Alejandro Balderas writes:
"But for those of us that have been there and done that with the first XC, the experience isn’t so fresh. To borrow a phrase from a friend, “XC2 is chasing a ghost.” That ghost is the experience of the first Xenoblade Chronicles, with its mystifying setting on the back of gods and theological currents of thought underlying every plot twist. The shonen storyline is here again. The grassy plains, the snowy tundra, the massive lakes – these are all here, too.
XCX didn’t chase that ghost. It accepted itself for what it was: a post-Earth space opera in which the survival of humankind was the only thing that mattered. Because of this, I accepted it more easily, too."