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  • Summary: Join the fight between man and machine in the definitive edition of this critically-acclaimed RPG. Discover the origins of Shulk as he and his companions clash against a seemingly-unstoppable mechanical menace. Wield a future-seeing blade, chain together attacks, and carefully position yourJoin the fight between man and machine in the definitive edition of this critically-acclaimed RPG. Discover the origins of Shulk as he and his companions clash against a seemingly-unstoppable mechanical menace. Wield a future-seeing blade, chain together attacks, and carefully position your party members in strategic, real-time combat as you journey across a massive world. During an attack from the mechanical invaders known as the Mechon, Shulk discovers that he can tap into the full power of a mysterious blade known as the Monado. With the mighty Monado in hand, Shulk sets out to defeat the Mechon once and for all. In addition to the Mechon, you’ll run into wildlife that ranges from docile to deadly. Keep an eye on what attracts monsters’ attention to avoid unwanted conflict…or try your hand at bringing down an ultra-powerful Unique Monster. Upgrade your party as you progress through the adventure by selecting equipment, enhancing weapon skills, and using benefit-granting gems. Put your dependable companions to work by filling the party gauge to trigger a Chain Attack and attack enemies in quick succession. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 88 out of 92
  2. Negative: 0 out of 92
  1. Nintendo Force Magazine
    Oct 26, 2020
    100
    This has been a delight in a dark time in humanity's history. [Issue #48 – September/October 2020, p. 74]
  2. 95
    Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is the best way to experience a true classic. Many elements have been changed for the better, allowing for a smooth journey through and through. I found myself more entertained by the quest system and adored the set-up of the menus, and the mechanical tweaks make it a joy to play. Xenoblade Chronicles on Nintendo Switch is enjoyable for much longer, which made me fly through the adventure this time around. Sure, there were likely some expecting a grander visual overhaul, but that doesn't take away from the care put into the package. There is even an additional dozen-hour epilogue if you're in the mood for more Xenoblade. All in all, I am just happy that the game still grips me as much as before. Definitive Edition makes me remember why I love Shulk, his world, and all the wonders that come along for the ride.
  3. Jul 20, 2020
    95
    It’s hard to believe this is a game that released in 2012 and not more recently. Though there are some dated and heavy systems, the atmosphere and a combat system that gives freedom and depth make Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition an RPG for the ages.
  4. May 27, 2020
    90
    Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is, without a doubt, the best way to experience Shulk’s story and manages to earn a place as a standout title in the Switch’s overall library.
  5. May 27, 2020
    90
    Without a doubt, one of the games of the summer for the Nintendo console!
  6. 90
    This is now the fifth time I have played Xenoblade Chronicles, and I've enjoyed it every time in the same way that I enjoy re-reading a good book. The game's themes, storytelling standards, and tone are all spot on. This is an interesting and fundamentally deep game that highlights the best of what is possible within the JRPG structure. It's a little disappointing that the developers didn't take this opportunity to tackle some of the superfluous stuff that is at odds with the better elements, and I've yet to be won over by the new narrative arc and whether it does anything to actually build on what was already a perfectly dense work. However, the core of the game is that powerful that the main reason to buy into this - that visual re-work - is more than enough to be worthwhile in itself.
  7. May 27, 2020
    60
    Unfortunately for Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, the Nintendo Switch isn’t exactly hurting for Japanese role-playing games, though few can match its breadth and width. If you’ve been curious about the title and managed to miss out on both the Wii and 3DS versions, picking up the Switch one is practically a no-brainer, even if it does feel like a bit of a throwback. If you’ve played it before and loved it, maybe Future Connected is plenty enough reason to return. But if you are just generally interested in games more broadly, there are probably better uses of your time. If they had seriously reworked the combat in some way, it probably wouldn’t really be Xenoblade Chronicles any longer, but I imagine I also would have had a much better time with it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 371
  1. Jun 19, 2020
    10
    Best game I've ever played. Great environments, outstanding music, interesting characters, complex gameplay, and an engaging story. This gameBest game I've ever played. Great environments, outstanding music, interesting characters, complex gameplay, and an engaging story. This game has it all. Xenoblade Chronicles is a must play for all JRPG fans. Expand
  2. May 29, 2020
    10
    Xenoblade Chronicles was already a masterpiece among masterpieces with it's incredible story, interesting world, beautiful environments,Xenoblade Chronicles was already a masterpiece among masterpieces with it's incredible story, interesting world, beautiful environments, memorable characters, engaging battle system and amazing soundtrack. This game doesn't miss a mark on any of those things. The original's only noteworthy issues were it's side quest tracking and UI/battle HUD; some may even argue that graphics was an 'issue' for the original even though graphics should never make or break whether a game is good or not. Anyway, the Definitive Edition has addressed every issue with an incredible amount of quality of life changes and additions. Monolithsoft have knocked it out the park with this one and anyone who is a fan of JRPGs should definitely pick up this game up. Even if this is your first JRPG, they've made it so much easier for newcomers to be introduced into the amazing world that is the Xenoblade Chronicles series. This game a special one for sure and lives up to it's praise and hype. And I didn't even mention that there's extra content that was cut from the original game which already had a lot of content in it.

    I'd like to take this opportunity here to thank Monolithsoft so much for putting so much love and care into this game! Hope others will enjoy and appreciate this game as much as I do!
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  3. Oct 30, 2020
    10
    Uh, 10? Literally the best switch, 2nd best game ever made (after the OG FF7 of course.) I can't understand why the **** it's not an 11. SuchUh, 10? Literally the best switch, 2nd best game ever made (after the OG FF7 of course.) I can't understand why the **** it's not an 11. Such an amazing game, and the characters look so cool. Expand
  4. Jun 7, 2020
    10
    I'm about 20 hours in and the story is completely bonkers it's so good the twists and turns are crazy. This is an extremely story driven gameI'm about 20 hours in and the story is completely bonkers it's so good the twists and turns are crazy. This is an extremely story driven game but the combat is still pretty fun an absolute must buy unless you really dislike story based games. Expand
  5. May 29, 2020
    10
    One of the best JRPG with an awesome story, vast world to explore, interesting characters, very good music etc now in HD
  6. Mar 23, 2021
    9
    This is an absolute gem! Haven’t played it the first time but now on switch I really enjoy this game. The graphics are not as good but theThis is an absolute gem! Haven’t played it the first time but now on switch I really enjoy this game. The graphics are not as good but the gameplay and the story are one of the best I have seen on a jrpg. Absolutely recommend this game if you love this kind of games. And should be an example of what a great game is! Expand
  7. Mar 17, 2021
    0
    I don't understand what there is to like about this game on almost every level.

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