Xenoblade Chronicles X: An Immersive World

Xenoblade Chronicles X: An Immersive World

Getting to know planet Mira

A.J. Maciejewski

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Xenoblade Chronicles X never ceases to amaze me. Seeing as I've now completed the first three chapters, let's dive deeper into the world of Mira and take a look at some aspects that give me confidence in the journey ahead.

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Why bother going on an adventure? I'm just enjoying the view...

If you're new to my series of Xenoblade Chronicles X play journals, this is my second installment. In my first article, I discussed my history with the Xeno series and some first impressions of this magnificent masterpiece. Here, I'll go over some highlights of the journey so far but be warned; there will be spoilers.

Chapter 1 was mostly composed of various scenes that show what New Los Angeles is all about. After arriving with Elma, a few more characters get introduced. Then, a mech (known as a Skell) crash-lands onto a road only to have a speedy young woman (named Lin) come to the pilot's rescue. Once you meet her, you realise that her intelligence and aptitude for repair are vital assets for NLA's survival. Lin and Elma have a nice contrast between them as they offer unique perspectives on any situation that arises. While taking Lin's brief tour of NLA, it's hard not to let your imagination run wild for what it'll be like to explore the intricacies of the city.

Chapter 2 basically involves a training mission where you're assigned to place a Data Probe at a designated location. Of course, it's easier said than done because a massive enemy's blocking the way. Good thing I ran around while levelling up and optimizing my equipment before I battled it because it went down without putting up much of a fight.

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Volkampf, the Pursuer is a lot easier than his formal title would suggest

Before starting chapter 3, it's mandatory to join the ranks of the BLADEs (a large group of citizens who dedicate their lives to the preservation of humankind). When faced with the decision of which branch I'd like to join, I chose the Curators. The idea of gathering information, materials, and discovering new things really appeals to me. After all that, it was time to go on a mission. This one was more complex than the training mission since it involved investigating what happened to a Pathfinder team of BLADEs after their Skell was reportedly unresponsive. I should mention that before I took on the mission, I did a few side-quests that rewarded me with some cool swag. They were a ton of fun to complete and also helped me get used to combat, exploration, and the complex menu system.

With my newfound confidence, I headed off to the scene only to be met with a menacing group of aliens known as the Prone. Working my way to their headquarters while easily slaughtering a dozen or so soldiers, I finally arrived only to see that they killed the Pathfinder crew. Why? Because they can't stand humans. Hey, we're not all that bad. To add some levity to the situation, a comic relief character known as Tatsu quickly provided a few good laughs. One of the funniest moments was when Lin kept wanting to eat him since he looks like a potato and she later shows him the bed he'll be sleeping in which is actually a refrigerator.

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Joining the ranks of BLADE makes for a rather exciting day!

I noticed some very cool subtleties while playing through these three chapters. The main character (who you create at the start) never says a word in the story sequences. Instead, you select an appropriate physical gesture to reply to someone. Watching your character shrug or nod can actually be quite funny especially when another character responds by saying something like, "He looks happy about it." Another nifty component is that almost every character and citizen of New Los Angeles has opinions about and relationships with each other. It's very interesting to see how one guy might despise someone while another chum thinks very highly of the same person. Finally, equipment is reflected on your party members (just like in the original Xenoblade Chronicles). I absolutely love the fact that a character can look entirely different after you equip them with new gear. Right now, my main character looks like a robot.

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I don't know, Tatsu, you sure look like a potato to me...

Well, that's my journey so far. I already started a bit of chapter 4 and I can tell that things are about to really open up. Also, it seems like you can play online which I had no idea was a part of the experience. I can't wait to see what that's like.

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