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  • Summary: The village chief's daughter, Momo, has been kidnapped and you have been asked to rescue her. Finding her will not be easy. You will have to battle hordes of demons and monsters, even challenging King-Dragon himself! Can you conquer the darkness hanging over the land and return the light ofThe village chief's daughter, Momo, has been kidnapped and you have been asked to rescue her. Finding her will not be easy. You will have to battle hordes of demons and monsters, even challenging King-Dragon himself! Can you conquer the darkness hanging over the land and return the light of the gods to XANADU! You are the only one who can save this world. It's time to plunge into the darkness! Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Nov 5, 2016
    90
    Xanadu Next is a treat - a well crafted package that blends addictive combat, fun progression systems, pleasant exploration, great music & atmosphere along with a compelling story that doesn't get in the way. The whole experience is simply delightfully satisfying. Sometimes, good things come to those who wait.
  2. Dec 26, 2016
    85
    One of those games that can be appreciated regardless of how long it’s been around – Xanadu Next makes some brilliant use of videogame elements that we have all come to love, and although the player often lacks meaningful choice the game is never truly restrictive.
  3. Nov 7, 2016
    80
    Despite looking a bit dated and not quite as good as Xseed’s recent Ys games, Xanadu Next is still an enjoyable dungeon crawler. It’s not without its faults such as some known bugs and the constant increase in key prices, but once you get around those quirks you’ll find a fun game that’ll keep you coming back to the ruins to explore some more.
  4. Nov 11, 2016
    80
    Xanadu Next is a charming RPG title that seems to have sprung out of the past for new life. It reminds us of the old-school principles of gaming, with labyrinthine levels, a vast array of enemies… and an off-beat lore centred around an epic English poem.
  5. Jan 6, 2017
    80
    Xanadu Next is a literal blast from the past, a 2005 action role-playing that manages to be incredibly engaging still today thanks to several spot-on features, such as the excellent mix between RPG and puzzle games elements, action combat system and the evocative soundtrack.
  6. Dec 7, 2016
    75
    Xanadu Next is a game from a different time, but lovers of older titles and RPG fans will find something to love here.
  7. Dec 2, 2016
    60
    This is not a revolutionary title that set the Japanese gaming world on fire and crossed the Pacific with spectacular expectations. Xanadu Next is instead a game that had to wait eleven years after its original release to cross the Pacific (unless the N-Gage release played by approximately seven people counts), but at least it's a solid title. Falcom tends to deliver worthy action RPGs, and this one is definitely worth experiencing for anyone interested in hacking and slashing to victory.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Dec 8, 2016
    10
    Nothing about Xanadu Next screams quality, and it looks like a PS2 game. The story is terrible, characters are typical JRPG fare andNothing about Xanadu Next screams quality, and it looks like a PS2 game. The story is terrible, characters are typical JRPG fare and completely forgettable. But none of this matters, because when you start playing, you're going to be hooked. Gameplay, pacing, and the sense of adventure are simple but satisfyingly consistent. Areas are visually different enough so that you feel like you're progressing through an organic world. Progression systems are fun with interesting choices to make on skills and abilities. You can redistribute your stats if you want to change them, and even level back down with some perks if necessary. This is one of those rare gems you shouldn't miss if you like games like Diablo, with more adventure and less gear-grind. 12 hours of pure blissful entertainment--this is what we want, as Creamwolf said, feed us more games like this please and ty. Expand
  2. Nov 15, 2016
    10
    Imagine if Diablo and Dark Souls had a baby that came out looking like a polished JRPG like the ones the Playstation generation grew up with.Imagine if Diablo and Dark Souls had a baby that came out looking like a polished JRPG like the ones the Playstation generation grew up with. Amazing game. Hoping for more games like this. Expand
  3. Dec 27, 2016
    3
    When you start up this game you are treated to a style of rpg that does not get done much any more; there is story, exploration and characterWhen you start up this game you are treated to a style of rpg that does not get done much any more; there is story, exploration and character development.

    Here are the issues...

    Linear and very obvious; many rpgs pull off linear and integrate an element of choice/story/exploration; this is boring and limited.

    Exploration is contrived behind a theme of gates, events and again linear. I say fu, if I want to go to a dangerous ruin on an island to explore, dont set the whole thing on rails. I see no difference between this and nes mario in its reguards for player freedom.

    Inventory is relegated to a bunch of necessary items and must have weapons to push through an artificial obbstical.

    There are bugs and such that are well documented( the inventory bug on the pc can be solved by using a joystick and the switch to pointer button)

    (a personal and relevant stigma for some games)
    How does the sound for these games get tested, seriously. playing the back ground music was earsplitting due to the digital flute sound that was so shrill my neighbor pounded a wall; this is one of many complaints of the sound balancing in games.

    As a side note; A 10 this does not deserve, and if you give it such high praise you also describe your reasons, I applaud zatta for being descriptive. (12,28,2016)
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