PN Review: Xenoblade Chronicles 3D

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D - New Nintendo 3DS


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The concept of Xenoblade Chronicles is interesting, however if you are somewhat familiar with Japanese RPG’s it becomes obvious that the storyline is a tad generic. That being said, it does not stop the game from being enjoyable. It slowly allows you to build somewhat of a bond with these characters and enjoy their company. Whilst you may guess the direction the story will head, you are attached because you actually want to see it for yourself.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is a port from the 2010 Nintendo Wii game Xenoblade Chronicles. The story is set in a world which initially had endless seas, until two titans, Bionis and Mechonis, appeared and fought timelessly until with one last strike their bodies remained solidified and lifeless. As time passes on other lifeforms develop, and our main story follows Shulk, a ‘Homs’ (humanoid). The Homs fight for survival against an invasion of Machon, robotic warrior machines looking to claim the lives of every Homs. Shulk finds a weapon called the Monado; a legendary blade which enables him to cut through these robots and see into the future, and thus our journey begins with Shulk attempting to stop the robot invasion.

Xenoblade Chronicles X is not a small game.

  • Uniqueness Decay:
    • At the beginning of the story, you're told that people who gain the privilege of driving a Skell are rare. The license to pilot one is only given to BLADE members, and then only the elite who prove that they're one of their most productive members. And then, only if they pass a difficult test. And then only if they have the money to buy it themselves. However, by the time you are able to buy/pilot one yourself, suddenly everybody has one. Characters whom you have to buy one for in gameplay (such as Irina) have their own, and evil BLADEs (such as Alex, Gadd, and Fosdyke have one. Hell, even Powell from Army Pizza has one, and he isn't even a BLADE! The last one gets lampshaded by the Ma-Non BLADE, Ackwar after the related sidequest (provided you did everything to ensure he survived it), pointing out that Powell shouldn't have access to a Skell even if he's ex-military, leading him to suspect that he had outside help in claiming it.
    • Inverted with the Telethia in terms of the game universes. In the original Xenoblade Chronicles, Telethia were an entire family of monsters that are the devolved and mutated form of the High Entia race and Zanza's antibodies. In X, there are only two Telethia in the game, both considered the planetary guardians of Mira.
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    Overall Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is very interesting, and it would have been even more interesting to see a port on the Wii U. However seeing as the successor, Xenoblade Chronicles X, is due out later this year, this offering almost feels like a taster as to what’s to come. Whilst Xenoblade Chronicles 3D does highlight the improvement of the New Nintendo 3DS, I don’t feel as if it is the game to highlight the greatness of the new console, but it is a step in the right direction. Just by playing Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, it’s almost as if you yourself have Shulk’s sword and can see the future potential of the console.

    Following the success of sci-fi RPG epic Xenoblade Chronicles, Tetsuya Takahashi and his team at MONOLITH SOFTWARE INC. are working on a brand-new game, Xenoblade Chronicles X, featuring seamless travel across an expansive open world.