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  • Summary: Fight for survival while exploring the vast expanses of an unknown planet where anything you see is reachable in your weaponized mech, called a Skell. Customize a lethal skill set of combat and defensive skills, called Arts, to strengthen your strategies and defeat enemies efficiently.Fight for survival while exploring the vast expanses of an unknown planet where anything you see is reachable in your weaponized mech, called a Skell. Customize a lethal skill set of combat and defensive skills, called Arts, to strengthen your strategies and defeat enemies efficiently. Attack your enemies from multiple directions using melee weapons, guns, and your greatest asset—your tactical mind. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 87
  2. Negative: 0 out of 87
  1. Jan 27, 2016
    100
    If you loved Xenoblade Chronicles for Wii or Nintendo 3DS, you will soon find yourself a new love in the form of Xenoblade Chronicles X on Wii U.
  2. 95
    That is because ultimately, in what the game tries to do, it succeeds completely: it creates an incredible, breathtaking, awe-inspiring world that is an absolute joy to run around in, to fight in, to collect in, to look around in, to be in. It may not have done so flawlessly, but Xenoblade Chronicles X gave me one of the finest worlds gaming has to offer, and it populated that world with incredible things to do.
  3. Dec 30, 2015
    90
    While those hoping to just pick it up and immediately know what they're doing are likely to be a bit overwhelmed at first, others who are looking for a deep title chock-full of systems and content that have a learning curve will be well taken care of. There are certainly issues, but they get swallowed up by the sheer quality of the base game and its focus on depth.
  4. Pelit (Finland)
    Mar 3, 2016
    87
    Xenoblade Chronicles is otherwise great, but the thin main plot and sheer repetition drop the score. [Jan 2016]
  5. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Feb 16, 2016
    80
    What Xenoblade Chronicles X loses because of its outdated visuals, it overcompensates with its content. It is a huge, long-lasting and yet throughout an entertaining title, which relies on combat and character development. [Issue#260]
  6. Dec 17, 2015
    80
    Massive open-world JRPG with astounding exploration but some pacing and storyline issues.
  7. Dec 11, 2015
    50
    It ought to remind us of what’s so good about the maximalism of other JRPGs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 22 out of 267
  1. Dec 4, 2015
    10
    Xenoblade Chronicles X is epic and a really great game, but one that requires the player to approach it in a specific way. Every user of WiiUXenoblade Chronicles X is epic and a really great game, but one that requires the player to approach it in a specific way. Every user of WiiU need to buy this. If you don't have a Wiiu, buy it ASAP. Expand
  2. Dec 6, 2015
    10
    best rpg of the year and one of the best video game soundtracks i have heard in ages the combat is deep and engaging. the world is one thebest rpg of the year and one of the best video game soundtracks i have heard in ages the combat is deep and engaging. the world is one the most interesting and unique world i have ever been in and it truly feels full and alive. although story isn't as involved as in the original it still resonates with me on a primal level like that of fallout 4s best post apocalyptic rpg of 2015 hands down. Expand
  3. Mar 6, 2017
    10
    No me llamaba mucho la atención cuando lo ví, pero un amigo me lo recomendó, al final fué una experiencia increible que no se repite conNo me llamaba mucho la atención cuando lo ví, pero un amigo me lo recomendó, al final fué una experiencia increible que no se repite con muchos juegos, solamente una palabra: SENSACIONAL Expand
  4. Dec 9, 2015
    10
    I purchased this game by accident. Somewhere in my mind, I had mixed up Xenoblade and every other Xeno--- game ever made. Needless to say,I purchased this game by accident. Somewhere in my mind, I had mixed up Xenoblade and every other Xeno--- game ever made. Needless to say, this is NOT a direct successor to one of my favorite games on PSX, Xenogears.

    However, I am incredibly grateful to my not doing any research on the title and finding out another 6 or so games have been released since then... as I was very surprised by the complexity achieved by Monolith on the console many have cast aside. This should be JRPG of the year. The content; the questing; the EVERYTHING. I have to admit I am nowhere near finishing this game, and that's a good thing since I usually speed-run games on weekends, but something about this game just made me want to slow down. Haven't felt this way since Skyrim.
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  5. Apr 12, 2016
    9
    Es el mejor juego que tiene la Wii U: Mira es un mundo hermoso y basto (junto con bloodborne el mejor diseño visual), la jugabilidad esEs el mejor juego que tiene la Wii U: Mira es un mundo hermoso y basto (junto con bloodborne el mejor diseño visual), la jugabilidad es increíblemente profunda y rica para ser un ARPG gracias a las artes, voces del alma y el Squell, que además trae 2 tipos de exploración, posibilidades infinitas en cuanto a misiones y secretos bien fundamentados, que muestran el constante progreso de New los ángeles y las tribus indígenas, banda sonora increíble (mismo compositor de la BSO de Kill la Kill) pero por debajo de la saga Xeno, pero el problema reside en la historia, que como en el 90% de los mundos abiertos, se ve diluida por las misiones secundarias innecesarias. Pero al final no deja de ser una joya de la Wii U y el mejor JRPG de la generación. Expand
  6. Dec 6, 2015
    8
    The scope of this game is absolutely incredible. From the moment you enter the world and get a look at the size of the world, the size of allThe scope of this game is absolutely incredible. From the moment you enter the world and get a look at the size of the world, the size of all the monsters and the massive scale of the land, you'll be in awe. You'll be even more in shock when, as you explore, you come to realize that every place you see- from those massive mountains touching the sky to a distant hazy alien island you see that looms in the horizon- is all explorable. Every monster from the tiny pig-like things to the towering Shadow of the Colossus-esque dinosaur aliens are all enemies you can fight.

    And this is just the environment!

    Then you get to the city itself and get into the thick of the character system. There's character classes, skill levels, squads, military divisions, missions (quests essentially), arms manufacturers that determine your item availability, and upgrades for your equipment that min-maxers are sure to enjoy. Simply put, the game is incredibly complex. This isn't even counting the Skells, the robots you can pilot, which I cannot comment on as I have yet to get far enough in the game.

    Gameplay itself is something of a mix between Phantasy Star Online and Kingdom Hearts in my opinion, but with a bit less action. You roam around in this massive open world populated with hundreds of beasts, and when you engage in combat (whether aggroing something or choosing to attack it), your attacks are automatic similar to an MMO, and you choose what skills to use as well as your positioning and whether you're using melee or ranged attacks, which you will be switching between as the flow of combat dictates.
    But like everything in this game, combat is much more complex than it lets on. QTE prompts called "Soul Voices" come up, buffing and healing your squad if you succeed, and there are prompts to use certain skills in combos to do extra damage. Your class determines your role in combat, mostly determining if you are a tank, an offensive powerhouse, or a mix with some support skills. Further specialization later in the game determines whether you are better with ranged, melee, or both.

    Graphics-wise, considering the game is on the Wii-U, I'm thoroughly impressed. How Monolithsoft managed to make the game so massive and suffer no lag is actually mind-boggling. There are some obvious load times, but there is a free DLC pack that installs assets to the Wii-U hard drive that lessens these. There are some moments when the resolution is clearly lowered, particularly in cut scenes, which can be a little distracting, but again, this is a Wii-U game, so it's only to be expected.

    The music has been a quite a divider for people. A few of the professional reviews found it poor, while others say it's the best part of the game. Personally, I love the soundtrack, and I wasn't surprised when I found out the man who did the OST for Attack of Titan was in charge. The trend of vocals in ambient music in JRPGs is strong in Xenoblade, and it works incredibly well in my opinion. The epic rock vocals for the boss fights get me pumped, the lazy blues in town gives me a good 'winding down' vibe, and the livelier rock song that goes on during the day in the city really fits with the military theme. Nature tracks are all very well done, very atmospheric, although some can become repetitive after the long hours of scouring the massive landscape.

    This all being said, I have a few gripes with the game that prevent a solid 10.

    The main story is initially hooking- you really get the feeling of humanity's struggle- but I find its inertia quickly fumbles. The character's and their voice actors are hit-and-miss, and the dubbing doesn't sync up with mouth movements at all, to the point I find it very jarring and awkward. Speaking of awkward, the usual JRPG 'super-annoying mascot' is present, and while it doesn't have too prominent a role and doesn't spout quite as much a barrage of cringe-worthy lines as some do, I still found it annoying, nigh embarrassing. The dialogue sometimes gets excessive with redundancies- a character will say a lot without really meaning anything. For example, a character talks about heroism, and basically talks about how your character is a hero in ten different ways- was more than two really needed? It gets annoying. That being said, the ambient dialogue is incredibly well written in contrast ("I don't have enough middle fingers to respond!" That's golden). They must have had different writers for these.

    My other chief complaint is how we're introduced to the game mechanics. In this day and age of games hand-holding you to a point of basically becoming virtual roller-coasters, I applaud Xenoblade's "lion cubs over the cliff" style of forcing you to figure things out, but it's perhaps just a little -too- rough. Even after reading the manual and tutorials, I took me at least five hours to get a grasp on how everything works.

    Overall, if you love RPGs and aren't afraid of investing time to figure things out, Xenoblade is a must buy.
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  7. Jul 30, 2017
    0
    Sexisitc, faschistic pile of digital garbage without music or story.

    A psychological bootcamp for which the consumer is supposed to play,
    Sexisitc, faschistic pile of digital garbage without music or story.

    A psychological bootcamp for which the consumer is supposed to play, so *they* get what they want - one-sided trade without delivering anything for the money - effectively shameless theft with lower motives of psychologically conditioning the player according to the after work is /at/ work agenda.
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