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Video GameXenoblade Chronicles (Series) Review
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 6 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Xenoblade Chronicles is a series of open-world role-play games. They take place on the frozen bodies of two warring titans, the Bionis and the Mechonis. In the first game, during an attack on his colony, protagonist Shulk discovers his ability to wield a magical sword (the Monado) and sets out on a quest for revenge with his best friend.

As you explore, fight, complete quests and collect items, you control one character out of a party of three. Free to go where you want in the interconnected environments, day-and-night cycle and affect in-game events, quests, enemy strengths, and item availability.

Exploration, quest completion, and item collection progress your character as well as the main story. You're encouraged to dig into the large environments. While you to you can take on side-quests from characters you meet. As you do these you collect glowing blue orbs that unlock new items. There are also ether crystals to be found from fallen enemies or ether crystal deposits, which give the player craft items that increase battle stats when equipped.

Your progress affects the game. Relationships between characters affect how efficient characters work together in battle and gem crafting. Battle encounters are tackled in real-time. You control the lead character and party members will "auto-attack" when enemies enter their attack radius. Learning how the different systems work together in these battles can seem complex at first but, once learnt, are a part of the enjoyment.

Xenoblade Chronicles games include:
  • Xenoblade Chronicles (2010) on Wii, 3DS
  • Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (2020) on Nintendo Switch.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X (2015) on Wii U
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (2017) on Nintendo Switch
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna (2018) - The Golden Country on Nintendo Switch

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2010

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Switch and Wii

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Role-Play (Action, Fighting, Narrative, Simulation and Traversal)

Accessibility: 1 feature

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night and Open World

Developer: Monolith Soft (@MonolithSoft)



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Play Time: This game will take between 70 hours and 100 hours to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is rated PEGI 12 for moderate violence, scenes of moderate horror, and use of bad language. This game features non-realistic moderate violence involving human and fantasy characters. When human characters are hit, they flash and their health gauges reduce. When defeated, they stagger, fall down and remain on the ground for a short time before dissolving and disappearing. Some cutscenes also feature violence although the camera cuts away at crucial moments, disguising the violence.

There is a scene in which a character removes his own eye. While the extraction is not shown, the bloody eye socket is seen. The game also includes use of bad language, including '*!@?*', '*!@?*', '*!@?*', '*!@?*' and 'bloody'. There is a scene in which male and female characters bathe. However, steam covers their bodies and nothing sexual occurs.

Skill Rating

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need good skills of exploration and scavenging. In combat you need to be able to quickly prioritise attacks. You also need good resilience when faced with such a large open world.


Xenoblade Chronicles usually costs £17.99 to £76.98.

Xenoblade Chronicles

Switch Store Wii U £17.99

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Switch Store Switch £49.99
Switch Store Switch £76.98

Xenoblade Chronicles X

Switch Store Wii U £49.99

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

Switch Store Switch £49.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
Torna is available as in-game purchase in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 or as a stand-alone game. Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition includes additional Future Connected adventure for free. 


Our Xenoblade Chronicles Accessibility Report documents 1 accessibility feature:
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition game supports accessibility in the following ways:
  • Difficulty: If you die too often, tutorials are provided to help with hints/tips. The Definitive Edition adds a Casual difficulty setting alongside Normal and Expert. You can also save at any point in the game. Combat is stressful and time-critical.
  • Reading: There is a lot of reading, some are voiced with subtitles but most is read. The character, equipment and on-screen displays include a lot of text and small icons to read.
  • Controls:
  • Image calibration: On-screen GPS-style directions guide you to the next quest. There is a visual blue exclamation mark indicator on attacks that are good to use against a creature. There is a visual health bar in the Definitive Edition.
  • Audio calibration:

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

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