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Monolith Soft managed something this year not many other developers could manage in delivering a lavish, expansive role-playing game not mired by performance hiccups. More than that, it goes far beyond what many considered to be a rather weak second instalment in the franchise.
It’s darker in tone, serves up suitably complex characters and combat systems, all while running like an absolute dream on Nintendo’s waning handheld.
I feel like it’s been a while since we’ve seen a sprawling Japanese role-playing game make our end of year list, though it’s more than deserved here. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is a tremendously realised sequel that caps off a saga while honouring the player’s investment throughout the journey.
In his review, Steven scored Xenoblade Chronicles 3 an 8 out of 10 stating: “Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is another great entry in the long-running series. Combat is complex, but well enough explained to readily understand and feels fantastic to play with. It has interesting characters, an intriguing world and an engrossing storyline that had me always wondering what was going to happen next. Whether you’re new to the series or a veteran, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is stylish, intriguing, super fun, and well worth checking out for RPG fans.”