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At the face of it, the new Xenoblade Chronicles 2 standalone DLC, “Torna – The Golden Country,” is both an elaboration on the story for the fans and an entry point for newcomers, yet it is neither of these things in practice. While it’s still got all the fun of the original, albeit in a smaller package, it fails to add anything substantial for new or old. Ultimately, I would only recommend the experience if you’re in need of another Xenoblade kick, but even then I would steer you towards just considering playing New Game Plus on the original game.
If you’re new to 2, then it can be a great starting point if you’re unsure of your commitment to a 100 hour experience, as it’s a wonderful sliver of what the full game offers. And ultimately, I think I’ll look back at it even more favorably than the main questline. Just like the game it’s an addendum to, Torna ~ The Golden Country is an unpolished gem: an experience with rough edges that dazzles in spite of them all.
[Overall score is based on a score of the entire game - base game included] Torna: The Golden Country is a fine conclusion to an already great game - the amount of depth it adds makes the game feel like an entirely new adventure in the Alrest we've come to know and love. Adding new battle features, an excellent new score from Yasunori Mitsuda, and developing characters to meet the necessary endpoints for the base game to proceed, Xenoblade 2 is a masterpiece in building a credible, enjoyable world. It's an absolute recommendation for any Switch owner. 9/5/10
Torna is a great DLC for fans and newcomers alike. The extra content gives answers to questions you may have had after playing the standard game and makes small gameplay tweaks to make the game extremely accesible for new players and even a better experience for veterans.
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Amongst the most generous expansions of all time, Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country is one of the year's best RPGs. Returning players will love diving further into the history of Alrest and discovering more about the events that shaped the world, while newcomers can rest assured that they're starting out with the most refined and welcoming introduction to Xenoblade yet.
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.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna, The Golden Country is a hell of a package, and a must-have for Switch owners who are JRPG fans, and who enjoy the Xeno- games. Monolith Soft have, yet again, crafted a world worth fighting for.
If you were a fan of the original, you will most definitely enjoy all that Torna has to offer. If you have the expansion pass, you already have this expansion at your disposal. If not, Torna is very much worth a pick up and I highly recommend doing so.
Torna ~ The Golden Country marks a wonderful send off to the world of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 with its cast of likeable characters, compelling narrative and a revamped combat engine that feels even better than the original. Having spent more than 150~ hours in the world of Alrest combined through the two titles, I can't help but feeling that I still want more- a desire that serves as undeniable proof to the excellence of this series.
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. It's been shortened, streamlined, and depending on your preferences, you might find that this DLC expansion handles a few mechanics better than the main game ever did. Essential for Xenoblade fans, and a good place to begin for those uninitiated.
This DLC is like a love letter to Xenoblade fans. With an exciting story, The Golden Country supplements the original game, and provides a solid finale.
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Fans of Xenoblade 2 shouldn’t miss out on this expansion, however, it is difficult to recommend it to newcomers or those who didn’t really enjoy the main game. The content offered here is going to be more of the same, but with several notable improvements to the combat, exploration and progression system.
In case you're curious Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna - The Golden Country does mostly work as a standalone RPG, like a sort of pointed gateway for the daunting series. You might not pick up on some of the relationship-centric nuances or worldbuilding cues, but as long as you're paying attention you'll be able to piece that together.
Torna - The Golden Country definitely deserves the attention of all Xenoblade Chronicles 2 fans and JRPG fans who have the Nintendo Switch. Despite some flaws, this is a great opportunity to spend time with pleasure in the company of interesting characters, a beautiful world, fascinating music, addictive gameplay and a story with a touching ending. We look forward to the new game from Monolith Soft.
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Through a less intimidating world, a cosier, jazzy atmosphere and an even more dynamic combat system, Torna : The Golden Country reveals not only an archaic chapter from Xenoblade Chronicles 2, but also a fundamental pillar of the series as a whole. While the adventure never quite reaches the density of a full installment, the focus on human relations drives the narrative across uncharted emotional territories, making this standalone expansion a fantastic introduction to this universe, and an unmissable opportunity to explore Alrest deeper.
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Despite not having played Xenoblade Chronicles 2 in nearly a year, almost immediately I found myself completely absorbed by Torna, exploring every nook and cranny, and once again growing to love its characters. 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. It's a fitting way to cap off the wave of post-release content Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has received, and a must-play for any fan of Monolith Soft.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country is an exceptional expansion, justifying itself as a major enhancement of the original game with improvements to level design, combat and the majority of side content.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna - The Golden Country is a great companion piece for veteran players and a perfect entry point for series newcomers. A revamped combat system and refined narrative are just icing on the cake.
Torna starts from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and achieves the enviable feat of improving on the original game's experiences, namely on the level of the combat system, allowing for more alternatives, as well as on the game's plot and opening more elements that will grab the players' attention. A very recommended additional experience, especially for those who are already versed in the original game.
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Torna – The Golden Country is a worthy prequel of Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and will change how you view the main game and the “legends” that are told in it. It improves many things and only has a few flaws that set it back from being on par with the original. A fun game for sure and one that I highly recommend to anyone who played Xenoblade Chronicles 2 or enjoys a good RPG.
A fantastic entry point for those who are unfamiliar with the series as well as being a great addition for long time fans. Torna ~ The Golden Country manages to be approachable and enjoyable for everyone. The new changes to combat really help make things more interesting and the world is huge. Definitely worth a play.
Whether you've played the deeply storied Xenoblade Chronicles 2 or not, Torna is fantastic for fans and newcomers alike -- an almost impossible task this expansion pulls off with ease.
With refined combat, a far tighter script, and an infinitely more likable cast, Torna - The Golden Country manages to address almost all of Xenoblade Chronicles 2's core problems without ever straying too far from its source. The DLC does still suffer from a few of XC2's flaws, particularly in how it paces its story and handles tone, but Torna is nonetheless a fantastic prequel that helps to fill in the blanks without ever feeling pandering or relying too much on fan service. This expansion is a net positive for the series, showing that Monolith Soft is willing to address criticism in earnest. In many respects, Torna - The Golden Country is the game Xenoblade Chronicles 2 should have been.
With Torna - The Golden Country, Monolith Softt have added an extensive chapter to their Xenoblade Chronicles 2, which offers both fans and beginners a lot and presents itself even more playfully than the main game.
Review in German | Read full review
Though pacing problems make the journey far from riveting, the gameplay tweaks and overall story are worth experiencing if you're already a fan of Xenoblade Chronicles 2
Despite being available to buy as a separate stand-alone experience and packing content that could easily fill an entirely new RPG, Xenoblade’s idiosyncrasies make The Golden Country an experience you’re only going get the most out of if you’ve already played the base game.
Torna The Golden Country could have been better if it wasn't for the enforced side quests and the lack of plot twists in the story. However, it's still a good prequel to the great Xenoblade 2 game
Review in Arabic | Read full review
Torna: The Golden Country is 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. The story was fun, if hammy at times, but worth seeing. I only wish they had taken better advantage of the excellent changes to combat here to deliver more on the faster-paced combat rather than the dull and laborious side quests.