As someone who started out Xenoblade Chronicles 2 completely new to the Xeno franchise, I had no idea I’d get so hooked by it. I usually dive deep into games with social elements like Persona 5 and Blue Reflection, both being games that I’ve actively decided I want to put the time into platinuming and thus expected myself to be playing in my spare time. Instead, I’ve found myself every time I’ve had free time wanting to pick up Xenoblade Chronicles 2 to chip away at something, whether it be quests or filling affinity charts, and wanting to dive more and more into its world. I definitely enjoyed Xenoblade Chronicles 2 a fair bit but I didn’t expect to be as into it as I am, so with this thought in mind, here are some reasons why I think Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has kept me hooked on it months after its release (and why you might still be too).
Things to Check-Off
completionist, you’ve probably enjoyed mentally checking off things you’ve finished doing like I do. There’s a lot of satisfaction to be had in getting all monsters or ticking off tasks in a big quest and these are all things that are easy to keep track of in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. With both mental and real boxes to tick off in quests or in lists such as the Blade List, it’s very easy to track your progress in Xenoblade Chronicles 2’s world and with how easy it is, things like seeing less nodes needing to be unlocked on an affinity tree give me reasons to come back and try get what I can easily see I’m missing. Other games make it easy enough to see how you’re progressing as well, but as someone who often uses trophies with Playstation games to track which things I’d like to do to feel like I’ve completed a fair amount of the game, it’s nice to be able to see how I’m going with certain things like blade collection as I choose which things I want to do.
And with such a great thing to collect comes a method of collection that hooks me more often than not in the form of Core Crystals that summon rare and common blades with their random results. I’m the kind of person who doesn’t mind toy or plushie boxes that come with certain characters at random in my real life, so Core Crystals provide the slight addictive rush of hoping I’ll get a new Rare Blade, which I don’t mind too much when real money isn’t involved. Regardless of if it’s a good system or not, I know from experience that this kind of chance-based mechanic do draw some people like myself back in and since I like monster collection in most games, the fact I can get to know new blades through getting them in this random mechanic does help keep me invested in Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
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Edit note (19/4/2018): I gave this article a quick edit in the paragraph about rare blades as I incorrectly said there were quest-less blades (I thought this because I haven't gotten to Boreas's quest yet, but a few people commented on YouTube letting me know otherwise). I've tweaked that paragraph to reflect this while keeping a pretty similar meaning to what it is before and how I still feel. Sorry if it caused any confusion and thanks to those who let me know (and anyone who read this article :))!