Xenoblade Chronicles is a Japanese action role playing game created by Monolith Software. Its name is supposed to be a tribute to Tetsuya Takahashi’s Xenosaga series, but the franchises are not connected in any other way. Xenoblade Chronicles is set in a very original science-fiction world where all the life forms developed on the immobilized bodies of two dead giants. There are organic life forms and mechanical ones called Mechon. Our protagonist is Shulk, a 18-year-old orphan. When his home colony is attacked by the Mechon, he receives Monado, a mythical, powerful weapon capable of defending the humankind’s opponents once and for all. Once in possession of such a great artifact, Shulk decides to embark on an adventure to help save the organic world from the threat. He is accompanied by many interesting from different backgrounds and races. The players can choose between controlling him with the Wii’s Classic Controller or the Wii Remote with Nunchuk. In Xenoblade Chronicles, the battle system is real-time.
The player cannot control the party members on his own except for launching their special attacks, but he himself moves the lead character on the battlefield. The characters can chain their attacks and focus on specific enemies. Shulk can also see tiny bits of the future which helps him predict enemies’ attacks. The character development is based on the experience points system, with the player choosing which skills to invest in. The world of Xenoblade Chronicles is vast and full of diverse areas. We are not limited by typical locations: we can climb the mountains visible in the distance and swim in the featured waters.
However, we will never get bored by excess travels: there is a teleportation system in the game which allows us to quickly move from place to place. The game also features a day and night cycle that does affect the gameplay: the locations are visibly different depending on the time and some NPCs can only be met during certain parts of the day. The graphics are realized in full three dimensions. Those who have enjoyed games like Kingdom Hearts or Parasite Eve will be happy to know that the music in Xenoblade Chronicles was also composed by Yoko Shimomura.
- Developer: Monolith Soft
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Genre: Action role-playing
- Platforms: Wii
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