Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – Mechanical Rhythm

Xenoblade Chronicles was quite a surprise for me. Heck, I was a second-winger, a Johnny-come-lately, who only expressed interest in the series after Shulk showed up in Super Smash Bros. 4 and was not only a super-cool designed character with a wicked sword and awesome playstyle, but holy crap the soundtrack’s awesome and wait they all live on giant Titans who died after fighting a bajillion years ago!? That’s awesome! And then it was also a good game with intriguing combat, a great setting, and characters who actually learn and change over the course of the game. By the end of the game, it really felt like I had accomplished something and gone through an amazing adventure.

Unfortunately, its successor, Xenoblade Chronicles X, was a huge step backwards. The setting was much more boring, a generic sci-fi “world got blowed up humans are adrift in space” story. The characters were much flatter, not as endearing, the soundtrack was – aside from a couple standouts – pretty awful, and the combat just not as engaging due to the lack of Chain Attacks, which made it feel like it was missing something. Oh, and your protagonist doesn’t really feel like they matter much over the course of the adventure! To this day I still haven’t finished the game.

So with a return to a more fantastical setting and yet more modifications to the combat, as well as actually having something that can be described as a “xenoblade” central to the plot, it’s time to see if Xenoblade Chronicles 2 can pull things back. (Huh, two games in a row with the Xeno- prefix. That’s… strange.)

(Full disclosure – I haven’t actually finished this game yet, unlike every other game I’ve reviewed. I am, however, over thirty hours in – which I know isn’t a lot in Xenoblade time. But I definitely feel super-strongly about the gameplay in this game at the very least and that’s the part of the game I love the most. If things change after I’ve finished, I might make an edit, but fair warning.)

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Let’s not lose our heads, though!

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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch – Dinosaurs Balancing on Balls

Nintendo’s hybrid handheld is gettin’ some love lately, and I gotta admit, I’ve been playing it pretty regularly as of late – at least, much more than I am my Wii U. With so many games coming to the Switch you’d never have believed coming, from DOOM to L.A. Noire, it seems like the Switch has a power level beyond our reckoning… one that might well surpass nine-thousand. With that tired meme out of the way, here’s a look at Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch.

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Ai wo torimodose! …Wait, wrong franchise…

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Super Mario Odyssey – You Could Say My Hat is Off to You

It’s been a while, but I’m back with a new review of a brand new Nintendo Switch game that has captured the hearts of many with its haberdashery havoc. That’s right – today we’re takin’ a look at Super Mario Odyssey – one of the best damn Mario games I think I’ve ever played.

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That Bowser’s up to no good again, isn’t he?

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – You Live, You Die, You Live Again

With a brand-new console comes a brand-new wave of quick-and-dirty ports, ready to fill in the gap between the big titles. In need of a really definitive multiplayer game (Puyo Puyo Tetris doesn’t count), how will the Switch form an online userbase before Splatoon 2 comes out? With one of those quick-and-dirty ports, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

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Ruining friendships, one Blue Shell at a time.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Hyrule Hysteria

Welp. The latest in the highly-acclaimed Legend of Zelda series has finally come out on Nintendo Wii U and Switch, and when all is said and done, how good is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild after all the waiting?

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I think Nintendo misspelled “breadth”…

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F-Zero GX – You Lose

Gamers seem to often have a slight masochistic bend to them. What with the popularity of games like Dark Souls and the like, which sell themselves on the fact that you will die, and you will die a lot. While F-Zero GX didn’t really sell itself on that, it is quite possibly the Dark Souls of racing games.

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Are you prepared to play the game? The dare’s the only price for fame…

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Metroid: Other M – Killed In Action

I can’t really avoid it anymore, can I? The time has finally come.

Alas, we must end the March of Metroid on a low note. The lowest note of the whole series. Because as great as the Metroid series is, not even it survived the shot in the foot that is Metroid: Other M. Abandon all hope, ye who play this game, for it is bad. Unspeakably bad.

Get ready. You’re in for a long ride.

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Objections? Ehhhh, I’ve got a few maybe…

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