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Game of the Month April 2012: Xenoblade Chronicles
A lot of games drown in their pre-release hype. Even for those games that don't have a harrowing tale of will-they-won't-they in regards to their release, hype can sometimes create impossible expectations. Last month's stateside release of Xenoblade Chronicles brought with it a heaping helping of hype: not only did the JRPG come out nearly two years ago in Japan to excellent reviews, there was also the massive Operation Rainfall campaign, the seeming snub to US fans when the game was localized in Europe, and Nintendo's coy pre-announcement denial that anything was in the works regarding a US release. But the game has arrived, and as both Robert Steinman's and Greig McCallum's reviews confirm: it has lived up to the very lofty expectations placed upon it.

Coming at a time when people all over the industy are declaring the JRPG dead or dormant, Xenoblade takes the absolute best that classics in the genre have to offer and pairs them with modern gameplay mechanics and a presentation that pushes the Wii to its absolute limit (don't forget the fantastic soundtrack, either).

With its emphasis on speedy, strategic combat, a huge number of side quests, a massive world, and tons of time-saving tweaks, Xenoblade truly is the JRPG many have been waiting for. Many claim that originality and innovation have been lost in the JRPG, but Xenoblade Chronicles proves that that simply isn't the case. A cohesive plot and a fun cast of characters are a credit to the experience, particularly in regards to how well the game integrates the plot development of the cast with their combat efficiency.

It is for all these reasons that we have decided to bestow upon Xenoblade Chronicles, released after a long and arduous localization process, the honor of being our April Game of the Month. (Now go buy it to show Nintendo that bringing it over wasn't a mistake!)

Explore More Xenoblade Chronicles
Rob's Xenoblade Chronicles (U.S.) Review Greig's Xenoblade Chronicles (Europe) Review Stephen's Xenoblade OST Review Random Encounter Podcast: Episode 43 Xenoblade Chronicles Gallery

Explore All RPGFan Games of the Month
November 2013: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds October 2013: Pokémon X & Y September 2013: Valdis Story: Abyssal City August 2013: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn July 2013: Shin Megami Tensei IV June 2013: Muramasa Rebirth May 2013: The Night of the Rabbit April 2013: Soul Sacrifice March 2013: Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk February 2013: Fire Emblem: Awakening January 2013: Ni no Kuni December 2012: Crimson Shroud November 2012: Persona 4 Golden October 2012: Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward September 2012: Borderlands 2 August 2012: Guild Wars 2 July 2012: Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] June 2012: The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinov May 2012: Diablo III April 2012: Xenoblade Chronicles March 2012: Mass Effect 3 February 2012: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning January 2012: Final Fantasy XIII-2 December 2011: Star Wars: The Old Republic November 2011: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword October 2011: Dark Souls

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