Xenoblade Chronicles 2 - Review

Author: Biagio "Shinx" Etna
Date: 2020-07-31 00:22:27
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is an absolutely splendid game: it is useless to turn around too much, or to peek at the final vote hoping to justify the money already invested in the inevitable pre-order for some time. Anyone who has taken a leap of faith can breathe a sigh of relief and be widely satisfied. All the others, in the case, can safely run for cover and put their hand to the wallet, because Nintendo Switch has another gem on the crown of its line-up. The creature shaped by the talented developers of Monolith Soft cannot be said to be perfect, yet it manages to put the pieces of a video game tower of great emotional impact on one another, capable of surprising for depth and passion. Conceived as a canonical sequel to the title originally released for Nintendo Wii and then converted to 3DS, this Xenoblade Chronicles 2 arrives after the episode "X", published on Wii U and loved (with reserve) by fans of the saga. Leaving behind the ambitions of "fake" asynchronous MMO and the depersonalization of their avatars, this second chapter is only conceptually linked to the original, focusing on the introspection of the protagonists and a simple and exciting narration. The good news comes for anyone who wants to start the saga right here: in this case, there is no problem since Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is narratively autonomous, and apart from some nuances or quotes about the game universe, it remains perfectly usable even on its own.

The story comes to life slowly, in perfect harmony with the genre of belonging and the style of the developers, managing from the first steps on Alrest to capture the player's attention. Originally written by Tetsuya Takahashi, the screenplay was then developed and carried out by Yuichiro Takeda and Kazuho Hyodo, in a creative process devoted to setting up a complex and multifaceted world, rich in cultures, languages and religions. The artistic look, halfway between the modern fairy tale and the classic adolescent anime, could put on the one who lives all the fans of JRPG now saturated with similar incipits.

Regardless of the initial target, theoretically limited to those distinctive elements, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 manages to touch authentic and pure themes with rare simplicity. Far from the dark hues of darker productions (but not necessarily more mature), the title follows the stylistic features of the fairy tale, both for exposure and for narrative stratification. Even if weakened by some clichés of too much - above all aesthetic - the protagonists are represented in an ever more profound way compared to the initial apes, also thanks to an evolution of the plot on which I do not put my mouth to avoid spoiling. In fact, these continuous jolts at the various passages of the story will instill a sense of epicness to the entire narrative fabric which will be difficult to remain indifferent to.

Suspended in an ocean of clouds, the titans, the sad legacy of a millennial conflict, represent the last hope for any life on Alrest. Like giant floating islands, these wonderful beings are not, however, immortal, casting a shadow over the fate of the Alrestians. In this context, Ductor and Gladius stand out among the various populations for the particular bond that unites them. Extraordinary warriors the first, astral bodyguards the second, these two figures, in the role of the protagonists Rex and Pyra, are destined to draw a new line on the future of their world.