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” - An interesting aspect of Xenoblade Chronicles 2’s Western release is the matter of its localisation. I’m not talking about it from a “censorship” perspective or anything like that, mind you — largely because, in my experience, those sorts of discussions often tend to get bogged down and never really go anywhere. Rather, Xenoblade Chronicles 2’s localisation is … Continue reading Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Bringing the “Niche” to the “Mainstream”
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Narrative, Themes and Characterisation - The Xeno series as a whole has always been renowned for tackling challenging themes in ambitious ways… and occasionally not quite being able to match the ambition with the execution. The Xenoblade Chronicles subseries has been somewhat experimental with its storytelling over its three installments to date. The original Xenoblade Chronicles featured a strong, linear narrative with a number … Continue reading Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Narrative, Themes and Characterisation
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 - While the Xeno series has, from its outset, always been about imaginative takes on worldbuilding, the Xenoblade subseries in particular has placed a strong emphasis on this. Indeed, as we’ve already explored, the very reason the first Xenoblade Chronicles exists at all is because series creator Tetsuya Takahashi thought it would be cool to have a game … Continue reading Xenoblade Chronicles 2: A Titanic World
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 - One of the key ways many people like to distinguish the stereotypically Eastern and Western approaches to role-playing games is via non-combat mechanics and progression. It’s fair to say that, as we’ve already discussed, many role-playing games from Japan place a strong focus on combat both as a core aspect of gameplay and the central … Continue reading Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Violence Doesn’t Solve Everything
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Combat Complexity Without Chaos - Role-playing games, by their very nature, tend to deal in abstract representations of reality. The exact way in which they do this varies somewhat from title to title — and significantly between typically Eastern and Western approaches — but one challenge developers of this type of game always have to confront is exactly how complex … Continue reading Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Combat Complexity Without Chaos
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Introduction and History - The fact that Xenoblade Chronicles 2 exists and, moreover, has been treated as a distinctly high-profile title for Nintendo’s Switch platform is nothing short of remarkable. The Xeno series as a whole has been around for quite some time now and has been fairly consistently well-received by those who have played its various installments. But it’s been … Continue reading Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Introduction and History
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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