“Take up arms against an invading army in this remake of an acclaimed RPG, only on the New Nintendo 3DS™ XL system. Explore vast landscapes and beat down foes in battles that blend real time action with RPG strategy. Exclusive features make the Xenoblade Chronicles™ 3D game the ultimate way to learn the truth behind the mythical sword, the Monado.
Due to the processing power and additional buttons of the New Nintendo 3DS XL, you can experience this epic RPG portably. Command your party or quickly jump between locations by pressing the new ZL & ZR buttons and look all around the game’s beautiful environments using the C-Stick. These features perfectly round out an already outstanding adventure comprised of intense combat and intriguing storytelling. British voice actors and gorgeous art direction lend the story an authentic fantasy feel, while the customizable moves of your characters and chainable combos keep you on the edge of your seat.” – Nintendo.com
Another JRPG this time: Xenoblades Chronicles on the New 3DS XL.
I was very interested to hear this game was coming to the Nintendo 3DS as I’ve played and completed the Wii version some time ago. The game itself is a somewhat JRPG title and in the “open world” part of the game (known as “on the map” in some games) is similar in some ways to the open world part of Final Fantasy XII.
What makes this different to any other JRPG is the leveling up system which starts off with fairly conventional “choices” and “career paths” (so to speak, somewhat like Final Fantasy X) which are later on influenced by the character’s interactions within the game with non player characters and the like; for example you can “borrow” and/or learn skills from other characters. You can also steer your character’s leveling up through the expenditure of “AP” gained in battles.
The world of the game is huge, there’s lots to explore, much to see, many monsters to kill and plenty of ways to die. Die I hear you say? Oh yes, I haven’t told you yet but this game is HARD, you have to keep your concentration on each and every battle, no casually leveling up by wandering round with one hand pressing the button all the time whilst watching Coronation Street here. This game requires your attention.
So any criticisms? Yes, one big one really. The game is for the new style (2015) Nintendo 3DS XL units only, it won’t work on my original 3DS which I bought a couple of years ago. Frankly this annoys me. One thing about consoles/handhelds is everything made for it works, ok new systems get released, but we don’t expect 3DS Mk2 or PS3 Mk4 or whatever. It used to be like this on PC in the early days, first you needed a 286 with 4mb of RAM then something faster with more RAM and so on. I can understand with PCs to some extent as they are used for so many different things, both leisure and work orientated but not with gaming. Back in the “old days” (yeah I’m getting on a bit) a game written for a Commodore 64 worked on any Commodore 64, end of story. This stinks a bit of trying to wheedle more money out of the gamers AND I strongly suspect that Nintendo were hoping people would “upgrade”; eg more money in the bank (incidentally a new 3DS doesn’t come with a charger, how mean is that?)
So do I like the game (did I mention it’s bl**dy hard?) Yes I did but frankly I think it’s a a bit of a con job. Get the Wii version instead if you see it secondhand or maybe wait for the Wii-U release.
Also I don’t think the game being in 3D adds anything to the game.
I give it 6 out of 10.