. She loves her father and her brother looks after her. When Sorean dies, Melia is devastated. She is made the new leader of the High Entia, but asks her brother to stand in for her while she accompanies Shulk to fight the Mechon.

A bond that has become tense over time is Miqol and Egil. Miqol is the father of Egil. Egil is, at the moment, responsible for the tension between the Homs and Machina. He has led the Mechonis to fight and kill the Homs. Miqol does not want the Homs to die over past history and is currently tell Shulk to kill Egil. We’ll see if this changes over time.

Community Bonds

During any time in the game, you can look at the Affinity Chart which shows your relationship to the different communities in Xenoblade Chronicles. My highest community is Central Bionis which is at 3 stars. This is where the Nopon live.

During Xenoblade you come across different communities. These can be other Homs communities like Colony 6 or other races such as Nopon (basically sentient fluffy creatures), High Entia (similar to elves in intelligence and life span), and Machina (the machine people). Some of these are even added to your party.

Nopon can seem annoying at first, but Riki is kind and determined to help his friends. His moves can even help friends like healing. Melia is a High Entia. At first, they seem like they only care about themselves, but they do decided to help the Homs. Melia uses magic to either hurt enemies or give her allies buffs. The Machina really want to stop Egil and are willing to help the Homs. All they want is peace.

Romantic Bonds

The first romantic bond is Shulk and Fiora. They are friends that are clearly interested in each other. Before they can form a romantic bond, Fiora is killed by a Mechon. This drives Shulk to want to destroy all Mechon. He doesn’t change his mind until he sees Fiora in a Mechon’s body. This Mechon behaves strangely because the Mechon clearly knows how Fiora feels about Shulk and decides to protect them. In fact, the Mechon destroys itself protecting Shulk.

After Fiora has been released from the Mechon, her and Shulk kiss beginning the romance they were too nervous to start at first. Fiora is actually nervous about the possibility of becoming fully human again because she desperately wants to help Shulk when he is fighting. She also is originally afraid that Shulk wouldn’t want a relationship with her now that she is part Mechon, but he just loves having her in his life again.

The other major romantic bond is between Sharla and Gadolt. Sharla and Gadolt were in love and had a close bond together. She tried to console Gadolt during the war against the Mechon. Gadolt went missing during battle and was perceived to be dead. Turns out he is alive, but one major problem. He is a Mechon and this time he has no memories of his past. After Fiora turned rogue from her memories and Mumkhar’s obsession with Dunban led to his demise, Egil decided that completely erasing memories, thus erasing bonds, would ensure that his next legion of Homs-Mechons would be even better warriors. Sharla is devastated that Gadolt no longer remembers her and that their bond has dissolved. But, it seems he may remember her because he purposefully misses her when he attacks the party.

Future Bonds

I am hoping that Sharla and Gadolt will have a mended bond. I am hoping that there is some way to regain his memories. I am also interested to see how Shulk and Fiora’s relationship will deepen now that they are together again. I also am hoping that there might be some way to stop Egil without killing him. Maybe if they get through to him that destroying another race will not help him with the pain of his past, he’ll stop this violence. That one unfortunately I think is the least likely outcome.

What are your thoughts on the bonds in this game? Maybe there is another game you can think of that focuses heavily on bonds.

 

 

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Progress Update!

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I am slowly progressing through the game on my Nintendo 3DS and I have finally caught up to where I was. I remembered when I saw the Telethia that this was where I had to quit and restart the entire game because I was just way too under-leveled.

So now, I have spent time doing most of the side quests and leveling up the characters and giving them the best equipment that I have. I also made sure that they read arts manuals so I could unlock the intermediate arts. This post will highlight my progress since my last Xenoblade Chronicles post.

Satorl Marsh

This area is so pretty! I can only describe it as ethereal and recommend you search for pictures of it! It’s also full of some tough bosses. I had to fight some of them in order to progress to Makna forest and I struggled with them a bit, but after doing more  side quests I finally got better and defeating them!

I mainly helped out some stray Nopon in the area. They’re really cute.

Makna Forest

It’s a forest that is separated by cliffs so you have to walk on narrow bridges, I do not recommend looking down! I also helped Nopon here, but I mainly helped the ones in Frontier village out!

One thing I do not like it a giant dinosaur that’s almost 100 and I am barely 40 so I run when I see it!

I also met Melia here and some guy that looks just like Shulk named Alvis. Melia is a mage in the game and she is so far determined to help her people with the Telethia. Alvis briefly taught a technique and then disappeared so I cannot really say much more about him yet.

Frontier Village

This is a Nopon village inside of a tree! I love it and it looks like such a nice place to live! There are bridges that help the village grow upwards inside the tree. It also has a beautiful clear lake at the bottom of the first level.

The Nopon need so much help, but because of them I have leveled up quickly from doing all of their side quests along Frontier Village and Makna Forest

Colony 6

I am slowly rebuilding Colony 6 and I love helping the people rebuild their city! I struggled at first helping them move because the enemies guarding the bridge were tough and there were multiple enemy types to defeat.

Now I can physically build the colony and invite people into the colony. It is currently almost completely level 2. I cannot make it fully level 2 yet because I need some rare materials.

I do love the reconstruction process because you can physically see the town being rebuilt. It starts out as a pile of rubble, but towns and shops pop up as you increase Colony 6’s level.

Leone Telethia Boss

This boss has two stages! Both times I was doing really well. I was able to strategize my moves to take down it’s health. It was so much easier this time! I did feel bad that the Telethia could not be tamed, but at least Melia was able to avenge her guard’s deaths.

Making Progress is So Rewarding!

I am really excited to see all new scenes after the Telethia boss. I am currently at Eryth sea and Alcamoth. Eryth sea is gorgeous with floating islands and the clear sea. Alcamoth is breathtaking. It is a large palace with clear seas and the colors are mainly white which makes it look ethereal as well. This game does a fantastic job of making these unique locations that do look like they are from another world! It really helps with immersion!

Name a game that you had a tough time progressing through!

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D and Second Chances

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I got Xenoblade Chronciles 3D shortly after I got my new Nintendo 3DS XL which was in college. I did really enjoy the game, but I got stuck and eventually got frustrated. I decided to replay it after I got Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and now the game is much easier and more enjoyable!

What Caused the Problem?

The major issue was grinding. I was very under leveled and only beat Xord because the game bugged out and froze the boss! These games make grinding super easy, all you have to do is do the side quests. But, I was rushing to see the main plot and that left me under leveled and not prepared for anything.

These games also all involve strategy which I forgot about quickly. First you need to know how attacks will affect an enemy. You also need to pay attention to leveling up your skills and putting gems in equipment to make your equipment stronger.  I completely forgot that I was supposed to level up skills and that I could create gems! It was just me though, the game has a manual and tutorials that are built to help you if you get stuck!

How far did I get?

I stopped when I was supposed to rebuild Colony 6 because from there the side quests got so difficult because I was so under leveled that I really could not progress.

Second Chance

Taking the game slow is going so well. I love it so much more now! I love all the side quests and I love just taking the time to explore all of the areas in the game!

The game is not that hard when you try to understand it! Doing the side quests, leveling up your skills, and making sure you’re making gems that will help you makes the game so much easier.

Also I love the side quests because when I do them, I help the people in the colonies get along better! The games focuses on bonds so leveling up the bonds between the colonies and your party through quests or combat is crucial! I love that about the game!

How far am I now?

I am slowly getting to where I was. I beat Xor although it took 3 tries at the correct level! But, I realized I forgot to level up my skills before the fight so after I did that, he became much easier!

I have also completed all of the side quests that I could! I got introduced to adorable characters and fought some challenging optional bosses which were so much fun!

Second Chances

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D definitely deserved a second chance! When you take the time to play it and explore it, the game is so much more fun than rushing it! I am loving it so much more now that I am not rushing to finish the main plot of the game. Sometimes giving something a second chance is a great idea!

Have you ever given any games a second chance? Did you start enjoying the game the second time around?

Is Xenoblade Chronicles X Still Worth Playing in 2019?

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This is what I was thinking about when I was considering getting Xenoblade Chronicles X on my Wii U. I knew it was a massive open world game. I also knew there was an online component with Blades, but I did not have to participate in it if I did not want to because the game can be single player. I was interested in it since I have Xenoblade Chronicles 3D on the Nintendo 3DS and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 on the Nintendo Switch.

I decided to get it on Monday after I received a GameStop gift card for my birthday last week! So here are my impressions after spending some time with the game.

Story

Humans had to escape earth after aliens attacked their ship. They land on a foreign planet and are trying to survive in the new planet and look for survivors. The Blades are responsible for helping with survival on Earth with 8 divisions.

Divisions

I chose the Interceptor division because I thought it would be best for single player because it mainly involves fighting enemies and completing missions.

The other divisions range from exploration, to fighting, to collecting materials, to installing data probes, and helping with teamwork. This is where the multiplayer aspect comes in, but I have set my game currently to be as private as possible so I cannot comment on the multiplayer. I just like playing by myself since I am not used to playing multiplayer games and the game will easily let you play single player if you turn off social settings!

Character Customization

I loved that in this Xenoblade Chronicles game you can customize your character! You can choose how their face looks, the color of their hair, skin, and eyes, makeup, and their voice. I made my character have red hair with purple tips, purple eyes, black eye makeup that looks like a mask, and a warrior style voice.

Combat

I recommend reading the manual to better understand combat and the game in general, but so far it is fun! I like that you can target on different parts of enemies. I also love that you automatically get a ranged and a melee weapon so you can switch from fighting far away to fighting close.

The combat music is also really good! The music in general is great in this game! I also love exploring and fighting various enemies as you explore.

Things I Like

  • Character customization
  • The combat is fun and engaging
  • I love the various enemies I have seen especially since some enemies are huge and I cannot wait to fight them
  • The music is really great, I love the music style in this game
  • Massive world that should be really fun to explore
  • Learning about the story and progressing through the story

Minor Things I Noticed

  1. The disc version of the game which I have comes with free DLC to make it load faster. Getting all of the DLC packs took up a lot of space which I did not mind because I do not want to get any games online for the Wii U. These only make the game take less time to load and there is only one essential pack to get so only getting the essential pack will save up space on the Wii U.
  2. Miiverse is gone so Blade Reports are unavailable for new gamers such as myself. Since I am not a fan of multiplayer games, this does not bother me, but I do think it is worth mentioning to new players.

So Is It Worth Playing?

Definitely! It’s so much so far and I am only on Chapter 3! The game has been fun and engaging. I love the combat, I love that I can create my own character, I love the massive open world I can explore! I cannot wait to play more of this game!

Have you played Xenoblade Chronicles X? What did you think of the game?