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January 25, 2014, 22:29:43
Hail to thee, O Xenoblade!
The game we all hold dear
For thou art full of countless quests
And treasures, hopes and cheer

A game we all saw to the end
The story now complete
We sing your praises far and wide
You truly are elite.

Wait, did I say we have all beaten the game? *cough*
Well, I did pour around thirty hours into it. That's about the length of an average Zelda game, so I definitely got my money's worth, right? RIGHT?

The truth is, I love Xenoblade. I was one of the people who imported the game from Europe back before the rainfall operated on it, officially birthing it from Gamestop's North American womb.
Heck, I even possibly gave North America its first Reyn Time reference in the form of comic GOLD. A reference I knew would fall on deaf ears, yet one that was important to all of humanity.

GOLD, I tells ya!

Yes, I loved Xenoblade so much that I even championed it on the 22nd episode of the Negative World Podcast. I had nothing but wonderful things to say about the game. The huge, exploration-heavy Japanese RPG. The wonder of wonders. The miracle of miracles!

This is where the game is kept in my house.

Unfortunately, not long after my stellar performance on the Podcast, Shulk and company came across a humongous, vertical forest city populated by little bouncy anime mascots. That's when the sheer enormity of the game made my mind snap. That was when the Dark Times began. THAT was when I stopped playing Xenoblade Chronicles.

This photo was taken the exact instant I stopped playing.

Over the time that followed, I have often been reminded of my failure to continue the game. Due to this failure, I have secretly hoped that Monolith Soft's upcoming Wii U game, X isn't a direct sequel to Xenoblade! How awful is that?
Similarly, if you were to take a look at my 3DS Puzzle Swap collection, you will notice that the Xenoblade Puzzle hasn't been given much love. Yes, I gave more attention to the Concentration Training puzzle, and I have never touched that game in my life.

I still ended up with more pieces than I had hoped for. Seen here, with Prawn Mario.

This is my cry for help. A few days ago I attempted the impossible: To return to a giant JRPG after a two year respite. I now have no clue how the fighting mechanics work, though I once recall having mastery over all of its intricacies. Now I simply mash the buttons and hope for success. From mastery to mashery.

I must admit, I forgot some other things about the game...

What have I done? Has the sheer immensity of this game been its downfall in my eyes? That same immensity that once had me shouting from the rooftops?
I yearn to play this game again, and I'm willing to bet there are a few others in the same boat. I dare not start the game anew since I am still quite familiar with the story, and I don't have the time to devote to retreading old ground. I simply require a refresher course on the game's battle mechanics. I am ready for that course!

Who shall join me?

I pledge to beat you, Xenoblade!
I shall right an awful wrong
Two years of ignoring you
Is simply far too long.

I shall give your rightful due
This is an honest vow
Never before has it been
Such Reyn time as is now.

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Posted: 01/25/14, 22:29:43  - Edited by 
 on: 01/25/14, 22:28:01    
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Lol, yeah, I think it does pretty much as soon as you step outside Colony 9 or something, but hey, there's a lot of stuff to take in and icons to keep track of.

Posted by 
 on: 01/31/14, 22:33:01

I wasn't working on it for eight years straight, but yes, this project was totally "open" longer than I've known my wife. Pretty weird to think about.

Posted by 
 on: 02/02/14, 00:30:55
@ploot It took me a while to find that out also, or at least, it was a while into the game before I realised that the Collectopedia isn't a log book and I have to actually place an item into it. It's a little weird.

Posted by 
 on: 02/02/14, 02:02:08
Nobody else has joined me? Boooo.

I'm moving along story-wise. Metal Face/Mumkhar just dun 'sploded.

I'm having some trouble with a couple timed sidequests, but I THINK I can do it. The Mechon in Sword Valley that cause "surprise sidequests" have been tough. I managed to defeat them all so far, except for the biggie behind GATE 3. GRARGGG!

Posted by 
 on: 02/06/14, 04:22:26

In the past week I've logged nearly 10 hours! Well, since you made the thread. I can't play till next week but I plan to continue.

I'm trying to level up my 75-76 team to somewhere in the 80s, expand my arts as much as possible, and I did Colony 6 stuff the best I could. There is one thing I can't complete because those areas are sealed off now per story progression. Wish I had known. Though I guess I don't know if I will be able to go back or not... I'm definitely not at the end of the game. I don't think I'm at the final boss either.

Posted by 
 on: 02/06/14, 05:27:42
What item is it? You can trade for most of them by expanding your affinity with other areas.

Posted by 
 on: 02/06/14, 07:05:57

Inferno Element2from the Cratere Nebula on Prison Island during second visit in the Kitchen area
Bolt Element2from the Solare Nebula on Prison Island during 2nd visit in Corridor of Silence (5F)
Angel Engine X1Central Factory; also traded by Shilx after he moves to Colony 6

I'm working on getting enough populace in Colony 6 for Shilx to arrive but that doesn't help me with the other two. Then again, I can't remember if I've been to Prison Island twice and if it's truly blocked off forever at this point. I'm currently grinding before the boss where you're in the Bionis' Heart. Feel free to nudge but just don't spoil forward plot details. It's okay for me to know how close I am to the final boss sequence or whatever though relatively.

Posted by 
 on: 02/06/14, 13:52:59  - Edited by 
 on: 02/06/14, 13:53:36
I wouldn't worry about the Prison Island items

Posted by 
 on: 02/06/14, 15:57:05

Noted. For now I will level up via quests and battle those monsters in hopes of Advanced Arts Books drops. I saw which monsters drop them, but any tips from anyone on how best to go about getting the best chance for them?

Posted by 
 on: 02/06/14, 17:21:21
Check out Riki's skill trees. He's got skills that increase the probability of silver and gold chests, which will contain more rare items. If you're fighting a group of enemies at the same time you increase the likelihood of them dropping better chests as well, but I honestly don't remember if it's something you can force or if it's limited to groups that come together naturally.

Posted by 
 on: 02/06/14, 17:33:25
Who are these people? What are these places? *sigh*, can't read thread.

Posted by 
 on: 02/06/14, 23:43:04
I must say that I'm moving along quite nicely. I've just met the friendly denizens of Mechonis and I am enthralled by the game all over again!

None of that stuff is really spoilerish. Fink's mostly talking about sidequest characters up there.

The big spoilers have been spoilered out, and I must hold back from looking.

Posted by 
 on: 02/07/14, 00:33:52

I absolutely wouldn't blow anything of concern. From my point of view, for someone to know there's something called Prison Island, they have no idea what it could be, if it's even an island or a metaphor, or what have you. Plus as long as people don't linger on it and think too much, it wont be stuck in their heads really.

Where I last spoiler texted I mention the specific location I am at, which I think is pretty cool, and it's memorable enough to stick in someone's head so I dunno I spoiler texted it.

In the end though everyone sees things differently in terms of spoilers and my question is for Stache,


When are you going to start playing? I think you'll get a lot out of Xenoblade Chronicle threads once you start really playing.

Posted by 
 on: 02/07/14, 02:40:29
I am now at the factory in the chest of the Mechonis. PHEW! My party is currently at level 65. Not too shabby, I must say!

Posted by 
 on: 02/07/14, 09:07:17

I don't know. I'm trying to finish Breath of Fire II (you know, that Epic Center thing that nobody finished?), start Paper Mario (the new Epic Center thing), and get into a good rhythm for the upcoming few weeks. NASCAR starts up again, which means I'm typing for over 4 hours a week, on top of watching the stuff. I can probably play Xenoblade while watching races. I don't mind doing stuff like that.

Posted by 
 on: 02/09/14, 00:49:08

Xenoblade battling can be pretty good for multitasking. You might want to pause the races for story cutscenes but otherwise, that could work.

Posted by 
 on: 02/09/14, 02:40:10

"Pause the races." Pfffft. Pause the GAME. Come on, man.

Posted by 
 on: 02/09/14, 02:51:04
Just look outside your window and watch some cars driving that way

Posted by 
 on: 02/09/14, 05:01:14

Good luck trying to pause during a cutscene. That's what I was getting at.

Though I guess you could go into the Wii menu. That might not be locked down.

Posted by 
 on: 02/09/14, 17:19:37  - Edited by 
 on: 02/09/14, 17:19:59
The Wii menu button definitely pauses the game during cutscenes. I've had to do it a few times myself.

Posted by 
 on: 02/09/14, 20:16:59
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