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Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Adventure remaster has lots of combat, a few skimpy outfits.

Game Nintendo Switch 2020
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Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Beautiful Game!

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is a masterpiece. Beautiful visuals, outstanding story, the combat is quite challenging, even in the late-game, but you can customise it to suit your style. There are certain outfits that may be considered inappropriate, but these are entirely optional, and can easily be avoided.

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Is It Any Good?

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Remastered versions of classic games labelled "definitive editions" don't always live up to their names, but this one does. Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is far and away the most technologically advanced version of the game, with sharp looking characters, improved environmental objects, great draw distances, and fast loading times. It's not quite on par with modern games developed specifically for Switch, but it looks lovely for a 10-year-old game originally designed for an underpowered console. And the developers didn't just spruce things up and call it a day. The changes made to the interface help simplify the game's complex and at times intimidating combat and management systems, and should go a long way towards ensuring the game's accessible to a modern audience. And the addition of a casual mode -- which you can switch to and from as necessary throughout the story -- will keep players from growing frustrated while simultaneously cutting down the length of field battles and increasing the pace of exploration.

The real draw, of course, is the entirely new epilogue chapter, which is the length of the entire story of many single-player games. It provides not just a bit of additional lore and character development, but also the chance to explore a brand new part of one of the warrior gods' bodies -- Bionis' shoulder. It's gorgeous, mysterious, and huge. Plus, the epilogue introduces a new type of chain attack that gives fans of the game's sophisticated combat a chance to learn and tinker with new strategies. Players who return simply to give this expansive new chapter a go are unlikely to be disappointed. Bursting with technical enhancements and new content, Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition serves as a case study for how remastered games ought to be done.

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