Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

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Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

Xenoblade Chronicles definitive edition is a remake of the 2011 Nintendo Wii game. The game takes place on the frozen bodies of two fighting Titans, the Bionis where the human-like Homs(and the protagonist Shulk) lives and the Mechonis where the Machine-like race lives.

The Homs and the Mechon are like their respective titans in perpetual war, but the Homs has a weapon(the Monado) that is rumoured to have been the actual sword used by Bionis. During an attack on Colony 9, Shulk learns that he can control the Monado and this is the start of your quest for revenge of his friend Ryan.

The definitive edition of Xenoblade Chronicles sees a lot of graphical, gameplay and soundtrack remixing being done to it. The original version of the game was 480p, and you can now enjoy it in HD quality. The one thing I can say is that the graphics do look good and you can immerse yourself in the game. Unfortunately, I never got to play the original Nintendo Wii version or the Nintendo 3ds version of the game, but I am really glad to get the chance now. Monolith Soft went out of there way to make sure that the models and textures in the game have been refreshed. They even remixed and remastered over 90 tracks in the game. Now I must say that this game has an excellent soundtrack and it helps with the story of Shulk to draw you into the game.

If you never played a JRPG or haven't played one in a while, then Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition is a great starting point for you. In the game, you can set your combat experience to Casual or Expert mode difficulties. This does help you progress in this very long game. Where the casual mode makes it easier to get through the grind of completing the MMO style quests, the expert mode gives you a bit more experience. The combat also feels a bit like MMO style of combat, where you have to get the right combo to beat your opponent. Boss fights do give you more of a thrill even on casual mode. Another nice feature that I love is that you not limited to where you can save your game, so no more doing the boss level over from the beginning.

When you like me and you want to do all the side-quest before the main quest is done you can look to up to 100 hours of game time, now this is just for Xenoblade Chronicles and not the new epilogue chapter that comes with the Definitive Edition. Speaking of the epilogue chapter is called Future connected and takes place one year after the main story from Xenoblade Chronicles and features Shulk and Melia where they crash-landed on the Bionos Shoulder. This new area does have its mini-bosses and brand new vistas and characters to meet and explore. The combat system is slightly different from the main story, but this does not detract from the game itself.

I think that Monolith Soft has brought out the best from this game and the Nintendo Switch is the right place for it. With over 100 hours of gameplay, you would not get bored with this game and I think would make a perfect gift especially in this time of Covid-19. The graphics look is beautiful and Xenoblade Chronicles has an excellent soundtrack that draws you into whatever you doing in the game. The story stands the test of time. I would recommend Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition to any gamer that loves JPRG or any gamer that loves a really good story. I would give it a 9 out of 10.

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