Xenoblade Chronicles X tried to murder my computer
OK – the game didn’t try to murder my computer, but something that came with it did. Those following Xenoblade Chronicles X are probably aware that the game launched in two versions in the US: one standard and one special edition. I purchased the special edition, as it includes a bulky art book, limited edition art print and abridged soundtrack on a special USB drive, all for $30 above the standard retail price. The first two bonuses in this package are great. The last one tried to headshot my computer, but thankfully only grazed its left cheek.
So, what happened? Well, I popped the USB drive into my computer, ready to check out the abridged soundtrack. Rather than the song files listed in the directory, there was only one .exe file. Weird. Still, this is an official product shipped by an official company, so everything should officially be super official, right? Uhhhh…yeah. I ran the executable without moving it from the USB drive. My computer continued to think. And think. And think. After about five minutes I ejected the drive and restarted my computer.
My computer is very stable and I have very little trouble with it, so this hiccup seemed odd, but I tried again. This time, I copied the .exe file from the drive to my desktop. That seemed to go fine, so I tried to run the executable. Again, my computer began to endlessly think. After several minutes, my desktop went completely black, so I thought enough is enough and removed the drive and restarted my computer.
This time, when it rebooted, I got a message that updates were being installed. Ooookay? I quickly found out that my computer was attempting to reinstall Windows 10, because… why install Windows 10 once when you can do it twice! Thirty minutes later, the installation was complete. Again. Everything seems fine at this point, with the lone caveat being that I have a windows.old folder that is 20GB on my solid state drive and it can’t be read or deleted by using Disk Cleanup or CMD methods.
Long story short: for the love of all that is holy and sacred, DO NOT INSERT THE XENOBLADE CHRONICLES X SPECIAL EDITION USB DRIVE INTO YOUR PC IF YOU ARE RUNNING WINDOWS 10.
Like, reeeally don’t do it. Don’t be like Simba and go check out where the light doesn’t touch, just because your dad and uncle said never to go there. Bad things might happen. You have been warned.
On the positive side, the game itself is absolutely fantastic. It ranks up there with The Witcher III as one of the best RPGs of the year. And the soundtrack is also fantastic. Which makes me both happy and sad.