Xenoblade Chronicles X is a fantastic genre blend of the best elements of Western and Japanese RPGs.
Platform: Wii U
You stand on a cliff overlooking the Grieving Plains. The grasslands and lakes of Primorida stretch out in every direction. Your eyes are immediately drawn to the fascinating native creatures. Humans are the aliens here. The domed city of New Los Angeles is your last bastion of safety in a dangerous world full of tyrants and treasures.
Welcome to planet Mira. Welcome to Xenoblade Chronicles X.
The astonishingly gigantic open-world RPG Xenoblade Chronicles X is my #3 Game of the Year for 2015!
My Top Ten Games of 2015
#3 Xenoblade Chronicles X
I’ve gained a real cynicism and disdain for Japanese games over the last decade. JRPGs were and are among some of my all time favorite games – back in the 90s.
Since then I’ve largely fallen out of love with them. Their storytelling goes in increasingly bizarre and goofy directions, and my distaste for anime is exemplified by grating cutscenes, voice-work, and writing that was previously the marquee of cutesy pixels and simple text.
So, it’s a pretty damn big deal that not only did I enjoy Xenoblade Chronicles X, but that I’ve ranked it so high on my Game of the Year list. Continue reading “My Top Ten Games of 2015: #3”