Use our fancy questionnaire and figure out if it is indeed Reyn time for you and yours.
Today, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D launches on New 3DS in North America. This is the widest release of anything Xenoblade in America yet, as the Wii release and the Shulk Amiibo were both exclusive to GameStop. You might not be fully aware of what Xenoblade is and why you (yes, you) might want to buy it.
So, in addition to our glowing review, we came up with a few questions that, when asked, should be able to point you in the right direction.
Do you like RPGs?
If you answer yes: What the hell are you waiting for? If you missed out on Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, you missed out on one of the best Japanese RPGs in the past decade. It's expansive, with a compelling story, unique combat, and an interesting world.
If you answer no: This likely isn't for you because, well, it is an RPG. However, the action is in real time in a way similar to an MMO. If you're not a fan of turn-based battles, then Xenoblade might be the RPG for you.
Do you own a New 3DS?
If you answer yes: Awesome! Now you can actually play Xenoblade Chronicles 3D because it is the first New 3DS exclusive title.
If you answer no: Even if you wanted to play this game, you can't. Sorry, I know it's a bummer, but Xenoblade Chronicles 3D only works on the New 3DS XL (and the New 3DS if you live outside of America)
Do graphics trump gameplay for you?
If you answer yes: Go play some Final Fantasy XIII or something. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D looks vaguely like butt on the New 3DS. It runs smoothly, but the textures look muddy and the best parts of the Wii version's graphics, namely the draw distance and scale, are washed away on the smaller screen.
If you answer no: Then run to your store - retail or digital - and buy this damn game.
Did you play Xenoblade on Wii?
If you answer yes: There likely isn't much for you here. Xenoblade is a masterful game, but it's also a heck of a commitment. There is nothing new in the main game here.
If you answer no: Then you should probably get this game (as long as you also like RPGs). It'll take you 50+ hours to beat at a bare minimum, but coming from the perspective of someone who rarely puts that amount of time into a game, Xenoblade is totally worth your time. And if you want a game to last you several days, well, there is more than 100 hours of content in this game. It’s huge.
Do you like Terminator?
If you answer yes: In a way, the story is kind of like that. You control a bunch of humans (called Homs) who fight machines (called the Mechon) and there's a war. There was even an event that was sort of like Judgment Day, kind of.
If you answer no: Don't worry. The man vs. machine thing isn't obnoxiously overbearing. The whole story also gets freaking ridiculous. It's to the point where I don't even think one specific spoiler would ruin it. There are that many twists and turns.
Are you really feeling it?
If you answer yes: Then it must be Reyn Time. Go buy this game.
If you answer no: Get over yourself, Monado boy. Everyone should feel it.