Friday! Video games! Let’s talk!
Shortly after last weekend’s wrap-up, I completed Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom on PS4. It was an incredibly well-made JRPG with an enjoyable action combat system, colorful world, a rewarding kingdom building mini-game, and storybook fantasy narrative. The final chapters did address last week’s concerns about the game’s lack of character development, but I still feel it could have been better in that regard.
With Ni no Kuni II out of the way, I’ve managed to spend ~6 hours in Torna: The Golden Country and so far I’m loving every minute of Xenoblade Chronicles 2’s standalone prequel DLC.
Torna takes place 500 years prior to the events of the core game but still has you visiting some familiar locales and interacting with a few familiar faces. The music is absolute perfection and a strong contender for my favorite soundtrack of 2018. Some of Xenoblade Chronicles 2’s tracks return in an arranged format, and they’re *so damn good*. Sometimes I find myself just exploring Gormott while letting the new arranged track loop in the background. The new battle theme is also incredible if you’re a fan of Persona.
Combat is a bit different this time around, as you can swap between battling as your Driver and Blade (unlike the core game which only allowed you to play as Drivers — and Tora). This gives it a bit more of a dynamic approach as you now have 7 abilities to play around with in longer battles, along with abilities that can only be used by those filling the support role.
There’s no more salvaging, town building, or core crystal opening. Instead, Torna focuses on key characters and Blades, makes leveling up a bit easier by unlocking abilities faster, and player exploration.
I’m only 6 hours in so far, but it’s shaping up to be a stellar experience.
What about you, folks? Any gaming plans this weekend?