Excerpt: My experience with Xenoblade Chronicles boils down to a perpetual sense of nostalgia and wonderment. I was raised on the epic grandeur of titles like Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VII , and the standout qualities of those JRPG classics are rampant throughout Xenoblade Chronicles .
Pros: Fun and exciting battle system, Original narrative highlighted by a great cast of characters, Refreshing British voice acting
Excerpt: Remember Japanese RPGs? We all thought they were kind of awesome when games like Chrono Cross and Star Ocean 2 and Suikoden were the norm. But that’s ancient history. In more recent times JRPGs have stumbled, stagnating to the point that they are once again truly niche.
Excerpt: There have been many “grass roots”Â� movements over the years in attempts to get video games with a dedicated cult following either a localization or sequel. In fact, a quick Google search will turn up movements that are going on right now, such as groups trying to resurrect Mega Man Legends 3 or...
Excerpt: Xenoblade Chronicles has been a long time coming for North American Wii owners. The game released last year in both Japan and in Europe while Nintendo of America held fast to the notion that it would never make the trip across the pond.
Three things that make Xenoblade Chronicles an RPG you must play
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19 April 2012
Excerpt: One of the biggest liabilities Xenoblade Chronicles has to deal with is that it’s a JRPG. The first letter in that acronym comes with a lot of baggage that will deter many people who enjoyed Skyrim, Mass Effect, and The Witcher. It’s also only on the Wii, and only available from Gamestop.
Conclusion: RPGs aren’t my thing, but I liked this game. It’s not something I would re-visit, but it’s definitely worth a try and just a test out if you’re unsure. If you’re into RPGs, dive in and enjoy the ride!
Summary: Xenoblade Chronicles is the sort of precious jRPG that this recent console generation has sorely lacked. Despite some missteps and over-complication, the game stands out as one of the best in recent years. Xenoblade creates a world simply begging to be explored.
Pros: Easily among the best looking Wii games out there, Unparalleled, massive environments create a living, breathing world, Spectacular value…even a barebones run should take a minimum of sixty hours, Soundtrack is diverse, varied, and beautiful
Cons: The final third of the game's environments fall off in quality, beauty, and exploration, Sidequests are largely uninspired and trivial, Many aspects of the game's underlying systems are poorly explained
Excerpt: Xenoblade Chronicles is not only the best RPG this generation, but it's also my favorite game on the Nintendo Wii. If you like RPGs, then you own it to yourself to buy this limited time gem of a game.
Pros: + Incredible world, + Great story by Monolith Soft, + Fun battle system, + Deep level of character customization, + Fantastic Soundtrack, + Lots of side quests
Cons: Muddy textures on the Wii, Story takes a long time to get going