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Customer Review of the Week: Xenoblade Chronicles

I always dislike the term 'Game Of The' when looking at games, rather than being anything of merit a lot of the time it's an excuse for game developers to simply re-release the title with this badge on it. However when I look back on the previous gen it's safe for me to say that Xenoblade Chronicles is one of the 'Game Of The Generation' that should be heralded.

As soon as you turn on the game you instantly feel something special and the game introduces you to a breath-taking musical score as the title screen quickly gives you a tour of some of the beautiful landscapes you'll be embarking upon, setting a scene of grandeur. After a quiet beginning the game's story quickly throws twists and turns upon you. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll grow an attachment to the characters that very few other games come close to.

Along the way there are literally thousands of side-quests, each linking just about every single non-named character in the world together in some form. There are some very difficult choice quests too, especially when you are asked to recruit certain characters to your city, some choices causing others to leave forever. A lot of the quests are in the form of addicting fetch quests, usually to kill some sort of monster. RPG/MMORPG junkies will be right at home with this style. The side-quests alone can total over 100 extra hours onto an already impressive 40 hour campaign. (Although personally I was at well over 180 hours before I got to the final areas.)

The controls at first take some getting used to, and you'll be finding that the tutorial slowly drags you into things, showing that even deep into the game there are new twists it can throw at you. The ability to foresee certain attacks and bid to stop them shows how with proper effort one can take a dull MMORPG style of combat and make it fun. From Shulk's Monado fore-shadowing to Melia's (Voice by Doctor Who's new assistant by the way.) elemental attacks to Riki's Status Afflicting attacks. Each of the leading characters bring entirely new gameplay if you choose to play as them.

Around the giant world are thousands of creatures, and if you play the normal RPG way of fighting everything you'll soon become a cropper as mixed in with regular monsters are more powerful monsters, showing that even later in the game you'll be revisiting these areas just to get 'revenge' on those you fought earlier.

The musical score in this was divine, each setting having a unique theme, and you'll soon be humming them along. I usually don't do this but I actually went out and imported the 4 Disc CD and it sits with pride in my collection.

Graphically the game takes what the Wii can do and pushes it to its limit. It won't win awards for the design but the world alone is easily one of the most beautiful to feature in a game. Dark snowy depths, tropical forests with beautiful waterfalls, you'll be surprised at what the Wii can muster.

Overall Xenoblade Chronicles is a perfect example of a game that proves you don't need a top of the range machine to show off what you can do.

Words by Robichoico


- Huge Beautiful World
- Great Combat System
- Compelling Storytelling and Characters
- Over 100 hours? worth of content
- Addicting Side-Quests
- Amazing Musical Score
- Jenna Louise Coleman Voice Acting


- What!? Where did the last month of my life go to!?
- Fetch Quests may not be for everyone

Edited On 08 Apr, 2013

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0000000000 4 years ago
top review mate, feel ive missed out on and amazing game!
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troublemaker 4 years ago
Awesome review mate, deserved the win.
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PrometheusFan 4 years ago
Mostly agree, really enjoyable game (Even if it isn't Monolith's best work) but I found the actual visuals in the game to be hideous. I understand a lot of sacrifices were necessary for the sake of scale in it's design, but that didn't make the jagged, low res blurriness of the game any less of a distraction. Also, the english voice acting was appalling, I switched to Japanese audio at the earliest chance after starting. Still, guess we should be grateful to even have gotten to play it at all after Nintendo had to be all but forced to release it outside Japan.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 4 years ago
Amazing review mate it's top notch PS: My review didn't get it's own page so now i'm sad
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Pyroloveridge 4 years ago
shame i have no way of playing this at present wouldn't mind giving it a shot
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Robichoico 4 years ago
Looks like Shopto restocked Xenoblade. So if my review tickled you then I wholly recommend picking it up.

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