Yeah I adored the original. It’s in my top 10 games ever and I put 120 hours into it having never really liked RPGS let alone JRPGs ever before. But XC X - world design and that pay off of acquiring a mech aside - left me cold after a dozen hours. Mess of styles, annoying humour, overly complicated UI and combat and a sense of deja vu. All of which seems to be replicated here.
XC had this calm and peace to it, a bit like BOTW, punctuated with some epic moments and a genuinely interesting storyline. Caught me unaware and left me charmed throughout. Always hard to tell from a trailer but I’m very much like you. Screen busyness and art styling has put me right off from the get go and it looks even busier today than before.
Hope I’m wrong and reviews say otherwise, but it’s not really what I wanted from a sequel to XC. May give it a go next year if there’s a barren spell, but won’t be on my Christmas list despite how much I adore the first.
Think ‘lightning in a bottle’ captures it perfectly. In many respects, the things I wanted to see them develop in a sequel to XC were realised in BOTW, so a XC2 is no longer the draw it once was to me.