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  • Summary: Guide a group of legendary warriors on a journey through the tragic history that doomed a kingdom and drove a hero down a dark path 500 years before the events of the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 game. Defend yourself from Malos and his forces using all the fury of this refined battle system,Guide a group of legendary warriors on a journey through the tragic history that doomed a kingdom and drove a hero down a dark path 500 years before the events of the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 game. Defend yourself from Malos and his forces using all the fury of this refined battle system, allowing you to fight as both the artificial lifeforms known as Blades and their masters, the Drivers. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Sep 17, 2018
    92
    Several times during my playthrough of Torna, I found myself thinking that, in some ways, it might actually be a better experience than Xenoblade Chronicles 2, which is perhaps a shocking thing for me to say because I very much enjoyed the original game. The more mature tone, focused cast, and refined gameplay are definite pluses, and even though the scope of both the world and the time you spend in it is far smaller, this can play to the game's strengths. Those who liked the original game will almost certainly like Torna.
  2. Sep 18, 2018
    90
    Nintendo Switch is no stranger to DLC and add-on content, but few expansions are as vast in their size and content as Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna - The Golden Country. Whether you’re a season pass holder looking to revisit a series you love from a new perspective, or you’re fresh to the franchise and want a standalone adventure, this hefty slice of JRPG action will grab you right from the moment you start switching between Blade and Driver. With some welcome adjustments to combat and combos, this is a fine addition to an already brilliant game on Switch.
  3. Sep 21, 2018
    85
    Torna: The Golden Country makes for a fantastic place to start in the series and an essential play for anyone that enjoyed Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
  4. Sep 13, 2018
    80
    Torna didn't need to re-invent the wheel beyond its swap conceit. Monolith Soft is already perfectly capable of crafting giant worlds worth exploring and characters worth listening to or getting invested in.
  5. Sep 20, 2018
    80
    XC2: Torna - The Golden Country is a wonderful add-on to an already great game, but as a standalone experience it doesn't quite work.
  6. Sep 17, 2018
    80
    The odd style of pacing and sidequest focus can be off-putting for some, but taken as a whole Torna is a fantastic piece of additional content for a massive JRPG.
  7. Sep 23, 2018
    60
    An ambitious addition to an already enormous game, but by stripping away many of the features on the sides of the experience, you’re left with a game that never quite finds the highs present in the original game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Sep 26, 2018
    10
    This game manages to be an expansion on the first game whilst also managing to be a separate game.
    The Music is amazing, and graphics a
    This game manages to be an expansion on the first game whilst also managing to be a separate game.
    The Music is amazing, and graphics a slight improvement from Xenoblade 2.
    The story expands on the first game and provides extra details of Jin's journey to becoming who he is in Xenoblade Chronicles 2. The story is around 25 hours and is, in my opinion, one of the greatest Nintendo DLC released to this date. My only complaint is the addition which makes you complete sidequests to advance. Otherwise, this is a 10/10.
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  2. Sep 14, 2018
    10
    Review/Reseña (English/Español)

    Score/Nota: 10/10 Hands down, for the best expansion of Nintendo's history; even superior to other
    Review/Reseña (English/Español)

    Score/Nota: 10/10

    Hands down, for the best expansion of Nintendo's history; even superior to other popular ones like The Witcher 3.

    It almost took a year of updates after the updates, where problems and errors are corrected and, simplified mechanisms and new customization elements were added, for free. However, when it comes to the expansion itself, the amount of substantial content that was added is brutal so that the time you spend at Alrest never ends.

    The icing on the cake is Torna; This kind of independent "mini" Xenoblade, which, in its 20-22 hrs for complete the main story with a couple of things in the middle (45-50 hrs if you want to complete it at 100%), is undoubtedly the aggregate that was needed to close with classy, the better and bigger story that the Switch catalog has to offer.

    With a more obscure and focused narrative of story (that seemed to be a kind of attempt to generate reminiscence towards Xenogears), a cast of solid and endearing characters, new elite music, refreshing zones for explore, refined combat system (more agile and dynamic), new mechanics (camping and communities), and a lot of aditional content, like secondary missions, as well as monsters and objects to be achieved, they build a spectacular conglomerate, that does not do more than grant applause and congratulations to the boys of Monolith for tremendous "opus".

    It seemed that 2018 would be decaffeinated for Nintendo and its console, but seeing that among its arsenal is the Genial "Octopath Traveler", the glorious "Ultimate" in Christmast, and the best expansion in the last decade; we could say that it will come out very well, facing the promising and bright future that will be 2019. 10/10

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    Manos hacia abajo, para la mejor expansión de la historia de Nintendo; incluso superior a otras populares como las de The Witcher 3.

    Tomo casi un año de actualizaciones, donde se corregían problemas o bugs, y se añadían mecánicas simplificadas y nuevos elementos de personalización, de forma gratuita. Sin embargo, en cuanto a lo que la expansión en sí se refiere, es brutal la cantidad de contenido sustancial que se agregó para hacer que el tiempo que pases en Alrest nunca termine.

    La guinda del pastel es Torna; esta especie de "mini" Xenoblade independiente, el cual, en sus 20-22 hrs de duración de partida (45-50 hrs si quieres completarlo al 100%), es sin dudas el agregado que hacía falta para cerrar con broche de oro la mejor y más grande historia que el catálogo de Switch tiene que ofrecer.

    Con una narrativa más oscura y enfocada (que pareciera fuese una especie de intento por generar reminiscencia hacia Xenogears), un cast de personajes sólidos y entrañables, nueva música de élite, zonas explorables refrescantes, sistema de combate refinado (más agíl y dinámico), nuevas mécanicas (acampar y comunidades) y toneladas de contenido secundario, como misiones, así como monstruos y objetos por conseguir; construyen un conglomerado que no hace más que otorgar aplausos y felicitaciones a los chicos de Monolith por tremenda "opus".

    Parecía que el 2018 sería descafeinado para Nintendo y su consola, pero viendo que entre su arsenal está el genial “Octopath Traveler", el glorioso “Ultimate” en las navidades, y la mejor expansión en la última década; podríamos decir que saldrá bastante bien parado, de cara al prometedor y brillante futuro que se dislumbra en el 2019. 10/10
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  3. Sep 16, 2018
    10
    *I rated this game as a DLC, even if it's a new game on it's own!*
    -The new batttle system made us create new strategies 10/10
    -Strong
    *I rated this game as a DLC, even if it's a new game on it's own!*
    -The new batttle system made us create new strategies 10/10
    -Strong characters personnalities, including Lora, my new favorite Nintendo female protagonist! 10/10
    -The tornian totan made us discover new places, so new possibilities! 10/10
    -Short but great story with 3 hours of cutscenes, more than any Fire Emblem! 10/10
    -Tragic end that made me seriously cried! 10/10
    If you didn't play the main game yes, I can definitively tell you that you can start with the prequel first! Some minors spoilers from the main games, but the bigger ones aren't here, so go!
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  4. Sep 15, 2018
    10
    Battle system fun, story is awesome, music is masterpiece! My only complain: game force you to play side-quests. But at the same time questsBattle system fun, story is awesome, music is masterpiece! My only complain: game force you to play side-quests. But at the same time quests very fun. 10/10 Expand
  5. Sep 14, 2018
    10
    I Love This World, Because MonolithSoft in it.

    Russian/English short review (no spoilers) Великолепное длс, которое вообще можно считать
    I Love This World, Because MonolithSoft in it.

    Russian/English short review (no spoilers)

    Великолепное длс, которое вообще можно считать полноценной новой игрой.

    Продолжительность сюжета 10+ часов, если учитывать сайд контент, то можно уйти за 30.

    Боевая система очень крута и ощущается довольно свежо, графику подтянули, особенно в портативе. Музыка ВЕЛИКОЛЕПНАЯ. Боевая тема - моё почтение.

    Must buy для все владельцев свича, даже если вы еще не играли в оригинальный Xenoblade 2.

    Great DLC, which is basically a whole new game.

    The Story length is 10+ hours (30-40 if you count side content)

    Battle System is GREAT and looks very fresh, graphics is better, especially in portable mode. Music is fantastic (there are some tracks from original game also)

    Must Buy for every switch owner, even if you have not played original game.
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  6. Sep 14, 2018
    9
    Hands out, a soild 9/10 game and significantly improves upon a lot of things than base game.

    > The characters are all interesting and well
    Hands out, a soild 9/10 game and significantly improves upon a lot of things than base game.

    > The characters are all interesting and well developed topped with a better protagonist than Rex
    > The narrative of the game is miles better than the base game and wraps everything in a nice little ribbon
    > A much faster pace and revamped battle system allowing you to take control of both Driver and Blade.
    > No Gacha and a cleaner UI
    > Performance is much better and graphics are prettier.

    Cons

    > Unfortunately, to continue on with the story it requires the player to build up the Community Level. A mechanic similar to Xenoblade X's Affinity character side missions.
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  7. Oct 8, 2018
    7
    Good:
    - Delves into more of the backstory and characters of XC2
    - Interesting to wander around Torna - Tweaked the battle system to feel
    Good:
    - Delves into more of the backstory and characters of XC2
    - Interesting to wander around Torna
    - Tweaked the battle system to feel fresh without reinventing the wheel

    Bad:
    - Forced sidequesting to advance the main story (the Community)
    - Pouch items and some non essential upgrades now locked behind a crafting system, which makes money worthless and requires you to go grind gathering spots
    - Only one new titan

    Worth playing if you liked XC2. If not, there's nothing here for you.
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