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BlueOcean

@Darknyht One game that really impressed me on Wii was Monster Hunter Tri. Yes, it has loading screens but the world looks so nice and the monsters are really impressive. The Darkside Chronicles is probably the best-looking Wii game (probably the best-looking SD game ever) but it is a rail shooter (ha!).

The best-looking Wii U game in my opinion in XCX. Breath of the Wild has a few more modern features like dynamic lighting but Mira looks much better overall and so do the creatures. Breath of the Wild is like an evolution of Skyward Sword's visual style. I am still halfway in XCX but I already consider it the best Wii U (original) game overall.

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Darknyht

@BlueOcean I am afraid I started with MH3U so going back to Tri would be a downgrade for me, although I've read the animation was impressive. I am impartial to Blue Ocean, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Xenoblade Chronicles (just the sheer amount of world they built). Metroid Prime 3 would be another one that impressed me, but I believe Art Direction/Style is just as important as polygon count.

Below is a link to Xenoblade Chronicles on Dolphin in HD (but using a texture pack to further improve the graphics). The Monster Hunter Tri version looks equally impressive, but to me it just looks how the Wii U edition runs.

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BlueOcean

@Darknyht Wow, I probably should have played XC like that, the higher resolution alone is a noticeable upgrade: grass, texts...

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subpopz

Storywise alone I'd recommend playing XC1. It has it's faults, but I did enjoy it.
And also XC1 & 2 are directly connected storywise, so for that added bit it's worth it. I feel pretty much the same way @ReaderRagfish does in what he said about it, so I won't repeat that. It is really long, but I played the 3DS version which is quite a downgrade in visuals, but the portability let me get through it relatively fast compared to if I was playing solely on a TV.
XC2 (&Torna) I absolutely adored. Still holding out hope for a XCX Switch port before I commit to buying the Wii U version.

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BlueOcean

If he is going to play XC2 it would be recommendable at least to watch the cutscenes of XC (with the textures pack applied if possible). Too bad XC doesn't have a theatre mode but I will probably watch the cutscenes again before playing XC2 (& Torna).

EDIT: Does XC2 recap XC1?

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ReaderRagfihs

It's a common beginner's mistake to stick to a team of Shulk, Reyn, and Sharla. They're not bad by any means and every character in the game is viable, but Reyn and Sharla aren't great for certain situations.

Tanks in this game are often better off having high speed and evasion like Dunban, rather than high defense and HP like Reyn. And having a dedicated healer like Sharla is usually less effective than having a high offense and a couple of healing moves, like Shulk and Riki.

But again, I'm definitely not saying they're bad. With the right moves equipped and leveled, Reyn can absolutely decimate enemies. I'm just saying that certain characters are better for certain situations, and Reyn and Sharla tend to struggle with the difficult bosses.

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EvilLucario

Honestly Xenoblade as a whole always struggled with difficulty. 1 and 2 are massive cakewalks. Disciple Lorithia wasn't too bad, I actually struggled more with the boss right after because I was a bit underleveled so I couldn't hit him at all, which was not the case for Lorithia. X was harder, but sometimes for extremely bad reasons because if you thought the AI in 1 and 2 are bad (which they aren't, they're actually pretty competent), the AI in X is absolutely useless. They don't understand TP management, Overdrive, and secondary cooldowns at all, whereas in 1 and 2 they know how to fight much better. X is still held up by the best combat you as the avatar can do, though.

Overall though, I rank X > 2 > 1 > Torna DLC > Xenogears. Torna DLC is really good too, but the combat is actually more of a downgrade than an upgrade from 2 imo, contrary to what most people seem to say. Xenogears is just awfully aged in gameplay, but it has a really good story. Theoretically it beats all the Xenoblade games, but Xenogears has bad pacing problems and Disc 2 is just awful from a storytelling perspective.

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BlueOcean

@ReaderRagfish Indeed! My final team was Shulk, Dunban and Riki:

http://www.nintendolife.com/forums/wii/xenoblade_chronicles_h...

I consider Shulk a must because he is versatile and because of the bad AI if you are controling him you can make the most of his powerful Monado special moves, rotational damage and limited healing abilities.

@EvilLucario 1 and 2 massive cakewalks LOL. Well if you grind a lot any JRPG is a cakewalk. I haven't played 2 but 1 has crazy difficulty spikes.

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EvilLucario

@BlueOcean I barely grinded in 1 and 2. In 1 on my first playthrough, I blitzed through the game doing the bare minimum and didn't care about sidequests since I gave up trying to do them all after Satorl Marsh. I finished the game within 45 hours on my first playthrough.

I did grind in X, but that was postgame to make some overpowered builds and for postgame.

2 is even easier because the XP you get from exploring is more than enough to always let you be on the same level as the enemies you should be facing, and I beat that game in 60 hours since I was more interested in the side content there but I still prioritized the main game.

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ReaderRagfihs

Even with my gem making and side quests, I definitely had to do some grinding in 1.

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EvilLucario

@ReaderRagfish The only time I had to grind was during the boss right after the point of no return at the end of the game, and that was only because I literally could not hit him due to being underleveled. So I did grind there, but that's it.

If you want to do the sidequests though, oh boy oh boy. Just doing sidequests in 1 as a whole is grinding personified because those sidequests were hot garbage.

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ReaderRagfihs

@EvilLucario Yeah, the sidequests were pretty boring. But since you usually didn't have to return to the quest giver after completing them to get your reward, I would just accept as many as I could, forget about them, and accidentally complete them while playing normally.

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BlueOcean

@ReaderRagfish I had to grind and craft powerful gems too. I did some side quests but I hated them. I did the ones I found but deep inside I was hoping that nobody else asked me to do anything else. I didn't help Colony 6 much. @EvilLucario is right at least about side quests being garbage. You are right about not having to worry too much about them though.

One thing I love about X is that I enjoy so much exploring, controls and combat that I never feel the infinite boredom of grinding and doing side quests that I have felt playing other games (not just XC). XCX is a cohesive and balanced experience, if you know what I mean. It's not a chore with a great story but fun gameplay with a story that surrounds everything and expanded by meaningful and anecdotal side quests.

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Cobalt

@EvilLucario And don't forget that in Xenoblade Chronicles 2, you can level up "just by resting" manner of speaking... :/ Everything is casualized in Xeno 2...

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subpopz

I didn't do much grinding in XC2 (except some Smash grinding for cores and the minigame for Poppi parts, but not for exp). XC2 didn't have the same difficulty spikes XC1 had though. I recall getting to some story bosses in XC1 that were just way out of my league, which might have been because I wasn't doing the sidequests which were not fun to do. I don't recall ever running into that kind of difficulty spike in XC2 for story bosses (of course, you always see bosses/mobs in the open world that you're not ready for)

BlueOcean wrote:

Does XC2 recap XC1?

@BlueOcean No.

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Ralizah

Most of the time, when a Xenoblade game is "hard," it's due to bad game design, such as overloading early areas with high level monsters that'll keep one-shotting your character and absurd difficulty spikes that bring the experience to a halt. XC2 is mostly devoid of those.

@Cobalt There's nothing "casualized" about XC2. The EXP you use to level at inns is derived from completing side-quests and exploring, and is also completely optional. If anything, it gives you the ability to make the experience more challenging by engaging in a low-level run.

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EvilLucario

@Cobalt The resting thing is built up from exploring and sidequests. Did you not even notice that exploring new locations in 2 didn't give direct XP like it did in 1 or X, which also handed out copious amounts of XP for exploring (for 1 anyway, X gave **** all)?

Combat in 2 also blows 1 out of the water. X is still better, but 2's offensive game is better than X's offensive game.

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BlueOcean

@subpopz I agree with you about XC and okay, the most important bits about the story remain in my memory in spite of starting in 2011 and finishing in 2018.

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Cobalt

@Ralizah

Take just the equipment slots... casualized !
Arts on buttons and not in a palette... casualized !
The universe even more "shonen" than the 1st one... casualized !
The level design is ultra generic compare to the 1st one and even more compare to X... casualized !
The combat system is cool but so far from X... casualized !
etc...etc...

For me who played all the Xeno games, Xeno 2 is the most casual of all.

PS : And if you try Torna, it's even more casualized... It's a trend at nintendo now (Pokémon Let's Go, Mario Odyssey, Funky Kong in DKCTF switch etc...)

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ReaderRagfihs

I swear it's like a running gag.

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