Developer: Monolith Soft > Publisher: Nintendo > Systems: Wii > Rating: T
Monolith Soft in coordination with Nintendo have brought to you a Wii exclusive that is a must play. Xenoblade Chronicles is the RPG of the decade, bringing together a perfect blend of modern and classic gameplay elements and encasing it in a rich and deep world with exciting combat.
The story opens with two titans battling. Each one mortally wounds the other and they die impaled upon each other’s blades. The steel titan Mechonis gave rise to the Mechons, and Bionis of organic flesh gave birth to the Homs and Nopon. The Mechon rise up and sweep down upon the people of Bionis, destroying many of the Hom. A Hom named Duncan wields the Monado, a mysterious blade that can destroy Mechons with ease. He succeeds in turning the tide of battle, but loses the use of his right arm in the process. One year later, Shulk, a mechanically minded youth, delves into the mystery of the Monado. Together with his friends, Shulk’s fate becomes entwined with the Monado as the Mechon once again assault those in Bionis.
Xenoblade Chronicles’ gameplay is insanely fun and deep. From a traditional experience-point/level-up system to weapons and armor upgrades, a slotting system with crafting, talent trees, skill/ability customization, questing, and more, the RPG elements are vast. Also included is an affection and notoriety system, where your interaction with other characters affects events, rewards, and enhances combat.
The world of Bionis is huge, with seamless combat and actions executed in real time based on positioning and mingled with quick-time events. With a world so large, the ability to warp to any major location and set the clock on the fly during the 24-hour cycle is a major time saver.
Xenoblade Chronicles has some of the best mechanics and gameplay that have ever been attempted in an RPG, with a beautiful soundtrack, intriguing story, and amazing lush world (even on the Wii), don't miss out on this title.
Hint: Equip your tank with the best defensive gear and HP bonuses and combat will be a breeze. Don't forget to watch your aggro bar!
by Reginald Rhoades