Parents' Guide to

Xenoblade Chronicles X

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Fun, huge sci-fi role-playing game with frequent combat.

Game Nintendo Wii U 2015
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

Good for most demographics, however...

The swearing, drug use, and violence in this game is very minimal. However, parents should know that players have the option to change the clothes of characters (both male and female) to swimwear. However, these clothing articles aren't worse than anything you would see at the beach. While I think the game is suitable for most audiences, younger players may find it difficult to retain interest, as the game is very complex and requires fast thinking, extreme patience, and lots of menus/stats. Overall, a very good and enjoyable game.

This title has:

Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1):
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This sci-fi RPG is huge, beautiful, and compelling. Its enormous world -- which stretches out not only horizontally but also surprisingly high toward the sky -- is a pleasure to explore, full of secrets and creatures waiting to be discovered. No other game for Wii U delivers such a massive and breathtaking free-to-roam landscape. And the real-time combat is both challenging and sophisticated, forcing players to learn and master various battle arts and take factors such as flanking position and target distance into account. Add an item-rich progression system that motivates players to earn new weapons and armor and you've got a deep, rewarding role-playing game that will keep players engaged for scores of hours.

But it's not free of problems. Exploration and leveling systems are designed to mimic those of a massively multiplayer online role-playing game, which means players will need to repeatedly revisit the same areas to kill more creatures or find specific items. This results in a sometimes slow and grindy pace that won't be to all tastes. Plus, if you're playing specifically for a chance to pilot one of the game's giant robots, be prepared to wait. It can take days or even weeks of regular play before you finally earn one. That said, the Wii U's RPG-starved audience has been craving a game like this for a while, and Xenoblade Chronicles X is a ton of fun despite its flaws.

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