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I haven't finished Chapter 3 yet but got the first new colony and got the hero from that one. There have been som pretty interesting cut scenes on my way there, I'm really looking forward to seeing what all of this is all about.

I'm about 17 hours in and all my party members are level 26 ish. I also try to switch classes whenever they max out their class rank. 

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Due to playing Curtain Call, the Lego Movie and watching both Under the Banner of Heaven and all of the football that was on at the weekend, i've spent very little time with this game. However, the time I did spend with it was fantastic. I'm still only on the second chapter but the story so far has been fantastic to watch. Yeah, it when full of Shounen anime style and I love it.

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The whole section involving the Consul was utterly amazing. Firstly, the epic battle music that played throughout the fight was beautiful to hear. Secondly, the cutscenes that followed the initial battle were something else. When the Consul mocked the plan of the team, the line delivery was great.

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There's nothing better than when a character or team have their back against the wall only for a new power to be unlocked or an awaken to happening. Seeing the rest of their team unleashing their link up forms was hype inducing. 

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I honestly thought it couldn't get any better but when Noah finally unleashed the potential of his weapon...yeah, that scene was something very special.

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Awesome stuff. 

I love the new chain system. It's very flashy and actually makes a fair bit of sense. I was never able to get to grips with the one in the original game but this one seems pretty simple in comparison. When a chain move is pulled off the game shows it's Persona inspiration. :D 

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Eunie continues to be hilarious. There have been a few times where she has had me in stiches and the following line was just pure gold.

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I'm just happy the queen got the respect she deserves when it comes to profile pictures. Needless to say that I instantly changed it to her.

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There was another hilarious line soon after the boss fight.

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It was when Noah was debating whether or not to play for the fallen Consul. The team said that he shouldn't, given that he had just tried to kill them all. Noah decides not to listen and play for the fallen boss. Lanz then says...

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The delivery of the line was perfect and had me laughing away.

Not long after the boss battle I called it a day. I think I'm about 9 hours played, with my team currently in the level 20 area. Like Mindfreak, as soon as I have maxed out a role I switch it to the next one. I think I've got 3 maxed out so far. I have done much exp grinding, at least not on purpose. I've just been really exploring and uncovering the maps and this in turn has levelled me up to where I am at the moment. Outside of the tutorial, I've still not used any of the extra exp you get from the camp sites. I'll keep that for a later date.

One thing that has been a little annoying are the enemies that seem to target you no matter your level. I know in the original game that if you were a higher level then the majority of enemies would leave you alone. That doesn't seem to be the case here. I'm a few levels higher than the enemies roaming the map and yet they still come for me. It's not a deal breaker but it can be annoying when you are trying to explore.

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32 minutes ago, Hero-of-Time said:

Outside of the tutorial, I've still not used any of the extra exp you get from the camp sites. I'll keep that for a later date.

One thing that has been a little annoying are the enemies that seem to target you no matter your level. I know in the original game that if you were a higher level then the majority of enemies would leave you alone. That doesn't seem to be the case here. I'm a few levels higher than the enemies roaming the map and yet they still come for me. It's not a deal breaker but it can be annoying when you are trying to explore.

Don't use the Bonus EXP unless you're truly stuck on a plot induced fight. If you use it willy nilly, you'll end up with less in the long run because you'll be overleveled for the place you're in, which gets you less of everything. Which is bad.

As for enemies aggroing on you, I think the threshold is 6 levels higher. The level indicator grays out then and enemies ignore you. Unique monsters and plot induced fights don't count, mind. You're not getting out of those.

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Good to hear that there is a threshold. Yeah, the unique and story battles go without saying.

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Got really addicted to this game and powered through the story, I am now on Chapter 5... oh boy!

 

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Oh wow, I have so many questions now. So the Moebius are using these "humans" to prolong their existence and every time they die they are recycled and reborn as the same people but with their memories wiped, akin to Blades in XC2. They are being pitted against each other as part of two factions so that Moebius can continue to exist. Melia Antiqua from the first game is the Keves Queen except that it turns out that she's actually just a robot with the abilities and mannerisims of Melia. Consuls break the normal cycle of what most go through and retain their memories, as seen with Joran but have very different personalities after being reborn as a Consul. What's more, Consul N and M are somehow alternate versions of Mio? What? Then there are a group called the Lost Numbers who live in a city in the sword that is simply called "City" and they give the group eyepatches to prevent Moebius from tracking. Then you see what we take for granted as human existence be treated with such grandure. The directing when Mio touches a human baby is unlike anything I've seen in a game before and it really feels like you're part of something grander... of course I also suspect City will get destroyed later down the line but in this extended exposition dump that only has gameplay of you following a single character it definitely feels like the objective now is to "break free" and return humanity to normal by defeating the Mobius.

 

Also, if the Keves Queen is a robot, the Agnes Queen is probably one too.

Can safely say that if the pervious Xenoblade games were on the restraining order in how deep Takahashi was allowed to go it feels like the band aid has been completely stripped off and the they simply went for it. I'm going to admit that the identity of a certain character wasn't really a surprise in the end while the same time it also was.

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I started Chapter 4 the other day and I'm surprised how strong my characters already are. I get plenty of Chains with 150,000 damage or more, and ending with Ouroboros is just absurdly strong. There was a giant creature in the beginning of Chapter 4 that I needed to slay and none of my characters died during that fight. 

I can only imagine what they might add to the combat later on. 

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I completely gave up on XC2 when I was probably about 5% in... story, towns, characters, complex combat... it just wasn't for me. But you guys are really piquing my interest, is it worth a look even if I didn't like a lot about its predecessor? I loved JRPGs back in the day.

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3 minutes ago, Shorty said:

I completely gave up on XC2 when I was probably about 5% in... story, towns, characters, complex combat... it just wasn't for me. But you guys are really piquing my interest, is it worth a look even if I didn't like a lot about its predecessor? I loved JRPGs back in the day.

Probably not.

The game definitely feels more like the second game than the first. The combat is pretty much the same but is a little more complex due to different job types and Oroborus forms. I'm really enjoying what little I've played so far (just started chapter 3) but then I loved the second game.  

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I agree, if you didn't like the second game, this one won't turn you over. The story is better and more mature (thematic, not boobs), though, which is definitely a plus. 

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I agree, if you didn't like the second game, this one won't turn you over. The story is better and more mature (thematic, not boobs), though, which is definitely a plus. 
Fewer boobs does not sounds like a plus at all.

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Yeah, the female characters have surprisingly much clothes on this time around. Still big boobs but covered.

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Chain Attacks are crazy overpowered. Just killed a boss, it went from 50 % damage to overkill during a Chain Attack. I ended up doing more than 800,000 damage! And I'm only level 36...

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I have finished Chapter 5. How does this game keep getting better?

 

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Hoo boy, a lot happened.

 

Further to finding out about "City" in Swordmarch and finding out about the first Ourobouros who for some reason look like Noah and Mio along with a bunch of others, the infiltration of Agnes Castle starts. You travel through Erythia Sea which has one of the greatest game tunes I've ever heard, go to bust out an informant who turns out to be extremely obnoxious and uncooperative. Seems like the party eventually warms to her, then the girl you've been following, Shania, is actually evil because she like the idea of infinite lifespans and is working with Consul N and M. Consul N does seem to be the main antagonist of this story and he looks just like Noah for some reason. When you wonder how that is possible you find out he has witnessed countless realities. Like, what? Then anime antagonist plot armour kicks in and he becomes literally OP and unbeatable for no reason and after what feels like it could be the final boss, instead you get the bad ending. A series of cinematic cutscenes play, the party is stripped of their abilities, put behind bars and suddenly it makes sense why the game has been talking about Mio's lifespan so much... she's locked in a seperate cell and going to be executed on a day where rebirth would be impossible. Like, wow, yikes!

 

The series of cutscenes after the Consul N fight are insane in their scope. I hadn't even realised Mio hadn't called Noah by his actual name yet at that point until it happened. The game had been building towards romantic tension between these two and its heavily implied they have strong feelings for each other, but then you remember that because of their life system they don't know the word "love". But its very obvious. Then you see Mio fade away into dust and Noah asked to send her off... yikes! Then Consul N kills Noah and Chapter 5 ends. What?

 

But then I saw the start of Chapter 6 and apparently withint Noah's repeated lifespan he has done this over and over again? EXCUSE ME?

 

I stopped there. Wow, this game!

 

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