2022 is proving to be a simply amazing year for anyone who has a Nintendo Switch, especially this summer time. After enjoying the splendid Mario Strikers: Battle League Football and Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, the time will soon come to enjoy what is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated titles for this second semester: Xenoblade Chronicles 3.
The previous installment was one of the first video games that the Nintendo console received and at that time it set the bar very high for the outstanding quality it had, so it is understandable that all fans of the series had a crazy desire to be able to enjoy a new chapter of the saga. At least the good news is that the wait will be over in just three weeks.
However, I must say that in my case I have been lucky not to have to wait until then because I have already had the opportunity to play the first hours of the adventureso you just have to keep reading to take a look at the first impressions that this new Xenoblade Chronicles.
The bitter war between two nations
As a good JRPG worth its salt, the plot is one of the key and most decisive sections if you want to keep us hooked for dozens of hours. The truth is that from what little I have seen so far it is even far exceeding the expectations that had generated me the different trailers and advances that Nintendo has been publishing in recent weeks.
At the moment I don’t want to reveal too many details about it, so the little I can say is that the story presents us with two colossal warrior nations that are at odds with each other: Agnus and Keves. The two maintain a fierce battle with the sole objective of ending the lives of each and every one of its soldiers and inhabitants.
The reason is because the faction that takes the life of the opposite will absorb their vital energy to feed their machines and thus become even more powerful. However, those who die lose their essence and remain transformed into stone in the so-called shells, but the truth is that none of the soldiers knows any other way of living, since since they were born they were educated to fight.
In other words, all inhabitants are treated as weapons to destroy the opposing faction. In addition, as if that were not enough, they can only live for ten years (called courses for them), although reaching the decade they consider it a prize to be able to fulfill the so-called “Arrival Home”. Of course, not everyone is able to live to tell about it by having to survive battles for so many years in a row.
In any case, this is nothing more than a tiny appetizer that they tell us during the first bars. The plot goes much further than all this and does not stop getting more and more convoluted as the hours go by, although best of all is that it hooks with amazing ease. New topics to deal with, as well as questions that leave you wanting to keep moving forward to find out the answers, keep coming up.
And all of this is accompanied by a multitude of sequences that make everything even more spectacular, because we’re not talking about scenes lasting just a few seconds, but rather long ones in which sometimes there are even moments of action and tension, for which is practically impossible to take your eyes off the screen while we are witnessing any of them.
In short, I’m looking forward to continue playing to see what more surprises await me and try to tell something more in the analysis that we will publish later. Until then, what is clear to me is that the level of this section is very high and I look forward to stay in the future chapters of the adventure and do not decaybecause the beginning is just brutal.
A fantasy world worth exploring
Another aspect that is already common in the saga is that it invites us to explore huge open worlds, something that is not an exception in Xenoblade Chronicles 3because all the scenarios have enormous dimensions and at the same time are very interactive, either because of the enemies that are wandering everywhere and because of the objectives that we will find.
Going by parts, the main missions that will be granted to us They will tell us at all times the best route to followso that no one gets lost along the way, which does not mean that it is the path that each one should follow or that it will be free of danger, so it is up to each one to pay attention to the game or not, but also It must be recognized that it often comes in handy, especially for those of us who dedicate ourselves to exploring every corner, as is my case.
In fact, I don’t know how much time I could have wasted collecting the hundreds and hundreds of objects that are lying around, since it’s seeing something shining and I can’t help but go straight for anything, no matter if it’s valuable or No. Anyway, in the long run it is good to catch all these things, because there will be characters that will ask us for orders so that we deliver certain objects in particular and thus receive experience and rewards in exchange.
But above all, scrap is a great way to sell it and thus earn money to obtain pieces of equipment to improve our characters, especially if they want to survive the encounters against the creatures that will cross our path, about which it must be said that will not always be at our level, since from the first moment some will appear that will easily take us 30-40 levels or even morewhich means suicide to go for them.
And it is even possible that sometimes we find groups that are fighting each other and it will be our decision to get in the middle to position ourselves in favor of one of the two sides. In any case, I had a great time going through the scenarios, because it is worth that the visual section is not up to the level of the games on the other consoles, but for the quality that the Nintendo Switch is capable of achieving, it must be said that they look wonderfully, among its forests, meadows, lakes, caves, cities, war-torn areas, etc.
Giving it all with the arts of the protagonists
The combat system is another of the sections that broadly remains intact, but that does not mean that it does not present some other novelty. To get started, the main mechanics will remain the same of using arts (the special abilities) of the characters so that they hit opponents harder than normal, although they cannot be used wildly and at any time.
In this title it depends on the origin of each character they will work in one way or another. For example, those from Keves will recharge their arts as the seconds go by, while those from Agnus will do so thanks to automatic attacks. Moreover, the latter will continue to be present, so we will have to move our heroes around the stage so that they attack on their own while we limit ourselves to choosing the arts.
For those who have never played a Xenoblade, do not think that you will stay with your arms crossed or doing nothing most of the time. Nothing is further from reality, because the arts recharge quickly enough for us to think carefully about which ones we will use next. Also, positioning is vital because some will require us to be located behind, to the side or in front to cause real havoc.
In addition, another great reason why the placement is so decisive is because if we execute the attacks correctly, it will serve to recharge the most powerful arts that will cause a lot of damage. And if there is one that does not convince us too much, we will have the possibility of changing it for others from the menu of each character, depending on the way each one plays or the combinations that they want to obtain.
Secondly, each character will have a different class, with attacking, healing or guardian roles, which will in turn influence the arts they will unleash and also the way they play, since it will change completely depending on the one we choose. Even over time it will be possible to switch between the different characters, either around the world or in the middle of a battle.
I must also admit that I loved the level of artificial intelligence, because I was afraid that my teammates would not play too well, since we only control one character at the same time, and the good news is that it works perfectly if you have to dedicate yourself to protect others from hits with a ward or heal allies with a healer, so at least for that part there is nothing to worry about.
The hype that had generated me Xenoblade Chronicles 3 I already had it through the roof before taking the controls and it has only increased considerably during the first hours, something that on the one hand scares me, because if it starts so strong from the beginning, Will it be able to go further without stopping or will it stagnate quickly? That’s something I’m looking forward to checking out, although from what I’ve played so far I’m clear that it aspires to be one of the best JRPGs of the year and aims high to win the Nintendo Switch GOTY.
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