Why Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is My Favorite RPG of All Time

Roleplaying Games are my favorite genre in video games. I love how you feel apart of the game. The stories, gameplay, and music help emerge someone in the game. You feel like you’ve gone on a real journey with your character. I have played tons of RPGs, from the best Final Fantasy games to Dragon Quest, and my favorite RPG series, Xenoblade Chronicles. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is my favorite RPG of all time. Here’s why.

Story

I won’t give too much away, but Rex meets Pyra, who needs to get to Elysium. They meet memorable characters like Tora, Zeke, Poppi, Pandy, Nia, and Dromarch, to name a few. What makes the story incredible is the amount of depth and how the story presents different points of view. The story also deals with poverty, war, death, and philosophy. I watch the cut scenes over and over to soak in all the story bits there is to digest.

Characters

Look at those gorgeous designs!

I have never seen a game that has so many great characters. Nia is tough but has softer qualities too. Zeke comes off as the comic relief, but then he talks about how bad people have it. One character can seem hilarious one minute, and heartbreaking the next. More games need to give their characters this kind of depth.

Game Play

Gameplay makes or breaks a game. XC2 thrives with great gameplay and depth. It takes time to get used to the gameplay, but it is worth it. You combine elements and form attack chains. That is the base of how the gameplay works. There is a lot of depth, and some fans have been put off by that. There are tutorials to help the gamer learn the complexities of the gameplay. Once you get used to the gameplay, you will find it easy and accessible.

Music

The soundtrack to XC2 is my favorite soundtrack in any video game that I have played. Even over Breath of the Wild’s grand music. From the quiet, peaceful tracks, to full-blown orchestras blaring out memorable beats. The daylight theme of Mor Ardain is my favorite. It is so royal and epic sounding.

Mythology

I love the mythology of the Xenoblade Chronicles series. What I love about XC2 mythology is how complete the mythology is, but it is also easy to follow. They explain the blades and how they work. How drivers are chosen and how everything came into existence. It sounds like a lot to take in, but the layers are added a little at a time, so the player isn’t overwhelmed.

The Art Style

Look at that gorgeous landscape!

Each landscape has a gorgeous and unique look to them. I could sit back and look at the scenery for hours and not tire of the sights. The monsters are grand and scary. The titans will blow your mind. The landscapes will make your jaw drop, and the characters are memorable. The artists at Monolith Soft are legends, and this is my favorite art I’ve seen in any of their other games.

The Amount of Content

Fire Emblem Three Houses have a lot of content, but it has nothing on XC2. The regular run-through will take over one hundred hours. Then the game plus mode will take thirty hours, and the wonderful DLC Torna the Golden Country that takes over twenty hours to complete. That is one hundred and fifty hours of content, at least. Then there are all the blades to find and all the side quests to complete. If you want a content-rich game, XC 2 is the game for you.

Final Thoughts

I have played Xenoblade Chronicles 2 more than any game I have played in my life. Everything about this game is perfect. The characters, the music, the gameplay, and the gorgeous landscapes are awe-inspiring. I can play XC2 over and over again and not get tired of it. XC2 is almost at 2 million copies sold in the Nintendo Switch. Give this game a look and help it get over 2 million copies sold. That is why XC2 is my favorite RPG of all time. Buy this game now!

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Happy 3 Year Anniversary Nintendo Switch!

Happy third anniversary Nintendo Switch. What makes the Switch so good? It is a portable and a home console. What makes a system is the games. The Switch has lots of those. Let’s also talk about what the Nintendo Switch needs to do to keep the momentum going in the future.

Nintendo Switch Has Great Games

From Xenoblade Chronicles 2 to Fire Emblem Three Houses, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Link’s Awakening, Pokemon Let’s Go, Sword, and Shield, Mario Odyssey, Octopath Traveler, Astral Chain, Mario Maker two, and Breath of the Wild to name a few. What a lineup of games! The variety and exclusives make the library so good. Nintendo has had trouble with third party games before. They have learned to embrace third party exclusives and indie games. Tons of variety and lots of exclusives give the Switch one of the best lineups in gaming.

The Switch Is Versatile

You can play the Switch in handheld, tabletop, and TV mode. You can play with the Joy-Cons attached or detached. Take your Switch wherever you go and keep your game going. There are Switch owners who play on the bus, while they are in the doctor’s office, and on the bed. That is one of the main appeals of the Switch. People can play quality home console games anywhere they want when they want.

Best Controllers

The Switch has the pro controller and Joy-Cons. Both have their pros and cons. It depends on which one fits you better. The Switch does need analog triggers for FPS, but the built-in motion controls and IR camera gives a lot of versatility to the controllers. The design fits in your hand, and there are versatile options for those who like custom controllers.

Make the Online Robust

One department the Switch can do better is their online service. I like it, but some fans want to text achievements and invites. Nintendo can have a basic plan and a premium plan. Let the fans choose which version they want. Give them exclusive deals and games for being a premium subscriber. That would make subscribers happy and help the number of subscribers go up.

More Features

Nintendo, it is time to give the Switch folders, more wallpapers, internet, and Netflix. The Switch would be better if it had more features, and better UI. Give fans more features. The Switch could use more.

Final Thoughts

The Switch is my favorite System I’ve ever owned. The great games and versatile nature keep me coming back for more. I love playing it anywhere, and the games keep me engaged for months, or years after the release of the game. The Switch is my favorite System I’ve ever owned. The great games and versatile nature keep me coming back for more. I love playing it anywhere, and the games keep me engaged for months, or years after the release of the game. Get the Switch!

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The Video Game Awards Are A Joke Never Trust Them Again

Bootlick Standing got 10 award nominations, while much better games like Fire Emblem, Astral Chain, Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Link’s Awakening get hardly none. The western video game media is a joke. Any game that has a big eastern influence in it, will get overlooked. Fire Emblem Three Houses should’ve been the front runner for game of the year, but oh no. The Kojima bootlickers have to give Bootlick Stranding nominations it didn’t deserve. Best game? What a joke. Take Kojima’s name off that game and it would be at a 62 on Metacritic. Geoff Keighley, you and your award show are a joke.

It wasn’t just Death Stranding. Control, another game that should not have been nominated. A bizarre story, but the gameplay is so mediocre and uninspired. But, because the western video game media wants video games to be interactive movies, it gets tons of nominations. Do not trust these award shows. They are all a joke. That includes the Oscars, the Grammy’s and the Emmys. They aren’t good measures by what is good art and what isn’t.

I am glad there has been huge blow-back from video gamers who smell a rat. Gee, Kojima is on the board of the VGAs. Geoff Keighley and him are close buddies. Don’t expect Smash to win GOTY. Don’t count on it. Just sit Kojima up there and have Keighley lick his boots and the video game media to do the same. This is a disgrace and this horrible game doesn’t deserve the nominations it got. A lot better games got snubbed for captain narcissist to get his nominations.

I don’t need to watch the VGAs to see the great new games that will be there. Just keep your eye on You Tube and pages You Tubers like OJX, OBE1 and RGT 85. What little respect I had for the VGAs went out the door when they gave Bootlicker Stranding ten nominations. Do not watch this joke of a show. I will put reviews below showing critics bootlicking Kojima. No game can be boring, convoluted, a mess and tedious and be called a good game. Never trust the VGA or the video game media again.

Link: https://www.npr.org/2019/11/01/774781133/new-game-death-stranding-is-a-compelling-mess

https://www.jeuxactu.com/test-death-stranding-hideo-kojima-a-t-il-vraiment-reinvente-le-jeu-vid-119985.htm

https://www.levelup.com/PlayStation-4/juegos/380040/Death-Stranding/review

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The Video Game Media Is A Joke

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

Would you give a game a great score if it was boring, repetitive and tedious? No, but a lot of journalists are giving Death Stranding great reviews. Death Stranding is a 6 at best. Yes, Death Stranding tries to be ambitious, however, it’s not well-executed. A lot of ‘positive’ reviews for Death Stranding have admitted the game is not fun to play. That is the point of video games! The video game media has shown itself for the joke they are. Here are other reasons that make the video game media, a joke.

Flash Over Substance
God of War is the perfect example. Ultra-simple puzzles, dumbed-down combat, and a focus on cinematics over gameplay. Look at the scores for games like Uncharted 4, Spiderman and Red Dead Redemption 2. All of these games have mediocre gameplay, but they have great presentations, and a strong story. The media falls for it every time. Games like Celeste, Dead Cells, and Hallowknight are much better games. They don’t get as good of reviews because they focus on gameplay. I am not saying video games shouldn’t have a good story, but it shouldn’t overshadow the gameplay. It is easy to let a story sweep you up and forget about the gameplay problems. If I wanted to watch a movie, I would boot up Netflix.

They’re For Dumbing Down Games
Monster Hunter World got the best reviews of any MH game to date. How pathetic is that? The game dumbed down the gameplay to oblivion. It took out a lot of classes, weapons, and monsters that made MHGU a great title. When PSP and 3DS Monster Hunter games have more content than a console game, that’s sad. Some critics slammed Xenoblade Chronicle 2’s combat for being too complex. Really? All the player has to do is figure out which elements chain together and you’ll create big combos that will help you defeat enemies. Seems like some gaming journalist doesn’t want to think while playing a game. I would hate to see these gaming journalists have to deal with a Rubix cube. Astral Chain got criticized for having deep combat and Fire Emblem got slammed (by a few) for not being fast-paced. At Least Fire Emblem isn’t boring like Death Stranding.

Final Thoughts
The whole media is a joke. Sports and political news are a disgrace, but you can add video games to that list as well. I have wanted to talk about this subject for a long time. The video game media has hurt really good games so they can promote more of the same. Especially from Sony. Most of Sony’s first-party games are the equivalent of Michael Bay movies. Loud, dumb, and have flash over substance. There is an uprising against the video game media. It’s about time! They have hurt video games for long enough. Let them go to a deserted island and watch reality shows forever. I want a video game, so I can have an interactive experience with fun gameplay that will make me happy.

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Nintendo Switch Is On Fire!

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

According to NPD, and Nintendo Everything. The Nintendo Switch dominated Sept. 2019 sales. How dominate? It had the highest sales total since the PS4 in 2014. That is amazing. This holiday is going to be fire for the Switch! Nintendo is killing it. Luigi’s Mansion 3, Link’s Awakening, Mario Maker 2, Fire Emblem Three Houses, Astral Chain and Pokemon Sword and Shield will drive holiday sales. Plus, the Switch Lite will help.

This proves a few things. One, exclusives are still queen when it comes to moving hardware. Two, single player games still sell, and three, never count out Nintendo. What a comeback, Nintendo is on fire right now. The Switch will easily pass 100 million in console sales in it’s lifetime. What a great time to be a Nintendo fan.

Link: https://nintendoeverything.com/switch-hardware-drove-highest-unit-sales-for-a-september-month-in-the-us-since-ps4-in-2014/

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Astral Chain Review

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

What a great year it’s been for the Nintendo Switch. Link’s Awakening, Fire Emblem and Mario Maker 2 highlight some incredible games, but what about new IPs? That’s where Astral Chain comes in. Like a blaze of fire burning through the sky, it delivers a streak of action and excitement.

Story
Humanity is being invaded by interdenominational creatures who threaten to wipe them out. Only an elite strike force called Neuron can stop them. You play as one of the twins who try to take down the demons. Your character has to stop Jana Anderson, who serves as the main villain in the game. The story has a Bladerunner flair to it. I won’t give away too much. This story needs to be experienced. It is a good story.

Graphics
This game is gorgeous. The blue hues and the art style are amazing. The reflections and lighting bring the world to life. It’s like watching a stylized anime on your Nintendo Switch. The details are amazing from the sparks from the fire to the facial animations of the characters. Everything is lovingly detailed, making the world feel alive. You’ll feel like you’re living in this world.

Combat
This is where Platinum Games shine. The combat sounds complicated on paper, but you’ll figure it out with some practice. You control your character and call your legion out when you need them. The legion attacks by itself, but you can do certain attacks by button presses, or moving the control stick. This gives the game a fresh feel. It does take a while to get the hang of but flows like butter when you get the hang of it. The combat never feels overwhelming. It follows the old easy to learn, but hard to master philosophy that works so well for games like Bayonetta.

Sci-Fi PI
One of my favorite aspects of Astral Chain is the detective work. The Iris helps you see things to help you solve cases. Some cases are simple, while others take a while to complete. There are so many cases to solve, so it will take some time to solve them. Some think they slow down the flow of the game, but I find them refreshing. Solving cases will help your character get new clothing and upgrades.

Music
One of the best soundtracks ever for a video game. The thumping techno, glaring punk rock and soaring rock will stick with you for a long time.

Challenge
This is a challenging game, especially when you turn up the difficulty. There is a casual mode for noobs, but you can take the wheels off for experienced players. The boss fights are epic. The final boss is one of the best boss fights I’ve ever experienced. It takes skill to beat this game, but when you do, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment.

Flaws
The camera is distracting at times. When you’re in a firefight, the camera will get too close or go behind a wall and get stuck. This can be annoying, but it isn’t a deal-breaker. Some of the plot twists were predictable, and some of the moves will take lots of practice to get down. That may turn some newer players off.

Verdict
Astral Chain is one of the best action games you’ll ever play. The gorgeous visuals, engaging plot, colorful character, and rich combat will keep you coming back long after the single-player campaign is over. If you own a Nintendo Switch, get it. If you don’t own a Switch, get one and get this masterwork of an action game from one of the best developers in the industry.

Grade: 4 Stars! Buckle up! You’re in for a wild ride!

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NPD For August 2019 Astral Chain is A Hit! Switch No1 System Seller

According to NPD, Nintendo Switch is holding the video game business together. Also, 9 out of the top 20 NPD games are Switch exclusives. Astral Chain only had 2 days of tracking and was no 10 for the month. This is without digital included. Fire Emblem held up strong. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 and Super Mario Maker 2 held up strong. Expect September to be a big month with Link’s Awakening, Gears 5, Dragon Quest XI S, NBA 2K20 and Borderlands 3 coming out in September.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB43TcUwWsQ

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Nintendo Games Make Me Happy: Why I Love Nintendo

There are lots of things I love about entertainment, but Nintendo games are the tops. Nothing gets me excited like a Nintendo game. From Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, to Fire Emblem, Yoshi and Kirby. Nintendo games have given me thousands of hours of entertainment. They’ve helped me deal with bullying and going homeless. I am gonna tell everyone why I love Nintendo games so much, and why video games bring joy to the world, not suffering.

BTW, this article is not to put down Sony or Microsoft. They make games that make people happy as well. My blog is about why Nintendo games make me happy.

The Characters
I love the character, Mario, Link, Yoshi, Kirby, Eevee, Pikachu, Samus, Shulk, Rex, Donkey Kong, Dixie Kong, etc. I could keep going. I love the colors, most Nintendo games are colorful. Bright colors help with my depression and anxiety. I feel at ease when I play. 2 of my favorite games are Pokemon Let’s Go and Yoshi’s Crafted World. I want to live in these worlds and have fun. Mario is like a regular person (except for the growing big from mushrooms and other magical powers), Link is often an orphan who grows up to have special powers. Samus lost her parents at a young age and was raised by the Chozo people. I think this helps add to the appeal of Nintendo characters. They’re relatable. They aren’t big muscle-bound brutes who crush things with their hands, (they do that with the help of special items ok)? Nintendo characters are us, the player and we connect with them. Although Link doesn’t speak, we get to be Link. We are him! We get to be a real hero who saves the day. What can be more fun than that?

The Worlds
The Mushroom Kingdom and Hyrule are two of the best worlds in any entertainment form. Hyrule even has mythology full of cultures and different technologies. Other Nintendo franchises follow this, like Fire Emblem, Metroid, Kirby, and Yoshi. Star Fox has great mythology as well. The Lylat System, with all of the cool creatures and Talking animals who fly ships! You can’t get that anywhere else.

Tradition
Nintendo has been around since the 80s, so it is easy to form an attachment to their games. Zelda, Mario, and Metroid have been around since the middle of the 80s. Star Fox, F-Zero, and Yoshi have been around since the 90s. I am glad Nintendo is making more new IPs, but I would be sad to not see new games from Mario, Zelda or Metroid. I am glad Nintendo respects their tradition.

They Lift My Spirits
When I was homeless, I went through some dark times and had dark thoughts. My 3DS kept me company and would keep me from thinking bad thoughts I would have so much fun playing Pokemon Y, Zelda Link Between Worlds or Fire Emblem Awakening. People may not understand, but Nintendo games have given me so much comfort and made me feel safe when I was dealing with a lot of adversity. It broke my heart when I had to sell my 3DS and Wii U just to get some food. I know I had to do it, but I was really in a sad place. I had nothing to pick my spirits. I promised myself I would not do that again, and I haven’t. Nothing makes me happier than going to a store and buying a Nintendo game.

Final Thoughts
Nintendo games are so much fun, I still play older Nintendo games. I have played Super Metroid, Super Mario World, Link to the Past, Metroid Prime, OoT, and Mario Galaxy so much, I have them memorized. Go try a Nintendo game, you may find your next favorite game.

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Weekly Charts

Alita Battle Angel was no1 again on home video. Fire Emblem 3 Houses was still the global video game sales champ NF was no1 on Billboard and Where the Crawldad Sings is no1 on the NYT best sellers. Enioy the rest of the charts.

Links: https://www.mediaplaynews.com/research/top-20-sellers-for-week-ended-8-3-19/

https://www.billboard.com/charts/billboard-200

https://www.nytimes.com/books/best-sellers

http://www.vgchartz.com/article/439902/switzerland-weekly-week-31-2019/

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Weekly Charts

Here are the charts for home video, video games, music and books.

Alita Battle Angel was no1 with Hellboy being no2. Ed Sheeran was no1 on the Billboard 200 albums. Fire Emblem 3 Houses debuted no1 on most VGChartz this week. One Good Deed is the no1 book on the NYT best sellers list.

Links: https://www.mediaplaynews.com/research/top-20-sellers-for-week-ended-7-27-19/

https://www.billboard.com/charts/billboard-200

http://www.vgchartz.com/

https://www.nytimes.com/books/best-sellers

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