game language: English
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Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country is a stand-alone story expansion to the jRPG from 2017 Xenoblade Chronicles 2. The title was developed by Japanese studio Monolith Soft, the creators of the previous entries in the series and of the cult series Xenosaga. It is worth mentioning that Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country is sold as a stand-alone game, but it is also part of the season pass to the base game and it is available for all owners of it. Users who will buy the box edition of the game will also receive a code for all remaining DLC to the base game.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country takes place 500 years before the events depicted in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. The main protagonist of the game is Jin, the antagonist of the previous game. The expansion sheds a new light on this character and it enables the players to explore the legendary Torna continent about which they could have only heard in the base game. During the adventure, the players encounter new characters and they visit many unique places. Because the expansion is a prequel, it can be played by everyone and the knowledge of events depicted in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 isn’t required.
The gameplay mechanics weren’t greatly changed since Xenoblade Chronicles 2. The game is a classic RPG in which the action is presented from a third-person perspective. The combat system wasn’t changed as well. The playable characters are accompanied by Blades – the living weapons that provide various special skills and attacks. During the adventure, the players are exploring new locations and cities of Torna, where they are fighting previously unseen enemies.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country at first glance looks same as the base game, but thanks to the new locations and the unique environment of Torna, the veterans will encounter various surprises. The game features many new dialogues, cutscenes, and music.
Game score 9.0 / 10 calculated out of 46 players' votes.
Expectations before the premiere: 8.4 / 10 calculated out of 7 players' votes.