Why Xenoblade Is One of The Greatest Games of All Time.
By Furious Francis, editor in chief
Great console JRPGs are few and far in-between this console generation. We have seen some good ones like Lost Odyssey, Residence of Fate, and Star Ocean: The Last Hope, but none of these JRPGs are as good as Xenoblade is cumulatively. As a matter of fact Xenoblade just isn’t one of the best JRPGs this generations its one of the greatest games of all time. In the next few paragraphs i’m going to break down all the “awards” Xenoblade does. Awards will be things Xenoblade does from some of the best games in the industry.
Final Fantasy Story Award
– Final Fantasy 13 has a fantastic story and the same goes for many other games in the final fantasy series. Xenoblade’s story is just as fantastic. From the brilliantly crafted cut scenes to the future telling story plots, Xenoblade’s story hits all the points you want to see story wise. Xenoblade has a story that you truly don’t want to miss.
– The first thing I think of when I say Borderlands is LOOT! And Xenoblade has regular loot, rare loot, and Super Rare loot. As well as gem creation to increase your weapons attributes and powers. Every monster drops items or weapons and its awesome to look through all of the weapons you collect and choose the best ones. You can sell the weapons you don’t need of course.
– KOTOR uses awesome cool down system to encourage strategic play and combos. Xenoblade does the same thing. The variety of different skills and upgradeable powers make Xenoblade just as fun to play as KOTOR was years back on the Xbox 1.
NON- Fable 3 Award
Hear me out on this one. I hate Fable’s voice acting and humor. Lionhead force-feeds British humor down our throats. The voices are so ridiculously British at times it gets annoying. Xenoblade has European voice actors but they never go over the top with the British Humor or voices. It’s just normal. You get the occasional bloak statement and what not but it’s real and entertaining. It’s not just the voice acting either. Fable 3 babies players. The game is far to easy. Xenoblade has tough monsters that are high level that challenge the player to react quickly and take full advantage of the unique skills of each character.
Star Ocean The Last Hope Award
Star Ocean is a drastically underrated game. Yes, the voice acting and story were not the greatest, but what it did best was the battle system. The gameplay was addictive, fun, and had layers of dept. Xenoblade is the same way. The more you play the more rewarding it is. The free movement of Xenoblade combined with cool down skills system, triple attacks, and strategic placements skill hits make Xenoblade just as fun and sometimes more fun to play than Star Ocean. Plus the MMO feel of the gameplay is unique for consoles and welcomed.
Assassin’s Creed 2 Award
There is a unique and fun part of Assassin’s Creed 2 that has nothing to do with the combat in the game. At a certain point in Assassin’s Creed 2 you can build your own villa. Collecting, buying, and building up your empire from scratch. In Xenoblade Colony 6 gets destroyed and they need you to build it back up by collecting items and improving the welfare of the people. This is a fun side quest because you get interesting items when you rebuild a shop or invest into other options.
Lost Odyssey Award
Lost Odyssey is one of my favorite JRPGs this generation. It has outstanding graphics, gameplay, and thoughtful mind intriguing short stories. Lost Odyssey provides plenty of bang for your buck. I easily put over 100 hours into the game. Xenoblade is a time collector as well. With the abundance of side quests (over 450) and unique monsters to kill. I will be playing Xenoblade for many hours to come.
It’s easy to see I am a huge fan of Xenoblade. All of these different aspects make Xenoblade a blast to play and all of these factors make Xenoblade one of the best games of all time. Have you guys played Xenoblade? What do you guys think? Put your comments below.
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