Monday, October 10, 2011

Le sigh: It seems my copy of Xenoblade Chronicles got lost while crossing the ocean

Shortly after I wrote and published this post, I contacted the folks at sendit.com and asked if they thought my copy of Xenoblade Chronicles (which I ordered on July 6 and which was shipped, or "despatched," on Aug. 16) was still making its way across the ocean to my doorstep or if they thought it had gotten lost somewhere along the way.

Sadly, their response suggested that the latter option is more likely than the former. They even had me fill out a form that asked how I'd like them to proceed--i.e., should they send another copy of the game or give me a refund? I chose "give me a refund," so hopefully they'll do just that in the next few days.

Will I ever see this title screen on my TV?

As soon as I receive said refund, I'll order another copy of Xenoblade Chronicles from a different retailer. I've heard good things about game.co.uk, which is selling the game (here) for just £29.99--£34.99, or about $55, if you include shipping to the States--right now, so I'll likely go with them when all is said and done. Here's hoping things go a little more smoothly the second time around...

See also: 'My copy of Xenoblade Chronicles has been despatched' and 'I just pre-ordered Xenoblade'

19 comments:

Viewtiful_Justin said...

Dang. That's SO bogus. Doesn't that just take the wind right out of your sails? But don't worry. It'll totally be worth the wait.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Yeah, the hassle of waiting for them to confirm it was lost, waiting for the refund and then waiting for the copy I order from someplace else is definitely annoying. Still, it's not the end of the world. Hopefully I'll at least get the game in time to enjoy it over Thanksgiving break...

Bryan Ochalla said...

Update: I just got an e-mail from sendit.com saying my money has been refunded. Yippee!! As soon as it shows up on my card I'll place my order with game.co.uk :)

apricotsushi said...

That's too bad, Bryan! But you know, if you ever want a PAL game in the future I'd be happy to buy one and ship it to you!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Well, that's nice of you to offer, Anne! I may have to take you up on it someday :)

Viewtiful_Justin said...

I love the readers of your blog, Bryan...they're all so sweet! Doesn't that make it all worth it, to have apricotsushi offer to do the leg work? MAkes my heart warm.

Jyr said...

I'm guessing you're not one to procure games by less legitimate means?

Bryan Ochalla said...

Hey there, Justin! Yeah, it's definitely nice having such great readers/commenters (like yourself, of course!). And, yes, it makes it all worth it :)

Bryan Ochalla said...

Hey there, Jyr! Actually, I'm not against that at all. I just really want to own a physical copy of this game, since I'm 99.9% sure I'll love it.

Also, I tend to prefer owning physical copies of games, especially current-gen ones. Heck, I prefer to own physical copies of previous-gen games, too -- if I can find them and if they're not horrifically expensive.

How about yourself?

apricotsushi said...

Aw, shucks, Viewtiful_Justin! You're making me blush :D

I'd be more than happy to act as a middle man (er, woman) for anyone who frequents this blog who wanted PAL copies of games. I totally understand the horrors of importing!

Also, Bryan, are you interested in The Last Story? It's been confirmed that we're getting that here in AU, too! (I need to hurry up and get a Wii...)

Bryan Ochalla said...

Hello again, Anne! Actually, I'm not all that interested in The Last Story. I think it looks great, but based on what I've heard of its gameplay, I don't think it's my kind of game. Pandora's Tower, though, interests me quite a bit more. I wonder if you guys will get that one, too?

Also, you really *do* need to get a Wii :P Of course, it'll surely see a price drop next year, and probably early on, so maybe you can pick one up after that happens.

Retr0gamer said...

I heard Last Story is similar to Xenoblade in terms of gameplay which is a good thing. Like FFXII but not boring and with good strategic options. Hope you do eventually get to play Xenoblade, I'm really enjoying it.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Hmm, I thought Last Story was supposed to be more action-oriented? I may be wrong, though. Guess I'll have to do some reading (and watching of YouTube videos) later this week!

As for Xenoblade: I'll definitely be getting it, no ifs, ands or buts!

What do you like most about it so far, Retr0gamer? And how long have you been playing it/how far are you into it?

apricotsushi said...

Since Pandora's Tower is slated for a 2012 release in Europe, I'd expect it'd make it's way over to AU, too! Looks like I'll have a lot of Wii RPGs on my hands.

Regarding my future Wii purchase, I'll probably ask for one for my birthday/Christmas. I suppose I could wait for a price drop at the beginning of the year, though! I'm not really in a rush since I'm so inundated with other titles I want to play these days :)

Bryan Ochalla said...

Well. here's hoping both that Pandora's Tower comes your way and that you get a Wii to play it (and Xenoblade and Last Story) with!

As for asking for a Wii for your bday or Christmas: I hear ya! I'm likely going to do the same, although in my case I'll be asking for a 3DS :)

Now NOA just has to release the pink 3DS here. Or the white one. Or, hell, maybe I'll just get the red one ;P

Retr0gamer said...

Well I like my RPG battle systems to be strategic and make you think about battles. FFXII had a lot of promise but I felt you could beat it with little input and the bosses are all handled the same way. There's a lot more to the Xenoblade battle system. I find it quicker and a lot more fun and more involving.

I'm about 30 hours into the game but not all that far into it because I'm having a blast doing all the optional quests. It's great fun exploring the regions in the world and very rewarding. Everything else in the game is top notch as well from the voice acting to the production values. I find it hard to fault. Even if you get bored of the side missions they are optional and cna be skipped.

I heard last story is more about using the main character to control the position of enemies so your mages can do more damage. seems a bit like a mix of xenoblade and resonance of faith. I've only heard one persons opinion on it but they loved it.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Oh, that sounds great, Retr0gamer! I especially love hearing about all of the side quests. I know they're not for everyone, but I quite like side quests. Anyway, now I'm especially eager to get my hands on this game :)

As for The Last Story: Are you planning to buy it? If so, maybe I'll wait to hear your impressions of it. If you like it as much as you've liked Xenoblade so far, maybe I'll consider buying it, too.

Retr0gamer said...

Yeah I'll be getting it as well. I'd be wary waiting on it in case it sells out. Xenoblade at least got a reprint when it sold out but Last Story might not be so lucky. Also I might not get around to playing it for a while. I've lots of games to play, so you might be waiting a while for my thoughts on it! The guy from japan on the RPGRealm podcast said Last Story is an absolute classic. However he also said Xenoblade was only ok, I completely disagree :)

Bryan Ochalla said...

Huh, I've heard the opposite, mostly -- that Xenoblade is great and that Last Story is just OK. Anyway, I'll definitely be getting Xenoblade shortly. Who knows if they'll do another reprint if this batch sells out?