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.
@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.
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!
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.
from the Cratere Nebula on Prison Island during second visit in the Kitchen area
from the Solare Nebula on Prison Island during 2nd visit in Corridor of Silence (5F)
Angel Engine X
Central 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.
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?
@DrFinkelstein 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.
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,
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.