Now the real Xenoblade Chronicles begins (spoilers below)
Wow. I got a little distracted by just how good Xenoblade Chronicles is tonight. To the point where my usual 1/2 hour session quickly turned into an hour and a half session. Reaching the part where just about all of the game's systems are finally accessible is a major reason for that.
The wide world of Xenoblade Chronicles is now open
At the four hour mark (half of which was level-grinding, wandering, and item farming), the real story and gameplay in Xenoblade Chronicles get fully underway.