The epilogue that no one wanted
The addition placed into Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition, a proper epilogue and closure of the cast….well some anyways. This side epilogue thing felt as though the team at Monolith Soft sat in a round table and said “we cannot just port a game for the second time, we need to give them something extra”. That extra thing was Xenoblade Chronicles Future Connected.
New members are approaching
Instead of the original cast, we have Shulk, Melia, and two Nopons who are Riki’s kids; Kino and Nene. You can just have Reyn and Sharla return and Kino and Nene aren’t needed because they share the same arts. That being said, this epilogue took the approach of Torna – The Golden Country where you keep the main mechanics but swap out the most external ones. In this instance, heart-to-hearts are now quiet moments where it’s just more dialog and doesn’t prompt for a response. There is no skill tree and no future seeing by Shulk, so it does make the gameplay feel very different.
Let’s talk about the “story”
The story is nothing to write home about. Shulk and Melia use Junks to fly towards Alcamoth, the capital of the High Entia and end up crashing on the Bionis Shoulder. With the crew in hand, they head towards Alcamoth and learn of the Fog King who has surrounded the capital. It is as simple as going to Alcamoth, taking down the Fog King, and roll credits. I wish I was joking, but that was it. Whereas we got to know Zanza’s character throughout the main plot, the Fog King was just there. Awful final boss.
Some things never change
Remember what my biggest complaint was with Xenoblade Chronicles? The “sidequesting” that felt more like more main quest tasks? They’re back and in full force. Seriously, I cannot begin to explain how frustrated and annoying these side quests were. Thankfully this didn’t ruin Future Connected because it was already ruined from the start.
Is there anything positive?
However, are there any positives from this epilogue? Yes, I love Shulk and Melia’s new outfits. I like the new Monado that Shulk has, it is probably my most favorite design. The character stories themselves, specifically Melia and the remaining people of the High Entia was a joy to see. That was really it though in the end.
As much as I loved Xenoblade Chronicles, Xenoblade Chronicles Future Connected gets a 3.5/10. The only positivity I can give is from a single paragraph that is surrounded by negativity should say why the review score is how it is. If you want to spend roughly 7-8 hours on an epilogue that IS INCLUDED in the definitive edition, then do it. I did, but I will not touch it ever again.
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