Xenoblade Chronicles 3 might not end up being that best switch game of 2022, but it certainly sounds like one of the longest. With a main story lasting dozens of hours and more thorough playthroughs lasting over 150 hours, it sounds just as Monolith Soft’s die-hard JRPG fans have come to expect. But will it appeal to anyone else? The reviews are in and they say yes and no.
That last game in the fragmented Xeno series, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 follows the story of young mercenaries who discover a deeper secret amidst the endless war between their two nations. Humans still live on giant titans and still fight via all kinds of upgradable attacks, transformations and multi-character fusions. Mechs and existential anime tropes abound. The July 29 Metacritic is currently at 89.
RPG site Calls it is a “modern JRPG masterpiece”. The player writes that it is “colossal, but also intricately focused.” VGCreviewer by said The game world of Aionios is “an incredible place to live for a month or two”. All three sides gave Xenoblade Chronicles 3 perfect scores, praise for its characters, large scale and minimal gameplay annoyances.
But not everyone agrees. while massive, IGN writes that the story often meanders and quests occasionally get stuck in filler and backtracking. And while I praise the elaborate battle game informant accused Xenoblade Chronicles 3 having one of the worst casts on the show. One thing most reviews seem to agree on is that the open world is held back by the aging Switch hardware, with fidelity falling during busy battles.
Everything said, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 sounds like another intriguingly inscrutable mess whose greatest virtues are reserved for those willing to get through it through a 15-hour tutorial. Yes, it’s one of those. At the time of Marvel Spiderman is coming to an end, the latest from Monolith Soft is just starting to get good. Longtime fans wouldn’t have it any other way than in the Words from siliconera it sounds “unlikely to transcend genre preferences”.
Here’s what some of the other reviews say:
“I’m not even sure if the game can be completed because after 25 hours it’s still throwing new mechanics and tutorials at me that increasingly complicate an already complicated game. Still, I’m oddly won over by its combat, which makes it feel like an MMORPG, and its almost incomprehensible story. Half the time I don’t know what’s going on, mechanical or narrative, but I enjoy it.”
“You quickly get what I love about classic JRPGs – the feeling of running with your companions through endless fields of long grass, bouncing against impossible odds. It contributes to the incredible sense of adventure that emerges Xenoblade Chronicles 3 really go up as a JRPG. Perhaps more than any previous game in the series, this perfectly nails the balance between system and story – even better, it manages to weave the two together in an adventure that gives meaning to every step you take.”
“Xenoblade 3‘s world is a feast for the eyes, with beautiful views around every corner. Monolith Soft continues to be an absolute wizard with Nintendo’s hardware, bringing out a game that’s easily one of the best looking in the entire Switch library. The game’s aesthetic falls somewhere between the more realistic style of the first game and the anime style of the second, and it really works. The cutscene design of the game is exceptional.”
“It features some really cool action sequences and for those of you who don’t like that Xenoblade Dubs, Dual Audio is here for you. In that sense, I loved this dub. It ranges from wonderfully campy to hilarious with dialogue like “Spark that,” “Deffo,” “how much magic power has this geek got,” and “queen bitch.” The spirited performances can get downright cheeky, especially when we talk about Eunia, the queen of cheek.”
“Between an epic, moving story that made me cry, a wonderful cast of well-written, relatable characters, a gameplay loop that kept me coming back for more, incredibly satisfying chain attacks, a beautiful soundtrack just like its predecessors, and so much more to rave about, I can say with confidence that I love it Xenoblade Chronicles 3 and it just might be the best of the entire series. Long-time fans can look forward to an absolutely wild ride, and with handy tutorials for the exciting gameplay loop, even newbies can enjoy it.”
“Even though Xenoblade 3It’s great to move around in the environments of, they rarely look pretty as the Nintendo Switch is pushed to its absolute limits by such an ambitious journey. I’ve been playing on my OLED model and regularly switching between docked and mobile modes, but even with the latest hardware textures from Nintendo, the textures are often low-res, there’s frequent pop-in (and out), and often I just could couldn’t help but feel this way the world was a little blurry. The good news is that I quickly got used to these visual flaws and once I accepted it, it rarely spoiled my fun.”
“Monolith Soft has made an effort to replicate and increase the novelties of the first Xenoblade Chronicles Adventure since its release in 2012. The third chapter in the science fantasy JRPG series suffers the same frustrating fate as XCX and XK 2. Despite its top-notch combat and character progression features, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is a bloated trek through vast but lifeless environments, further diminished by a pristine narrative featuring one of the worst ensemble casts in the franchise.
“While combat itself is awesome, the real satisfaction comes from experimenting with different party compositions and tweaking different loadouts. My favorite moments in Xenoblade Chronicles 3 are when I’m being swept up by a boss, adjust my party composition, and rain down hell on the same enemy on a second try. It’s a brilliant loop that really brings out the depth, strategy and malleability of combat.”
“The story is interesting and the scavenger hunt side activities offer plenty to see and do, although the quests are familiar and repetitive. This is a game for series fans who know what to expect, or genre enthusiasts looking for a nice big RPG to bite into on the go. If you don’t fit into any of these groups, you may want to skip Xenoblade Chronicles 3because next to Mario, zeldaand kirby it is an acquired taste.”
“My enjoyment of the game was uncomplicated in a way that had never been possible in previous games from Monolith Soft. The studio’s success doesn’t lie in overcoming hardware limitations, awkward character designs, or frantic stage directions — it lies in not having to analyze these defining idiosyncrasies of the time. Instead, it delivers a story that its creators have been working towards for years: a story about a boy who meets a girl who then finds his own way and with it the strength to walk it – in an endless sea, under the endless sky . And that is no small thing.”
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