Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition Reviews

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition is ranked in the 98th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
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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9 / 10
May 27, 2020

A modern classic reborn on Nintendo Switch, this is the best version of the best game from Monolith Soft.

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9.5 / 10.0
May 27, 2020

A gorgeous, dense JRPG classic made richer and more beautiful with a seriously impressive makeover and a suite of new features. This is how you do a remaster.

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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
May 27, 2020

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition's appearance on the Switch has been a long time coming, but it couldn't have come at a better moment. It's the sort of immersive, feel-good experience that gels well with a modern quarantined life. It begs to be lost in, and boasts a phenomenal story, memorable characters, and a beautiful world to explore. Not even the periodically clunky combat can get in the way of that.

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May 27, 2020

It's a little disappointing that the developers didn't take this opportunity to tackle some of the superfluous stuff that is at odds with the better elements, and I've yet to be won over by the new narrative arc and whether it does anything to actually build on what was already a perfectly dense work. However, the core of the game is that powerful that the main reason to buy into this - that visual re-working - is more than enough to be worthwhile in itself.

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9 / 10.0
May 27, 2020

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is without a doubt, the best way to experience Shulk's story and manages to earn a place as a standout title in the Switch's overall library

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9.5 / 10.0
May 27, 2020

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition proves that it is still one of the best examples this genre has to offer. A new coat of paint and smart gameplay changes brings this classic up to date for a new generation of gamers.

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9.2 / 10.0
May 27, 2020

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is the best version of a masterpiece that has lost none of its charm even after ten years, recommended to both newcomers and veterans.

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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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9.5 / 10.0
May 27, 2020

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition is definitely one of the most solid and convincing RPG experiences of the entire Nintendo Switch line-up, as well as a must-have for lovers of the genre.

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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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May 27, 2020

While certain elements haven’t aged as gracefully such as it’s bland quest design and sparse open world, quality of life improvements set to make the adventure as fluid and accessible as possible. If you’ve ever been interested in the series, this is the perfect entry point for a sweet and engaging adventure. Veteran players will no doubt find much to love in the expanded story with Future Connected.

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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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8.5 / 10.0
May 27, 2020

Xenoblade Chronicles was a gem on the Wii and a good add to RPG collections even on the New Nintendo 3DS. We praised the 3DS re-release for its ability to be enjoyed on the go — something that’s great for any long-running RPG, to be honest — and the Switch version’s able to do that while adding a new coat of paint and content at the same time. The end result makes it an easy recommendation to Switch players and RPG fans alike.

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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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90 / 100
May 27, 2020

Xenoblade Chronicles is, unquestionably, a game that every JRPG fan needs to play. The combat is thrilling and thoughtful, and even though certain regions feel too large and empty, the world is gorgeous and delightful to explore. There is so much to do and see, and so long as you can hold your own in battle, you can advance at any pace you like. Shulk and his friends are unwavering in their optimism and integrity, and they make for a charming and endearing cast with a story that never fails to move and grow. Certain mechanics are a bit confusing and overwhelming to learn, but overall, Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition hits the nail on the head in almost every way and adds up to a beautiful adventure that thoroughly deserves your time.

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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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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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