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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!
I've heard this game's battle system compared to Final Fantasy XII's and White Knight Chronicles, but I haven't played either of those games so I have no idea what to expect. I'm looking forward to my copy coming in the mail though! I wish it would come soon! The mail has been coming to my house really late in the day lately; it was almost dark before it arrived yesterday D:
EDIT: Mail finally came; got some other games, but no Xenoblade! Hopefully it'll come tomorrow.
Ok, I've only been playing for an hour so far, and it seems promising.
Gameplay feels almost like a hybrid of a JRPG and Diablo. Huge environments to explore stuffed full of critters and collectables. Pretty much every monster drops some sort of loot that can be used for various purposes.
Combat is interesting and seems to be set up around "Arts" (skills) that are used in real time. Your characters have their basic attack that autoattacks every few seconds whilst you're near an enemy in combat. Whilst that's going on, you can select one of your "arts" to perform instead of an auto attack. These Arts have different effects, which can also vary based on your position in combat (eg attacking from the side or behind). Arts can only be used periodically as they have cooldown times. Strategy involves using a particular Art that inflicts a state on an enemy, allowing a teammate to take advantage with an art of their own. Eg. your main character Shulk has his Talent Art "Turn Strike". This inflicts "Break" status on the enemy. This thus allows a party member to then use another art to inflict "Topple" status, further weakening the enemy.
Only (minor) gripe so far is the auto attack itself, I don't know why but I feel it'd be more satisfying to keep this as a manual option. I like pushing buttons to hit things. Having it happen on it's own feels a little weird. But I guess that allows you to focus on using your Arts without having to pause your attack.
I'll post some more impressions later as I get further into the game.
I don't like spiders, but that picture doesn't scare me away from this thread. They're just annoying to deal with IRL, and I also don't like pretty much anything that's creepy and crawly (spiders/bugs/etc.).
Irrationality is actually in the definition of phobia.
Anyway. Xenoblade thread. Thanks for the impressions. I'll probably steer clear of the thread until my own copy arrives, though. And judging by how long it's taking for X-pert to receive his, which shipped weeks before mine, it could be a while.
@Guillaume Maybe I used the wrong word, I was more trying to figure out where the fear comes from. I have an irrational fear of flying, but I can still pinpoint what it is connected to (not wanting to plummet to my death in a fiery plane crash, yada yada.) I'm just curious as to whether people with a real phobia of spiders to the point where they can't even look at the pictures are actually worried about them in real life, or just get nervous looking at pictures without connecting that to real life.
@Secret_Tunnel I guess, but that is looking at something that, by most accounts, is f-ed up. A spider existing is just sort of... nature.
@Guillaume Aww, I've been waiting to see how your Wii-modding is going to go! You're my guinea pig! DO it now so I know it's safe.
Also, I was just joking regarding the spider pic. I actually got Trish to show her the creepy spider and now it's gone! WAAHH. Furthermore, yeah, I have a friend who is ridiculously afraid of snakes. Like, a picture of Coily from Q*Bert would make her feel uneasy.