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Monado: Beginning of the World

by Nintendo
Nintendo Wii
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • The game will also have extensive customization, such as being able to change the character's outfits, and having those changes be seen in battle, field, and even event scenes.
  • The game will also sport a "save anywhere" feature, a feature relatively rare among the console RPG genre.
  • The game is known to have a number of features labeled as "Time Saving Support Features"
  • Another of the game's systems is the "bonds system", in which characters can partake in many optional sidequests with non-player characters.

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  • ASIN: B002IM1MYG
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,912 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Xenoblade Chronicles has an action-based battle system where normal attacks will happen automatically at intervals, similar to the set up in Final Fantasy XII. However, special attacks known as arts each have their own cool down time as opposed to being on a continuous time queue with normal attacks and are performed manually by the player. Arts for each character have to be set on a "battle palette" at the bottom of the screen, which can be modified outside of battle.[11] Movement of the character in play also needs to be executed manually with the analog stick, however this only plays an integral role when using Shulk's arts as they are more effective if used from the side or behind. Xenoblade also has the "Visions" system, where Shulk can see glimpses of the future, and the player has to try to react or prevent it from happening.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN IMPERIAL GAME! November 18, 2011
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
DISCLAIMER: This review refers to the UK version of the game, released under the name XENOBLADE CHRONICLES.

MONADO: BEGINNING OF THE WORLD (aka XENOBLADE) is one of those great games that (for some unfathomable reason) Nintendo had initially decided not to market outside Japan. It has been available, fully translated, since August in Europe (where my copy came from). This used not to be true for the US. Luckily, Nintendo North America (finally!) yielded to the pressure of the fans and announced the release of the game: IT IS COMING IN APRIL, 2012!

This is the first thing that hits your senses. The music of Xenoblade reminded me of playing Final Fantasy VII years ago and being mesmerized by its music. The Prelude I can still remember. In Xenoblade, the music will range from atmospheric to epic rock, and all the shades and colors in between.
It will be a familiar companion while you travel and a strengthening presence when you do battle, greatly enhancing the overall experience. Every map has its own theme (most with day and night variations) and you will catch yourself humming them long after having turned your console off.
Sometimes the importance of the music in a game is underestimated and the focus remains on the graphics. Xenoblade is a perfect example of how essential music is in order to achieve a total immersive gaming experience.

Now, all of us who decided to go with the Nintendo Wii, we knew that it was not the most graphically powerful console. Its strengths lie elsewhere. Having said that, Xenoblade is the most beautiful and graphically detailed game on the Wii. Ever.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best RPGs of its generation November 19, 2011
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
[NOTE: updated to account for April 2012 release of the game in North America.]

Xenoblade is the brainchild of Monolith Soft, whose credits include Baten Kaitos, Baten Kaitos Origins, and Xenosaga, among others. Released in Europe as Xenoblade Chronicles (in English) in August of 2011, the game was bafflingly absent from American shelves before Nintendo of America finally decided to give the game a limited Stateside release in April 2012. That's a coup for Americans, because Xenoblade is far and away Wii's best JRPG to date, particularly among those translated into English.

Fundamentally, the game is a traditional JRPG blended with modern MMORPG mechanics. In practical terms, this means that the game features all the usual JRPG ideas -- the spunky teenage protagonist, experience points and leveling up, variable equipment, a potent plot, and lots of sidequests. Combat, meanwhile, is wrapped MMO-style around a battle system with a customizeable horizontal abilities layout and cooldown periods for each attack. Combat takes place seamlessly with no random battles and no transition screens; this will remind some of PS2's Final Fantasy XII but this game is far more polished in terms of the ease of combat, not to mention other areas.

In fact, polish shows through in virtually every aspect of this game. The graphics push Wii about as far as it can go, with terrifically varied environments and awesome combat splash effects.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best jrpg in years February 20, 2012
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
2nd best game on the wii (hard to beat mario galaxy) one of my favorite rpgs in a very long time and a game that shows that jrpgs can still be relevant.
Pros: immense immersive story world/universe
Unique characters
Cool weopans and equipment
Unique battle system great jrpg evolution
Great voice acting
Minimal grinding required
Tons to do! Took me 75 hours and hitting up only portion of quests
Not a sequal! Rare these days.
Music well done
Character design and monster design both well thought out
Story unique
Streamlined rpg: quick travel to landmarks, die and not lose exp or items gained, save almost anytime (dunno why more console rpgs don't do this)
Build relationships w party members and npcs gain rewards and enhance story mostly optional
Characters change appearance w equipment in all cutscenes as well
Challenging but not frustrating
Skills learned keep you wanting to level up
For the wii...good graphics
Magical and I have not felt that real rpg magic since the snes psx classics, if you miss it here it is! First rpg since chrono trigger I'm doing new game+

Some loooong cut scenes
Only 3 characters at once and 1 real healer limits variety don't get to use and play with all as much as you'd like
Do reach skill plateau but better than most togs
Towns cities could have been more impressive especially on 2nd world
On the wii, sequal for wiiU (fingers crossed)

Buy it as soon as you're able and I give a 9.5 out of 10 odds u shan't be dissapointed. (o:
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