Review: Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country (Nintendo Switch)

In this new story mode, uncover the full history of Jin and the fall of Torna that took place 500 years before the events of Xenoblade Chronicles 2. The newly refined combat system lets you take control of both Driver and Blades as you explore a new Titan, the Kingdom of Torna.

Pros:

  • Glorious graphics.
  • 4.5GB Download size.
  • Two difficulties- Easy and normal.
  • Own menu, Option and splash screen.
  • Opens up into a tutorial with ongoing pop-ups.
  • Vanguard switching- Where you swap places with your Vanguard which changes up moves and tag moves, You recover health when switching and can still do the whole attack from different sides.
  • Save when you want.
  • In game timer.
  • Fast travel to any discovered landmark or secret area.
  • Alrest is made up of 3 area types- Landmark, Locations and secret areas.
  • Campfires- Find these and rest/craft and chat. Rest allows you to level up characters within your party with any earned EXP.
  • Same combat flow and controls.
  • Arts now show where to be in order to maximize their damage and also says if it is an AoE/slash/fire etc.
  • Recipes- Used for crafting and are earned from quests and treasure coves.
  • Collection point- Tells you what you will likely get from it.
  • Unique monsters- Tough enemies that are almost mini-boss in approach. They are stronger encounters but grant better loot. Once defeated they leave a tombstone which can be used to resurrect them.
  • Community- In town,s you discover you can help and build the community by doing quests fgor the people. The more you build the community the better the rewards and quests.
  • The story is a prequel to the main game and every bit as entertaining.
  • So much fun to play.
  • Separate from your main game and able to be played whenever you want.

Cons:

  • No touchscreen support.
  • No way to skip the tutorial which is basically the same as the first time you saw it.
  • Enemies are a lot more densely populated meaning a lot of high-level monsters sneak in and one shot you.
  • Still hard to read the compass sometimes especially when dealing with above or below you.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.2/10

Summary

A substantial expansion that can be enjoyed at anytime, Luckily it has its own section that boots it all up so you dont need to worry about messing up your main game save. I didnt really like replaying the tutorial but I suppose returning players will appreciate the refresher. Ok so its more of thge same with a few tweaks like better labelling of moves and swapping vanguards is easier and straight forward. I like the camp fire mechanic and it adds a lot more atmosphere to it all and eliminate sthe need to always fast travel back to town every so often.In conclusion its a must play for gamers look for more action after finishing the main game or who want a new area to explore.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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