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Xenoblade Chronicles (Nintendo Wii) discussion [game]
 
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So there's lots of Xenoblade threads running around. Time for an official thread for impressions game discussion etc.

Whether you're a lucky resident of Europe or Australia, a North American who's decided to flip the bird to Nintendo and import, or even someone who simply wants to live vicariously through the experiences of others, this is the place you want to be!

EDIT: Roykoopa's Top 10 favourite Xenoblade music tracks!

AndIf you've beaten the game, click on over to roykoopa64's Xenoblade story and ending discussion thread (SPOILERS)! It's like this thread part two!

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Posted: 08/27/11, 03:25:28  - Edited by 
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@Shadowlink

Yeah, you're close. And you'll probably take the lead soon as I can't play it at all Th-Sat this week. I'm gonna miss it...
Posted: 09/12/11, 23:04:41
Okay so if I want to go and hack my Wii, would the best and easiest solution be this?



I know hinph posted it in another thread and it seems to be easy enough but I also heard of other alternatives to it. Is there any advantages/disadvantages to using one over the other? What happens if Nintendo releases a new system update? Is this rendered useless until a newer version comes out? And if a system update does come out, is there any worry about bricking my Wii if I install it with this on it? Sorry for all the questions but I just want to make sure before I take the necessary steps to play Xenoblade.
Posted: 09/19/11, 06:09:52  - Edited by 
 on: 09/19/11, 06:10:20
@VofEscaflowne

You only need to hack the Wii the one time, so it's not as if I've tried and compared several methods, but this one you posted is supposed to be the easiest, and it is indeed stupidly easy. So go for it.

Then, you want the Homebrew Browser on your Wii. That will allow you to download homebrew apps directly on your Wii (on your SD card) instead of having to download homebrew on your computer, copy it to the SD card, etc.

Okay, so from then on, you can ditch the PC and download homebrew apps directly from your Wii. What you want is to download Gecko OS. It's the app that allows you to boot PAL Wii games.

And I've heard that if a game disc has a firmware update on it, that same Gecko OS allows you to play the game without installing the update. But I haven't had to do that yet.

edit - Also, sorry about making you look for hinph's video like that! I did see your tweet, but then I forgot!
Posted: 09/19/11, 06:17:01  - Edited by 
 on: 09/19/11, 06:17:38
Guillaume said:
Havenít had time to play very much this week-end, sadly. Thankfully the fact that you can save at pretty much any time makes it pretty easy to jump in and play even for just half an hour, then stop. A bit disorienting, perhaps, but it ensures that I always feel like playing it unlike, say, Majoraís Mask, which represents such big time commitment (at least in my head) that I dread even starting it (so, I donít).

I listened the Roleplayerís Realm episode about Xenoblade in which the guy said the real star of the game is the world, and I agree 100%. While the characters and the plot are serviceable, they are not what draw me in. Theyíre okay, but I donít really care that much, at least for now.

But the scenery is just magnificent. It really is. I donít think Iíve ever seen a game world so majestic, so... vertical. Cliffs everywhere! And deep valleys, and waterfalls... itís gorgeous. And the weather and daytime/night time cycle just add to the immersion and the beauty. Recently before entering a cave, I had to navigate narrow paths over the void, in the rain, and in the distance I could see the red glow of what I assume is a Mechon base on the other titan. Itís awesome.

Finding a simple cave is such a treat, and not because of the loot Iíll find in it (itís rarely interesting) or the enemies. Dragon Quest VIII had similarly appealing scenery, I suppose, but the random encounters killed the fun. I explored solely because of the chests and special monsters. In Xenoblade, itís the simple appeal of exploring a cave because itís there. I donít think Iíve ever been into exploring for explorationís sake in a game before, or if I have, I donít remember.

And remember: I too am simply exploring the Bionis' knee. His fucking knee!

Iím about 9 hours in, Iím looking forward to playing more.

Sounds awesome, I love shit like that in games. Reminds me of the first time I played WoW like six years ago.
Posted: 09/19/11, 06:20:52
Okay so if I wanted to go ahead and update my Wii anyway, would I have to delete the whole homebrew stuff before updating it?
Posted: 09/19/11, 06:22:21
@Oldmanwinter

I've heard the comparison with WoW thrown around a lot. I want to eventually review Xenoblade, but I feel I should probably give WoW a shot to know what I'm talking about. I've watched someone play plenty of it, but... ugh.

Isn't WoW now free to play for like 30 levels? I guess I should try that eventually.

@VofEscaflowne

The update would actually probably remove the homebrew channel on its own.

It wouldn't brick your Wii if that's what you're worried about. But you can easily delete the homebrew channel yourself if you want, sure.
Posted: 09/19/11, 06:23:18  - Edited by 
 on: 09/19/11, 06:24:42
Well that's a bit more reassuring. The only reason I want this is to play Xenoblade anyway.. I wouldn't go ahead and do whatever other stuff you can do with it. At least I don't think so. Definitely not start downloading or pirating software.

What was the whole thing about people avoiding updates before when they had the homebrew stuff installed? Was this just with other methods that allowed people to install homebrew?

I'll try and stop with the questions. I feel like I'm spamming up this thread with topics that have already been addressed several times before
Posted: 09/19/11, 06:27:13  - Edited by 
 on: 09/19/11, 06:27:53
@Guillaume
Unfortunately I think you still need the game. I can give you a free trial via recruit-a-friend but you'll still need to find a way to download the game.

If you do decide to join (even just for the "free trial"...)

Horde Character -> Arthas
Alliance Character -> Zul'jin

And let me recruit-a-friend you. I doubt you'll subscribe but just in case I don't want to miss out on a bonus

One thing about WoW though... I hate the caves in tunnels in the overworld (dungeons are a different story). 99% of the time they follow the same exact layout and most of the time the scenery inside isn't very interesting anyway. It's just a mean to an end. The actual overworld's design and environment can be awe-inspiring at times though.
Posted: 09/19/11, 06:31:39  - Edited by 
 on: 09/19/11, 06:33:29
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@Guillaume
Unfortunately I think you still need the game. I can give you a free trial via recruit-a-friend but you'll still need to find a way to download the game.

If you do decide to join (even just for the "free trial"...)

Horde Character -> Arthas
Alliance Character -> Zul'jin

And let me recruit-a-friend you. I doubt you'll subscribe but just in case I don't want to miss out on a bonus

One thing about WoW though... I hate the caves in tunnels in the overworld (dungeons are a different story). 99% of the time they follow the same exact layout and most of the time the scenery inside isn't very interesting anyway. It's just a mean to an end. The actual overworld's design and environment can be awe-inspiring at times though.

I haven't played WoW since like two weeks after Lich came out and I got my DK to 80.

That said as far as what Guillaume is talking about above, it's the one game that exemplified that kind of exploration for me personally. Albeit my first toon to 60 was back in 04 so the game was both fairly stunning graphically and totally new. Also there were thousands of people leveling for the first time so we all kind of got to experience it together for the first time. Nobody had spreadsheets on how exactly to maximize dps and power level your guy, you just kind of went along and did it all however you wanted. It was in all honesty probably the most engrossing and fun game I've ever played during that time frame. Then you cap and start raiding and expansions came out and it became kind of a chore... all that said absolutely nothing can take away from my first trip to Azeroth. It was incredible.

Anyhow his post made me really want to play Xenoblade. There is something about a cohesive world that you actually feel like you are exploring with vastly different terrain, weather, day/night cycles, towns... it's one reason I tend to enjoy big production wrpgs like Elder Scrolls even if they have some problems. The immersion of the world is awesome. Honestly it's one of my favorite things in gaming.
Posted: 09/20/11, 04:21:06
Hmm, I'm probably not going to buy WoW just to trying it out. It's disappointing that it's not truly free to play.

I've hit a boss I can't beat. Good thing I can just teleport out of there. Shadowlink, X-pert74, let me know when you reach that part.

Or maybe you won't hit that brick wall, if you keep being thorough with the quests...
Posted: 09/21/11, 17:54:16
@Guillaume

I did all the timed ones (with a little help from the internet), and then moved on. But not far. I just met up with that dude in the tunnels under Colony 6.

Not sure how far away I am.
Posted: 09/21/11, 23:10:11
@Shadowlink

The timed ones? There are timed quests?
Posted: 09/21/11, 23:17:02
@Guillaume

Any quest with a stopwatch icon next to it is a 'limited time only' quest. Once you reach a certain point in the story (And there's no indication as to when that would be), those quests become unavailable.

Hence the unrelenting distraction of quests. I feel the need to make sure they're all taken care of before moving on.
Posted: 09/21/11, 23:39:01  - Edited by 
 on: 09/21/11, 23:39:30
Ah.

I'm pretty good at letting go in this game, actually.
Posted: 09/22/11, 00:01:24
I've already come across a lot of regular monsters in the field that are a few levels too high for me to beat, thus necessitating that I grind in order to be powerful enough to beat them. I'm only at level 10 at the moment though.
Posted: 09/22/11, 11:55:38
@X-pert74

You wait until you get to the Bionis Knee. Monsters 'a few levels' higher than you will be the least of your worries.

Seriously, Lv 70+? WTF?!
Posted: 09/22/11, 12:16:54
I just ordered my copy
Posted: 09/22/11, 13:31:48
@X-pert74

I'm pretty sure you're supposed to avoid them and come back later, not grind. That's what I'm doing, anyway.
Posted: 09/22/11, 14:26:20  - Edited by 
 on: 09/22/11, 14:26:37
@Guillaume Probably, haha. I usually intend to focus on the main story, but then I get carried away with some side thing while I'm playing. I've tried to find that one little guy's friend in Colony 9 to deliver a letter or something, but I have no idea where he is.
Posted: 09/23/11, 08:15:25
So I received this wonderful gem on Saturday. There was no way in hell I was going to import through retailers (it was either pay more, or wait more), so I had one of my buddies from the UK pick up a copy and mail it to me. It pays to have friends in different areas of the world.

Anyway, I think I really am turning into a casual gamer because this game is kind of intimidating. It's not so much the world in and of itself, but the combination of the scope of the world + all the side quests and shit is just too overwhelming, and it makes me not want to play it. I know I can ignore them, but I'm a bit OCD, and there's the affinity system, which I want to use to its fullest potential. Also, the battle system is very deep (even before the hour mark, you're introduced to things like aggro and break/topple/daze), and I'm lovin' the concept of ether gems, which is basically like materia from FF7.

One thing that has been a big help in this game is the streamlining of pretty much everything. Save wherever you want, follow the arrow for the next story point, follow the icon for story quests, gain experience by exploring, story notes, tutorials at your finger tips, etc. Everything is done as painlessly as possible, but even so, the game is just so massive that it can be off-putting. To contrast, I also nabbed Bit.Trip Complete over this week-end (SAGA was nowhere to be found) and I didn't even want to put it down. Like I said, I think I really am becoming a casual player.
Posted: 09/26/11, 19:02:01
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