If the thought of embarking on a huge life changing adventure that will keep you glued to your television for hours on end appeals to you then please read on.
Xenoblade Chronicles brings to life a universe where two titans – Bionis and Mechonis collide in a war that knows no end. As time passes, the lifeless bodies of the titans remain and life soon evolves on each world. The two main races, the Mechon and the Homs are locked in battle for control of the world. You join the battle for Bionis to repel the invasion of the terrifying mechanical army and uncover the secrets of a mystical sword called the Monado.
What’s the game world like?
Xenoblade Chronicles features huge environments that are just begging to be explored full of lush vegetation, vistas and a whole host of wildlife. You can go anywhere you want and it’s breathtaking just to take in the scale of the game world. If you fancy diving off a cliff into the calm blue waters below you can do just that. The game also features a number of towns and settlements where you can engage in quests or shop for items. This all equates to a seemingly life-like world which you will not want to leave.
What if you’re a novice at JRPG’s?
If you’re a novice when it comes to JRPG’s like me then you may become a little bewildered by all the different things to learn in the game. Thankfully the user interface is quite intuitive, so if you don’t understand things the first time round all you need to do is delve into the user-friendly menus. Thankfully the game also has a tutorial and hints section which can come in handy if you haven’t fully grasped something.
How does the combat work?
The combat is wonderfully addictive and takes away the usual monotonous chore from grinding. It takes a leaf out of Final Fantasy XII book which is a great thing in my opinion. You select different Arts and use them to your discretion. You only control one party member with the other two being controlled by the computer. You can change the party leader and tinker with your party till your heart’s content. Expect to spend countless hours doing this.
Rarely have I been so intent on exploring a game as I have on Xenoblade Chronicles. The world is so vast and so vivid that I felt afraid I’d miss something unique. So I wandered and I wandered and the more exploring I did the more I felt connected to the game world. There are some glorious locations and unique touches that the developers have put into the game that you just can’t miss out on. 80+ hours has never been more well spent.
Disclaimer: I’m currently 81 hours into the game and have yet to fully finish it. The review has been published as it needed to be done and I think I’ve explored enough of the game to give a fair and balanced review. I can’t wait to continue this adventure.