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The greatest RPG of this generation,
This review is from: Xenoblade Chronicles with Classic Controller - Wii (Video Game)
With the Wii on its final big year, not many big titles have been appearing on the system. That is until now. Xenoblade Chronicles by Monolith Soft comes over from Japan translated into English by Nintendo of Europe. This is hands down the greatest J-RPG to be released in a decade and the best RPG to ever hit the Wii.
The story in this game is quite hard to explain in a review since the main purpose of the plot is a big spoiler that happens in the first hour that you may never see coming. But what I can say is that the story in this game is truly epic in every sense of the word. I've ever seen so much action in a RPG story like this before. It's paced extremely well. The characters in the game are very likeable and each has their own unique quality to them. This is one of the best stories in a RPG I've seen in a very long time.
The gameplay in Xenoblade Chronicles is excellent. As you would expect from a RPG, you have many lands to explore, side quests to take part in and battle monsters of all kinds of sizes. When you start the game you're treated to an epic cutscene and then immediately put into the games battle system. It may look complex at first but the battle system in this game is well executed and simple to use. There are plenty of tutorials on how to use the battle system which are explained very well. Your characters attack automatically when close to an enemy but you can freely move around and also use various arts that will have different effects to damage enemies with. There are no random encounters in the game. You can target an enemy and start a battle within your own time. Some enemies later on will want to attack you first if close to them. What makes this battle system so great is that it doesn't force you into battle and it's very in depth while simple to get a grasp with. It's the best battle system I've played in a RPG.
Exploring the lands in this game is a sight to behold. The lands are absolutely humongous and there is so much to explore. There are items to find, new landmarks to discover, creatures that roam the lands, weather that changes as time goes along special heart to heart moments that will improve the friendships your characters share which will improve them in combat. Not only is this one of the biggest gaming worlds I've seen in a RPG, it has the best draw distance I've seen on the Wii. You can see for miles from high places. It's also one of the most creative worlds I've seen in a RPG.
The controls feel great and are very easy to get into. The game is played best with the classic controller pro or there is the option of Wii Remote and Nunchuck.
The graphics are the best the Wii has ever had. The lands look gorgeous, the character models look great and the draw distance is amazing. Besides the characters faces looking the weakest part of the graphics, they still hold up well with the rest of the game.
The soundtrack, what can I say? It's just outstanding. The music is beautiful, peaceful, upbeat and very epic. The first time you reach the area Bionis Leg after the first hour, the music that kicks in is simply amazing and I almost wanted to stop playing the game properly just to listen to it. The soundtrack is that good. The voice acting for the English dub is one of the most refreshing I've heard in a Japanese RPG as all the voice acting is British. The actors themselves give a solid performance. There are even a few little noticeable British traits the characters spew out like the line "Man what a bunch of jokers" from the character Ryen who speaks in a cockney accent to boot.
Xenoblade Chronicles is hands down the greatest RPG I have ever played. It takes the elements that make RPG's so great and enhances them for this generation making this game truly special. If you own a Wii and love RPG's from Japan or any other RPG's then get this game. It's one of the Wii's greatest titles and easily the greatest RPG of this generation. 10/10
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