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Review

Xenoblade Chronicles X Review

  • First Released Dec 4, 2015
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  • Reviewed Nov 30, 2015
  • WIIU

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Of all the open-world games to come out this year, Xenoblade Chronicles X may be the most formidable. It is a truly enormous game, both in scale and scope, with towering animals and rock formations stretching as far as the eye can see. Even after as many as 60 hours, X continues to provide taller mountains to climb, and stronger opponents to topple, with no end of new challenges in sight.

At the same time, X is a long RPG with a thin story and repetitive, lifeless characters. You hear the same jokes over and over again, and endure drawn-out cutscenes with little to no emotional payoff. Like so many Japanese-made RPGs, X's serious moments are often undermined by the presence of a cute and cuddly sidekick. When you aren't wincing at the sight of Tatsu--the game's stuffed animal of choice--you may instead be reeling from the soundtrack, which is dotted with low-rent tracks that make you reach for the mute button.

These are reasons enough to walk away from most games, but X isn't most games. By offering a steady stream of challenges that take you to fantastic places and put you into fights at the feet of giants, X has no problem enticing you back for more. It's a feat of large-scale game design that would be impressive on any console or computer, let alone on the modestly-powered Wii U, and getting the chance to explore and fight in a world as impressive as this one is worth enduring a few annoyances along the way.

Your journey begins when you wake up in a life pod on Planet Mira. A spaceship that escaped from Earth crash landed here after just avoiding complete destruction in an alien conflict, and the few humans who remain are left to fight for the survival of species. As a member of Blade--the military organization in charge of scouring Mira and defending humanity--your primary goal is to locate the invaluable pod known as the Lifehold. If Blade can secure it, the safety of your colony--New Los Angeles---will be ensured. If it falls into the wrong hands, your time is up.

Healing your characters requires you to react to QTEs, which can be difficult during heated battles.
Healing your characters requires you to react to QTEs, which can be difficult during heated battles.

Apart from the odd name given to your colony, X's story isn't memorable, save for a couple twists. However, the context provides an excellent framework for exploration and combat. You play the part of a soldier on the frontier who treks across Mira, an ancient land whose features suggest a storied and chaotic past and whose inhabitants regularly dwarf your squad of explorers. Massive, electric creatures hover over land and sea, and spiders the size of small houses march across plains. Dinosaurs and mammals with feet taller than your character cast huge shadows over the land, and while I felt intimidated the first time I saw one of these monsters, I dreamt of the day that I would be strong enough to take one on in a fight. With enough time and energy, that dream can become a reality.

While some animals are content to leave you be, others are aggressive and will attack on-sight. You defend yourself and your team of three AI controlled soldiers in real-time combat which, for the most part, is a smooth and exciting experience. Every character has a melee weapon, a ranged weapon, and, depending on their class, a selection of offensive and defensive Arts (read: abilities) at their disposal. You earn new Arts when you level-up, and special class-based skills unlock every time you earn a new rank, so you have a steady stream of new abilities to experiment with as your adventure continues. Once you begin to identify skills that suit your play-style, you can invest a third measure of experience--battle points--to soup up your favorite moves and craft a unique fighting style.

After dozens of hours exploring on foot, the moment you jump into the pilot's seat of a Skell is an awakening.

Instead of casting healing spells or using consumable items to patch up wounded warriors, you rely on a QTE system, which is triggered by a complex series of events in battle. Something as basic as healing, in a game where combat is central to the experience, should be made clear from the start, but you're left to decipher a complex system, known as Soul Voices, where you assign automatic actions to very specific battle conditions. As much as you might want to, you can't totally control the tide of battle, so you pick and choose variables, praying that when the going gets tough, you've assigned a suitable automatic event to save the day. If this sounds confusing, it's because it is. While it's rare that you're left without an opportunity to recover some health, there are times when you wish that you could take matters into your own hands.

X does a poor job of explaining things in general, and you will spend a lot of time with the in-game manual, poring over pages in search of information. X allows you to dive deep into character progression and resource management but, without proper guidance, you will undoubtedly get lost. This may sideline more advanced pursuits in order to continue exploring and fighting--if only because those activities come so naturally.

You always remember your first Skell.
You always remember your first Skell.

Story missions set a good pace for exploration and skill development, and the conclusion of each chapter grants you access to a new series of rewarding side quests. It's unfortunate, however, that you can't organically weave your way from one chapter to the next. Each story mission comes with a set of prerequisites, such as surveying a percentage of Mira, or, collecting a certain number of items from the wild. Exploring Mira isn't big ask, because it's just another excuse to dive headlong into its captivating wilderness, but fetch quests aren't as simple as retrieving items from fixed locations; the items you have to collect appear at random, be it from enemies or in the wild. Sometimes you find exactly what you need in a matter of minutes, but on a bad day, it can take hours.

Though progression sometimes slows to a halt because you're required to complete a seemingly unimportant mission, grinding in any form can be made easier by recruiting other players' characters. By visiting a terminal at your base, you can spend in-game currency to hire avatars that people have shared online. While this isn't something you have to do often, hiring a high-level character can make it easy to grind for experience, or to venture into dangerous territory. Even though I couldn't chat with her and strategize, I still loved that I was able to recruit a level 60 character named Samus and watch her tear through a swarm of aliens when I needed it most.

Xenoblade Chronicles X is a feat of large-scale game design that would be impressive on any console or computer, let alone on the modestly-powered Wii U.

Exploration and missions are an important part of being a Blade soldier, but you are also responsible for setting up a network of devices to mine Mira's resources and gather information. Miranium is a key resource that can be invested in weapons and armor manufacturers in order to unlock powerful exotic gear. From your humble beginnings in kneepads and wrist guards, you slowly blossom into a skilled warrior who's decked out in the finest ornate alien equipment, and it’s all because of your efforts as an explorer. X has no shortage of wondrous sights to behold, but it also incentivizes you in other, more beneficial ways.

Just when you start to think that you've exhausted your hunt for new gear, you unlock Skells, which are X's giant bipedal robots. After dozens of hours exploring on foot, the moment you jump into the pilot's seat of a Skell is an awakening. It can transform into a vehicle on-the-fly, allowing you to traverse large swaths of land in a flash. You are considerably more powerful in combat, too, and you finally have a fighting chance against monsters that previously seemed out of your league thanks to your newfound beam saber and missile launchers. You can also trample over smaller enemies without skipping a beat; small being relative, of course, as practically everything in X is bigger than you when on-foot.

Where we're going, we don't need roads.
Where we're going, we don't need roads.

Your first Skell is just the beginning--there are multiple models to buy, each with over a dozen parts to customize and upgrade. Between your party of four and any Skells that you acquire, X gives you a near endless supply of goals to pursue and countless beasts to test your might against. After 65 hours doggedly chasing the next best thing in X, I felt like I had only scratched the surface, with game's the biggest challenges still ahead of me.

Mira and its inhabitants are awe-inspiring, and experiencing everything X has to offer is a monumental and rewarding task. It makes the journey consistently interesting by giving you intricate control over your characters' abilities and gear, and by offering a wealth of new toys to play with as time goes on. You will roll your eyes at characters, and bemoan the unnecessary story padding, but these frustrations are quickly forgotten when you head into the wilderness in search of unexplored territory and unforeseen challenges. X is a grand adventure that satiates your appetite for exploration and combat in ways that few games ever do, but because getting started is half the battle, it’s an experience reserved for dedicated players who have the patience and energy to unearth its greatest treasures.

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The Good
Impressive scale
Breathtaking landscapes
Captivating creature design
Tons of unlockables and quests
Exciting ground- and mech-based combat
Deep character progression and customization
The Bad
Inconsistent soundtrack
Ambiguous systems
Disappointing story
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Peter spent 65 hours in Xenoblade Chronicles X and still longs to uncover all of its secrets, but more importantly, all of its Skells. Nintendo provided a copy of the game for the purpose of this review.
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Undertow207

Bummer hearing about the lackluster characters, story and music since they were so amazing in the first Xenoblade.

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@Undertow207: The first had a bunch of the same problems though that Peter stated. The music i hear is different. I for one enjoyed Xenoblade Chronicles Music, but sometimes the battle music could have been better, sometimes it was slow paced. Im hoping from what ive heard this one will solve this issue, i heard X has more upbeat battle music.

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juboner

@mesome713: The music was good, but I spent so much time looking for area's or enemies within a region, that the music started to lull me to sleep. Got the game the same time I got my Sennheiser open ear headphones, so the music really sounded nice.

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Undertow207

@mesome713: It's pretty hard to top the day and night Valak Mountain music in the original Xenoblade. Especially the day music

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Yomigaeru

@Undertow207: The standout for me was Satorl Marsh at night. The music was just so haunting.

Eryth Sea, Valak Mountain, Agniratha...Xenoblade had a soundtrack I enjoyed almost as much as Okami and Xenogears.

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@Undertow207: True, it gives a very cold feeling. But the battle music is the same though. I sometime long for something more aggressive, more uptempo during my battles. Just to help me stay awake while grinding.

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Zzshock

I llay a game to have fun; I am fine with amazing gameplay. I am fine with masterful crafted, immersive environments to explore -even with standard gameplay and a pedestrian narrative. Not every game has to have high drama and create emotional attachment to be fun.

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Deveroth

literally not a single reference to the previous game in the series is a fucking joke.

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@Deveroth: It really has nothing to do with it though.

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Deveroth

@mesome713: aside from 95% of the name? you mean to tell me if you wrote this review, you wouldn't include at least a sentence saying how it compares to the other game with pretty much the exact same name? seems like this reviewer is lacking some perspective.

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Kiyosuyo

@Deveroth: So, when FFXV comes out they have to reference FFXIII in the review and compare it? It's basically the same thing here.

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Neurogia

@Deveroth: It's like the Final Fantasy series.

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@Deveroth: I might would have, but what is there to say? Game as some of the basic foundation but changes everything?

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whatsazerg

@Deveroth: It's not a sequel.... why would there be?

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Deveroth

@whatsazerg: why does it have the same name then, but with an X affixed to it?

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raydawg2000

@Deveroth: Have you ever heard of a seriess such as Final Fantasy or Grand Theft Auto to name a couple? Just because it shares a name doesn't mean its a sequel.

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SoulScribe

I finally have another reason to get a Wii U for other than SSB4. Though, I'll have to wait to the special Smash Direct as I think they might announce a new Smash for NX.

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Really_tho_bruh

@SoulScribe: So you didn't play Bayonetta 2. Gotcha

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Bexorcist

@really_tho_bruh: Not everybody likes female protagonists. I, fore example, can't stand to play an avatar that doesn't represent me in some kind of way, the gender-difference being a major obstacle (just for role-playing purposes).

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Really_tho_bruh

@Bexorcist: How pathetic

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carsomnyr

@really_tho_bruh: Unlike many people seem to think so role playing isnt looking at an ass made of pixels. Its actualy focusing and being that person, if you can be a female in your own head i think theres a term for it in real life...

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Really_tho_bruh

@carsomnyr: The term for playing as a video game character and not feeling emasculated by a bunch of pixels is called being a normal gamer who isn't a 10 year old. Truly pathetic

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carsomnyr

@really_tho_bruh: Lol i really wish i was 10 year old:) So i can play games allday rather than working:) And we are not talking about playing a video game we are talking about roleplaying in a video game please come back and comment when you can figure out the diffrence:)

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Really_tho_bruh

@carsomnyr: look here son, until you learn how to spell "I", "all", "day" and "difference", don't dare criticize someone's reading comprehension. Speaking of which you're reading comprehension skills are in sore need of improvement.

If you had any you would know that this started out talikng about Wii U games and someone complaining "I... can't stand to play an avatar that doesn't represent me in some kind of way". Play is the keyword here kid. Now you decided to worm your way into this and went off on a tangent. Next thing you know you're gonna bring up Spiderman. Trying to tell me of all people what was being discussed when the evidence is right there, Is almost as pathetic as you being to emasculated by playing as a female protagonists because your friends in the 3rd grade will laugh at you. Pathetic

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carsomnyr

@really_tho_bruh: "talikng" Master spelling there:P i rest my case:)

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Really_tho_bruh

@carsomnyr: sorry kid you don't have a case there when again you have more than couple of spelling errors. It's like trying to laugh at your teacher for dropping a pencil when you are soiling yourself. Top it all, that wasn't even your case, though of course even a child like you realizes when they can't argue further. Leave the arguments for the big kids and hopefully you grow up and are no longer afraid of women. Pixel women...

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carsomnyr

@really_tho_bruh: Wow arent you a special one:) you are the one who brought up spelling than telling me its not the case... So please stop jumping from subject to subject and decide which one to call everyone you see a kid and try acting all benevolent. Oh btw English isnt my native language so i can do quite a lot of grammer errors got a good excuse:) whats yours for writing so screwed up words? :P

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Really_tho_bruh

@carsomnyr: Thanks for proving my point again kid. You continue to deviate from the topic of being afraid to play as pixel women because it makes you feel emasculated. Don't tell me I'm the one jumping from subject to subject when that's what you're doing. But for the sake of things, I'll squash your newest deviation:

I'll call you a kid because you are. You're afraid to play as a pixel woman and afraid to actually go through with your dumb insults. "if you can be a female in your own head i think theres a term for it in real life..." I'm not even going to go into why this is a dumb statement. Its pathetic. Just as pathetic as you complaining I call you a kid, but you're not man enough to say what you mean.

I don't care if English isn't your native language or English is your final language. This statement only hurts your terrible argument. If this is the case, you shouldn't be criticizing other's reading comprehension. Especially since you can't spell so many words properly. As apposed to my one messed up word. You see I can make mistakes. i can afford to. I will not make several and at the same breath try to criticize someone and STILL be wrong. Which is what you did. Which is pathetic. Furthermore, its cute that you use that English isn't your native language as an excuse as if assuming that its a crutch. I am also did not speak English until 1 and a half years ago. You literally have no excuse

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carsomnyr

@really_tho_bruh: "@carsomnyr: look here son, until you learn how to spell "I", "all", "day" and "difference", don't dare criticize someone's reading comprehension. Speaking of which you're reading comprehension skills are in sore need of improvement."

Lets have look; Oh damn its you who decided to jump subjects and i replied you:) As for your Kid (Supoosed insult); It doesnt really work when the person calling you has less common sense than my 13/yo niece so please think for a few days and find a new one:) And take your last comment to whoever thought you English, lets see how many grammer errors in it but dont get me wrong i can read and understand it perfectly because i am not a one in a million like you who has issues of understanding statements with a couple grammer errors... Also i said exactly what i meant if you go ahead and call some guy "Pathetic" because he cant roleplay a woman you deserve whats coming your way, go ask a few doctors if its normal to try roleplaying a woman and beleiving it while you do :) Last note if you are gonna call me deluisional or stuff like that for being able to beleive what i am roleplaying while i do go ahead i got no issues for that matter.

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Really_tho_bruh

@carsomnyr: "Oh damn its you who decided to jump subjects" ... No its not. You know it. I know it. You are literally taking information out of context when the evidence is right there.

I could easily copy and paste part of what you're saying, such as this and say its deviating from the topic without quoting the whole thing despite it clearly being there:

"As for your Kid (Supoosed insult); It doesnt really work when the person calling you has less common sense than my 13/yo niece so please think for a few days and find a new one:) And take your last comment to whoever thought you English, lets see how many grammer errors in it but dont get me wrong i can read and understand it perfectly because i am not a one in a million like you who has issues of understanding statements with a couple grammer errors..."

I don't because I'm not a moron. Such a blatant fabrication while the evidence is right there is ridiculous. Speaking of what I just quoted...

You are claiming that I have grammar errors when you can't even spell grammar and you make more than several... in the very sentence you are criticizing grammar. This is what I mean when you shouldn't be criticizing anything regarding literal intelligence and why I brought it up in the first place. And yet you have the gall to say you're not an English speaker as if to self-victimize and excuse yourself for struggling whilst pretending to be very skilled at grammar. This all points to a kid talking. I also like how you try to insult your alleged 13 year old niece in the same line too because the mistakes and the foolishness written here is on a 3rd grade level.

I also like that out of all this drivel, you have literally only one sentence that even somewhat resembles the topic.

"Also i said exactly what i meant if you go ahead and call some guy "Pathetic" because he cant roleplay a woman you deserve whats coming your way, go ask a few doctors if its normal to try roleplaying a woman and beleiving it while you do"

Before I continue let me reiterate what I have said already...

"If you had any you would know that this started out talikng about Wii U games and someone complaining 'I... can't stand to play an avatar that doesn't represent me in some kind of way'. Play is the keyword here kid. Now you decided to worm your way into this and went off on a tangent... Trying to tell me of all people what was being discussed when the evidence is right there, Is almost as pathetic as you being to emasculated by playing as a female protagonists because your friends in the 3rd grade will laugh at you. Pathetic"

What's hilarious is that I forgot I assumed you were in third grade, but your last comment reminded me. Moving forward, no one is talking about role-playing as a woman. We are talking about a video games where you feel emasculated playing as pixel women. That is pathetic. In spite of your spitefulness, the only thing coming my way is the satisfaction of knowing I am factually correct. I can't even read your last sentence because its so improperly written it hurts to read. I assume you think I would call you delusional for being afraid of pixel women. I won't nor never will I due to the fact that you're a kid and kids tend to be immature. However, I will say that its pathetic because it is. Pathetic.

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carsomnyr

@really_tho_bruh: Do you even have the capability to read the comments in order?

"@really_tho_bruh: Lol i really wish i was 10 year old:) So i can play games allday rather than working:) And we are not talking about playing a video game we are talking about roleplaying in a video game please come back and comment when you can figure out the diffrence:)"

Me replying to you with the exact subject and adding a joke about you calling me a "Kid"

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@carsomnyr: look here son, until you learn how to spell "I", "all", "day" and "difference", don't dare criticize someone's reading comprehension. Speaking of which you're reading comprehension skills are in sore need of improvement.

If you had any you would know that this started out talikng about Wii U games and someone complaining "I... can't stand to play an avatar that doesn't represent me in some kind of way". Play is the keyword here kid. Now you decided to worm your way into this and went off on a tangent. Next thing you know you're gonna bring up Spiderman. Trying to tell me of all people what was being discussed when the evidence is right there, Is almost as pathetic as you being to emasculated by playing as a female protagonists because your friends in the 3rd grade will laugh at you. Pathetic"

And this is where you jump topics and go for my wrtiting skills. So what evidence was that were you talking about again? You just jumped subject and tried to be dominant in the conversation with a subject which had nothing to do with what we are discussing. As for your precious grammar; Someone else making mistakes doesnt take away yours so either be perfect or stop trying to give lessons.

"This is what I mean when you shouldn't be criticizing anything regarding literal intelligence and why I brought it up in the first place."

Roleplaying and literal in the same sentence? Because you know we are talking about roleplaying not video games as i stated before "Roleplaying in videogames" This is what you commented as "Pathetic" This is the subject; So stop being so arrogant and read the whole thing again because i am highly doubting you managed to grasp what the subject is...

Bexorcist

"@really_tho_bruh: Not everybody likes female protagonists. I, fore example, can't stand to play an avatar that doesn't represent me in some kind of way, the gender-difference being a major obstacle (just for role-playing purposes)."

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Really_tho_bruh

@carsomnyr: Ok so I was nice enough to give you over a week to correct yourself. After all, you are quoting me. So it is facepalm worthy to say the least.

"Roleplaying and literal in the same sentence?" Where? Where do you see this? This is what I mean when I tell you not to try to criticize others when you are so flawed intellectually in anything you say.

Moving on...

look here son, until you learn how to spell "I", "all", "day" and "difference", don't dare criticize someone's reading comprehension. Speaking of which you're reading comprehension skills are in sore need of improvement.

If you had any you would know that this started out talikng about Wii U games and someone complaining "I... can't stand to play an avatar that doesn't represent me in some kind of way". Play is the keyword here kid. Now you decided to worm your way into this and went off on a tangent. Next thing you know you're gonna bring up Spiderman. Trying to tell me of all people what was being discussed when the evidence is right there, Is almost as pathetic as you being to emasculated by playing as a female protagonists because your friends in the 3rd grade will laugh at you. Pathetic"

"And this is where you jump topics and go for my wrtiting skills."

Hmm... actually sounds like I made a mention about you trying to criticize me for something when you were making far worse mistakes. And I did this in 2 sentences. With the second transitioning to the actual topic which is clearly much bigger than the two sentences.

What did you say again that made me say that first two sentences and then the full paragraph that you quote yet somehow ignore? oh right

"And we are not talking about playing a video game we are talking about roleplaying in a video game please come back and comment when you can figure out the diffrence :)"

Intelligence is useless amirite?

"So what evidence was that were you talking about again?"

clearly the paragraph you quoted and then ignored.

"You just jumped subject and tried to be dominant in the conversation with a subject which had nothing to do with what we are discussing."

I am dominant and clearly I did not change any subject

"As for your precious grammar; Someone else making mistakes doesnt take away yours so either be perfect or stop trying to give lessons."

"look here son, until you learn how to spell "I", "all", "day" and "difference", don't dare criticize someone's reading comprehension." ... So what I'm getting from this, on top of the fact that you tried to make use English isn't your first language as an excuse, is that you like to demean others and make stupid errors without criticism. Throwing rocks in a glass house is both dumb and sad.

"Because you know we are talking about roleplaying not video games as i stated before "Roleplaying in videogames" This is what you commented as "Pathetic" This is the subject; So stop being so arrogant and read the whole thing again because i am highly doubting you managed to grasp what the subject is..."

I'll say it AGAIN: ""look here son, until you learn how to spell "I", "all", "day" and "difference", don't dare criticize someone's reading comprehension."

"@really_tho_bruh: Not everybody likes female protagonists. I, fore example, can't stand to play an avatar that doesn't represent me in some kind of way, the gender-difference being a major obstacle (just for role-playing purposes)."

Ok kid, this is what I mean. Yes I did call it pathetic. It is. That's not the subject. This is:

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SoulScribe - 20 days ago

I finally have another reason to get a Wii U for other than SSB4. Though, I'll have to wait to the special Smash Direct as I think they might announce a new Smash for NX.

Really_tho_bruh - 20 days ago

@SoulScribe: So you didn't play Bayonetta 2. Gotcha

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Is that so hard to understand kid? You are talking about reading the whole thing but throughout your little thing you've been doing you didn't even read the FIRST or SECOND comment. Is it clear enough for you here? hm? There is a reason I find your whole thing and Bexorcist pathetic. You are afraid of women. Pixel women. You're willing to spread that fear in places it clearly does not belong. In the future, at learn to use common sense before trying to criticize others for common and sense rather than getting salty when they expose you :)

Pathetic.

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Metallinatus

@SoulScribe:

Yes, they will announce a game for an unannounced console....

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AFMSASMTH

To each his own, but I don't understand playing a game just for its challenges and exploration, especially a game this big. If there is no story to make it fun, it is pointless to me.

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Exceed20XX

@afmsasmth: I can kind of see it. I played games like Fallout 3 and NV more for the exploration and such than the story long term.

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@afmsasmth: Cause there is a story to make it fun?

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RogerioFM

@mesome713: Not a good one according to the reviewer.

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@RogerioFM: He stated disappointing, not that it wasnt good. All that means is that he had high expectations and it didnt meet them. Maybe the story is great, but he was hoping for epic?

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RogerioFM

@mesome713: "At the same time, X is a long RPG with a thin story and repetitive, lifeless characters. You hear the same jokes over and over again, and endure drawn-out cutscenes with little to no emotional payoff."

"Apart from the odd name given to your colony, X's story isn't memorable"

"You will roll your eyes at characters, and bemoan the unnecessary story padding"

If all that doesn't mean bad, then I don't know what does.

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@RogerioFM: Funny, cause Xenoblade Chronicles had a bunch of the same problems and it was an epic story. Ive played many awesome stories that are not memorable.

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RogerioFM

@mesome713: Friend, if a story is awesome and epic, its memorable. For something to be memorable it must be special somehow for good or bad and easily remembered. It's impossible for an awesome and epic story to not be memorable. Hell, a terrible story can be memorable by how horrible it is, as long as you remember something easily as something special, good or bad, it's memorable.

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@RogerioFM: Not true, we humans remember bad memories more then good. I have so many awesome story games that ive played that i cant remember. I would need a recap to bring it back. Heck i cant even remember most of Game of Thrones and that story was epic.

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csward

@mesome713: Not being memorable means it's not good enough to be remembered for being especially good or bad. One day when you get older you'll realize you'll be unable to recall the less memorable plots/characters.

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@csward: Not true, it can mean its not easy to remember. He sure did remember all the bad stuff though didnt he? Thats cause its easier to remember the bad over the good. Just means it was nothing special, doesnt mean it was bad.

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RogerioFM

@mesome713: Look if the bad overweight the good, then it means the story is bad.

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@RogerioFM: I wouldnt say bad though, if this story was bad, every single critic would be destroying the game for it. But its true it doesnt appear to be epic like the first, which could be disappointing.

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@mesome713: Ah well, this could be true, I was merely talking about his particular reviewer.

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@RogerioFM: He could think its bad, but for someone who looks on the bright side like i do, its too hard for me to tell.

He states it has repetitive dialogue, which so did Xenoblade Chronicles, people made fun of it cause they say the same stuff over and over. He states one of the characters is way too silly and he has a hard time taking it serious. Riki from Xenoblade Chronilces was built this same way, he was very silly, even his weapons were silly, i mean the dude has a weapon thats a dead fish. And story padding? Peter would say the same thing about Zelda and still say its story is epic, so its hard to tell.

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@mesome713: You humans do :p, but I was talking about the meaning of the word 'memorable', not discussing psychology.

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@RogerioFM: Good things can be hard to remember, Thats just how things are.

Xenoblade Chronicles X More Info

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  • First Released Dec 4, 2015
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    • Wii U
    Xenoblade Chronicles X is the next massive sci-fi role-playing game from Monolith Soft, the creators of Baten Kaitos and Xenoblade Chronicles.
    8.7
    Average Rating79 Rating(s)
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    Developed by:
    Monolith Soft
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    Nintendo
    Genre(s):
    Role-Playing, Action
    Content is generally suitable for ages 13 and up. May contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling and/or infrequent use of strong language.
    Teen
    Animated Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol, Violence