I have removed my insulting comments to the fans of this series but my points stays the same.
Xenoblade DE is a game that falls flat in almost every aspect
The gameplay might be some of the worst I have ever experienced in a video game. The combat is just plain auto-attacking and picking some skills from the menu. The world while expansive is so fucking boring walking in a big empty world with nothing fun to explore and discover, I can see why there is an auto-run button. I would advice you to play games like Elden Ring or the Dark Souls series to truly know what it feels to play a quality game with amazing exploration, with no anime cutscene bullshit that puts you to sleep and more of the good stuff.
The characters are obnoxious saying the same shit over and over again, and it has some of the most boring side quests I have ever experienced in gaming they are SO generic a lot of them are just fetching quests and kill some random monster quest, at some point I just didn't bother to do them anymore, I just wanted to get it over with.
The game is very linear there is no sense of discovery as mentioned. All I did 90% of the game was walk, fight some mobs and keep walking until I got to my quest destination on the map, then watch a 20 minute long anime episode, fight a boss if there is one and repeat.
To be honest it's a miracle I even got to the end of the game, glad I bought a physical copy so I could sell it same with Xenoblade 2 and 3 which are even worse but we don't need to get into that right now. These games are just glorified anime, if I am playing a game, the gameplay is the most important piece. Xenoblade games doesn't have that. 13 hours of cutscenes and even more in the other games I would rather go watch a movie, sorry.