Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country (2018) [Switch]

My long-form critique of Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country is live over at The Well-Red Mage!

The Well-Red Mage

One can furnish a room very luxuriously by taking out furniture rather than putting it in.
-Francis Jourdain

cba1 “The following is a contributor post by the Middle-aged Horror Mage.”

Sometimes second chances can be wonderful things. Last year’s Xenoblade Chronicles 2 provides the perfect example, as I downright loathed the game at launch and it somehow ended up as my current favorite title on the Nintendo Switch. I can’t quite put my finger on the exact “why,” but I abandoned the JRPG around the 10-hour mark and even came close to selling it off. I liked the combat but found it exhausting, didn’t care for the look of the characters, but found them interesting, and so it went — for everything I liked there was something I didn’t.

A couple of months went by and I decided to give it another shot. Why not, right? Then one day…

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