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Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Review-in-progress Part 1

In part 1 of our review-in-progress, we’ll talk about some of what you’ll find in the vast world of Xenoblade Chronicles 3 and discuss the combat a bit too.


Xenoblade Chronicles 3’s world is vast and that means there is a lot of walking in this game. It also means there’s tons of things to find and do.

One of the best things you’ll find in the game are the random battles between monsters or humans. You can choose a side in these battles and there are different rewards for whoever you help. It can be a tough choice sometimes! One side might offer experience and gold and the other affinity points to a colony or something else. It’s a nice distraction when you are walking along to your next destination.

Xenoblade’s world is so big that you do kind of wish there was a vehicle or something to make it easier or faster to get to the next place. There is handy fast travel to areas you’ve already visited but when you go to new places, you’ll have to hoof it there. Sometimes you are forced to hoof it back to places you’ve been too. Thankfully battles, finding items, and the aforementioned skirmishes break up the walking a bit. You can also swim in this game too and actually fight in the water!


The game’s combat is a lot like previous Xenoblade’s because the characters auto-attack. The player does get to direct special attacks though. And the introduction of job classes into this game really adds a lot to the combat. Each class has its own unique weapon and set of skills. Its pretty cool!

There is also a way that two characters can combine into one to create a super character. This combination is limited and after a short time, the characters become separate again. But this super character is much stronger than your regular characters and there is even a chart to upgrade the character more. This is a fantastic addition to the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 battles.

The game also makes sure you understand each and every one of its mechanics with quick tutorials as you progress in the game. The game helps you out and keeps you informed of important gameplay mechanics. And it doesn’t feel like the game is done with the tutorials yet. It feels like there may be even more things to learn or find and I can’t wait. I’m enjoying all of the exploration, combat, and stat boosting. I’m having a lot of fun with the game so far.

On Wednesday, I’ll be back to talk about Xenoblade Chronicles 3’s graphics and sound. Please stay tuned to!


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blank Daniel Fugate has wanted to be a writer since he was seven years old. He has a bachelor's degree in English and he's a huge Animal Crossing fan. The Wii U and 3DS are currently his favorite video game systems!

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