Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass Review

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a rare behemoth of a JRPG on the Nintendo Switch. It's staggeringly content-rich. One could spend hours upon hours exploring the world of Alrest, challenging optional bosses, collecting rare BLADES (basically the game’s Pokémon) and scouring every nook and cranny for hidden treasures. The game also features an expansion pass with a promise of updating the already astounding game with even more content throughout the year 2018. The question is: is it worth your time?

Up until now, the game has received several item packs and new side-quests as paid expansions. The item packs include useful items and resources, such as rare and legendary core-crystals, rare foods, bonus Ether Points for upgrading Poppi (one of the characters) and many utility items such as Silver Cylinders and Overdrive Protocols. While most of the items included are nothing remarkable for those who already are far in the game, Overdrive Protocols are possibly the most useful item included in the packs.

Once you bonded a BLADE to a character, you cannot transfer that to another character. Since getting the BLADEs in Xenoblade 2 is practically a glorified lottery, a rare BLADE may end up bonding with a character that you don’t want. The only way to transfer a BLADE to another character is to use an Overdrive Protocol and they are extremely rare. Only three are given throughout the game and to farm an extra one could take several hours of grinding. So, getting an extra Overdrive Protocol or two from the item pack is a much-welcomed bonus.

Compared to the astonishing amount of side quests and amazing extra content in the original game, newly added side-quests are somewhat lacking. Up until now, two packs of DLC quests had been released. Unfortunately, most of the side quests in the packs are nothing more than your run-of-the-mill fetch quests with very little depth. There are some stories attached to them but most are shallow nonetheless and won't keep you entertained for long. The rewards for completing these side quests are also not really exciting, especially those in the low-level DLC quests.

At the moment, the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass doesn't have enough major content to be called a meaningful one. You're not missing out on anything substantial from not getting the expansion. Luckily, the more interesting contents such as new BLADEs, Challenge Mode and even a brand new story are promised to be released in coming months. I recommend that you wait and see what those promised contents would bring to the table first, before picking up this expansion pass.

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