Well, Earth has been destroyed. This was as a result of warring aliens – our home planet was caught in crossfire. Fortunately, humanity saw this coming so we fled the Earth on spaceships – not so fortunately, the aliens weren’t too keen on allowing the inhabitants of Earth to flee.
One ship, however, did make it. That was the White Whale, which drifted through space for two years. Eventually, the aliens caught up to the White Whale, and shot it down. This caused it to crash land on the planet of Mira, where the events of my final Game of the Month for 2015 take place.
Xenoblade Chronicles X is the spiritual successor of the Wii’s Xenoblade Chronicles. The game focuses on your customisable avatar, as they adjust to life on Mira.
The game is open world – after completing the first couple of chapters, you are free to go where you want. Of course, you’ll need to be wary of hostile monsters, and there is a lot of swimming if you want to fully explore the five continents of Mira – however, there is an alternative mode of transport that becomes available as you play through the main story.
Monolith Soft have proven yet again that they are amazing at creating these huge worlds to explore – heck, Mira is much bigger and arguably better than the Bionis and Mechonis of Xenoblade Chronicles.
See a cliff in the distance? Yeah, you can walk to that place, and even jump off of it if you so desire. Even better, the world is completely seamless – you only see loading screens starting the game, entering a building or quick-travelling. That means you can walk and swim across all five continents and never have to experience any loading.
With all this exploring, you’ll need a map. This means that the Wii U GamePad is an invaluable tool – the map is displayed on the touch screen, and you can tap areas of a map to quick travel to them.
Going back to the aforementioned alternative method of transport, you can get your own mech to pilot – a Skell. You can also use Skells in battle, which are quite useful when you need to take down monsters that are ridiculously huge.
There’s plenty of things to see and do in Mira, as well. Whether it’s planting probes or slaying tyrants, you’ll be able to find something to keep you busy.
Of course, you could try completing some missions as well. These can range from fetch quests to slaying the local wildlife. There are also affinity quests, which allows you to build stronger bonds with the various party members who join you over the course of the game.
The battle system is similar to that of Xenoblade Chronicles, with a few new additions. When you initiate a battle, your characters auto-attack. You can switch between melee and ranged weapons, and each characters have their own Arts.
You can select different classes, and switch between them as you wish. Each class provides its own unique abilities and arts.
Before wrapping this up, it’s definitely worth mentioning that the composer of the music of the game is Hiroyuki Sawano – the very same person responsible for the soundtracks for the Kill la Kill and Attack on Titan anime series, amongst many others.
There’s so much more to the game, but the best way to experience that is to play it yourself.
I’ve already sunk a fairly sizeable chunk of time into Xenoblade Chronicles X, and I would have to say that I think that Nintendo has saved the best Wii U Game of 2015 for last – possibly even one of the greatest RPGs. Seriously, if RPGs are your thing, then you need this game – and a Wii U to play it on, if you don’t have one already.