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My FOURTH attempt at finishing Xenoblade Chronicles... here I go!

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With the release of Xenoblade Chronicles 2, I was looking forward to buying and playing it down the line, but now after being in this thread I've decided to give the first Xenoblade Chronicles yet another go, since I'll hold my hands up and say I've never finished it, not even close... loading my save file up on my Wii U (Got the digital version) and my longest playtime is six hours before giving up, lol. 

Since I really want to play Xenoblade Chronicles 2, I'm setting myself a challenge, that I can only buy it if I finish the first game... not sure about Xenoblade Chronicles X, don't own it and I hear it's not quite as good, so meh. 

I think the thing that made me stop playing everytime was that not only does it begin slow, but I found it a little overwhelming with all the stuff it throws at you through tutorials and stuff, yet at the same time felt like I didn't have a clue what I was supposed to be doing... 

If anyone has any tips or tricks that will help my playthrough to be more fun and/or easy, feel free to leave them here, although try and keep them as spoiler free as possible. 

Also another question, specifically for people who played it on Wii U... did you play on a TV or by using the Wii U Gamepad? Graphics look smoother and therefore better on the gamepad, but the text is smaller and if I remember right, could be a bit troublesome to read at times, whereas on a TV the graphics look like, for lack of better wording; complete arse, but the text is very much readable... and no matter how much I mess with the settings on my tele, I can't get the colour settings to match the gamepad, and I'm not sure which I prefer, lol. 



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Yeah the game kind of bored me the few times I tried to get into it. Good luck. I think I got a few hours in.



Well youre in for another 70 hours of fun



it admittedly does start out slow but then it really picks up during the second and third act



I avoided this game as much as I could until I saw it top the top 10 lists of Wii games/RPGs. It looked bad compared to other 7th gen RPGS, the art style wasn't what I was used to but I took a jump in, and don't ever regret it. The story and voice acting is nothing short of amazing and the battle system was unique for its time, at least on the Wii.

Just keep playing. If you ever think you're getting bored, just keep playing. The plot twists and characters alone were more than enough to keep me invested in the game. Pair that with an amazing soundtrack, and by the end I swear you'll cry. I beat it with my brother and being the "manly men" we thought we were, we were both trying to hold back emotion. It's just a well done story and overall amazing experience. It's not for everybody, no game is, but the game will find you if you're open to it, if that makes sense.

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Enjoy! The game is easily in my top 10, and I still find myself daydreaming about it.

Well, more often lately obviously.

That being said...there are some slow parts, and it's easy to get overwhelmed. If you're anything like me, my recommendation is to limit inventory management to once or twice a session, just to avoid getting tired of staring at numbers, and if you feel like there's too much to do, just focus on the main story. You can skip travel quickly anytime you want, so there's no need to try to do it all right away.

Of course, if you like inventory management, or like searching every nook and cranny of the world, no worries either!



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KLXVER said:
Well youre in for another 70 hours of fun

Oh so many hours of fun! *breaks down into tears*

Yerm said:
it admittedly does start out slow but then it really picks up during the second and third act

 

Ljink96 said:

I avoided this game as much as I could until I saw it top the top 10 lists of Wii games/RPGs. It looked bad compared to other 7th gen RPGS, the art style wasn't what I was used to but I took a jump in, and don't ever regret it. The story and voice acting is nothing short of amazing and the battle system was unique for its time, at least on the Wii.

Just keep playing. If you ever think you're getting bored, just keep playing. The plot twists and characters alone were more than enough to keep me invested in the game. Pair that with an amazing soundtrack, and by the end I swear you'll cry. I beat it with my brother and being the "manly men" we thought we were, we were both trying to hold back emotion. It's just a well done story and overall amazing experience. It's not for everybody, no game is, but the game will find you if you're open to it, if that makes sense.

So the pacing DOES eventually pick up, right? I mean, it must do since so many people LOVE the game, there's got to be SOMETHING other than the soundtrack, right? ...RIGHT?!

Just waiting for my Wii U Gamepad to charge, then gonna' start my (mis)adventure, lol. 



Super_Boom said:
Enjoy! The game is easily in my top 10, and I still find myself daydreaming about it.

Well, more often lately obviously.

That being said...there are some slow parts, and it's easy to get overwhelmed. If you're anything like me, my recommendation is to limit inventory management to once or twice a session, just to avoid getting tired of staring at numbers, and if you feel like there's too much to do, just focus on the main story. You can skip travel quickly anytime you want, so there's no need to try to do it all right away.

Of course, if you like inventory management, or like searching every nook and cranny of the world, no worries either!

... I like exploring, and the huge size of the game world interests me, so that's something I'll probably end up doing if I make it that far, lol. Is the inventory space limited then, or does it just make it easier having fewer items more organised? And yeah, as much as I love doing side quests and stuff, I think my best bet here would be to just focus on the story, at least during the first hours anyway...



I tried getting into Super Paper Mario like 3 times, but I just gave up on the game. If you don't like XC, then don't force yourself. We like what we like.



Bristow9091 said:

... I like exploring, and the huge size of the game world interests me, so that's something I'll probably end up doing if I make it that far, lol. Is the inventory space limited then, or does it just make it easier having fewer items more organised? And yeah, as much as I love doing side quests and stuff, I think my best bet here would be to just focus on the story, at least during the first hours anyway...

I believe your inventory space is pretty massive...I think it's finite but I don't recall having much trouble there. It's more just that you get new weapons and armor pretty frequently, and so if you go to your inventory to re-equip something every time you get something new, you're gonna spend a huge portion of your playtime there. I usually like to keep my inventory organized in RPGs and remove superceded equipment right away, but here it just wasn't practical. 

There are some nice side-quests, but most of them aren't very compelling, and feel like MMO tedium. Go slay a random boss or collect five carrots or something like that. They're handy to get more items or experience, but I would just recommend keeping those in the background rather than trying to get it all done right away.



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