Three things that make Xenoblade Chronicles an RPG you must play
Quarter to Three
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.
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
Excerpt: Though we were first made aware of Xenoblade Chronicles back at E3 2006, the long overdue RPG finally sees a North American release just as the Wii nears the finish line. After all the brouhaha over Nintendo’s lack of commitment to the game’s localization, is it better late than never for Xenoblade,...
Excerpt: Xenoblade Chronicles is a game of many contradictions. It is, at its heart, a traditional Japanese Role Playing Game (JRPG) in the truest sense of the term. The West has fallen out of love with the genre in recent years, preferring the post-apocalyptic desolateness of the Vault and its surroundings...
Summary: I simply cannot find fault in this masterpiece of a game.
Pros: An epic story with many unexpected twists., Beautiful, wide areas to explore, teeming with life and countless discoveries., So much to do, yet never repetitive!, Successfully incorporates everything that makes the JRPG genre great.
Excerpt: Xenoblade Chronicles defines the concept of creativity. It is creative in reviving a genre that has become repetitive, it is creative in its scope, and it is creative in the twists the narrative so boldly chooses to take.