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Epic story and world. Great fighting system with interesting characters. All around fun and has great game play. They have added additional features and story not in the original. Xenoblade fans and new players are in for a real treat. Worth having in your collection for any Nintendo fan. I would get this over Trials of Mana.
For myself, I had bought Xenoblade Chronicles, the version for the Wii, non-HD, on the Wii U. It was good. It was exactly what it was on the Wii, except you can control it with the Wii U controller and see it there too. I also bought it on the 3DS, and while that was a nice idea - and it was in stereoscopic 3D... it looked like it went through a blender. Very grainy.
This is finally the quality that this game has deserved since it was originally released in 2010. The idea of this game - of Two immense beings, being the 'world' and creating some amazing terrains would necessitate that the world be shown as clearly as possible. They were finally able to accomplish that.
I remember when this game was originally announced. It was announced as not going to be released outside of Japan, and there were many discussions requesting that it be released in the rest of the world, and, rightly so.
I'm getting heavily into the game now where I was not able to in the other formats. On the Wii version I was able to go for a few hours in. This is the way it should be enjoyed, in HD. The HD is not a disappointment. I did note that Shulk appears not as clear the the background in normal gameplay - not a big deal. The world gets the detail it deserves now.
I'm also a fan of the original soundtrack. I listen to the original soundtrack often. This newly recorded or remixed soundtrack is not a disappointment. I will gladly pick this new soundtrack up when available.
When I was first introduced to the world of Xenoblade Chronicles, it was on the wii as a gift from my dad. Unfortunately, I never got into it. The gameplay was too confusing, the graphics were meh, and the story just didn't compel me. It was a neat concept at the time, but it was missing something. Despite my original disappointment of the Xenoblade world, I did give it another shot when Xenoblade Chronicles 2 was announced. And I fell in love. So, when this game was announced, I figured it was time to give the game another try. So far, I am not disappointed.
The graphics have significantly improved. The characters show far more emotion now than what they did in the original. Because of this, their pain and anguish is relatable and allows you to form a bond with the characters. The story, while the same, feels so much better and enjoyable to me. You can really feel how the characters feel in certain situations, which was lacking in the previous game for me.
The combat is far more polished than in the original. It is no longer as confusing as it was. The game offers you tutorials and tips to help make everything seem less intimidating. I love the idea of being able to strategically position yourself while fighting the enemy. The commands and menu also feel easier and not so cluttered. Things are simpler to find. If you played Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and never the first one, the combat style is pretty much the same.
If you've played the original and loved it, you should definitely buy this remake. If you've skipped this game and bought Xenoblade Chronicles 2, you should buy this game. They compliment each other wonderfully. The game fixed everything that was wrong with it and more. It's definitely worth the $60, especially if you're into good JRPGS!
I've been a fan of Tetsuya Takahashi's work since Xenogears. While this game doesn't fit into the same mold as Xenogears/Xenosaga, it is still an excellent JRPG with a fantastical tale to tell.
This is the story of Shulk, who comes into possession of a weapon known as the Monado; a mysterious sword that can let Homs (humans) do battle with the Mechon. His quest begins as a journey of revenge against the Mechon as he travels across the massive Bionis. I'll leave it at, but Takahashi doesn't disapoint here.
Gameplay is similar in some ways to a MMORPG, but without the MMO part. Battles are in real time, you only control one character out of three. You use a variety of auto-attacks and arts(special skills) to do battle. I've never big fan of real time RPG combat but Xenoblade Chronicles does perhaps do it best. I got used to it and found it quite satisfying. Sidequests are simple and usually amount to collecting X number of items or going here to defeat X monster and most can be completing easily just by fulfilling the objective on the spot. Like any RPG, you can equip characters with their own gear, but they also utlize gems to add additonal effects. You also get costemic slots to thankfully keep your characters consistent looking if you dislike the appearance of equipped gear.
Graphics are pretty good overall considering this on the Nintendo Switch. While it may not par up with performance on a PC/XBOX One/PS4 is does what it needs to. The Definitive edition is a upgrade of the visuals from the original Wii game, bringing more in line witht he visual style of XC 2. Performance in docked mode is quite good but it is only in handheld mode where I notice some downscaling of visuals and fps, so docked mode is preferable.
Enviroments are rather huge (that is seriously not an understatement) for a console game. Some enviroments feel too big even with unecessary empty areas. Yet, the variety here is well done and if you're into exploring vast areas this game has want you want. It's fascinating how they converted the humanoid forms of the Bionis and Mechonis into massive playable areas, and as unrealistic as it sounds, they found a way to make it work and keep it varied.
Music is excellent throughout. While it's not the Mitsuda style I'm used to in Xeno games, the composer did a good job with the tracks for the game overall. There's only a couple or so standout tracks with the rest being forgettable, but nothing jarring or cring worthy in the soundtrack.
Overall, this is an enjoyable experience to play and certainly one of the best JRPG options for the Switch. If you have even a passing interest in this game, I very much reccomend it.
Played this masterpiece on the wii and now on the switch and it’s even better! This is a full remaster of one of the best JRPGS of our generation, don’t listen to the 1 star reviews....this game is phenomenal. These review bombs hurt the industry. Outstanding graphics, story, characters, challenging, huge engrossing world. This is better than the ff7 remake! Get it!
It is hard to not mention the many improvements done to this game and the vast and subtle improvements to visuals, but by far this is the Definitive Experience. The first standout is the resolution bump from 480p to 720p, but the overhaul to the environmental graphics and character models is greatly improved. Inclusions of Screen Space Reflections and Ambient Occlusion really bring this titles to life and the User Interface looks as incredible as it is easy to navigate this time. The new soundtrack sounds grand, but we also have the option of the original music we all know well. I encourage newcomers to give Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition a chance because this is easily one of the best stories ever created. Enjoy the game and seize your destiny!
・Epic arrangements of the original soundtrack ・The performance is exceptional and runs smooth ・One of the greatest stories and journeys in gaming ・Incredible English and Japanese voice acting options ・Beautifully remastered, colorful, and vibrant graphics
I never experienced this game upon it's original release, but am extremely glad that I can play its remaster. For a game that was made 10 years ago, I'm shocked at the grand scale of the world and the environments. The storyline, combat system, character/party building, and soundtrack are all excellent. The graphics are a massive improvement upon the original as well. The fact that this game can now be played handheld is also mind-blowing. I will say however, I recommend playing with the Japanese language audio setting with English subtitles because more often than not the English language audio is terrible. But that's just personal preference.
If you're curious about this game, give it a chance!