Universal acclaim - based on 59 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 59
  2. Negative: 0 out of 59
  1. Apr 19, 2012
    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. 100
    Xenoblade Chronicles is such a huge, complex, and epic game that I can't possibly cover everything it offers in a single review. All I can say is that it has earned the first 5.0 score I've given, and I've had the honor to play quite a few excellent games for review.
  3. Apr 6, 2012
    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. The world and story of Xenoblade Chronicles is one of the most profound gaming experiences in recent years.
  4. Apr 6, 2012
    A charming cast of characters that interact constantly, a uniquely designed and fascinating setting, forward-thinking gameplay systems that combine the best of East and West, and the exhilarating feeling that comes from taking part in an adventure that feels truly epic.
  5. Oct 2, 2011
    To say that Xenoblade Chronicles is a landmark that will lead the evolution of all JRPGs over the next few years is an exaggeration, but the game shows that there's still creative hope for the genre. With their massive adventure, Monolith Soft did what every JRPG developer should: they looked forward, instead of back to archaic concepts from another era.
  6. Sep 30, 2011
    A unique experience, big free world, beautiful graphics and tons of content in one of the best rpg:s ever.
  7. Sep 14, 2011
    Despite its length, Monolith Soft has managed the feat of keeping Xenoblade an incredibly enjoyable experience throughout. The top-notch story only furthers the fascination in the unique world that has been lovingly created, and it is a world that fans of the genre deserve to see.
  8. Sep 13, 2011
    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.
  9. Aug 27, 2011
    Tetsuya Takahashi and Monolith Soft finally manage to deliver on the promises and visions underlying the earlier games sharing the Xeno-name, and the result rivals even the team members earlier works at SquareSoft. This is the finest japanese roleplaying game crafted for a home console this generation and will become a measuring stick against which other games are held up and scrutinized again in the future.
  10. Aug 26, 2011
    Xenoblade Chronicles doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it does add a stylish new body and a slick new engine.
  11. Aug 25, 2011
    Another great thing about Xenoblade– it encourages experimentation. With most RPGs, falling in battle means a frustrating loss of progress and experience points if you haven't saved before a big boss battle. But with Xenoblade you return to the nearest landmark (or checkpoint) with all your experience points and new skills intact.
  12. Aug 19, 2011
    Xenoblade Chronicles is like a collage of all the best elements taken from the JRPGs that came out in the 2000's. It has everything to become a cult RPG, including a release platform that doesn't really suit the genre. So, even though its not HD, its numerous qualities make it a must-have for all JRPG fans who didn't yet commit suicide because of all the disappointments of this generation.
  13. Aug 16, 2011
    Monolith provides the biggest and most ambitious game on Wii by a long-shot. Xenoblade Chronicles reignites the JRPG and adventure genres in one classy swoop; that this grandiose spectacle is under the banner of Nintendo is the cherry on top.
  14. Aug 15, 2011
    Now Monolith Soft's grand Xenoblade Chronicles has arrived, bringing with it an sterling soundtrack, a phenomenal visual impact, vast amount of customisation, intriguing story and massive value for money.
  15. Aug 23, 2011
    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.
  16. Sep 14, 2011
    A masterpiece which genuinely refreshes the JRPG genre without losing track of its tradition. Visuals are absolutely gorgeous and pushes the hardware to the point it's hard to believe we are playing on Nintendo Wii. Storytelling, art direction and soundtracks are definitely top notch. Fans of the genre and newcomers will definitely love it: must have.
  17. Mar 29, 2012
    I fell in love with JRPGs in the 16-bit era because they constantly showed me things I'd never seen before. Somewhere in the last 15 years, most RPG developers in Japan have lost sight of that, instead rehashing the same fantasies and floating by on nostalgia. Xenoblade Chronicles is the first JRPG I've played this generation that has me excited for the future rather than simply reminding me of happy memories from my past. Monolith Soft deserves praise for creating it.
  18. Jan 9, 2012
    Xenoblade Chronicles is an amazing RPG. In some ways, it's like a single-player MMO that effortlessly blends together advantages from both JRPGs and Western RPGs.
  19. 95
    Xenoblade Chronicles is considerable in the production value it took to make something of this scope; Xenoblade Chronicles is considerable for telling a story with more layers than one can count while retaining a level of accessibility for people of any walk of life; Xenoblade Chronicles is considerable for having an active combat system more engaging than anything I have seen in years. Although, with all things considered, Xenoblade Chronicles is really good, too.
  20. Sep 23, 2011
    A Japanese RPG that is challenging and refreshing enough for players that have seen all the other examples in the genre, while being easy on newcomers. The fantastic, enormous gameworld makes this an absolute classic on Wii and one of the best RPG's of the last ten years.
  21. Sep 7, 2011
    Xenoblade has found its right place in videogames' history. From now on, there will be a "before" and "after" Xenoblade, when talking about Japanese RPGs. It will surely find a way into your heart, because a true Masterpiece always know the way to reach it.
  22. Sep 5, 2011
    With a rather easy learning curve, this game can be played by a variety of people and whether you're a newbie or veteran gamer, Xenoblade Chronicles provides an immersive world filled with action and story that easily allows you to play it again and again. Recommended!
  23. Aug 31, 2011
    A deep breath of fresh air for an arguably stagnant genre, Xenoblade Chronicles is essential gaming for anybody with a flavour for role playing. It represents the absolute best of what traditional Japanese RPGs could be, and triumphantly what Japanese RPGs should be.
  24. Mar 27, 2012
    There's been a lot of talk lately about how Japanese RPGs are fading into irrelevancy with their increasingly linear designs, but Xenoblade delivers a world where you're free to explore at your own pace that frequently entices you to indulge in its many extracurricular activities. This is easily one of the best games on the Wii.
  25. Oct 19, 2011
    Xenoblade Chronicles is simply the best japanese rpg in years. Xenoblade Chronicles offers a unigue world with breathtaking vistas, a great storyline and solid gameplay. [Sept 2011]
  26. Sep 25, 2011
    A fantastic achievement in storytelling and gameplay. Truly unmissable. [Nov 2011, p.86]
  27. Sep 6, 2011
    That you won't find a better RPG this year goes without saying. From gameplay mechanics to storyline to visual flair, Xenoblade is an amazing piece of work. [Sept 2011, p.60]
  28. Sep 6, 2011
    This game can get a little chaotic but that doesn't matter considering how developer Monolith Soft has executed everything nearly perfectly. Agreed, the voice acting isn't perfect at all but the deep and beautiful world and the great fighting system make up for that, creating a wonderful experience for fans of the better role-playing games.
  29. A genre-reviving blaze of wonder, immense scale and smart design. [Sept 2011, p.100]
  30. Sep 6, 2011
    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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 494 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 130
  1. Oct 11, 2011
    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. Full Review »
  2. Nov 22, 2011
    A fantastic game. The environments are stunning even though the graphics are pretty awful even for Wii. The gameplay is interesting and willA fantastic game. The environments are stunning even though the graphics are pretty awful even for Wii. The gameplay is interesting and will keep you occupied for a long time in its length. Full Review »
  3. Oct 24, 2011
    Awesome game and I hope the US get this game. Have not finished it yet but I see that there are many hours ahead of me with this game!!! RPGAwesome game and I hope the US get this game. Have not finished it yet but I see that there are many hours ahead of me with this game!!! RPG mechanics are awesome and story is pretty good so far. Tons of sidequests as well. Full Review »