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  • Summary: Xenoblade Chronicles throws you into a universe bursting with imagination. Take hold of an ancient sword that offers glimpses of the future, customise your characters extensively and discover a world where your relationships with others matter.
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  1. Positive: 58 out of 59
  2. Negative: 0 out of 59
  1. Apr 19, 2012
    100
    There's a lot more to recommend Xenoblade Chronicles. The dialogue, the humor, the artwork, the prophecy system, the music, the variety of environments, the character progression, the crafting system, the crazy quest density, the quest quality, the memorable characters, the collectibles, the secrets, and so on. This is a landmark achievement in the genre. As of its release, you can no longer talk about great RPGs, or maybe even great games, without also talking about Xenoblade Chronicles.
  2. Sep 13, 2011
    100
    What makes Monolith's game such a stellar experience is the fact that everything it does dramatically improves and innovates the RPG genre. Xenoblade gives the player a whole world to interact with and explore, removing boundaries and convenient game design choices for the sake of fun and immersion.
  3. Aug 23, 2011
    99
    A huge world that makes the most of the Wii with hundres of missions which provide tons of hours of play. Probably the best Japanese RPG in years, and hands down the best of this generation.
  4. Sep 6, 2011
    91
    The best JRPG of this generation. A great new start for everyone looking for many entertaing hours of deep gameplay. Probably the Wii's swan song, don't miss it.
  5. Sep 9, 2011
    90
    Although its visuals aren't surely groundbreaking, Xenoblade Chronicles proves to be an excellent jRPG that demonstrates just how much this genre has still to offer to its loyal fans.
  6. Aug 18, 2011
    90
    It's a potent return to form for Takahashi, then, a glowing comeback for the Japanese RPG, and an injection of creativity for some tired hardware. Xenoblade Chronicles manages to impress, enrich and, best of all, inspire wonder.
  7. Apr 7, 2012
    65
    Many are calling this the Japanese RPG of this console generation-if not of all time-but it's simply got too many glaring warts for me to embrace the experience on that level. Instead, I see it as a deeply flawed, tantalizing glimpse of what the Japanese RPG can potentially become in the coming generation.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 176
  1. May 22, 2015
    10
    Xenoblade Chronicles gives us a different universe, the game takes place on two giants known as the Bionis, and the Mechonis. Starting off itXenoblade Chronicles gives us a different universe, the game takes place on two giants known as the Bionis, and the Mechonis. Starting off it gives us a brief history of the storyline, then thrusting you into the heat of battle between the army of Mechonis (the mechon) and one of the many armies of the Bionis (The homs) in sword valley. Leading the army of Bionis is Dickson, Mumkhar, and Dunban, wielder of the Bionis sword the Monado. After a battle with the Mechon, a whole year passes by, now giving us Shulk, researching the mysterious monado after its skirmish with the mechon. Explaining the entire story would take days! Because of one shining point of xenoblade chronicles... It has more plot twists than a circular stairway! Expand
  2. Oct 11, 2011
    10
    An amazing technical and creative achievement for the Wii. This game will blow your mind with its grand scale. Easily a candidate for one ofAn amazing technical and creative achievement for the Wii. This game will blow your mind with its grand scale. Easily a candidate for one of the best JRPGs of all time! This game deserves an award for the music alone. Huge levels, interesting characters, over 450 quests, and at least 60+ hours of main story gameplay packed in this sucker. Expand
  3. Mar 1, 2018
    10
    +0- A masterclass in game design -0+

    Available on Wii, Wii U and New3DS (not the original 3DS). Easiest to find and cheapest on the Wii U
    +0- A masterclass in game design -0+

    Available on Wii, Wii U and New3DS (not the original 3DS). Easiest to find and cheapest on the Wii U eShop.

    Xenoblade is an excellent JRPG. While it may look a bit classic on some aspects, it will definitely surprise you many times with its story, dialogues, characters and stunning environments. Possibly the best game on the Wii.

    +++ Good +++

    + amazing and unique world, it feels alive, has a lot of variety and verticality
    + excellent story, overall and on the level of each character
    + good overall gameplay, pacing and structure
    + good real-time fighting system, possibility to use environment, with reasonable use of QTE (very few)
    + fighting is good enough to not become boring despite the length of the game (40-70 hours)
    + all of these sub-systems work perfectly together and reinforce each other, something every game should strive for
    + humans live on a gigantic titan and look up to it as a god and the source of their life, the game makes a good job of showing how much those people's relation to their world matters
    + all playable characters and most important NPCs are likeable and show depth and personality over time
    + all playable chars have unique fighting styles
    + every new place, every new character, every new plot advancement... is a joy. This game is top-level entertainment all the way.
    + top-notch art direction
    + great sound track that fits perfectly the situation or the location
    + balanced and progressive difficulty
    + very short load times, only a couple seconds depending on the version you play
    + excellent British VA
    + characters will shout and talk during combats, but it is always reasonable for JRPG standards
    + good writing and some very powerful lines
    + not much grinding required, if any at all
    + does not rely heavily on the usual clich├ęs of JRPGs
    + the game lets you know in a clever way that you will need that item you just found (even if it is for a quest given by an NPC you haven't met yet, in a place you haven't discovered yet!)
    + efficient and easy to understand tutorials
    + the game tries to remove things that are repetitive or not fun, you don't need healing items since you heal automatically outside of battles, for example
    + one of the original races created in this game, the Nopons, are absolutely adorable, have good background, and a unique design
    + you can change the time of day at any moment, which is useful if you need an item from a monster that only appears at night, for example
    + NN3DS version has a 3D-model viewer and a jukebox

    000 Meh... 000

    0 some strategies can be abused to make fights very easy, but they still require good understanding of the battle mechanics to pull off
    0 AI can show its limits, but only if you start really working for the best strats
    0 a minority of people seem to find the voice of one of the playable chars annoying, but most seem to like it, I had no problem with it personally
    0 game is not particularly long to start going, but you might still need to give it a few hours (it's an RPG after all). It will grow on you for sure.

    --- Bad ---

    - impossible to find in box at a decent price
    - the visuals are what you expect from one of the largest open world on the Wii, the art direction makes the best out of it, though
    - the NN3DS version is a severe visual downgrade
    - inventory management can be a bit annoying later on, especially when you will want to resell old equipment
    - on some rare occasions you will need a specific weather condition and this is random, forcing you to reload or fast travel repeatedly. But this is a problem for maybe 3 side quests in the entire game.
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  4. Nov 9, 2011
    10
    Wish they would bring this to the US.. all i hear is how great this game is and we in the US are screwed because it wont be released here. IWish they would bring this to the US.. all i hear is how great this game is and we in the US are screwed because it wont be released here. I really think Nintendo is sabotaging the Wii this year here because they are focusing on the 3DS and the WiiU Expand
  5. Nov 20, 2011
    10
    One of the biggest masterpiece of Nintendo Wii. This JRPG has the new essence of how to develop a work of art with respect a role games. WithOne of the biggest masterpiece of Nintendo Wii. This JRPG has the new essence of how to develop a work of art with respect a role games. With a timeless story, gameplay and sound, Monolith Soft achieves the perfect balance in a generation to forget with relation to the JRPG. Expand
  6. Oct 28, 2014
    9
    There's a reason (or many) for ALWAYS owning the nintendo console of the moment, and this is one of them, alright ps3 had more rpgs (which iThere's a reason (or many) for ALWAYS owning the nintendo console of the moment, and this is one of them, alright ps3 had more rpgs (which i loved) but wii got the best one of its generation!

    The main point of this game is the story, specially the ending which is mind blowing, the soundtrack is also epic and a must have on cd. Battles are incredible too, never got bored of them after 90 hours of playing!

    The only downside i see to this incredible game is that it gets repetitive a little bit after a while, the dungeons have no imagination, you just walk and battle thats ALL you're going to do in them, no puzzle element at all. So why did they made them SO big! So many in this game is big for the sake of being big!

    Both the organic world and the machine world are a joy to behold, and the game's filled with amazing characters, LOVE the choice of british voices for the characters, they should do that always, american dubbing has ruined great games like the tales series (which i rather put in mute!).

    You cannot go wrong with xenoblade chronicles, is the rpg fan wet dream.
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  7. Jul 27, 2014
    0
    this overrated tittle... The story isn't any special to me , good music , good graphic but worst fighting system in this kind of game ... itthis overrated tittle... The story isn't any special to me , good music , good graphic but worst fighting system in this kind of game ... it isn't worst game i ever played , but it just disappointed me because the game play really somehow boring and isn't fun to me Expand

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