Xenoblade - New Monolith RPG for Wii

Are these side quests pretty obviously televised as being kill X or collect X items or such? Because I'm going to take your advice and avoid side quests unless they'll help me level up and I reach a point where I need to grind.

Well, as they do in any game most of the quests boil down to:

- kill x things
- find specific rare thing and kill it
- collect x things sitting around the world
- collect x things by killing specific type of thing that drops it
- engage in fedex related activities

but yes, it's usually not too hard to figure out which quests will lead to interesting interactions with NPCs and which are meant to just give you extra items, xp, and gold for exploring the next area. Most of the time the generic quests will be given by an NPC who doesn't have a unique name, and usually they will have a fairly generic name ("Region Defense 1, 2, 3") compared to the quests with more story to them. The only wrinkle involved in skipping that kind of quest (aside from missing the extra items, xp, and gold) is that as you do quests in a specific part of the world you build up your relationship with that region, and some quests that DO involve interesting interactions with NPCs or discovery of something about the world are only available once you've reached a certain level of relationship with a region, which at times may only be possible to accomplish by doing all the generic side quests.

Of course, there is no penalty for having started too many side quests, and many of those generic quests will easily completed as a side effect of exploring the world, so you'll probably end up doing quite a few without even thinking about it. But if you are like me, the fact that so many are easily completed may only make it that much harder to ignore the more annoying ones...

The biggest piece of advice I can give is to REALLY not sweat over the item collection quests. Those are highly RNG dependent, and many just aren't worth the extra wandering. The kill quests are much easier to get done, and generally far more satisfying.

So torn about this one. While I love the idea of a really good JRPG, I just know that right now, I won't take the time to play it. On the other hand, I'm sure this one's going to be impossible to get a hold of even after a few weeks.

My head says no, but my heart says yes. I know that the correct answer for me is "Don't buy it, it'll just sit on your shelf."

I found that the best way to go was to collect every available side quest in a new area, and then just explore without really thinking about them, or carry on to the next story point. The number of side quests that completed as I went along,without paying any real attention to them, was surprising.

IGN Britain review. As you might guess..it is pretty good.

Quite frankly, it really is a strong contender for the best jrpg of this console generation.

Gave in to all the positive hype and went into a Gamestop to put down my preorder. Why the heck is it coming out on a Friday?

Nintendo's been doing that of late. Kid Icarus: Uprising was last Friday.

My educated guess: they get the games shipped to stores by Friday anyway for their usual Sunday releases, and realized it made no sense to have the games in stores but not for sale on the busiest shopping day of the week.

Makes sense. Isn't that Sunday also Easter? It's possible Zombie Jesus day is mucking things about too.

I think Friday makes a lot more sense as a release day myself. Tuesday is traditionally the day because by time things ship, they've arrived Monday and can be put on shelves by Tuesday morning.

But Friday just makes so much more sense since that's when I have the most free time before I gotta be a crotchety old man and go to bed.

Yeah they were doing a lot of Sun releases, which worked well for midnight Sat release parties... but that Sunday probably wouldn't be the best... so Friday?

is this a Gamestop exclusive?

TheGameguru wrote:

is this a Gamestop exclusive?

Yes, or you can order it direct from Nintendo.

This is going to be one of those games I need to buy now because it won't be available in 3 months, isn't it?

Garden Ninja wrote:

This is going to be one of those games I need to buy now because it won't be available in 3 months, isn't it?

That's kind of what I'm thinking. That's the only reason I pre-ordered it.

No one really knows how large the print run is going to be, but given the circumstances surrounding its release, I'm not expecting a big one. If it's a huge seller, they might do another run, but I'd be surprised. I'm approaching this like I did the Metroid Prime Trilogy: it really is a limited edition, and I should get it sooner rather than later.

That said, you probably won't have any trouble finding used copies down the line, but you might have to pay new game or higher prices for it.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

That said, you probably won't have any trouble finding used copies down the line, but you might have to pay new game or higher prices for it.

I guess I don't mind that, as long as they are still in good condition. I have been itching for a JPRG lately, leaning towards Resonance of Fate, and was planning on playing through Dragon Age: Origins first. Maybe I should reorder things...

If anyone missed last week's trade-in deal, there's another one this week, specific to Xenoblade, and a few other pre-order games.

30% extra trade-in credit if you put it towards pre-orders of SW Kinect, Xenoblade, AssCreed 3, Ninja Gaiden 3, and Max Payne 3.

Can someone give me a reason to NOT buy a Wii to play this game?

MadcapLaugher wrote:

Can someone give me a reason to NOT buy a Wii to play this game?

If you really want a WiiU instead you could buy this game now and wait to play it on that?

Also, buying a system for one game puts a lot of onus on that game to be amazing, which could cripple your enjoyment.

Frankly, I'd just borrow a friend's Wii, play the game and then sell it (or keep it and buy your own Wii).

Or buy a Wii and play all the other awesome games on it.

Edit: I'll go ahead and model out the rest of the conversation.

Poster A: ":lol: What other awesome games?"

Poster B: "I know, right? But really, the Wii is fun for party games."

Poster C: "No, way, there's lots of cool games for the Wii! And they're not just party games!"

Poster A: "Yeah, like what?"

Poster C: "Like this long list of games!"

Poster D: "Those are all ports or first party titles."

Poster C: "Not all of them!"

Poster A: "Eh, whatever. None of those look like fun to me anyway."

Poster E: "Yeah, the Wii doesn't have any good games for it."

There we go. Now no one has to have this conversation again, and no one has to post their long-ass lists of good Wii games.

garion333 wrote:

Frankly, I'd just borrow a friend's Wii, play the game and then sell it (or keep it and buy your own Wii).

There's also Dolphin. If you want to take that route.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Or buy a Wii and play all the other awesome games on it.

Edit: I'll go ahead and model out the rest of the conversation.

Poster A: ":lol: What other awesome games?"

Poster B: "I know, right? But really, the Wii is fun for party games."

Poster C: "No, way, there's lots of cool games for the Wii! And they're not just party games!"

Poster A: "Yeah, like what?"

Poster C: "Like this long list of games!"

Poster D: "Those are all ports or first party titles."

Poster C: "Not all of them!"

Poster A: "Eh, whatever. None of those look like fun to me anyway."

Poster E: "Yeah, the Wii doesn't have any good games for it."

There we go. Now no one has to have this conversation again, and no one has to post their long-ass lists of good Wii games.

Your truth only hurts me deeplyer.

Someone post when you get your pre-order from Nintendo.com. I'm paranoid that they're going to take 3 months to ship mine.

I'm leaning towards getting a Wii anyways, can anyone list some good exclusive games I should look into beyond this one?

The few off the top of my head are:

- Super Mario bros
- Zelda (Skyward and Twilight)

What am I missing? Any really decent RPGs?

MadcapLaugher wrote:

Can someone give me a reason to NOT buy a Wii to play this game?

You won't lose many hours to playing Xenoblade, and you wouldn't have the ability to lose many hours to The Last Story a few months down the line?

MadcapLaugher wrote:

I'm leaning towards getting a Wii anyways, can anyone list some good exclusive games I should look into beyond this one?

The few off the top of my head are:

- Super Mario bros
- Zelda (Skyward and Twilight)

What am I missing? Any really decent RPGs?

This may be a better place to pursue that question line. Just give some idea of what you're looking for.

mrtomaytohead wrote:
MadcapLaugher wrote:

I'm leaning towards getting a Wii anyways, can anyone list some good exclusive games I should look into beyond this one?

The few off the top of my head are:

- Super Mario bros
- Zelda (Skyward and Twilight)

What am I missing? Any really decent RPGs?

This may be a better place to pursue that question line. Just give some idea of what you're looking for.

I'm sure there's other Wii threads with a TON of answers.

garion333 wrote:
mrtomaytohead wrote:
MadcapLaugher wrote:

I'm leaning towards getting a Wii anyways, can anyone list some good exclusive games I should look into beyond this one?

The few off the top of my head are:

- Super Mario bros
- Zelda (Skyward and Twilight)

What am I missing? Any really decent RPGs?

This may be a better place to pursue that question line. Just give some idea of what you're looking for.

I'm sure there's other Wii threads with a TON of answers.

Even that one settled the question for me. Can't wait to dive into Xenoblade on good Friday

I think I'm in too. Between the reviews and the Tom Chick stuff and just my general hankering for a good JRPG, I can't pass this up. Ugh...this is going to be the first full-price console game I've bought in ages.