Xenoblade Chronicles 3 - Catch all

It is here soon so I thought it was time for a Catch all!

7-29-2022

Looks like they went back to the more human characters of the first game rather than the 2nd. I dont' see a Nopon in the trailer at all.

They also seem to be back to Mecho vs. Bion which is fine by me.

*this time I will stick with it! I won't buy it and then realize I don't love it. I will! Really

** I was a bit confused since this trailer says 7/29 but the announcement trailer said October - however the official Nintendo eshop page says 7/29 as well so 5 months earlier. Yay!

Oh and here is the announcement tailer

Yeah, it was cool to see the release date get bumped up. That's not something that happens very often. I wonder if people got moved from BOTW2 to help polish this game up, since that one got delayed.

Anyway, this looks exactly like a Xenoblade game to me. The battle system looks like they're taking what was in XC2 and making some changes to it, so I'm curious if they are going to find a way to streamline things a bit, since it got really busy. Kind of zen-like once you got a hold of all the systems, but it took 30+ hours to get there.

Regardless, this is pretty much a day one purchase. Maybe this will be the one that finally pulls it all together.

The only thing I really hope they improve is the mapping. I remember wandering around for hours because the map made it really hard to understand where something was (lower, higher, etc.)

If I recall correctly, the map was later patched but I think it was after I was done with the game. XC2 had that and some other issues as a result of maybe coming out a little unfinished so I don’t want to wait a bit on 3 but it could be a good idea.

Very interested in this. Liked XC2 combat in endgame quite a bit. Like many JRPGs it takes way too long to get to the good combat of course.

Now, if there was no Nopons in the game, it would be quite the upgrade.

The UI feels quite ... busy for my tastes. Perhaps after I understand all the parts I won't mind but it just feels like a mess

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But it really isn't that different. Someone on Reddit put up shots of all three games HUDs

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Super excited for this more than I thought after that trailer. Here's a couple logos released I just happened to grab last week, not knowing if I'd ever use them.

Image released with reveal trailer:
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Image released last week, lacking the Nopons:
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XC2 connection spoilers:

Spoiler:

Concerned they're going to kill Vandham a 2nd time with the way he's talking in that trailer

farley3k wrote:

Looks like they went back to the more human characters of the first game rather than the 2nd. I dont' see a Nopon in the trailer at all.

Nopons are shown quite a lot, but not shown as combat members in the UI until late in the trailer. They first show up with the party at 0:15-0:19 - and they're the only 2 in that time to not get the weird shadow overlay (that's something interesting that I only saw thanks to you), running with group at 0:33, behind the middle combined form at 1:29, and finally part of the party UI at 2:08, with a hero shot of the party including the 2 Nopon at 2:26, and they're in logo shot with the party at 2:40.

Shadout wrote:

Now, if there was no Nopons in the game, it would be quite the upgrade.

Sorry to burst your bubble.

A bit of the old GameXplain analysis to the trailer, mostly about combat systems:

Looking forward to this. Summer is looking pretty packed.

Xenoblade specific Direct coming Wednesday:

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Here's the stream:

Here's what should be a working replay.

That said, I kind of wish I hadn't watched it.

Don't get me wrong -- it looks f*cking fantastic, especially when it comes to the meaty mechanical stuff. Basically just all the nerdy, crunchy, class changing min maxing crap you could ever want from a JRPG, and I'm so goddamn ready to inject this sh*t straight into my veins. Also, happy to see an interesting new take on the mech stuff I always want from a Xeno game (which was lacking in Chronicles 1 and 2). Still maybe won't be to the level that I really want (see Xenogears, Xenosaga, and Chronicles X), but I'll take what I can get.

But yeah, I really just wish I had gone complete blackout to get the full joy of all this stuff unfolding for me fresh. Even though I did skip through most of the stuff that wasn't purely discussing mechanics, even having the systems be surprises as I played the game would have been great fun for me right now.

(Also, thank god they didn't have another go at the gacha character acquisition nonsense from Chronicles 2. I still loved that game and played the hell out of it, but that aspect was not a welcome addition to the formula.)

I mostly skimmed through the video. Having only played about half of Xeno 1 and 2, this looks like some of the best elements of both coming into the sequel. The combat looked overwhelming, but I'm sure they will ease you into it.

Running away from large monsters - yes!

I watched maybe the first 6-7 minutes which was mostly just story bits for the first couple of chapters of the game, but it was interesting enough that I also wish I hadn't watched it. I can maybe guess where some of the story will go based on what I saw, but this series always surprises me somehow, so I won't spend too much time on it.

Anyway, looking forward to the release. I'll probably make sure the reviews are good before spending the money, but I plan to jump on it very early.

They sold me at 11 minutes or so - a guide system that draws on the ground what route to take!

Nintendo Life did a preview video. Some QoL notes: You can freely switch between characters while traveling and during combat, combat is engaging right out the gate, including the ability to directly order your team members to target specific enemies, framerates seem solid, and UK voicing. No gacha system, just unlocking members along the way. There's even built in combat training accessible through the menu system. They're praising it as surpassing all the previous entries.

Now if only there were better hardware for it to run on...

Placed my order yesterday. Can't wait!

This pre-order has been in for a while, so it's funny that it's just a few days away, really. Makes me giddy.

Polygon also had a positive preview piece. Looking forward to it!

Your Xenoblade 3 Questions Answered - Q&A

Very long lets play - spoilers galore.

At least the Nipon voices are not so grating!

* it is like watching the first game with different costumes. Banter, attacks, movement, etc.

I appreciate the attention for the game but at this point it's at the point that I feel I've seen enough and I'm not adding anything useful to the experience I might have. I think I personally reached that point about the time of my previous post in this thread. It's weird because I just tend to feel that point out with games and I'm not overly concerned with spoilers as I tend to be able to mentally delete those things / ignore just enough to not remember them as I'm watching stuff ahead of time.

Not that it matters a ton, but the preload is now available.

I wish they let you pre-load games you are going to have the physical version of. I have it pre-ordered but I know I will have to wait when I get it while it downloads the newest version. (I also know not to buy digital because I will probably want to sell it)

Another explanation of the whole Xenoblade story. This time from my friends at Gaming Trend.
*it is funny. It is like the other recap - it just becomes almost a word salad which has words but makes little sense.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Review | It's a Monster | "Buy, Wait for Sale, Never Touch?"

Reviews are in. It looks like it has all the positives and negatives you would expect.
Good world, good writing, good story, it seems to stick the landing as the third in a trilogy, but the combat it is a bit too complicated. One reviewer mentioned that he got a hold of it around hour 40, which is reminiscent of my experience of XB2. Anyway, I’m in but it may be a couple of days after launch before I get to it.

Trying out a smaller shop for my preorder so might be beginning of next week before it arrives. Not sure how the shipping will work out. Briefly glanced at reviews. I’m excited to dig in. Enjoyed the second game quite a bit.

I'm still working my way through XC 1, so this one's a long ways off for me.

the combat it is a bit too complicated

Excellent.

zeroKFE wrote:
the combat it is a bit too complicated

Excellent.

Goood!

I AM SUPER DUPER MEGA looking forward to this game