Summary: Xenoblade Chronicles will be remembered for its controversial release history more than what it does with its story, its gameplay, or anything else. It has had a long and tumultuous past, released as it was in Japan, then in Europe, while Nintendo of America refused to publish it. So desperate were American Wii owners for a good Japanese role-playing game, that they founded Operation Rainfall , an organization dedicated to getting Nintendo of America to publish Xenoblade...
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 . Nostalgia isn’t a crutch here, as the game touts plenty of forward-thinking ideas that cater to the modern-day gamer.
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. That’s probably why Xenoblade Chronicles, the most vital and exciting JRPG in years, only barely made it to America after the biggest fan outcry since that whole Greedo shot first thing.
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. Due to an overwhelming response as part of Operation Rainfall, a movement [...
Three things that make Xenoblade Chronicles an RPG you must play
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