Xenoblade Chronicles

A sprawling open-world sci-fi RPG that surprised everyone when it appeared on the Wii of all places, and a game that has firmly taken its place as one of the very best games of its generation. Uncover the mystery of the Monado as you explore a world that has formed on the back of two great dormant titans: the Bionis and the Mechonis.


Developer: Monolithsoft
Publisher: Nintendo
Available on: Wii


Articles about Xenoblade Chronicles

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Bringing the “Niche” to the “Mainstream” - Xenoblade Chronicles 2's English script had some quite substantial changes from the Japanese original. Rather than this being "censorship", however, it represents an honest attempt to bridge the gap between niche-interest and mainstream audiences.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Narrative, Themes and Characterisation - The Xeno series as a whole has never shied away from challenging themes... and more recent installments have positioned you and the main cast as just one part of a much larger whole.
Waifu Wednesday: Mòrag and Brighid - Xenoblade Chronicles 2’s main cast runs the gamut from spunky, optimistic youths to a few rather more reserved characters. Mòrag and her Blade Brighid (Meleph and Kagutsuchi in the Japanese original) fall into this latter category, both offering their own distinctive take on being the “detached voice of reason” in most situations. Both of them … Continue reading Waifu Wednesday: Mòrag and Brighid
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: A Titanic World - Xenoblade Chronicles has an incredibly imaginative world floating among the clouds... and a real sense that both you and the things you do in it really matter.
Waifu Wednesday: Poppi - One of Xenoblade Chronicles 2’s best characters is Poppi (aka Hana in the Japanese voice track), the artificial Blade created by the Nopon Tora as an attempt to finish the work his dadapon and grampypon started. Always endearing, surprisingly empathetic and understanding to her friends and companions, highly capable in a variety of situations and … Continue reading Waifu Wednesday: Poppi
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Violence Doesn’t Solve Everything - Xenoblade Chronicles 2's progression isn't just about fighting stronger and stronger enemies. The game's recruitable Blades provide a variety of passive non-combat skills and even their own unique questlines to follow. Let's explore!
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Combat Complexity Without Chaos - Xenoblade Chronicles 2's combat has a lot of complexity and depth to it -- but it gradually introduces its concepts over time rather than overwhelming the player all at once. Let's take a closer look at these mechanics.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Introduction and History - The existence of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 -- and the fact that it's a high-profile title in Nintendo's Switch lineup -- is nothing short of remarkable. How did we get here?
From the Archives: Wandering the World - I’ve asked this question before in our visual novel column, but it bears repeating: why do we play? The answer is different for everyone, even between fans of the same type of game. Some enjoy JRPGs for their heavy focus on story and character development in a narrative sense; others enjoy the gradual process of building … Continue reading From the Archives: Wandering the World
From the Archives: Xenoblade Chronicles and the Wii’s Swansong - If you owned a Wii, whinged about there being no good games for it and didn’t own a copy of Xenoblade Chronicles then, well, frankly we need to have words. Xenoblade Chronicles, you see, is awesome. I’d probably go so far as to say it’s one of my favorite RPGs in recent memory. I’m not convinced it … Continue reading From the Archives: Xenoblade Chronicles and the Wii’s Swansong
Ten Great RPGs That Came Out After Final Fantasy VII - As we saw recently, there are those among us who believe that the Japanese role-playing game has been in consistent decline since Final Fantasy VII, and that only now are we starting to see a “comeback”. We’ve already talked about how this is a load of old nonsense, and that in fact the role-playing game … Continue reading Ten Great RPGs That Came Out After Final Fantasy VII

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