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Discover expansive environments and deep character customization options
as you delve into an epic conflict between the Homs (humans) and Mechons
(robots). Explore the game's unique upgrade system, battle system, and
relationship-building system as you fight to change the future with
trusty allies and the ancient Monado blade.
System requirements for Nintendo 3DS
System requirements for Wii
Xenoblade Chronicles reviews and comments
No matter how good a video game's story is it still needs to have strong gameplay to back it up and Xenoblade Chronicles certainly does. The game is very open ended, allowing the player to travel all over a diverse group of landscapes. Each area you explore is filled with items to collect, NPC’s to talk to/get side quests from, and landmarks to find and use as fast travel point. Being a JRPG the game offers no shortage of enemies to fight. In combat, Xenoblade employs a real-time action-based system which means in battle, your selected character attacks automatically when in range of the enemy. All the player does is move and use special attacks called arts to either damage an enemy, heal an ally, or topple an enemy to immobilize it. One of the game's most unique features is that by using the power of the Monado Shulk can get a glimpse of the future and change it. For example if an enemy is about to use a powerful move that could kill a party member Shulk can put up a shield to block it. This battle system works very well and doesn’t get stale throughout the 90-hour runtime. Once it ended I was surprised to see I had spent 90 plus hours in the game because it has so many small touches to make the experience convenient like not having to talk to a quest giver once you have completed a simple fetch quest.
Xenoblade Chronicles is a beautiful game it may be restricted to underpowered consoles but it’s distinctive art style shines through creating a visually stunning game. Xenoblade’s score was composed by 6 people and it is one of the video game’s industries best. Special mention goes to the Main Theme, Mechanical Rhythm, and Engage the Enemy.
Xenoblade Chronicles is a game about fate and how no matter how things look destiny can be changed. It’s a fitting theme because this game seemed to change the fate of JRPG’s coming stateside. While this game was only a moderate success selling a little over a million copies with the 3DS re-release(the remaster has already sold over 1 million copies). The moderate sales led to a spiritual successor with a true sequel in 2017. Xenoblade opened the door for companies to release more niche JRPG's in the west. Its influence can be seen in games like Final Fantasy 15 and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (which Monolith Soft helped develop). In my mind Xenoblade Chronicles remains a gem that only grows more impressive with age. I guess you could say I'm really feeling it!