This game might just be an all-around winner. I am not too easy to impress, but the game's story and setting is so unique that the game could be praised just for those.
Graphics are so pretty and ingenious at the same time...all without not compromising the pace of the game. The developers really paid attention to the small things, such as the effects of the weeds/plants, or the clouds/sky. The environment changes from day to night and vice versa, and the music has its own changes with the time of the day. Field of vision goes on forever it seems, and the character/monster design is well made, with shadows to boot.
Gameplay is very unique to say the least. You can travel in groups of three, and you get special bonuses if your party builds their friendships with one another. Also, depending on who you have in your party, they will talk to each other differently--making a more personable game. Environments are immense an as far as foot travel is concerned. Combat has unique combinations of tactics that can range from pinching a monster to KO'ing it instantly--so you have to use your brain to progress in many instances in the game. Add that with infinite armor and weapon customisation with accessory decorating for special skills, and you have a recipe for a fairly addictive game.
Music is symphony-quality! +1! Great music score.
With the graphics + music, I just have to say that some of the places in this game are so ethereal that it would be award-winning. Eryth Sea daytime to nighttime? Are you kidding me? I don't think I've seen an environment more beautiful.
The only contests I have to the game is two things: Side quests, because they are too tedious and way too many. Also, the voice emotions. The sad/angry voices lack emotion; seeing how much work the developers did in everything else, they could have taken it up a notch in the voice department.
Either way, you need to get this game if you haven't already! You won't be disappointed!
Don't get me wrong, Xenoblade is an amazing game. A zillion sidequests, great story (don't listen to the haters saying it's immature... they clearly didn't play through enough because there are PLENTY of twists and turns), solid combat, and a huge world to explore. It's a Wii game so if you were expecting amazing graphics, you're probably not the brightest dude (or dudette) around. In case you haven't figured it out yet, great graphics have nothing to do with making an amazing game (nor was that ever a focus of the Wii). All of this said, this game is LONG. Like really long - Like easily 60+ hours for the main quest alone. All of this said though, I do agree that it's one of the best JRPG's to come out in a long time.
Final Word - If you have MANY hours to spare, yes, play this game. If you really love RPG's with a great story, awesome characters, and fun combat, yes, play this game. If you're a side quest fan (literally a billion sidequests), yes, play this game. If you're looking for a graphical masterpiece that you can beat in 6-10 hours, sell your Wii and go pick up a PS3 or Xbox because you're looking in the wrong place, bub.
posted by schultzism (GERMANTOWN, TN) Apr 18, 2012
Member since Apr 2012
gamers (57%) found this review helpful
This is one of those games that after you have play it, you look at the game time on your save and realized you have been playing for 80+ hours.
The story line though can get a bit corny is still amazing (FFVIIesque). The characters actually grow on you pretty quickly and by the time you know it you think you can talk with a British accent and you begin calling people jokers. My favorite part about this game is that you have the option of free roaming or you can continue with the story. A lot of the fields are open to you very early in the game.
The fighting in this game rarely gets boring. You can control any character you want which is always a + in my book. You actually have to move around if you want to be effective. The healing system is awesome cause i hate to sit after battle and potion up. It reminds me of the SWOR battle system which is built for grinding w/o getting boring.
The graphics are incredible (why couldnt this game be on xbox or ps3) for a wii.
I have owned this game for nearly a year now, and ran through it twice.
To sum it up,
It has elements from Chrono Trigger, BOF II, FFVII, SWOR, and many other rpgs. 10 out of 10 for sure.