From: Monolith Soft/Nintendo
ESRB Rating: Teen (blood, mild language,
partial nudity, use of alcohol and tobacco,
By Billy O'Keefe
No single gaming genre is mired in a longer slump than the Japanese role-playing game, which (scattered exceptions aside, naturally) has been consistently reeling for years.
"Xenoblade Chronicles" is the arguable slumpbuster — a massive adventure that arrives with significant fanfare and, instead of using that hype as a crutch, cashes it in to teach a tired genre some overdue new tricks. It liberally adopts concepts that have propelled Western RPGs forward, but merges them with a flavor and storytelling approach that leaves no doubt where its lineage lies.
Crucially, "Chronicles" lays most of it — a monstrous open world, versatile side quests, customizable armor and weaponry run wild — almost immediately at your feet following an opening sequence that's similarly generous with its combat system.