Xenoblade Chronicles (Series) Review
Posted: 5 months ago.
Author: Andy Robertson.
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
Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN
Release Date: 01/01/2010
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.
ESRB TEEN for Blood, Mild Language, Partial Nudity, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco and Violence
- 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.
- 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:
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