On Dec. 4, the Nintendo Wii U will be host to one of this generation’s most anticipated Japanese RPGs for that is when Xenoblade Chronicles X will release in North America. Spiritual successor to Xenoblade Chronicles, which saw release on Wii and New Nintendo 3DS, developer Monolith Soft sought to create a more expansive world with Xenoblade Chronicles X and they achieved their vision. Thanks to the efforts made by the development team, the Wii U has received its crowing RPG and Wii U owners should be excited for Xenoblade Chronicles X as it is one of the Wii U’s best games of 2015.
We’ll have review coverage for Xenoblade Chronicles X coming in a couple of days, but today we wanted to share five reasons why you should be excited for its impending launch. Without further ado, let’s get things started.
Wii U’s First Real Japanese RPG: The Wii U has a vast software library, but the Japanese RPG genre has been noticeably absent. With Xenoblade Chronicles X, not only does the Wii U get its first true JRPG, it gets a damn good one. Offering up an epic journey in a remarkable world setting, the Wii U finally has a game that players can just lose themselves in as you explore and discover all the world has to offer you.
Missions & Skells: Aside from the main Story Missions, there are tons of side-missions to accept. These missions will have you traveling all-over the planet of Mira as you discover new locations, battle new alien creatures, and learn more about the game’s back story. By accepting more missions (you can accept up to 20 at a time), you will unlock new companies to invest in, thus earning new equipment to better suit your character.
Then there are the Skells – though I prefer to refer to them as Mechs. Skells are just awesome. You can explore the planet, battle powerful monsters, and even customize your Skell. As the game goes on, the Skell will begin to feel like an extension of character and you’ll spend a good amount of time making sure it’s fine-tuned and performing the best it can.
Freedom & Open-World: Okay, sure, this isn’t just one reason, but both are important reasons as to why Xenoblade Chronicles X is such an enjoyable game. The plant of Mira is open-world and is a diverse environment inhabited by a range of unique creatures. While some are cute and harmless, there are others that are monstrously massive and take up the majority of the game screen. Exploring this open-world has an organic feel to it, as creatures move in herds to a nearby lake to drink water, or protect their young when feel threatened by the player. Feeling like you are in a living world makes exploration all the more enjoyable.
Then there is the freedom aspect to it all. You can go anywhere you want, whenever you want. Exploring the planet, discovering, and just wandering on your own is a great in-game distraction and it’ll happen often. Don’t lose your sense of wonder or curiosity, embrace it and travel Mira. Who knows what you’ll find and what type of alien creature is lurking just around the corner.
GamePad Use: Xenoblade Chronicles X uses the Wii U Gameplay in a practical way as it houses the world map, thus making it easy to fast-travel to points of interest, or keeping track of your objective’s location. However, you can also use it for Off-TV Play for when you just want to complete a side-mission or play for a short period of time.
Graphics: Visually, the game is gorgeous. The alien creatures and the world are jaw-dropping. You’ll want to explore the planet just to see the new areas and their distinct visual style. Xenoblade Chronicles X has the most impressive visuals of any Wii U game. It’s a game of true beauty, and one you have to see.
These are just a handful of reasons why you should be excited about Xenoblade Chronicles X. We’ll have our full review published in the coming days.