Developer: Monolith Soft
Release: EU: 08-19-2011
Classic Controller Pro Edition
- Alternative cover (as voted by fans)
- Limited edition includes a red Classic Controller Pro
- Preorder and receive one of three posters which include an electronic autograph of Tetsuya Takahashi (may depend on your country, will not be available in all countries)
Our story begins with two gigantic gods who are fighting each other. After a long and hard fight the two cease their battle: neither one of them actually won and they just “stop”. Eventually life starts to flourish on both gods: one race is akin to humans called the Homs, High Entia and there are small creatures called Nopons. The other is a mechanical race named the Mechon. The Mechon are a violent race and try to destroy the other races with a war. During this war, a young man called Shulk researches a mysterious sword…
Xenoblade Chronicles features a massive world with beautiful scenery. According to fellow GAF-ers this game takes about 60 or 70 hours to complete if you run through it. If you want to take sidequests and really explore the world, it will take longer to complete the game. In other words, you don’t want to rush things with Xenoblade Chronicles. Not just because of the amazing world you will visit, but everyone needs to enjoy the fantastic soundtrack of the game. Gaur Plains for example is fantastic while exploring the gigantic world. Or while fighting several enemies to the sound of Mechanical Rhythm or Those who bear their name. This is just a small selection of the amazing soundtrack.
About the fighting system, it has a similar set up like the action-based battle system of Final Fantasy XII. When entering a battle, characters will start attacking with basic attacks, but these can be interrupted to launch “arts”, the special techniques available in this game. However, after use these Arts are in need of a cooldown period.
Xenoblade Chronicles is a game developed by Monolith Soft, known for games such as the Xenosaga series, Namco x Capcom, the Baten Kaitos games, Soma Bringer and Disaster Day of Crisis. Originally, Xenoblade was released on the 10th of June 2010 in Japan. It received high marks from Famitsu Magazine and it was well received by Japanese Wii owners. Which is great, but Nintendo fans in the west are clamouring for a nice looking RPG like this one. Even with Japan receiving the game first, the title made its first appearance at E3 2009. It debuted as Monado: Beginning of the World. After its Japanese release, Nintendo kept its lips sealed about a possible western release. While everybody gave up hope, on the 31st of March Nintendo of Europe announced that Xenoblade got the subtitle Chronicles and that it would see release in 2011. Europe rejoices, but our American friends weren’t so lucky. Xenoblade Chronicles joins a group of titles which saw a release in Europe and Japan, but not the USA.
I know it’s tragic that Nintendo of America will not release Xenoblade Chronicles in American territories. But please, let me remind you that this thread is not meant for you guys placing comments like “NoA sucks” or “Reggie hates Monolith Soft”. Let’s just talk about the experience of players who do get to enjoy this game. Or, even better: why don’t you import? Thank you in advance. Instead, thanks to CruxisMana we have a nice summary of where to get the game if you want to import it:
How can I play this game on my US Wii?
Main Wii Homebrew Tutorial page l Starting Page/For Dummies l NeoGAF Homebrew Thread
Where can I order this for delivery to the US?
Zavvi £29.85 l GAME (Collectors Edition) £49.99 l GAME (Regular Edition) £37.99 l 365games £31.99 l ASDA £29.91
Is the Collectors Edition available to order from anywhere else/for cheaper?
Unfortunately, no. The Collectors Edition is exclusive to GAME.
What does the Collectors Edition include?
A copy of the game, a red Classic Controller Pro, and in some countries (including the UK, which all of the above order links are) 3 A1 sized posters electronically signed by the Tetsuya Takahashi. Large versions of the posters can be found below;
If I order this from a European country that does not speak English, will I be stuck playing the game in French/Spanish/Italian/German?
No. The game's voice acting will only be available in English and Japanese, whilst only subtitles will be available to encompass other European languages.
Iwata Asks: Xenoblade Chronicles
Xenolade Chronicles Product page
Xenoblade OT: The Adventure Begins (Japanese Release)
Let’s Play Xenoblade Chronicles Episode 1 *Contains spoilers
Let’s Play Xenoblade Chronicles Episode 2 *Contains spoilers
Spreadsheet with all the NPC's, comes in handy while completing quests.
Metro GameCentral: 9/10
* A big thank you goes out towards Cigarbeetle for creating the banners and CruxisMana for summarizing the options for American Wii-owners. Cheers guys!