Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition Reviews

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition is ranked in the 98th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Travis Northup
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
May 27, 2020

The new Future Connected story chapter isn’t particularly inspired, but the impressive graphical overhaul and welcome (if small) quality-of-life improvements make this the best version of Xenoblade Chronicles we’ve ever had.

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Recommended
May 27, 2020

More an expanded re-release than a remaster, the quality of the original Xenoblade Chronicles shines out in this generous package.

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9 / 10.0
Jun 5, 2020
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Metro GameCentral
Top Critic
9 / 10
May 27, 2020

One of the best Japanese role-players of last generation is still one of the best on current formats, with an excellent remaster that includes a generous amount of new content.

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9 / 10
May 27, 2020

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition makes smart updates to the original game while adding a fantastic new epilogue that makes the journey well worth taking a decade later.

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May 27, 2020

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is the best sort of remaster: its improvements may seem minimal, but it overhauls most of the tedium that once plagued the Wii RPG classic. While some things it can't fix with polish—the too-big environments, the boring side quests, its messy battle system—for fans or curious new players, Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is easily the best Xenoblade Chronicles out there, even with its annoyances.

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9.5 / 10.0
May 27, 2020

Even if it didn't have an extra chapter to conquer, Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition deserves a third release. The Switch version has united this modern classic with the TV mode of the Wii original and the fully portable nature of the New 3DS edition. It's truly definitive.

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9 / 10
May 27, 2020

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is a generous and inspiring remaster, finally bringing the game's visuals in line with its outstanding narrative. It truly feels like this is now the game Monolith Soft always intended it to be, cementing its position as one of the greatest RPGs of all time.

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9 / 10.0
May 27, 2020

The same work of art of yesteryear, but with an adaptation that sins of being in no man's land: it is more than a remastering, but not enough to be a remake.

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92 / 100
May 27, 2020

As the name says, Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition is the best way to play and enjoy this terrific JRPG. But beyond all the welcome changes and QOL improvements, it's impressive how a lot of the original elements (like the story or the combat) are as enjoyable in 2020 as they were in 2011. Monolith Soft truly saw the future.

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IGN Spain
Top Critic
8.8 / 10.0
May 27, 2020

A classic RPG, better and prettier than ever, but with many limitations of its old engine.

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IGN Italy
Top Critic
9 / 10.0
May 27, 2020

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is a great JRPG, with a well told story, elemental gameplay and a dazzling world to explore. The massive epilogue, the excellent graphic upgrade and the lightening of some mechanics, make it a highly recommended game even for those who have already explored the original. If you know how to go beyond some hesitation in the pace and a video resolution not always up to date, you'll have in your hands a great JRPG.

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Alex Donaldson
Top Critic
May 27, 2020

It’s true that some of the original game design frustrations remain untouched and performance is solid but sadly not perfect. These things barely matter, though; Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition is easily a must-own for any RPG fan with a Switch.

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Jun 3, 2020

Coming eight years after the original finally released in the US, Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition truly lives up to its new name as the ultimate version of the game thanks to updated visuals, quality of life enhancements, and even a brand new must play epilogue.

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9 / 10.0
May 27, 2020

While I wanted a few more quality of life improvements and would've liked more visual improvements or consistency, what Monolith Soft have put out in Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is nothing short of spectacular.

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100 / 100
Jun 7, 2020

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition is the best version of Monolithsoft's masterpiece. Its additions serve to streamline the experience and make an already great game that much better. Its expansion Future Connected gives some much needed closure on one of the story's best and most complex characters while spicing up the exploration and combat in a fun, new way. If you're not already a fan, this version might just hook you like it has so many others.

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JVL
Julius007
Top Critic
18 / 20
Jun 23, 2020

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition remains the great RPG that it was 10 years ago. Equipped with an excellent combat system and a real identity it will entertain those who have never played the original game as well as those who have already fat it.

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M3
Top Critic
Jun 11, 2020

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is an improved version of a 10-year-old role-playing game, originally launched for the Nintendo Wii. It is possible to discuss whether the upgrade is sufficient on all fronts, but at least we get a bit finer environments, new music, improved character models and more thoughtful menus – and not least a whole new chapter. But above all, we get a role-playing game that, if you can forgive some outdated details, even today is one of the best the genre has to offer.

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Drew Leachman
Top Critic
9.5 / 10.0
Jun 24, 2020

Xenoblade Chronicles is a fantastic game. It has some feelings of Final Fantasy XII, but at the same time, feels unlike any other game. The combat is complex and challenging, exploration is both fun and rewarding, and the story and world is something to be seen. Fans of the original game can still have a blast here and people who never tried it before on Wii or 3DS should most certainly pick this one up. This is one of those RPG that will be on top 10 lists for years.

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GameMAG
Top Critic
9 / 10
May 27, 2020

Xenoblade Chronicles is still one of the best games of the genre, which 10 years later continues to delight and surprise with a unique world, luxurious epic landscapes, an incredible sense of freedom, beautiful music and a really interesting story. Of course, it is a pity that the Definitive Edition has a technical limitation in terms of resolution, which does not allow the image to really shine in 2020, but otherwise it is a chic project that every fan of the genre of adventure and Japanese role-playing games should play.

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