14 May 2016 | residentgrigo
Neither Monolith Soft's best nor "worst"
The 1st disc of the infamously unfinished Xenoblade and the unconnected original Chronicles are the only worthwhile offerings from the developer. The rest ultimate crumbled under ambition, so I greatly welcome this new one-and-done approach. The melodramatic story gets good after a slow first act but don't ask me why the cringe worthy ?humor? had to increase and don't expect a resolving sequel. The gameplay, aka. the game's main selling point, is the same quality offering as last time but the lack of comfort during the quest-chains is a noticeable flaw. So is the lack of a MUCH needed manual/tutorials. The decision to go with an avatar protagonist is a bit awkward at times too but the narrative somewhat justifies it. I would have liked to select Japanese VAs, as last time, but the American ones do a decent job and the soundtrack is again a highlight despite it's sometimes inappropriate use. The graphics should also be the best the WiiU has to offer. I can ultimately recommend the game, mostly due to the lack of competition, but it is WAY too padded and ultimately inferior to the Wii predecessor.