Is Xenoblade Chronicles Worth $90 Used? I Say Yes
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All this is measured on a compatibility chart that shows how each is connected and to what degree. Sure, you can scroll through all the texts and just get the frog ears and what not to get the reward. I certainly did, but no matter what you can't escape that the people of Bionis are all amazingly illustrated.
There is better world building in this game than all six Star Wars films combined. I would argue that it rivals Dune in that department, and I am not exaggerating.
All that doesn't matter a hill of beans if it's not fun to play, but it's got you covered there. The battle system is almost flawless once you get the hang, adding both a real element of real time strategy with turn-based actions. The game is geared towards Shulk as your main character, and he shines there because of how well you can use him to general the fights so that his tactics, which are all best when used from different angles of the fight, can best be employed to do maximum damage.
The timing of the topple system adds an even greater element of planning and execution that you will have to carefully monitor and employ if you're going to best some of the tougher monsters. And believe me, there are challenges right up to the highest levels. Even a monster just a single level ahead of you can mean certain death, and such creatures are usually everywhere. The game rarely leaves you secure against everything.
More than all that, though... 217 hours, and I wasn't even done. That means that at $90 you are literally paying less than $.50 per hour of entertainment. Where on Earth are you going to find a deal like that? Even if you speed through the game it's going to take you probably 100 hours, and if you game even two hours a day that's still near two months of solid play from a single game.
Yes, the game is expensive, and yes, the price tag might be bullshit marketing lies if some rumors are to be believed. Even with those knocks against it you simply cannot say you experienced the best of the Wii if you never popped in Xenoblade. Other Wii RPGs like The Last Story can't touch it. Even Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword falls short. It was the system's definitive adventure, and $90 for experiencing that is almost a bargain.