Xenoblade - New Monolith RPG for Wii

ClockworkHouse wrote:

How many hours have I spent looking for them during the wrong weather event? :P

Ugh, took me hours and then looking up on the Xeno wiki to learn this. Also, harder to tell when you are playing at low volume!

So - ARISE THREAD! I needed a Xenoblade Support Group meeting. It's time, once again, to make some progress.

After Nintendo's Pre E-3, I was faced with the harsh reality of Earthbound Beginnings. A continuing to grow pile of Nintendo and Steam games continues to stare me down, shamefully. There are many games I want to complete; this is the one which every new release gets the "agh, I should really finish this first!"

So, as summer break begins Wednesday, I commit to finish this.

Got an hour in this morning, made progress on a quest - 63 hours on the play count. A lot to go. I don't know how long my focus can hold, because of two kids running around and wanting to get some Splatoon and PC games in... But I have to try.

I wouldn't stop this for Earthbound Beginnings. It's an unbalanced NES RPG that's hard as nails. Plus if it's just an official release of the old prototype,the script is as dry as toast.

OK Zoso, me too. I will get back into this. No excuses!

gamerparent wrote:

OK Zoso, me too. I will get back into this. No excuses!

And just like your Monster Hunter Magic Hour special 'almost' got me to fire up MH3U again, a talking/support feature for this game on the show might get me to retackle my own play through. I stopped at the first fight where I couldn't brute force my way through (face).

m0nk3yboy wrote:

And just like your Monster Hunter Magic Hour special 'almost' got me to fire up MH3U again, a talking/support feature for this game on the show might get me to retackle my own play through. I stopped at the first fight where I couldn't brute force my way through (face).

That point seems to be the spot for many to stop at. I think I was 13 hours in during my first round, in which that was my stopping point. Months later, a complete restart of the game was much more successful. It was like the mechanics had time to sink in. 63 hours in, I still don't feel like I truly know what I'm doing in the game, but I'm managing through without deaths on my A-Team. Now, trying to switch up for sake of building the relationship affinity is fruitless on much anything stronger than trash mobs.

Though I can't fully enjoy the massiveness of the game, or its daunting length, I respect that the way the quests are set up allow for some measurable progress even in short 30 minute bursts. Now, to try to get a 30 minute burst in before work!

Yes, good idea, just play in short chunks. It kind of feels like you can just wander around the world aimlessly if you want to.

Marking spoilers, only if you wouldn't want to know how many chapters in a book.

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I did just enough research to know I'm on chapter 15 of 20!

My party members have been freshly geared and are ready to move farther along. I'm really feeling it!

What a bunch of jokers!

So I made it to

Spoiler:

the battle at the bottom of the pit where all the people got eaten before we arrived

in Colony 6, and I got my butt handed to me by the pre-boss minions. Back to my save point.

The thought occured to me that maybe I should a) level up and/or b) gear up. I noticed that some of my weapons have empty slots, and I thought, hm, maybe I should go craft some more gems?

Pull up the map, and fast travel back to the gem making machine, boom.

You can really just fast travel anywhere from wherever you are, whenever you want. That's pretty cool. For some reason I thought I would have to travel back the slow way, that's why I was hesitant to leave the area for some unfounded fear that I would have to run all the way there and back again.

Yeah, the fast travel is awesome. Even better is that if you fast travel within the same zone (Colony 9, Bionis Leg, etc.) there's no loading screen. You only hit a loading screen if you jump between major areas.

I just wrapped the boss battle you're talking about, and it's a rough one. I'm pretty well geared and leveled, and I still struggled with it. There are just so many adds!

The fast travel system is SUPER generous in this game. Useful for short jumps and the loooooong ones.

I am stuck in Sword Valley, so I'm going back to finish some Alcamoth side quests.

Started wondering why the bird people are called "high"

Spoiler:
HeyWheresKel on gamefaqs wrote:

Karakasa posted...
I think they just like to smoke lots of pot

HAHAHAHA

Being high can make you feel light-headed, like your head is floating. High Entia have wings ON their heads.

"Duuuuude, you ever just stop and realize we're all living on a giant ****ing robot?"
"Ohhhhh my god dude you just blew my mind."
"Hahaha, man your eyes are redder than the Monado."
"Dude I feel like a ****ing Telethia right now, flying through the sky. Feels gooood man."
"Haha you're so stoned bro. Where'd you say you got this stuff again? Some Nopon merchant?"
"The hippie-pons know all."

I think I'm going to catch up to you Dee, I just beat Xord and freed that boy! /me being optimistic.

gamerparent wrote:

I think I'm going to catch up to you Dee, I just beat Xord and freed that boy! /me being optimistic.

A bit too optimistic. You might catch up to me in another 40 hours. You played it before on the Wii, right?

I am still playing it on the Wii (Wii U). I never got as far previously as I have now, so it's all new to me from this point on.

I'm now up to Level 30 and about 25 hours played. At Satorl Valley.

I was having some difficulty with the encounters, but then I remembered that I hadn't leveled up my Arts skills recently, so I had a lot of points to spend.

And I also had nothing set in terms of the sympathetic skills between team members. Like, nothing at all in those different shaped boxes. I think I put in some good choices (I mostly went with the ones that were highlighted). That seemed to help a lot, encounters are relatively easy now.

The game doesn't really tell you what to do regarding skills, skill books, and those team skills. I mean, it tells you that they're there, and that "you should do it!", but not how to actually do it? Maybe I missed the manual entries on that stuff.

The difficulty spikes in the upper 60's. I've put in about 92 hours, level 70, and I've still got a few areas left to go. According to this Wiki, I just finished Chapter 15 of 20. (GP, you seem to be on chapter 6.)

sometimesdee wrote:

(GP, you seem to be on chapter 6.)

Checks Wiki on my own progress...

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not even at the conclusion of chapter 2

So, here is a question. Being as I am sooooo far down the 'any progeress is purely coincidental' pathway, do I restart on my WiiU, playing the Wii copy, or do I sit in front of my PC, and play the HiRes version through my Dolphin?

I'm kind of thinking the deciding factor will come down to a trade off between:
* being able to sit at my computer 'sometimes' more than my consoling TV, and
* the fact that the couch is a lot more comfortable than my PC chair.

Don't look at me; I'm playing on the New 3DS. I do wish the game had better graphics, though, so chalk one up for the Hi-Res version, maybe?

If you can get the Dolphin version to run smoothly, I would play that. I tried it a while back but couldn't get it to run without stuttering. It's probably improved in the years since I tried it.

Yay, chapter 6!

gamerparent wrote:

If you can get the Dolphin version to run smoothly, I would play that. I tried it a while back but couldn't get it to run without stuttering. It's probably improved in the years since I tried it.

Yay, chapter 6! :)

I played it with Dolphin last year from start to finish, and it was pretty smooth, even on my old late-2011 Mac mini running Windows 7 in 720p. There definitely were some slowdowns here and there, but if played on a more recent computer, I'm pretty sure these would go away.

108.5 hours, level 80, and just hit the point of no return (middle of chapter 19). Not sure whether to cross the Rubicon or go back and finish quests and collectapaedia.

This game got released on the Wii U eShop last week in Australia. I didn't expect they'd add this to the Wii selection on the Wii U considering the New 3DS version was released only recently.

radaxian wrote:

This game got released on the Wii U eShop last week in Australia. I didn't expect they'd add this to the Wii selection on the Wii U considering the New 3DS version was released only recently.

We even had a promotion where if we bought the Wii eShop version, we qualified for 15% off the eTail price of ChroniclesX. (Un)fortunately, common sense won out, and I realised I would be spending more than 15% of the cost of ChroniclesX buying the eShop version of something I already own.

m0nk3yboy wrote:
radaxian wrote:

This game got released on the Wii U eShop last week in Australia. I didn't expect they'd add this to the Wii selection on the Wii U considering the New 3DS version was released only recently.

We even had a promotion where if we bought the Wii eShop version, we qualified for 15% off the eTail price of ChroniclesX. (Un)fortunately, common sense won out, and I realised I would be spending more than 15% of the cost of ChroniclesX buying the eShop version of something I already own.

Yes I saw that. I ended up buying the eShop version of Xenoblade and selling my physical copy. Nice to have but I can't justify holding onto the physical copy when I can get the game for $26 and sell it for $140.

I'm holding out hope that Nintendo of America offers a similar deal.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

I'm holding out hope that Nintendo of America offers a similar deal.

Well, don't hold your breath and you can thank Gamestop when you never see it..

sometimesdee wrote:

Don't look at me; I'm playing on the New 3DS. I do wish the game had better graphics, though, so chalk one up for the Hi-Res version, maybe?

I picked this up last week as I was heading overseas and don't think I'll ever get around to playing this on my Wii. I thought I was going to feel the same based on some of the early screens and videos, but it's not as big of a difference as I thought it was going to be. The game looks pretty nice on the 3DS screen. Here's a good comparison video:

The only time it has made a noticeable difference is when fighting the smallest enemies. It's tough to tell any of them apart until you get pretty close to them.

I think I'm about 8-10 hours in so far. Just made it to Juju's camp. For some reason, the analog nub seems much more responsive in this game than it does for me in Monster Hunter 4U. I guess having it work as a makeshift Circle Pad Pro requires more force than a game designed to use the thing from the ground up.

I'm enjoying the game quite a bit so far, but I do wish there was a way to change skill selection controls to L and R instead of the dpad so I could move around more easily while selecting abilities.

So I finally had enough and finished this game after clocking in 126 hours, which I believe far exceeds any other RPG I've played by around 40 hours. The only other game I've clocked in more time is Team Fortress 2. I never would have gotten in that much time on Wii version and fizzled out at around 40 hours. I just needed to be able pick it up and put it down.

Obviously I enjoyed the game to spend that much time with it, but it did have some faults. The music is really amazing. As for my thoughts on the ending...

Spoiler:

Did we really have to get entire origin of the universe and have the cliche "god" boss at the end? I know it had some complexity to it, but I would rather have had it be a battle between the two races that happen to live on the back of titans and make the story more "personal" than about the universe. I also don't like that the mechonis as an enemy totally dropped off the map in the last act. Obvious their home and most of them were destroyed but they could have been incorporated somehow (like Zanza using them as guards or combining them with Telethia). Hate to nitpick but it did feel like it went off the rails a little.

...still a great game though.

Hallo support group, long time no see. I'm sticking to my guns and trying to finish this before booting up "X," just arrived at

Spoiler:

Agniratha

and feeling like I might? be? getting close? to the end?

...

Please tell me I'm close to the end.

danopian wrote:

Please tell me I'm close to the end.

Sorry

bobbywatson wrote:
danopian wrote:

Please tell me I'm close to the end.

Sorry :(

No. No no no no no