Xenoblade Chronicles

Also available for: Wii

Join the battle for Bionis to repel the invasion of a terrifying mechanical army and uncover the secrets of a mystical sword called the Monado in Xenoblade Chronicles. This game takes you to the stunning lands of Bionis and Mechonis where the vast landscapes result in over 100 hours of immersive gameplay. Enjoy the freedom of being able to reach whatever you can see in the distance, exploring and plotting your way around the many quests.

Release Date: 04/06/2012

Genre: RPG

ESRB Rating: T

Games Ratings

  • 7

    Graphics

    This is the best that the Wii can do, but it's not really up to modern standards. The artistic direction makes up for a lack of technical grunt.

  • 8.5

    Sound

    A super, varied score with generally excellent localised voice acting. After 35 hours or so you'll have heard one or two of the battle themes a few too many times, though.

  • 9

    Appeal

    There's so much of Xenoblade Chronicles that you can't even tell when the end is in sight. A true epic.

  • 9

    Play

    A fantastic battle system and literally hundreds of optional quests make this a more exciting experience minute-to-minute than most other games in its genre. There's repetition, but it doesn't grate.

  • 8.5

    Presentation

    Beautiful design makes up for Xenoblade's graphical shortcomings – but it's disappointing that the dialogue isn't lip-synced.

  • 9

    Overall

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