Parents' Guide to

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Role-play with some fantasy violence demands much time.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2015
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Xenoblade Chronicles is one of the very best Wii RPGs ever made, and this port to the New Nintendo 3DS manages to capture much of its magic. The massive, imaginative world has made the transition in all its scope and grandeur, suffering only a little loss of detail along the way. And combat -- a deeply complex real-time system that involves indirectly commanding companions, chaining attacks, and working to achieve advantageous positioning on the battlefield -- is as rewarding as ever. It takes a long time to learn and master, but once you have a proper feel the frenetic battles begin to feel less chaotic and more choreographed. Strategy is paramount, especially in epic boss fights against towering mechs.

But a few things have been lost in the hardware translation. The 3DS's low-resolution screen means it's sometimes harder to distinguish monsters and objects in the environment. Plus, tiny text is slightly blurred and more difficult to read. And the 3DS's greatest asset -- its second screen -- has been put to poor use, serving only as a place for character stats and a small, circular mini-map, which really should have been stretched across the whole screen. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is brilliant, beautiful, and fun, but the game is still better experienced via the Wii and viewed on a big TV.

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