Nintendo Switch Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Last updated date: August 9, 2019

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8.3

Nintendo Switch Xenoblade Chronicles 2

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We looked at the top Fantasy Games and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Fantasy Game you should buy.

Editor's Note October 8, 2019:
Checkout The Best Fantasy Game for a detailed review of all the top fantasy games.

Overall Take


In our analysis of 144 expert reviews, the Nintendo Switch Nintendo Switch Xenoblade Chronicles 2 placed 9th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Lost in a sea of clouds, entire civilizations rest on the backs of Titans. As the giant beasts march toward death, the last hope is a scavenger named Rex—and Pyra, a living weapon known as a Blade. Can you find the fabled paradise she calls home? Command a group of Blades and lead them to countless strategic victories before the world ends.Each Titan hosts its own distinct cultures, wildlife, and diverse regions to explore. Search the vast open areas and labyrinthine corridors for treasure, secret paths, and creatures to battle and index. During these escapades you’ll get to know a large cast of eclectic characters, including the weaponized life forms known as Blades. Gather these allies, bond with them to increase their power, and utilize their special ARTS to devastate enemies. But to save the world of Alrest, you must first demystify its cloudy past.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.0
19 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.8
427 user reviews

What experts liked

The graphics of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 do not disappoint. The visual design is absolutely stunning in almost every respect, as the characters pop and the environments really bring the fantasy world of Alrest to life.
- Game Industry News
January 8, 2018 | Full review
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 also takes the same anime-inspired visuals and storytelling used in prior Xeno games and elevates that quite noticeably. This is because visually and aurally the game is masterfully done. The English dub is also surprisingly decent but there is a free Japanese language pack DLC if you are interested.
- Forbes
January 7, 2018 | Full review
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is one of the best and most ambitious JRPGs I've ever had the pleasure to play.
- Honest Gamers
December 25, 2017 | Full review
Graphically the game proves to be stellar throughout - especially when playing in docked mode, and contains an artistic depth that blends Japanese color and charm with hints of grittiness and detail found in WRPGs. Impressive draw distances and vibrant, crisp aesthetics help paint the landscape and immerse you in the enchanting, diverse world of Alrest.
- New Game Network
December 29, 2017 | Full review
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 does hit a lot of highs. I’m no stranger to melodrama, and there are some genuinely interesting sci-fi threads woven throughout the game’s story. I continue to be impressed that its fight scenes start out excellent and somehow manage to raise the bar ever higher, chapter after chapter.
- CGM
December 27, 2017 | Full review
I was consistently happy with the soundtrack and I’m looking forward to a full OST release.
- ZTGD
December 21, 2017 | Full review
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is fun, and has moments of genuine emotion embedded within a narrative that is equal parts fairy tale and science-fiction war story.
- Game Rant
Rex's jaunt across the expansive world to seek help from Alrest's great cultures helps grant Xenoblade Chronicles 2 impressive visual variety. One of the best things about Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is that it eases you into its combat mechanics gradually and gracefully.
- ING Middle East
November 30, 2017 | Full review
Large and beautiful environments draw you into Xenoblade 2's natural world
- GameSpot
November 30, 2017 | Full review
The world of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is beautiful, showcasing a range of artistic influences ranging from Ghost in the Shell to Studio Ghibli. It’s a smorgasbord of anime brilliance that really shines on the Switch.
- Trusted Reviews
November 30, 2017 | Full review
These core systems combine to compelling effect. Every action contributes to progress in another area, so no effort ever feels like it's misplaced. As with so much of Takahashi's work, including the barely finished Xenogears
- Euro Gamer
The setting of this game might have contributed to its charm. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 takes place in a world where all land has sunken beneath the sea and all creatures make their home on and in massive flying Titans.
- Game Crate
November 30, 2017 | Full review
A lot of credit is due for most of the voice acting, which adds to the experience despite some inevitable iffy moments - we played with the English voicetrack, full of regional British accents, Americans and Australians, but look forward to trying the free Japanese track (via a download) when the game launches. Music is another high point. At its worst the music is competent, but there are some areas and stretches where it's fantastic - from pumping RPG rock in boss fights to choral singing and orchestral beauty, there are some wonderful sounds here.
- Nintendo Life
November 30, 2017 | Full review
Huge game world, with lots to do.
- PC Magazine
At least, though, the game has a rousing soundtrack, thanks to the leadership of legendary composer Yasunori Mitsuda, and its battle system, while unbelievably convoluted, does offer some incredible possibilities once you learn how to integrate physical and magical combos in such a way that they devastate your stunned enemies.
- Slant Magazine
The thing I appreciate most about Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is how it captures nearly everything that made the first game great, borrows the best elements from Chronicles X, and then improves on much of it. Though Blades change up how you fight in Chronicles 2, the game spills over with the traits that make the first Chronicles game a stand-out experience. More story, more enemies to scrap with, more landscapes to tread across. Chronicles 2 is a dialogue-heavy game, but there are many points where Monolith Soft lets its environments narrate the seriousness of Alrest's plight.
- US Gamer
So it’s beautiful, it has a brilliant battle system, it has a story and a cast that one can’t help but love…it has all of the ingredients to be a classic. Why can’t XBC2 catch the ghost of its forebearer?
- Nintendo Enthusiast
January 16, 2018 | Full review
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is overall mostly a quality RPG that has charm and character.
- DarkZero
January 8, 2018 | Full review

What experts didn't like

Unfortunately, while the visuals look phenomenal, there are significant performance issues that run rampant through the game: Slowdowns can be frequent, especially in areas with loads of particle effects which can cause the Switch to chug. Portable mode is not up to the usual visual fidelity standards that we’ve come to expect from Switch exclusives, either, as the resolution takes a heavy hit, causing smudgy visuals due to a loss of anti-aliasing as well (especially obvious during combat).
- Game Industry News
January 8, 2018 | Full review
When your play Xenoblade Chronicles 2 in portable mode it does take a very noticeable hit in performance.
- Forbes
January 7, 2018 | Full review
Unfortunately, it sometimes is too deep and complex for its own good.
- Honest Gamers
December 25, 2017 | Full review
The menu screen, and the upgrades/customizations that come with it are similarly complex and convoluted enough to make your head spin at first glance. This aspect of the game proved a bit more cumbersome and overindulgent for me.
- New Game Network
December 29, 2017 | Full review
This game lacks a proper map screen.
- CGM
December 27, 2017 | Full review
Sometimes, the in-game compass won’t even give clues on where to go.
- ZTGD
December 21, 2017 | Full review
If there’s one major complaint to be had with the game, it’s that acquiring rare Blades can be extremely difficult, and often comes down to luck. The rare Blades are easily some of the most exciting elements of Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and it seems a shame to lock them behind luck-based systems.
- Game Rant
One of the major issues with Xenoblade 2 is that it fails to adequately educate you, with fly-by tutorials introducing cascading mechanics and terminology that's easy to mix up.
- GameSpot
November 30, 2017 | Full review
Easy to be overwhelmed in the opening hours.
- Trusted Reviews
November 30, 2017 | Full review
The graphics are disappointingly primitive, and look at two generations behind. Character’s movements are stiff, and environmental textures are bland and flat.
- Game Crate
November 30, 2017 | Full review
What this game won't do, despite its excellence, is win over a new audience. Perhaps that's for the best, as not all IPs need to become more accessible - gaming still needs incredibly deep, involving and complicated games to satisfy their audiences. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is just that, though Monolith Soft has maintained its standards without making a notable leap forward - it feels like the true Xenoblade peak is yet to come.
- Nintendo Life
November 30, 2017 | Full review
Annoying texture and object pop-in bugs.
- PC Magazine
It’s very difficult, if not impossible, to feel like you’re in a different world, much less experiencing a story, when such elements call attention to the contrived nature of the whole shebang. Cutscenes interrupt action to an unnecessary degree. In one laughable segment, you watch a cinematic and walk a very short distance before another one starts. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 also doesn’t do itself any favors by carrying over the “Heart-to-Heart” character interactions from its predecessor.
- Slant Magazine
The sidequest system is a step back from previous games in the franchise.
- Nintendo Enthusiast
January 16, 2018 | Full review
There is still the question as to why Rex has such strange pants, but the pants design is one of the very few negatives to take away from a decent looking game, especially when running through some of the world’s locations that are easily as an important part of the game as its characters.
- DarkZero
January 8, 2018 | Full review

An Overview On Fantasy Games

Be transported to another world when you sit down to a great fantasy game on your favorite console. Whether you are an avid Xbox One player or you are exclusive to your PlayStation 4, you’ll surely discover excellent fantasy games that will fill your free time with exciting adventures on screen. Let’s take a closer look at the two consoles and what they have to offer fantasy game players.

The PlayStation 4 has countless perks for its players. With an excellent record behind it for graphics, the console offers detailed imagery with excellent 1080 resolution. Players also find a very easy-to-use interface on the PS4 along with endless options for playing with friends. Owners of the PS4 also love the feature that allows you to transfer your gameplay to another device when others want to use the television. For those who want to use their console for more than just game playing, the PS4 offers a couple of different options for media apps to access television series, movies or music.

Perhaps the biggest perk for PlayStation 4 owners is the copious amounts of games that Sony offers. You will find all kinds of genres from adventure to Indie and, of course, plenty of fantasy games. If you’re looking for non-stop action within an elaborate fantasy world, “Sekiro Shadows Die Twice” is the game for you. Situated in old Japan, the game allows players to create their own path through battles with creative monsters and encounters with friends and foes alike.

For an old favorite, discover the excitement in “Final Fantasy XV.” This PlayStation 4 fantasy game has been around for years, but never like this before. With improved scenes and performance options for the characters, this edition will leave you wanting more game time than ever. When you need a good fantasy game fix, these two will certainly give you the ultimate experience you want.

Now let’s turn our attention to the Xbox One. This console offers some competition to the PlayStation 4 players. With access to three generations of Xbox games and cross-play on PC games, Xbox trumps PlayStation 4 with its accessibility to games. The affordability of the games and console also gives it an advantage for budget-conscience consumers.

However, for those who want the best graphics, Xbox One is just a bit subpar with a 900 resolution on most games. A cool feature with Xbox Skill features is the ability to activate and control your console through Alexa devices with your voice. In addition, Xbox One, which features Xbox Live, has excellent options for entertainment outside of games, including Kodi, a sought-after media app. The console also offers compatibility with Dolby sound products for outstanding audio experiences as well.

Xbox One has simply incredible fantasy games. For challenging and diversified action scenes, “Dark Souls III” is the fantasy game for you. The player will find their way through intense combat with creatures of unimaginable characteristics surrounded by an edge-of-your-seat landscape that keeps you on your toes.

If “Dark Souls III” is a favorite, you will also enjoy “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.” Players will find a frigid atmosphere set in the Northlands during a post-war period in this fantasy game. Navigate through sparse lands while encountering enemies and friends in a unique and entertaining story.

The fantasy game lineup extends much further beyond these favorites for console game players. Take a deeper look into what Microsoft and Sony offer for games and get a feel for which has the library of your taste. From there, you can decide which console will best suit your fantasy game style.

The Fantasy Game Buying Guide

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