Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition Reviews

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

Unfortunately for Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, the Nintendo Switch isn't exactly hurting for Japanese role-playing games, though few can match its breadth and width. If you've been curious about the title and managed to miss out on both the Wii and 3DS versions, picking up the Switch one is practically a no-brainer, even if it does feel like a bit of a throwback. If you've played it before and loved it, maybe Future Connected is plenty enough reason to return. But if you are just generally interested in games more broadly, there are probably better uses of your time. If they had seriously reworked the combat in some way, it probably wouldn't really be Xenoblade Chronicles any longer, but I imagine I also would have had a much better time with it.

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7 / 10
Jun 12, 2020

Xenoblade is one of the landmark titles in the genre over the past decade, and the Definitive Edition improves on it across the board.

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Will Greenwald
Top Critic
May 27, 2020

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is a faithful port of the original Wii JRPG, but with a higher resolution and a big, extra campaign.

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3.5 / 5.0
May 27, 2020

Fans will love everything that Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition has to offer; Future Connected is a solid epilogue, and the quality-of-life improvements in the main game help make it a more palatable experience. But for the newer players, unless a good, solid combat system is all you need for your JRPG experience, this might be a tough one to recommend.

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7.7 / 10.0
May 27, 2020

Definitely the most beautiful version of the game with a lot of nice additions like a 10 hour long Epilog and some new modes. Newcomers will probably have some troubles to get into the old core elements of the game and the battle system but hardcore fans will have a lot do and explore in this Definitive Edition.

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8 / 10.0
Aug 18, 2020

This new version is the best thing that has ever happened to the original Xenoblade Chronicles.

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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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May 27, 2020

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition very much lives up its name, as its definitely the best version of the game released yet.

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8 / 10
Jun 11, 2020

Regardless of the technical issues, bugs, and the unpleasing design choices, the experience itself is unique and dared to tackle philosophical and existential topics. I was sucked into a bizarre world, which In hindsight, should've been difficult to explore but the the developer made the point across brilliantly. The game is rich in its content and I've honestly experienced the best JRPG experience of this generation.

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8 / 10.0
Jun 8, 2020

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition isn’t going to blow anyone away, but it’s undoubtedly the best version of a very good JRPG.

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8 / 10.0
Jun 11, 2020

This is the great “hero’s journey” of our time. A journey of self-discovery and finding your place in the world, with a little bit of man’s relationship with technology thrown in.

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The Digital Fix
Posted by Yannis Vatis
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
Jun 26, 2020

An excellent port of an already beloved title. A must buy for fans of the genre.

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Jun 12, 2020

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition has been a long time coming in many ways. And for those who haven't gotten to play as Shulk and his allies before, now is definitely the time! It's not perfect, but it's still a game that you'll want to check out and see just how incredible the original Xenoblade Chronicles is!

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8 / 10.0
May 27, 2020

After bouncing so hard off Xenoblade Chronicles 2, I really hoped that the Definitive Edition of this first game in the series might show me why the franchise has such a dedicated fan base. While it took a while to warm up to, by the end of the story I was absolutely invested in the ridiculous story of Shulk and his friends as they fight for the future of their world.

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Jun 22, 2020

The most impressive thing about the game is still the strength and specificity of its vision.

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Jun 11, 2020

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition revisits the classic RPG with updated graphics, music, and a brand new chapter. The newly polished experience is an absolute joy for fans old and new.

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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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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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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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8.3 / 10.0
Jun 6, 2020

Despite being a decade-old game, the UI tweaks, visual upgrade and new content makes Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition as memorable as the original one, even if certain aspects of its mechanic haven't aged that well.

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