Xenoblade Chronicles is amazing

#1 Edited by Fordroog (50 posts) -

I'm only a few hours in but this game is blowing my mind. If it keeps up this quality, it could easily be one of my favourite games ever.

And what an INCREDIBLE soundtrack.

#2 Edited by GERALTITUDE (3509 posts) -

Man I really want to play this game. Is it still completely unaffordable?

#3 Posted by wemibelec90 (1839 posts) -

@geraltitude said:

Man I really want to play this game. Is it still completely unaffordable?

Gamestop still sells it used for $50, which seems like a reasonable price considering how much people seem to like it. Of course, you have to be able to find a copy at your local store.

#4 Edited by sawtooth (459 posts) -

Damn mobile editing...

Xenoblade is da best.

#5 Posted by GERALTITUDE (3509 posts) -

@geraltitude said:

Man I really want to play this game. Is it still completely unaffordable?

Gamestop still sells it used for $50, which seems like a reasonable price considering how much people seem to like it. Of course, you have to be able to find a copy at your local store.

I... just caved and bought it on eBay for 50 buckaroos. No local Gamestops/similar where I live unfortunately.

Starting prices on Amazon for either Canada or US is ~ 100 so do not go there.

#6 Posted by Hailinel (25205 posts) -

Yes, yes it is. Easily one of the best RPGs of the past generation. And that soundtrack is simply phenomenal.

#7 Edited by DeadpanCakes (1066 posts) -

I've got to be one of, like, two people that didn't like the game too much. I didn't get very attached to the characters at all, and while I liked the latter half of the story, I thought there were some pacing issues. I remember feeling like a lot of the side quests (with the exception of the colony 6 stuff) were uninspired and I got tired of the combat real fast.

My favorite part though, were the environments. I thought the setting was so cool, and the scope of some areas was fantastic, despite finding some of the traversal to be frustrating. Because of that, I'm really interested to see Xenoblade Chronicles X, if it even just matches the imaginative scope but makes it look prettier, I think I'd be satisfied.

Oh yeah, and the music is indeed great. Probably one of the only games I didn't love and still listen to the music.

Edit: Haha, I just realized that I admitted to liking FFX-2 and not really enjoying Xenoblade: Chronicles on the same day. I really am an alien.

#8 Posted by wemibelec90 (1839 posts) -

I need to pick it up still. My Gamestop has had a copy for awhile. Although, having just played FFXII, I would LOVE a game with that game's combat and Xenoblade's vast open environments. That would be fantastic.

#10 Posted by Fordroog (50 posts) -

@geraltitude: it's available online for sure man, in shops it's hard to come by though. I just had to get it because of everything I heard about it.

It's worth the price, hands down.

#11 Posted by Brendan (8173 posts) -

I thought it was pretty good. There were some things I really loved about it, like the gigantic environments and the numerous features stuffed in the game to keep you doing something interesting. I did find the constant voice acting in battles to be tiring, and the majority of the sidequests to be little more than spending a long-ass time walking around big maps to pick up blue orbs that represent loot. 4/5 stars. Also I paid $120 on Amazon. If anyone wants to buy it off me I'll give you store price.

#12 Posted by xyzygy (10079 posts) -

Yup. One of my favourite games. Enjoy it!

#13 Posted by Fleckle (16 posts) -

Is Xenoblade Chronicles X going to be exclusively sold at Gamestop?

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#14 Posted by Sterling (2715 posts) -

I hope when they release X they release this as an HD up-port to the Wii U on the eshop.

#15 Posted by Sinusoidal (1823 posts) -

Agreed. I'd go so far as to call it the only great JRPG of the last generation, but there's still a few notables I have yet to get around to. I might have to get a component-hdmi converter because I kind of want to play my Wii again.

#16 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5818 posts) -

I've had this game since it was released, but it seems so massive that I haven't really wanted to jump into because I have so many other games to play.

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#17 Posted by Astrophyle (159 posts) -

I went back to it finally, and now I've put 80 hours into it and I already think it is one of the best games I have played in my 30-years of RPG gaming. Play it. I like cliche cheesy dialogue if the ideas and scale are epic and well executed. It is oozing heart and soul and creativity. Incredible game.

#18 Edited by Steadying (1481 posts) -

I thought it was amazing until around the point where you reach Mechonis. I just feel like there was such a massive drop in quality after that.

But yeah, overall, one of my favorite games of all time. Incredible story, soundtrack, gameplay, world, etc. Ending was total shit, but I'm still hopeful that Xenoblade X will fix that.

It's also one of the only games (or stories in general) where some of the twists literally left me with my mouth hanging open. I know most people probably saw it coming a mile away, but I was NOT expecting Metal Face to be Mumkar at all. When that reveal happened I was completely shocked.

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#19 Edited by Sinusoidal (1823 posts) -

Ha! I came in here to say the thing I said in this thread a month ago before realizing I'd already posted.

Anyway, having recently finished Lightning Returns, I can safely say Xenoblade Chronicles is still the best JRPG (by a mile) of the past generation that I've played. It does everything right that XIII and its sequels get wrong: a great cast of characters I can care about, a coherent and sufficiently Japanese-ridiculous plot that manages to be entertaining and a bit original despite itself and rarely if ever takes itself too seriously, a gorgeous open-world actually worth exploring.

Argh! If Xenoblade X is any good I might have to shell out for a WiiU.

#20 Posted by GideonAmos (199 posts) -

This thread made me want to play Xenoblade again, but then I remember that I lost my disc and sold my Wii. I hope they will put this game on the HD remaster train too for the Wii U.

#21 Posted by FrostyRyan (572 posts) -

Should I get this game? A few of my favorite JRPGs of all time are Persona 3 and 4, Final Fantasy VII and IX, Chrono Trigger, and Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne.

It seems like I've missed out on never paying attention to this.

#22 Posted by Hailinel (25205 posts) -

Should I get this game? A few of my favorite JRPGs of all time are Persona 3 and 4, Final Fantasy VII and IX, Chrono Trigger, and Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne.

It seems like I've missed out on never paying attention to this.

If you think you'd enjoy an RPG with a vast explorable world, a lot of sidequests, and a real-time combat system, then yes, I would highly recommend it to you. Even if you aren't into that, I'd recommend it anyway because it's an excellent game.

#23 Posted by MooseyMcMan (11420 posts) -

@hailinel said:
@frostyryan said:

Should I get this game? A few of my favorite JRPGs of all time are Persona 3 and 4, Final Fantasy VII and IX, Chrono Trigger, and Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne.

It seems like I've missed out on never paying attention to this.

If you think you'd enjoy an RPG with a vast explorable world, a lot of sidequests, and a real-time combat system, then yes, I would highly recommend it to you. Even if you aren't into that, I'd recommend it anyway because it's an excellent game.

While technically correct, I don't know that the game is "real time" combat in the sense that most people would think of it. I mean, it's not a "hit the attack button a bunch" game, it's a do auto attacks while you wait for meters to refill game.

That said, I'm arguing semantics here, and absolutely loved the game, so yes, play it.

#24 Posted by FrostyRyan (572 posts) -

@hailinel: @mooseymcman:

How's the story? I can definitely play a JRPG for gameplay alone(I love SMT3 and 4,) but story is always the best motivator for me.

and yes I know how the combat is in the game. It is real time but not action combat like Kingdom Hearts for example. Apparently it's like FFXII only much better.

#25 Posted by Hailinel (25205 posts) -

@hailinel: @mooseymcman:

How's the story? I can definitely play a JRPG for gameplay alone(I love SMT3 and 4,) but story is always the best motivator for me.

and yes I know how the combat is in the game. It is real time but not action combat like Kingdom Hearts for example. Apparently it's like FFXII only much better.

I tihnk that the story and characters are excellent. Riki can grate on some people, but he and the rest of the Nopons are handled really well, and they actually pull some funny twists on the idea of the cute mascot character. Otherwise, the story is heavily influenced by the same gnostic philosophies and concepts that drove Xenogears and Xenosaga, but in a setting divorced from those earlier titles.

#26 Posted by FrostyRyan (572 posts) -

@hailinel said:

I tihnk that the story and characters are excellent. Riki can grate on some people, but he and the rest of the Nopons are handled really well, and they actually pull some funny twists on the idea of the cute mascot character. Otherwise, the story is heavily influenced by the same gnostic philosophies and concepts that drove Xenogears and Xenosaga, but in a setting divorced from those earlier titles.

Is Xenoblade connected to gears and saga? They obviously start with Xeno, but I wasn't sure. Should I play those as well? I hear Xenogears is something of a classic.

#27 Edited by ASilentProtagonist (181 posts) -

I wonder if it's worth getting a N3DS for? P.S I don't have a WII and already got a 3DS....

#28 Posted by Hailinel (25205 posts) -

@hailinel said:

I tihnk that the story and characters are excellent. Riki can grate on some people, but he and the rest of the Nopons are handled really well, and they actually pull some funny twists on the idea of the cute mascot character. Otherwise, the story is heavily influenced by the same gnostic philosophies and concepts that drove Xenogears and Xenosaga, but in a setting divorced from those earlier titles.

Is Xenoblade connected to gears and saga? They obviously start with Xeno, but I wasn't sure. Should I play those as well? I hear Xenogears is something of a classic.

There is no story connection between Xenoblade and gears or saga. You don't need to play those games to enjoy or understand Xenoblade. I have a friend that considers Xenogears to be her favorite game of all time, but she's quick to acknowledge some severe flaws (a second disc that is almost all text due to massive budget cuts being the most notable). Xenosaga is a really good series, though it also suffered from budget and backdoor meddling that resulted in the planned six-episode arc being cut down to three and questionable design decisions made in the sequels that were pushed to make them "more accessible" in an attempt to broaden the audience.

I'd say play Xenoblade, then try Xenogears. I consider Xenosaga I a fantastic game, but I can't say much personally about Episodes II and III since I was burned out by poor pacing at the end of II and never moved on to III.

#29 Posted by kishinfoulux (2531 posts) -

@hailinel said:

I tihnk that the story and characters are excellent. Riki can grate on some people, but he and the rest of the Nopons are handled really well, and they actually pull some funny twists on the idea of the cute mascot character. Otherwise, the story is heavily influenced by the same gnostic philosophies and concepts that drove Xenogears and Xenosaga, but in a setting divorced from those earlier titles.

Is Xenoblade connected to gears and saga? They obviously start with Xeno, but I wasn't sure. Should I play those as well? I hear Xenogears is something of a classic.

Xenogears is great. The whole Xenosaga I think is crap though.

#30 Edited by ripelivejam (4920 posts) -

Big question is can shulk be shirtless in this

#31 Posted by Hailinel (25205 posts) -

Big question is can shulk be shirtless in this

Yes he can.

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